Gokarna Beach Trek
Go trekking along the beaches of Gokarna & embark on on incredible adventure in this picturesque town where the ocean meets the western ghats.
Gokarna beach trek is an excellent way to discover the culture & wild beauty of Gokarna with a perfect blend of chill-out time & exploration. Walk along the pristine beaches of this temple town, enjoy beautiful sunsets, & stop along the old fort of Mirjan. There’s a bonus of a pristine waterfall hidden in the midst of thick jungle too! Add to this a couple of other beautiful places to explore and the company of like-minded travellers, you’re sure to come back with lots of wonderful memories and an invigorated ‘you’.
10Kms approximately (to and fro)
- Beach trek & camping.
- Mirjan Fort.
- Vibhooti Falls.
Is this trip right for you?
The campsite we stay at Gokarna is clean & well-maintained. However, don’t expect any luxuries as it is a camping location. Part of the experience here is learning to be resourceful with the available facilities.
Things to carry
Don’t worry about packing too much or too little. Here’s just everything that you need to carry- a rucksack, a water bottle, torch, sunglasses, sunscreen, personal medicine, a pair of clothes, undergarments, socks, a towel, toilet kit, portable charger, flip-flops, hiking shoes. And, a camera to capture the memories(optional).Don’t forget to bring loads of enthusiasm 🙂
Pick up & drop points
- Travel to & fro Bengaluru (Non-AC, with pushback seats)
- Multi-sharing accommodation
- 2 breakfasts
- Campfire (if weather conditions permit)
- Access to first aid kit
- Sunday lunch & dinner.
- Any kind of insurance.
- Any other miscellaneous expenses which is not mentioned in the inclusions above.
Departure Time7:30 PM.
Return TimeApproximately 5.00 AM on Monday.
Arrive at the campsite close to the beach where tents will be allocated to you. Get fresh & have breakfast before setting off to Belekan beach from where the beach trek starts. Belekan is a small village near Tadadi port & will be the starting point of your Gokarna beach trek. The other beaches you'll cover on this trek are Paradise beach, Small-hell beach, Half-moon beach, Om beach & Kudle beach.
This is where you begin the trek. It is not really a tourist place & is also a very small beach. There is small shop here near the end of the beach where you can buy some snacks & refreshments if you desire. Paradise beach which is the first major beach we go to is around 15-20 mins walk from here.
Paradise beach is a beach which was a very secluded beach until very recently. You could only find the foreign crowd here if you had visited it a few years ago. In the recent times it has gained popularity among the locals as many people are opting to explore the unseen side of the place rather than just visiting the popular beaches in Gokarna. But still it is relatively less-crowded than other beaches as people need to trek from either Om beach or Belekan beach to reach Paradise beach. The laid-back vibe here makes you forget everything & get into the 'Sun, Sand & Sea' mode. The graffiti on the dilapidated walls at the beach & the people chilling here in their hammocks adds to the charm of the place.
From Paradise beach we proceed further to small-hell beach which gets its name from a cliff known as hell's cliff next to the beach. The view of the ocean from this part of the Gokarna beach trek trail is serene & also makes for a good place to take some nice photos.
The next beach we encounter is Half-moon beach which is named so because of its crescent shape. This beach is usually not much crowded. You can spend some time here before proceeding to the 'Rock of peace' from where you can soak in the beautiful views of the Arabian sea & also spot dolphins if you are lucky.
Om beach undoubtedly is the most famous of all the beaches in Gokarna. It is named so because of its double-crescent shape which is similar to the Hindu symbol 'Om'. This is also one of the most crowded beaches after the Gokarna main beach. Here you can find everything from shops from where you can buy memorabilia to adventure water sports like banana ride & jet-ski.
Also the famous Namaste cafe is located here at Om beach.
After spending some time here we proceed to Kudle beach where the beach trek will end.
Kudle beach which is well-known for its sunset is another popular beach in Gokarna after Om beach. The beach is dotted with many cafes that serve international cuisine. This is a perfect place to spend some quality time playing beach volleyball or a game of frisbee. Watching the sun set into the Arabian sea colouring the sky in hues of orange is a blissful experience.
After spending the evening at Kudle beach you return to the campsite/stay where you'll have conversations & share stories with your fellow travellers around a campfire
Head off to Gokarna town at 9.00 AM after finishing your breakfast. The buzzing town boasts of many ancient temples of which the Mahabaleshwara temple is the most famous & is also the main temple in the town. The contrast of the rustic vibes of the town with its bustling activity is striking. From here we head to Mirjan Fort which is around 20 KM from Gokarna town. Located between Gokarna & Kumta, this 16th century fort is known for its architectural grandeur & was built by Queen Chennabhairadevi famously known as 'the pepper queen' as she controlled the pepper trade in the region. This fort is a feast to the eyes especially during monsoon & post-monsoon. It is a good place for photography too.
Our next destination is Vibhooti falls near Yana in Uttara Kannada. It is one of the loveliest tiered falls in Karnataka & taking a dip in the plunge pool of this falls is a rejuvenating experience. After some jolly frolicking in the waters we get back in the bus & head back to Bengaluru with lots of memories & new friends made at your trip with Wanderophile.