Gokarna Trip Plan - An Small Town On Arabian Sea

Trip to Gokarna is something you cannot refuse to taste. Gokarna, a small pilgrimage town in Karnataka has grown into a tourist destination over the years, thanks to its stretch of beautiful, sandy beaches. With the advent of foreigners thronging it, it no longer remains a quaint temple town, but a thriving vacation spot  Earlier known only for its famous Mahabaleshwar Temple, Gokarna gained popularity on the travel map through its secluded and laid back beaches (Gokarna Beach, Kudle Beach, Om Beach, Half Moon Beach and Paradise Beach) as laid back as Goa, only less commercial.

The name Gokarna conjures up images of long secluded beaches, serene sunsets, never ending horizons and expansive sea with a tinge of the local flavour and backpackers.  The temple town is now an emerging beach destination that offers something to different types of tourists with its natural beauty and its history steeped in mythology.The long sandy stretches of Om Beach and Kudle Beach are a delight for every beach lover. The beaches offer breathtaking vistas of the expansive Arabian Sea and a never ending horizon.

Gokarna is also well known for its beach trek, a trail that connects all the five beaches across hillocks. With vantage points and breathtaking vistas all along, the trek is a must while on a jaunt in Gokarna. A couple of beaches are so secluded that they are only accessible either by trek or by a boat/catamaran. Witnessing countless beaches at Gokarna & experiencing the hippie culture, beach hopping, cafe hopping are thing that you cannot miss it from your bucket list.

Gokarna 3 Day Trip Itinerary

Day 0: Friday

Get ready for an epic adventure as we meet our awesome trek leaders at our pickup spots and kick off this thrilling journey!


Day 1: Saturday

Rise and shine, folks! Begin your day with breakfast on picturesque forest roads

First stop: Yana Caves, also known as the Dragon Stone of India – let's unlock some ancient mysteries!

Next up, we're chasing waterfalls – the Vibhuti Waterfalls await your exploration!

Lunchtime will be a treat on the way to Gokarna – yes, it's included. 

Check-in at our chill hostel/hotel, slip into your trekking attire, and it's time for a beach trek extravaganza. Whether you start from Kudle or Paradise Beach, prepare for stunning views and beachside fun. Catch the mesmerizing sunset, indulge in some football, frisbee, or even a refreshing dip!

Once you're done adventuring, head back to the hostel and swap your sandy gear for your party threads. It's live music night (or DJ night) – and guess what? The first drink's on us! 🍻


Day 2: Sunday

Wake up, and we're off to more excitement! Grab breakfast en route as we head to Honnavar for some epic backwaters boating.

Our next stop is the awe-inspiring Murudeshwar Temple – prepare to be amazed!

After a fantastic lunch, it's time to reluctantly start the return journey.


Day 3: Sunday

Arrive in Pune with memories that will last a lifetime and a bunch of new buddies you won't want to say goodbye to.


Gokarna Trip Travel suggestions for Mumbai participants

Option 1 - By Train

Vande Bharat Train (22225) – Cost around 550-650/-

  • 16:05 CSMT
  • 16:15 Dadar
  • 16:33 Thane
  • 16:53 Kalyan
  • 19:10 Pune

From Pune station you can catch Metro till Chhatrapati Sambhaji Gardan or Deccan Gymkhana (Metro fare around 15rs).
Both stations are 5 mins walk from bus starting point Deccan.

Option 2 – By Road

  1. You can get shared cab from Dadar, Vashi. (Cost around 500rs). If you are coming by share cab, you can catch our bus from Navale bridge or Katraj.  
  2. MSRTC Shivneri buses also available from Dadar. Note – Buses take around 5-6hrs, as the halt at multiple stops and for food break at Lonavala. So if you are planning to come by bus then please accordingly. If you are coming by bus then get down at Pune station depo / Swargate depo (as per your bus destination), and from there take auto to deccan.

Best Time to Plan for Gokarna Trip:

The best time to visit Gokarna is during the winter months, from October to March. This is when the weather is pleasant, and the surroundings are lush and colorful. Most tourists prefer late November to early February for their visits. Summers, from March to June, can be hot and humid, while the monsoon season, from July to September, brings daily rain. October to March is the warmest period, but April and May can be sticky. After the rains, from September to December, is perfect for water sports enthusiasts. Gokarna's tranquil charm, along with its adrenaline-pumping activities, makes it a must-visit destination. Explore ancient temples, trek, watch mesmerizing sunsets, or simply relax on the serene beaches of Gokarna.

How to Reach Gokarna:

By Air:

  • Nearest airport is Dabolim International Airport in Goa.
  • Distance from Goa to Gokarna is about 157 kilometers.
  • After landing in Goa, you can hire a taxi to reach Gokarna.
  • The airport provides good connectivity to major Indian cities.

By Train:

  • Gokarna has its own railway station called Gokarna Road.
  • The station is located approximately 8 kilometers away from the town.
  • Limited trains pass through Gokarna Road station.
  • Alternative nearby railway stations include Kumta (31 km) and Ankola (20 km).

By Road:

  • Gokarna is accessible by road from various cities.
  • Overnight buses are available from Bangalore, Mangalore, Udupi, and Goa.
  • You can also take direct buses from Mysore, Hyderabad, Panjim, Hubli, and Kochi.
  • If you prefer driving, you can hire a personal cab or car from these cities for a scenic journey to Gokarna.
3 Nights 2 Days 06 Oct, 13 Oct, 20 Oct, and more
Dates and Rates
date & duration price
What we'll give/What we won't

What is included in the tour

  • Pune to Pune travel by private Ac vehicle
  • Accommodation on sharing basis - Hostel 8-bed dorm. (1 minute from beach)
  • 2 Breakfast and 1 Dinner
  • Tour guide expertise
  • First Aid 
  • All entry and permit charges

What is NOT included in the tour

  • Food during bus journey
  • All meals apart from mentioned in inclusions
  • Any Personal expenses
  • Mineral Water.
  • Activity such as Watersports
  • Any Taxes or Entries fees
  • Anything which is not mentioned in inclusions
Things to Carry
Things to Carry
  • 2/3 liters of water bottle
  • Good Torch must with extra battery
  • Extra pair of clothes, Towel, Jacket, etc.
  • Proper footwear (flip flop, etc.)
  • Warm clothes
  • Glucon D / ORS / Tang / Gatorade sachets
  • Proper haversack to put all these things
  • Sun Cap and Sunscreen
  • Personal First aid and Personal Medicine
  • Identity Proof

Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if notified via phone conversation 45 or more days prior to the event date.
  • 40 % refund if notified via phone conversation 16 to 44 days prior to the event date.
  • No refund if the cancellation requested is less than 15 days prior to event date
  • No show No Refund.
  • Event Tickets cannot be transferred to another date against cancellation.
  • Event Tickets cannot be transferred to another person against cancellation.
  • If Event get cancelled, we will refund "Event Amount" only.
  • If the event is canceled due to any natural calamity, political unrest or other such reasons beyond our control the same cancellation policy will apply.

Treks and Trails Event Rules

  • Kindly carry one Identity proof, at least for the trek with your address.
  • We all are going for an adventurous and exciting trekking expedition; please Do Not misinterpret it as a PICNIC or LEISURE TOUR.
  • The leader's decision will be final, and all the members should abide by it.
  • We do not destroy or dirty the archaeological, historical monuments, natural habitat on the trek.
  • Swimming is not allowed in the lake or water tank on the forts. Locals use that water for drinking.
  • Putting your feet in water tanks or on the canon is not allowed on our treks.
  • Any addiction is strictly prohibited, e.g. drinking, smoking, chewing tobacco anyone caught doing it will have to exit the trek without a refund and travel back on own expense.
  • People caught smoking or drinking alcohol will be asked to exit the event on an immediate basis.
  • Please do not carry or wear any valuables, ornaments, jewellery, etc. If carried, then we Do Not take any liability for the same.
  • Rock Climbing, Rappelling, Trekking, or any adventure activity is potentially risky. For all these events, you are at your own risk. Organizers are not responsible for any accident or compensation in whatsoever manner.
  • We should strictly follow the code of conduct to avoid troubling our fellow trekkers or other people from our group or outside.
  • Listening to music on earphones or Bluetooth speakers is not allowed while trekking.
  • Bluetooth speaker not allowed inside the homestay or camping tents.
  • Drinking/smoking,/eating is not allowed inside the tents.
  • If you damage the tent, break the tent poles, you will have to pay us for the whole new tent on MRP.
  • If you are late for the bus pickup and are not reachable on the phone during your bus pickup, the trek leader will leave without you, and we will provide no refund.
  • Please check things to carry and wear trekking shoes on our treks. 
Frequently Asked Questions

Go Gokarna Gone?

Go Goa Gone? Nah. Go Go, Gokarna. For quite a while, Goa persisted as the perfect sabbatical destination in India for tourists who yearned for the beach, some sun and fun which lead to its over-commercialization and jam-packing. Gokarna's calm, untouched beaches helped it gain popularity. Gokarna is known as Goa's hipster equal due to its beautiful tropical beaches without crowded tourists. Unruffled beaches are ideal for surfing, scuba diving, snorkelling, parasailing, and jet skiing. This beautiful village offers adrenaline junkies and spiritual seekers adventure and excitement.

Gokarna's bantam township in Uttara Kannada district, Karnataka, has transformed in recent years. The sandy shores, swaying palm trees, and wooden fishing boats have increased Gokarna's vacation business. Gokarna, which translates to "Cow's Ear" in Sanskrit, has some of India's most beautiful beaches due to its location on the Arabian Sea. Gokarna was a prominent South Indian pilgrimage town till recently. The town is popular with backpackers seeking quirky destinations and empty beaches.

Gokarna's grassy slopes along the white sand beachfront set it apart from most Indian beaches. The town is filled with ancient temples and sanctuaries. Ancient temples have unique architectural styles that match the pastoral houses in the major town.

A long end-of-week beach staycation meets an impromptu adventure in Gokarna. Its tranquilly, charm, and adrenaline-pumping liberties make it a bucket list destination. Gokarna's cultural sights are outstanding. Gokarna is the place to go for peace and an unusual beach experience. Go on treks, watch waves break on rocks as the sun sets, or relax and let time pass in Gokarna.

Best Time to Visit Gokarna?

Gokarna, a tropical beachfront town, is warm and humid. The best time to visit Gokarna is during the winter months, which are colourful, relaxing, and lush. Visit Gokarna from October to March. Most tourists visit from late November to early February. From March to June, the summers are hot and humid, and from July to September, when the monsoons are in full swing, it may rain every day.

From October to March, Gokarna is at its warmest. April and May are sticky months along the coast. The monsoon season isn't the best time to visit the beaches because they're untidy and have limited dining options. Post-rains, from September to December, is the finest season for water sports.

How to Reach Gokarna?

Gokarna via Road: If you are from Karnataka, you can opt for overnight buses linking from Bangalore, Mangalore, Udupi. There are also several bus services operating from Goa to Gokarna. One can catch straight buses to Gokarna from Mysore, Hyderabad, Panjim, Hubli, and Kochi. The drive to Gokarna is exceptionally scenic, and if you wish to drive, then you can also hire a personal cab or car from these cities to drive down directly to Gokarna. The town is about 59 kilometres from Karwar, 238 kilometres from Mangalore and 483 kilometres from Bengaluru.

Gokarna via Train: Gokarna has its own a railway station which is Gokarna Road, that is around 8 kilometres from the main town, but only a few trains go through it. Only the Matsyagandha express goes via Gokarna Road. Another close-by railway station to Gokarna is Kumta which is 31 kilometres and nearest railway station to Gokarna is Ankola located at a distance of about 20 kilometers which is well connected to major Indian cities and nearby areas.

Gokarna via Flight: Gokarna does not have an airport of its own. Hence, there is no airport to reach Gokarna directly. Due to Goa's proximity and accessibility, one can opt to fly down to Dabolim International Airport in Goa and hire a taxi to Gokarna. The distance from Dabolim airport in Goa to Gokarna is 157 kilometres. You can also reach Gokarna from Mangalore by air around 235 kilometres away from the Gokarna town or from Hubli airport, which is 147 kilometres from Gokarna.

Places to visit near Gokarna?

Nearby Places from Gokarna

One can explore Gokarna over 2 to 3 days, but if you have some more days in hand, some noteworthy nearby locations can be included in your Gokarna trip. Goa to Gokarna distance is 134.4 kilometers via NH 66

Vibhooti Waterfalls: Vibhooti is a little cascade close to Yana, around 50 kms from Sirsi North Kanara, Western Ghats. The falls got its name from the Limestone rock close by. The beautiful drop of water amid the lavish backwoods leaves one in amazement at the marvels of nature.

Yana Caves: Located a right way off 52 kilometres from Gokarna, Yana lies in Kumta town of North Karnataka. It is visited for its noteworthy sanctuaries arranged in obscurity limestone rock constructions of the western ghats. Yana is a petite town situated in Gokarna, whose sumptuous environmental factors and the rough landscape are ideal for exercises like cycling and travelling. Yana is famous for its unique stone developments called Karst or Asteroids.

Mirjan Fort: This fortification is found just 11 kilometres from Gokarna. A sixteenth-century fortress of Nawayath Sultanate is known for its history and greenery all over the post's dividers. The green spread gives an engaging perspective on the Western Ghats and Agahanashini River.

Murudeshwara: Famous for its enormous Shiva sculpture overseeing the ocean, Murudeshwara is situated at a distance of 78 kilometres from Gokarna. A sanctuary, the Shiva sculpture and the Murudeshwar seashore are the primary attractions here. The 123-ft. high Shiva sculpture is the second biggest Shiva sculpture on the planet and has become a milestone of Murudeshwar. Murudeshwar Temple is built on the slope of Kanduka. The sanctuary has a 20 celebrated gopura called the Raja Gopura. One can also plan a scuba diving experience to Netrani Islands.

Goa to murudeshwara distance is 191.6 kilometers via NH 66.

Karwar Beach and Sadashivgad Fort: An hour's drive from Gokarna, Karwar also has its novel seashores alongside the Naval base.


What are the best beaches in Gokarna?

Answer: Gokarna boasts beautiful and serene beaches, with popular ones like Kudle Beach, Om Beach, and Paradise Beach. Each offers a unique experience, from relaxation to water sports.

When is the best time to visit Gokarna for a vacation?

Answer: The ideal time to visit Gokarna is during the winter months, from October to March. This period offers pleasant weather and is perfect for beach activities.

How can I reach Gokarna by road?

Answer: Gokarna is well-connected by road. You can take overnight buses from cities like Bangalore, Mangalore, and Goa. Alternatively, you can hire a personal cab for a scenic drive to Gokarna.

Is there a railway station in Gokarna?

Answer: Yes, Gokarna has a railway station called Gokarna Road. However, only a few trains pass through it. The nearest major railway station is Ankola, located about 20 kilometers away.

Can I reach Gokarna by flight?

Answer: Gokarna does not have its own airport. Travelers often choose to fly to Dabolim International Airport in Goa and then hire a taxi to Gokarna, which is around 157 kilometers away.

What are some nearby places to visit from Gokarna?

Answer: You can explore nearby attractions like Vibhooti Waterfalls, Yana Caves, Mirjan Fort, Murudeshwara, and Karwar Beach. These places offer a mix of natural beauty and historical sites.

Which beach in Gokarna is best for water sports and adventure activities?

Answer: If you're into water sports and adventure, Om Beach in Gokarna is the place to be. It offers activities like surfing, scuba diving, snorkeling, parasailing, and jet skiing for adrenaline junkies.


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