A hidden gem on Karnataka coast - Nirvana Beach!!! #HiddenGems

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25th Dec 2017
Photo of A hidden gem on Karnataka coast - Nirvana Beach!!! #HiddenGems by Pooja Khandelwal

With tourism picking up in last few years in India and around the world, there are hardly any places left where you would not find flocks of people. The first thing which comes to my mind whenever I visit any place is the crowds and too many people around!

Why Nirvana, not Gokarna or Kudle?

Though I like the places which are buzzing, colourful and full of people, however once in a while you want to be just in your own company enjoying the serenity and calmness of a place without anyone around, isn't it?

If you want that one place, that too beach side, "NIRVANA BEACH" on Karnataka coast is the answer.

Kilometres of golden sandy beach, until your eyes can see, with a few locals on the beach, hardly any tourists around, few fishing boats parked sparsely and the local kids enjoying their day to day lives, that's what Nirvana Beach is! :)

Photo of A hidden gem on Karnataka coast - Nirvana Beach!!! #HiddenGems 1/5 by Pooja Khandelwal
An evening dip - No one around, except you :)
Photo of A hidden gem on Karnataka coast - Nirvana Beach!!! #HiddenGems 2/5 by Pooja Khandelwal
A local, with his boat

Moreover the other famous beaches like Kudle, Gokarna, Half moon etc. are just a boat ride away; so if you feel too secluded and miss the buzzing cafes and crowds, you can very well escape to sample that easily!

How to reach:

If you navigate this place on a boat, it is not far from the famous Kudle beach near Gokarna, however if you would like to reach by road, it is quite tedious but completely worth it!

We found this place accidently, while driving our beast in a searching for a secluded place to stay on the Karnataka coast as we didn't like crowded Gokarna to stay for couple of days!

When you look for a route in google, it will show you a ferry route, however in reality this ferry is closed for operations. So, all you left is with driving a longer route of 45 kilometers which will take you at least an hour and a half due to extremely poor roads. Though the road conditions are poor, but it is still completely worth to go and stay here for couple of days of complete secludedness and bliss!

Photo of A hidden gem on Karnataka coast - Nirvana Beach!!! #HiddenGems 3/5 by Pooja Khandelwal
That's the driving route. Avoid the google suggestion of Ferry route, as the Ferry port is closed permanently. We wasted a bit of time figuring this out

Where to stay:

Since the place is not known to many and still not on a tourists radar, there are only very options which we could find to stay.

One of them was "Nirvana Nature on Nirvana beach via Kumta", and it was amazing with an option to stay in an open tree house as well as few rooms available. The owner of the place was really helpful in explaining about the place and arranging a boat for us to explore around.

Photo of A hidden gem on Karnataka coast - Nirvana Beach!!! #HiddenGems 4/5 by Pooja Khandelwal
That's our tree house
Photo of A hidden gem on Karnataka coast - Nirvana Beach!!! #HiddenGems 5/5 by Pooja Khandelwal
A view from our tree house - right in the nature!

Another place we stayed in, which was just next to Nirvana Nature was "Parn Kuteer". We didn't like the place much because of poor maintenance of rooms and toilets. They were very very basic and wouldn't suit to many. However you have an option to bring your own tent and camp here.

What to do

Day 1

Lounge around

You can enjoy lounging on the vast beach for couple of days easily without getting bored, in fact I can lounge here for a week easily just because of the fact that it gave me a feeling of such a high degree of secludedness and being on a private beach which I have never experienced anywhere else in India to date.

That's how we literally lounged on the beach ;)

Photo of Nirvana Beach, Karnataka by Pooja Khandelwal

That's how we literally lounged on the beach ;) - Coz it was Christmas!

Photo of Nirvana Beach, Karnataka by Pooja Khandelwal

Catch dreamy sunsets & Long walks on the coast

Sunsets are the best here over the vast shores and blue skies! We ended up being on the beach daily to catch the sunsets for sure!

If you enjoy being active, there is no dearth of a track! The coast runs for miles which you can walk or jog during the morning or evenings.

That's how we spent our evenings, witnessing sunsets with no one around

Photo of A hidden gem on Karnataka coast - Nirvana Beach!!! #HiddenGems by Pooja Khandelwal

That's how we spent our evenings, witnessing sunsets with no one around

Photo of A hidden gem on Karnataka coast - Nirvana Beach!!! #HiddenGems by Pooja Khandelwal

That's how we spent our evenings, witnessing sunsets with no one around

Photo of A hidden gem on Karnataka coast - Nirvana Beach!!! #HiddenGems by Pooja Khandelwal

That's how we spent our evenings, witnessing sunsets with no one around

Photo of A hidden gem on Karnataka coast - Nirvana Beach!!! #HiddenGems by Pooja Khandelwal

That's how we spent our evenings, witnessing sunsets with no one around

Photo of A hidden gem on Karnataka coast - Nirvana Beach!!! #HiddenGems by Pooja Khandelwal

Enjoy the nature in Nirvana Nature Reserve

The Nirvana Nature reserve, where we stayed itself is a place to explore with its in-house flora and fauna characterized by unusually giant toads, little ponds and tropical trees around.

Pond with those toads

Photo of A hidden gem on Karnataka coast - Nirvana Beach!!! #HiddenGems by Pooja Khandelwal

A closer view

Photo of A hidden gem on Karnataka coast - Nirvana Beach!!! #HiddenGems by Pooja Khandelwal

A true feeling of being in nature

Photo of A hidden gem on Karnataka coast - Nirvana Beach!!! #HiddenGems by Pooja Khandelwal

Bonfire on the beach

You can get a Bonfire arranged on the beach with some food and drinks while enjoying the evening breeze on the shores. Again, given the remoteness, there is a great chance of the whole beach to yourself to enjoy another calm experience.

Bonfire on the beach

Photo of A hidden gem on Karnataka coast - Nirvana Beach!!! #HiddenGems by Pooja Khandelwal

A private Bonfire :)

Photo of A hidden gem on Karnataka coast - Nirvana Beach!!! #HiddenGems by Pooja Khandelwal
Day 2

Take a day boat ride to enjoy beaches nearby

You can hire a boat from a local village to go around all the famous beaches like Kudle, Half Moon, Gokarna, Om, Paradise etc. Since these local hires are not usually for tourists, you really get a feel of exploring the sea with the locals, which is a different experience altogether.

That's a local fisherman, who agreed to take us on a day long boat ride

Photo of Gokarna, Karnataka, India by Pooja Khandelwal

Om Beach

Photo of Om Beach, Gokarna, Karnataka by Pooja Khandelwal

Halfmoon Beach

Photo of Half Moon Beach, Gokarna, Karnataka by Pooja Khandelwal

Small Hell Beach

Photo of Small Hell Beach, Gokarna, Karnataka by Pooja Khandelwal

Taking a dip at Paradise Beach

Photo of Paradise Beach, Gokarna, Karnataka by Pooja Khandelwal

Finally, glimpse of some people at Paradise Beach

Photo of Paradise Beach, Gokarna, Karnataka by Pooja Khandelwal

Towards Kudle Beach

Photo of Kudle Beach, Kudle Beach Road, Dandebagh, Gokarna, Karnataka, India by Pooja Khandelwal

Just two of us and our boat at Heaven Beach

Photo of Heaven Beach, Karnataka by Pooja Khandelwal

On our way back after a day filled with exploring the beaches around - How can we miss catching the sunset of the day :)

Photo of Heaven Beach, Karnataka by Pooja Khandelwal
Day 3

A day trip to Murudeshwar

Murudeshwar is a town lies on the coat of Arabian sea, famous for Murudeshwar temple and the world's second largest statue of Shiva

The town is very famous as a worship place amongst locals and tourists alike with a very crowded but a golden sand beach. We really enjoyed a day visit here, exploring the famous temples which itself takes around couple of hours to walk around.

Its an hour drive from Nirvana beach, but definitely worth a visit

Impressive temple roof and statue of lord Shiva

Photo of Murudeshwar, Karnataka, India by Pooja Khandelwal

Famous Lord Shiva statue

Photo of Murudeshwar, Karnataka, India by Pooja Khandelwal

Inside the temple

Photo of Murudeshwar, Karnataka, India by Pooja Khandelwal

That's Murudeshwar beach - look at the crowds

Photo of Murudeshwar, Karnataka, India by Pooja Khandelwal

Huge Nandi statue

Photo of Murudeshwar, Karnataka, India by Pooja Khandelwal
Photo of Murudeshwar, Karnataka, India by Pooja Khandelwal
Photo of Murudeshwar, Karnataka, India by Pooja Khandelwal

Another angle - Temple and beach on the backdrop

Photo of Murudeshwar, Karnataka, India by Pooja Khandelwal

Cost:

Transport: Rs 3000 (We drove our own car from Goa, so thats the fuel cost!)

Accomodation: Rs 3000

Food: Rs 1500

Boat Hire: Rs 1000 (can be divided between friends or a group)

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