Trekking and beaches:
Honestly speaking, Gokarna was never on my list of places to travel. It was one fine day when I was talking to a friend about how I wanted a break from the city hustle and bustle that she mentioned Gokarn(as how locals call it) and all about it's secluded beaches. I did my own little research and immediately after, we started planning our itenary and finalized our travel dates.
Sneak peak -
Took an overnight bus and reached around 7 am on Oct 11th. It was a 9 hour long journey. You can also take a train but it takes close to 18 hours to reach Gokarna from Bangalore.
Gokarna beach was 5 mins away from our hotel and we decided to stop by here first before getting back to the plan. Our plan was to basically trek to Kudle beach and then Om beach. Kudle beach is one of the most secluded places in Gokarna. You can have some "me" time here if you wish to. We started our trek from Gokarna beach all the way to Kudle. It took us close to 50 mins given the photo sessions mid-way!! Normally it takes 30 mins to reach the place.
The tides were very high and there were danger flags everywhere. It's such a pleasure when the tides touch your feet! Such a soothing experience it always is. It was almost lunch time so we went to a nearby restaurant for food. It's called "Rock Paradise" if I'm not wrong. The food was pathetic trust me! Fish was no good either. Post lunch, we hit the beach again, had a kulfi from a shack nearby. This kulfi was the only good thing I had there! After this, we started our trek again from Kudle to Om beach. Plan was to reach Om beach and witness the sunset. Om beach is the most happening beach in Gokarna. You can find all the crowd here. There are some foreigner masseurs too who can give you some good massage. Such a stress buster! You can find a lot of jelly fishes and crabs in Om beach. So watch your feet while you are there :D We couldn't really watch the sunset because of the dark clouds. We also got time to visit half moon beach which is just near Om. I was tired from the 9 hour journey. The treks added to my misery. So we took an auto back to our hotel dropping our plan to trek back (silly us!). Trust me, I'd the best nap after all this. We wanted dinner and so we freshened up and walked to Gokarna beach again. We did some shopping on the way. Beach at night is a totally different experience. It's much more calm and soothing. We went to the park near the beach and sat there listening to the tides hitting the shore. What a pleasant thing to do! We had dinner post this and the day ended for us.