Gokarna

Om Beach
Trek To Paradise beach
Om beach
Diwali is around the corner & so is my birthdate. As usual, need to make this worth remembering. What to do? What to do?

Let’s go to Gokarna. A small town some 100 Km from South Goa. Within no time I made a plan to travel to this place. Gokarna was on my list since very long. It is known for its beaches & beautiful sunsets. The place is somewhat more like Goa’s in the 80's; calm, peaceful crowded with foreign tourists & clean & beautiful beaches. Goa in recent times has become a weekend getaway for Mumbai & Pune. Too much crowd has its toll on the place but still, it is worth a visit.

An overnight journey from Mumbai in train & we reached (me & my friend) Goa in the morning raring to spend some quality time in Goa. My earlier plan was to go to Gokarna directly. However, my friend has some friends coming up in Goa for few days. Thus, I decided to stay in Goa for two days & after that move to Gokarna. Goa, as usual, was fun & entertaining. There are only a few things that youngsters do in Goa these are exploring beaches, doing Parties, again exploring Beaches & again parties. So, after doing things needs to be done in Goa. It was time to move to Gokarna.

Gokarna from Goa is approx. 2.5 hours drive, the route between South Goa to Gokarna is beautiful as there are trees on the either side of the road. In no time we reached Gokarna. Gokarna is a small village located on the sea shore in Karnataka. I have heard a lot about this place, everyone said it is worth a visit. So, it was time to witness the unknown for me.
Sunset Om beach

First Impression of Gokarna


Gokarna is a laid back town, very quiet & extremely peaceful. This is not a place for people looking for parties. This place has its own charm. There is clear water beaches, soft sand, amazing sunset view & low numbers of humans. Sit outside enjoy the slow breeze & watch the sun setting in the sea. The peace of the place is hard to find. A place which has just the sound of the waves hitting the shore & dipping sun in the background is worth exploring.

Gokarna is a perfect getaway if you are looking for some perfect peaceful time. There is nothing much to do in Gokarna other than swimming, beaches exploration & some adventure activities like fast boat ride, dolphin ride & Surfing (One of the sites in India for surfing).

The best part of Gokarna is its beaches, you just can’t have enough of it. There are 4 beaches in this small time & all are beautiful & worth visiting. I went to Om beach & stayed there only. I trekked to Half moon beach, paradise beach which was within 1 hour of distance.
Cliff Gokarna

Things to Do

Beaches: Majority of crowd will be hopping beaches only. Gokarn beach, Kundle, Om Beach are some of the main attractions. But if looking for more private time try Half moon beach & Paradise beach.

Water Sports: There are few service providers who offer adventure sports. Gokarna is also famous for surfing, It is among the very few places which offer this sport. Dolphins sighting is one activity you can look for.

Sun sets: Sunsets can be witnessed from most of the places. But, Gokarna has its own charm. Sit near the shore enjoy the breeze & sound of waves. The sunsets here are more colorful.
No Way Gokarna
Om Beach Gokarna

How to Reach:

Train: Best way to reach Gokarna by train is to travel till Madgaon or Karwar. There is a passenger train running from Madgaon to Mangalore which halts at Gokarn road. Train journey from Madgaon to Gokarn road takes 2.5 hours. Cost of tickets is very minimum (around Rs 60 per passenger) From Gokarna road, take a rickshaw which will cost around Rs 350 (prices may vary with time)

Bus & taxis : Buses & taxis are also available from Karwar & Goa. Buses & taxis charges are high compared to the train. I traveled on a shoestring budget hence chose train for my commutation.
Cost Expenses Gokarna

Cost

I spend Rs 3k for two days for all my expenditure.
Food: Food cost is a bit higher as per the liking. The taste was average. There are lots of option for eating & drinking all along the coast. The average meal for two people will cost around Rs 600. Alcohol is not as cheap as in Goa. One has to spend more than Rs 200 for a bottle of beer.

Accommodation: Namastey cafe was the place where I stayed. It has a private access to the beach. It has its own restaurant. The place has plenty of option for staying. The price of 2 bed room was Rs 800 per day. The prices may vary during peak season.

If you are a camping person, need not to worry there are lots of sites where you can put your camp.

Commutation: Gokarna road & Om beach are at a distance of 6Km. I stayed near Om beach which had access to other beaches like Half moon beach, paradise beach through walking. There is also a speed boat available for travelling between the beaches. Bus & auto services for the station are available from Om beach. .Usually auto charges Rs 150 from Om beach to Gokarna city & Rs 350 to Gokarna Road (railway station of Gokarna)
The legacy of celebrating birthdays with new activities (I got tattoo done on my birthday, then I went to Mt Hua) still going strong. I hope I can maintain the record for some more years.

I would appreciate your comments & your feedbacks on my experience.

17 thoughts on “Gokarna

  1. Hi! Thanks for the blog! I am going to Madgoan for a week. I have reserved a day to go to Gokharna mainly to visit the the Mahabaleshwar temple. Can this be done in a day?

  2. Is it a good picnic spot for high school children? Can the cost come around 1000 bucks per head for a two days trip if there are 10 people in the group?

  3. Do you have any contact number for Namaste Cafe?I have heard that this pace is good ,but was not able to book online.

    1. I don’t have the number of the cafe.
      Yeah, it is very nice place to stay. But, one can find accommodation at the spot as well.
      you can try that once in Gokarna.

      Regards,
      Anand

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  6. You didn’t even mentioned Shree Mahabaleshwara Temple in your post.
    And yes don’t expect Goa in Gokarna,It will never be.

    1. Yeah, I didn’t mentioned it as I didn’t visited the temple.
      All this is my personal experience.
      Thanks for the comment.

  7. Nicely expressd and captured anand , beautiful OM beach reminds me the autumn of 2010 , beautiful place to be enjoy the natures silence .

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