27th & 28th March, 2021
Prepare for some thrilling adventures during this action packed weekend at Dandeli.
The Kali river winding through Dandeli provides thrill-seekers a setting for some serious adrenalin-fuelled fun. Experience camping, go river-rafting, see ancient rock formations & more in the wild adventure land of Dandeli. 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’.
|Travel to & fro Bengaluru (Non-AC, with pushback seats)
| Multi-sharing accommodation
|2 breakfasts, 1 Dinner, Tea & Snacks
||River-Rafting/ Other Water Sports
|Any kind of Insurance
|Anything not mentioned in the inclusions above
Departure from Bangalore at 7.00 PM
Reach campsite at Dandeli,
Get fresh & have breakfast
Go to Syntheri Rocks by bus
Return to campsite for lunch
Go for river-rafting
Reach back campsite, dinner & campfire
Get fresh, finish breakfast
Checkout from the campsite
Start return journey to Bangalore
Have self-sponsored Lunch
Hike to Chitradurga Fort & watch sunset
Reach Bangalore by 5.00 AM in the morning
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 🙂
- River rafting
- Syntheri Rocks
- Chitradurga Fort
Is this trip right for you?
The campsite we stay at Dandeli 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.
Pick up & drop points
- Silkboard Junction
- Opp. Majestic Metro Station
- Mekhri circle
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.