People in India often associate beaches with GOA on mainstream notion.While most of the people head out to goa during the season or new year period,there is a much cheaper, less crowded & cleaner version of the beaches than goa.(North Goa commercialized beaches)
Named Gokarna,a small nondescript town lying in the uttar Kannada area of Karnataka. Its based out on the Arabian sea side,popular destination for Hindus,as sacred sites like Mahabaleshwar Temple, Koti Teertha are present. The town is also home to hippies due to clean n flat beaches such as palm-lined Gokarna main beach,Kudle beach and Om beach & others.
How to reach ?
# Plan in advance- Must
#Best plan - Travel overnight on Friday.
Stay over a weekend. 2Days/1Night.
Get back by Monday morning.(Always Prefer Train)
*Bus- Time ranging from 19.5 hours to 15 hrs -AC sleeper, Price 2200 - 1100 (AC/Non AC)
Drop at madengiri-25 mins ride to gokarna town
#MATSYAGANDHA EXP -12619 - 11 Hr 46 mins(LTT to Gokarna road) Sleeper - 460/-, 3 Tr - 1215 /- , 2 Tr - 1735 /-( runs daily).
#MARU SAGAR EXP -12978- 11hr 5 mins(Vasai Road to Gokarna Road) Sleeper- 460/-, 3 Tr - 1225/-, 2 tr- 1750 /-(Runs Saturday Only)
* Also accessible by road - 19 + Hours counting bad roads n numerous pit stops. Good roads @ Pune expressway, Satara Kolhapur highway n karnataka Highways.Expert drivers required as well as hard cash for numerous tolls.If going by bus or Train hire a local two wheeler for going around.It is very handy.Carry your own water bottle,refill at cafes or hotels.
What to Expect-
*Irritating vendors selling beads,
*Irritating Indian tourist's habit's of throwing cans,plastic wrappers & water bottles & glass bottles post consumption of beer or liquor.
*Clean water to swim in.
*Good accommodation.Good food if u go to the right places
*Beer & Beautiful sunrises & sunsets
What not to Expect-
*Hard liquor (Banned & risky if found on body)
*Weed (Although banned but still available would suggest to avoid it as its risky if found on body by cops)
*Relics or Monuments
Must Experience :
*Namaste Cafe at Om Beach.
*Zostel at Kudle Beach.
*Hummus at Premaa restaurant(They are building a new one near downhill road to kudle beach.)
*Coffee at Namaste Yoga Farm.
*Sunrise from the mountain top behind halfway home/ New Premaa restaurant
*Stay in a tent @ Halfway home
*Phytoplankton experience thru local guides.(If possible book in advance for the same.Its a late night trek to a village in full moon where u can experience it.)We skipped it. :(:(
Where to stay ??