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4 out of 11 attractions in Gokarna
Another one of the four beautiful beaches of the beach town of Gokarna, this is quite a popular one. The name is derived from the fact that this beach is of the shape of a semi- circle or a half moon. The terrain here is smooth and is thus a perfect place for swimming and diving. You can either enjoy these water activities or simply laze along the beach by taking a stroll. Picnic is a common activity enjoyed here. There are no holiday resorts around this beach and the only eatery or restaurant on the beach side is the 'Shantie's'.
Nidhi Jain
After a while we had the first glimpse of the next sea-shore and this brought a sense of happiness as well as relief.
Yashita Mahajan
The Half Moon Beach is a very secluded and a small beach. One can reach this beach either by a trek from the Om beach or by taking a ferry from the same. This beach does not have many shacks, and is not crowded at all. It comes on the way to the Paradise beach. Though not very popular, this place is a very calm and clean, perfect to take a dip in the sea and enjoy the calmness.
Nafisa Madraswala
Day 2 and we’re all well-rested. We safely bathed in a mosquito repellent lotion the previous night before sleeping to avoid any interruptions to the sweet dreams that were to follow. After another wholesome breakfast of some eggs and coffee, we’re all set with our bag packs filled with the essentials – first aid, torch, and an extra pair of clothes, water, sunscreen and some munchies. The only thing I forgot to pack was common sense since I made the vacuous decision of wearing slippers. – We’ll get to this story a little later.After following our intuition and with the help of a few locals, we made it to the Half Moon Beach. The journey through a forest and thorny bushes was really exciting with a few falls here and there. Half Moon Beach. What kept us going was the anticipation of what was to come. It was here that we met Miko who’d come to India from Greece for a 6 month long bag packing trip along with his girlfriend. He however came alone on this trek. Back there in Greece, they embrace the ‘to each-his-own’ policy really well. We then took a short break before heading to Paradise beach.
Nafisa Madraswala
Day 2 and we’re all well-rested. We safely bathed in a mosquito repellent lotion the previous night before sleeping to avoid any interruptions to the sweet dreams that were to follow. After another wholesome breakfast of some eggs and coffee, we’re all set with our bag packs filled with the essentials – first aid, torch, and an extra pair of clothes, water, sunscreen and some munchies. The only thing I forgot to pack was common sense since I made the vacuous decision of wearing slippers. – We’ll get to this story a little later.
Prateek Dham
Just like the one above, Half Moon Beach is also a secluded beach that you can take a ferry to from both Om and Kudle Beaches, or can even trek to from Paradise Beach. You might even be able to spot a dolphin or two here, so I recommend you stay here a while. The number of shacks here, however, is even less than on Paradise, so you might want to carry some eatables with you, if you are planning to be here till sunset. It's a great place for couples.Dinner
Jacinth Paul
Gokarna Beaches: We woke up to the sights of people doing Yoga on the beach and a beautiful sunrise. Quickly found out there are two ways to reach Paradise beach, the place know to be a hippie island. One with a boat and the other trekking through the cliffs and jungle next to the beach. We chose the later, carrying all the baggage trekking, jumping, climbing we managed to reach paradise beach. It was a challenging trek indeed especially the stretch after crossing the half moon beach. With coconut trees and rocks the place is a beauty, which use to be dotted with hippies five years back but later the shacks were demolished by the forest dept. You will find only one two guys selling some biscuits, fruits and nothing else. Need to be prepared with hammocks and tents in case if planning to stay over in the night.
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Gokarna Beaches: We woke up to the sights of people doing Yoga on the beach and a beautiful sunrise. Quickly found out there are two ways to reach Paradise beach, the place know to be a hippie island. One with a boat and the other trekking through the cliffs and jungle next to the beach. We chose the later, carrying all the baggage trekking, jumping, climbing we managed to reach paradise beach. It was a challenging trek indeed especially the stretch after crossing the half moon beach. With coconut trees and rocks the place is a beauty, which use to be dotted with hippies five years back but later the shacks were demolished by the forest dept. You will find only one two guys selling some biscuits, fruits and nothing else. Need to be prepared with hammocks and tents in case if planning to stay over in the night.
Rahul Basak
The energy is desirable as the trek becomes a bit more challenging with steep ascends in few places and cliffs to climb to reach the more secluded Half Moon beach.Half Moon is a tiny beach accessible only by foot or by boat and is mostly devoid of regular tourists. It has couple of shacks serving chilled beer and sea food. Here we started feeling bit away from the main-stream civilization… The world around us seemed to be already slowing down.. On one end of the beach where lies a tiny shack hidden behind few rocks we decided to lie down and enjoy the sound of the waves crashing against those rocks.The nature here starts playing games with your mind: a beautiful one of course. And music seemed the only way we could calm our wondering minds.And off we start our music sojourn again… and this time something in us motivated to hum something made by us.. Something which we own…We started making our own songs.. The beauty of nature were completely over us… It continued with us as we trekked ahead towards the Paradise beach which seemed to be just round the corner from half moon. As our luck has it, we met a guitarist traveller from Spain. While we jumped into the blue water, Rohit seemed to be engrossed in his guitar duet with the traveller. Paradise beach is to be best described as a slightly larger Half Moon beach...secluded, serene, peaceful and musical...:)
Masala Foie Gras
For Kudle we had to do a small trek down a hill, but the most fun was the Half Moon beach trek. It’s through a jungle, over a hill, the path is barely two feet wide (I’d wonder if you could even call it a path) and it precariously overlooks the steep fall to the sea. Definitely not the best way to take if you’re scared of heights or water or both! The only other way to access the other beaches is by boats which again are not all that frequent.But that trek which brings your heart to your mouth is well worth it! Imagine after that freaky trek arriving at a beach where you are the only person till as far as the eyes can see! These beaches I had heard were secluded but no one ever mentioned that secluded meant your own private beach with no one else around!!So next time your souls yearn for peace and to forget the world, without thinking much pack those bags to Gokarna!
Rini Biswas
Om Beach to Half MoonNow, rest of the trail is very easy. Just follow the picture trail I have left here and you would find yourself in the most scenic beach trek route ever!
Abhingya Patra
After this mini break, we asked around for available rooms. But finding none, we decided to trek our way to the Half Moon Beach, watching our foot and treading our way through the narrow winding path amidst bushes and trees, making sure we didn't take a wrong turn else we would land up in some forest, as was told to us by some tourists there. Relief washed over us as we reached the Half Moon Beach around 4 pm, panting and sweating. A solitary beach away from the maddening crowd, it nestled just a cafe with a few huts and mud houses for a reasonable price of 400 bucks. What shocked us was the absence of electricity and proper washrooms! Definitely adventurous! Since there was no option of going back, we decided to take this in our stride! And then the fun began! A beautiful beach, untouched by the large crowd thronging the most frequently visited beaches, far away from chaos, isolated and yet so serene- this was the best experience of sitting on wet sand, watching the waves come and go, building sand castles and playing in the water or simply swimming till you were content. A breathtaking sunset to behold, nothing could have seemed as magnificent. As the evening descended upon us, we decided to retire to our rooms and freshen up before heading for dinner at the beach cafe. The absence of electricity may not have been too useful all the time, but when we stepped out of our rooms, we saw the cafe lit up by a number of pretty lanterns. Right on the beach, we had amazing burgers and pancakes, amidst several conversations, getting to know each other while sipping on hot coffee, and laughing about a lot of things. After a long chat over dinner, we decided to walk along the shores. The moon-lit beach with its glistening waters and a few crabs scurrying across the sand and the light cool breeze worked magic, setting the scene for a long night of bonfire and endless conversations right on the beach. After chatting well into the wee hours of the morning, we retired to our rooms to catch a few hours of sleep before returning. The winds got stronger and the weather grew colder till we woke up pretty early to freshen up and catch an early breakfast.
Kirat S
Half Moon beach is separated by a small cliff from Om beach. Like all beaches in Gokarna, it’s sparsely crowded but immensely beautiful. The colour of the sky in Gokarna is always playing tricks and at the cost of sounding poetic, you’d think the colours are dancing! And no, we weren’t high on anything just completely taken in by the beauty of the beach. It’s also one of the few beaches that allow you to spend the night here at reasonable tariffs. You can also camp here and most tourists were also preparing for the night. After asking around, we discovered, you can set camp here but it’s best to get your camping gear from the city since camps here are a tad bit expensive.We stayed at Half Moon till about midnight before making our way back to the lodge not at all looking forward to the next day!Day 4The first thing I did once I woke up was to delay the cab by at least 3 hours. We were supposed to leave at noon for Goa but I just wasn’t ready to say goodbye yet. The next two days which would be spent in Goa were of no help either!
Damini Aggarwal
Paradise to Half moon beach trek is relatively tough as compared to the other routes.
Rini Biswas
My most place for the beach trek.
nizam inzi
Hidden gem of Gokarna . Seek solitude here.It can be reached only on foot from om beach by means of a short trek from Om beach.The path starts with a short trek through a dense cover of trees and shrubs after which you have the hills to your left and the sea to your right.This will give you the thrills definitely.
Shipra Dubey
Half Moon beach is smaller and less developed than Om Beach, and is reached by walking over the headland from Om. Try and connect with the nature and do not expect luxuries. Facilities are limited; there are a couple of small restaurants and a limited number of huts.
Abhingya Patra
A picturesque beauty, nurtured in the lap of nature, boasting of clear waters, a large stretch of light colored sand, untouched by the wrath of urbanization, Half Moon Beach has been well-preserved and secluded from the humdrum that surrounds the other beaches. This lesser known, unexplored beach is just how you would define serenity and beauty in one sentence. 
Raj Abhishek
Nice trek from Om beach to Half moon beach ( follow your GPS, may get confused at one turn or two ). You can explore the rocks but can't stay here. It's a pretty small beach.
Riya Poojary
It is a small beach and has limited restaurant and lesser huts. But still, as it is not as popular as Om beach, you can expect to be all by yourself while enjoying a nice stroll. The best way to not make this trip monotonous is by trekking from Om beach to Half Moon beach. I suggest you start the trek just before sunset so you can reach the beach side when the sun descents. The trek will include stretches of narrow paths overlooking the sea. You will be exposed to a panoramic view of the beach while the trek reaches its almost end. After watching the glorious sunset, lay down on the beach under the gaze of the heavily star-laced sky.