Best time to visitNovember - January
Things to doSwimming, hiking, photography
Best MonthsSeptember - May
Traveller TypesFriends, Couples, Families
Rank2 out of 11 attractions in Gokarna
Out of the four pristine beaches here, the Om Beach is also named as the Gokarna Beach. The name 'Om' comes from the fact that the beach makes a perfect symbol of 'Om' here. It is a beautiful place but not fit for swimming as the slope is steep and thus the waves are a bit fierce. You can enjoy a picnic here or walk along the beach admiring the beautiful sceneries filled with greenery. There is also a hill nearby on top of which the famous Om Beach Resort is situated. From on top of this hill you can get clear panoramic views of the whole town.
Places to stay near Om Beach
Reviews of Om Beach • 78
5. Accomodation ON THE BEACH is cheaper than a hotel which claims to walkable from the beach in Goa.Beautiful shacks and cottages. Remember where Julia Roberts lived in Bali, the bamboo cottage in "Eat-Pray-Love" ? Yes, you heard me right, you can get similar experiences by not shedding out much off your pocket.
3.Gypsy Island! Doesn't make Gokarna cooler yet?What if I tell you, there is a secluded island which is accessible only through waterway and hippie travelers camp there for several days. Reminded me scenes from "Return to the blue Lagoon" and Leonardo Di'Caprio's " The Beach".
We spent some time there and reluctantly we continued our trek to Paradise beach. Path is clear but it's little steep this time. You can opt the route on beach line where you have to cross the rocks which is little risky. This trek took around 40 minutes and this beach is so isolated that there were hardly 10 people other than us. Water is so clear and the view was stunning and felt like I was in some isolated island of Maldives.
At 2AM we finally slept and woke up at 5.30AM. We packed our tents and freshen up in Shacks and had yummy bread omelet and hot coffee. Till 9AM we were just chilling out in OM beach. Clouds saved us from Sun and the gushing sound of ocean waves is so soothing to ears.
Temple was so peaceful and the environment felt like heaven. We spent some time in the temple and started to Gokarna at 6.30PM. It takes two hours journey from Murudeswar to Gokarna.
Paradise beach- This beach is a little ahead of half moon beach. it was once the most preferred beach of the hippies due to its raw exceptional beauty and also a real paradise. The beach has a very high waves and usually not preferable to take dip unless you are professional. Again there is no much options for accommodation here. The place is isolated and if you are looking for a peace and silence from everything that is happening in the world. This is the ideal place to spend time.
Om Beach- This is one of the most favorite beach for most of the travelers, most of the people prefer staying here as it is between the rest of the beaches. one who stays here must try to trek from Om Beach to half moon beach to witness the OM sign in Sanskrit from above. The beach is approximately 5km from the town and you can take a rickshaw to get here if you are travelling by public transport. you may bump it to lot of foreign backpackers singing songs with there guitar or playing with hoola hoops . There are also lot of sports activities if you visit during the season and a must try.
Gokarna Beach- This beach is not mostly proffered by the travelers as the last rituals and customs are performed here in the sea and is closest to the pilgrim. Also this part of the sea is a bit messy. but one must visit the Mahabaleshwar temple for its history.
Gokarna is heaven for sea food lovers! A YouTuber I follow (Shout out to Wondering Llyod – follow him!) recommended we go to a locals house that servers fish meals for lunch and dinner near the Gokarna beach. Its a house and not a restaurant but we payed just Rs1000 for 9 people for absolutely delicious food! The place was near Gokarna beach in a lane right opposite a popular restaurant called Prerma. But make sure you go between the standard lunch / dinner timings!
3 of us set of from Mumbai in an overnight bus to meet the gang at Namaste cafe which is situated at the Om beach. Namaste cafe was a brilliant choice of stay as it was right by the beach and you would wake up to the beautiful and mesmerizing sound of the waves.
Continuing on our trek, it felt majestic to walk along the mountain trail where you can see the sea-waves crashing on the rocks nearby, prompting us all to jump to those. Paradise beach looked just like a private beach with only one shack there.
Gokarna to Honnavar, a 50-km coastal stretch, is popular for its breezy routes and pristine beaches, and one can spot many backpackers here getting sun-kissed and taking over the rocky cliffs on the shores of white sand beaches. Of late, the coastline has become extremely popular with trekkers, and there are many groups that organize treks here.
4. Gokarna Beach trekGokarna is a small town in Karnataka, which lies at the confluence of the Sahyadri hills and the Arabian sea. It is believed that Lord Shiva appeared out of a cow's ear here (hence the name Gokarna). Located just 150 km from Goa, it is a popular weekend destination among backpackers and the trek along the coastline is one of the most coveted travel experiences here.
After my lunch I headed to the Gokarna Beach settled down for a while. The Gokarna Beach is too mainstream like the rest of the beaches with alot of crowd. They also have options of a few water rides at Gokarna Beach. You can spend some time here and then you can gradually proceed for Half Moon Beach or Paradise Beach. I had to charge my phone as I hadnt for 2 good days. Just walking along the roads I came across Koti Tirtha, A man made tank, Koti Tirtha is considered to be extremely sacred and is used for ritual bathing and immersing idols. The tank is surrounded by temples on all sides.Once done you are through with the destination and then you may proceed for Gokarna Bus Stand. And then from there a straight bus to Madanreri the Gokarna Road Railway Station. To break down the costs. Vasai Road station to Gokarna Road station fare ₹206, general. Gokarna Road Railway station to Gokarna Bus Stand. ₹10, state buses. Gokarna Bus stand to Om Beach ₹100, auto rickshaw. Gokarna Bus Stand to Gokarna Road railway Station, ₹10 bus. Gokarna Road to Thane station, ₹206 general ticket fare. The rest depending upon the food cost incurred. Quick facts :Local languages are Kannada, Tullu, Konkani however due to the tourist movements people are still willing to speak in Hindi with you and they happily accept you. Best time to visit is during the winter months of October to February. The cool climate is great for sightseeing and you can explore all the beaches and temples and take your time with it.Clothing: Pack some cotton clothes if you plan to visit during summer. In winter, light woollen clothes are a must to keep warm as the weather can get quite chilly. Moving around: Walking is the best way to explore this small town. Taxis, rickshaws and buses are spotted quite regularly and you can get a taxi/rickshaw to take you from one place to another in 100-150 rupees after a bit of bargaining.For any queries please drop in a message in the comments section below. I would love to hear from you. Keep Travelling !!Follow me on Instagram : theglobetrottersnuminous
I personally found the Om Beach much exciting there are a few shacks around where in you can lay and enjoy your beer. There is Namaste Cafe as soon as you get down the stairs. I found this cafe quite satisfying the food here is pretty delicious and the seafood is a must try. A pint of beer costs between 150-200. The cafe has its own guest house so the rest of the people are made to wait in the queue as first preference is given to their own guesthouse members. After a few 100 metres there is another Dolphin Cafe I loved their coffee which was for about ₹25. Apparently the day I arrived Gokarna it was already 19:00 hours and it was absolutely dark. Fortunately all the guesthouses were sold out. I was left with the only option to rest at the beach, not sure about you guys but that was more then exciting to me. So there are few benches which are placed by the shore. Trust me it’s perfectly fine to sleep on the benches too not even a single person bothered to ask. Incase you are carrying your tents ⛺️ you can even set it up wherever you like. The weather thankfully cooperated with me and I was perfectly alright.
Waking up at 05.30 am was an amazing view and by 06.30 it had already started raining I had a shelter by then. It rained for about 3 hours straight which made the weather a bit cold. I started walking towards the next Kudle Beach. So you have to climb the stairs again and then you have to trek upon the concrete roads. Hitchhike is the perfect option. Since Kudle Beach is about 1.5 kms from Gokarna.
1700 reached Paradise Beach. It was jus a wow moment. I only c 20 forenginers wid 6 to 8 babes in hottie bikini's playin volley ball, hula hoopa. It was like real paradise i say..Then we Pitched oua tents n relaxed in da water for an hour n everything become calm n silence in da beach, we only listen water sound n cool breezes.. then forenginers left da beach n v 27ppl on da beach. . .2030 had a camfire n sum r singing songs n talkings n wid dinner.Nov 13th 20160430 wakeup call and backpacked in 30min.
1330 started from Gokarna Beach to Om Beach.1400 reached Om Beach.Started trek from Om Beach to Paradise Beach trails. Which is an 11km trek approx. Duration of 3hours, covering Half Moon Beach, Hell Cliff and Small Hell Beach. The trails r easy to explore n afta 3hrs we reached Paradise Beach.
Quest - A long or arduous search for something".So my trip to GOKARNA wasn't just a leisure trip, it was a quest for self-discovery. My life was more like Liz Gilbert (Julia Roberts) from the movie, Eat Pray love. I was literally a wander lust aimlessly moving from one city to another until I reached to this beautiful small town laying on the bedside of Konkan Ghats. This place usually attracts those crowd looking for a low-key chilled out holiday beaches. Not to forget, it is also a pilgrimage destination for HindusThree months back after witnessing a terribly incident I was at a crossroads. I had to step out of my comfort zone and had to go on a self-discovery journey and what better place to discover the true glee of nourishment.GOKARNA means "Gow" meaning cow and "Karna" means Ears. If you see the geographical outline of GOKARNA, it resembles a cow's ear. Hard to believe? Well then it's time to visit this place and find it out for yourself.After taking a night bus from Majestic bus from Bangalore, we reached GOKARNA town in the morning around 9am.It took us about 12 hours to reach via bus. So we rented an auto from the bus stand and went through the small narrow roads of the town eye witnessing some of the beautiful ancient temples.Instead of making a beeline straight to the beaches, we decided to visit these sacred temples and offer our prayers to the lord Shiva. After a spiritual experience, we headed straight to kudle beach where we had booked our rooms at GOKARNA International Resorts. This beach has some good rooms and Shacks to chill around. With restaurant opens till late night one can enjoy night roar of the beach with their preferred drinks along.After a long night, next day we engaged an auto to visit Om beach. Om beach is lined with shacks on the sides offering cheap accommodation and restaurants with exotic menus. Namaste Cafe is one of the sought - after restaurants here. There is a bevy of fun water sports activities available on the beach, including speed boats, surfing etc.After an exotic dinner at Namaste café we went back to our rooms.Next day we checked out early from the resort and kept our bags at this beautiful café called CAFE 1987 this place had a great vibe and a closeness to the breath-taking view. We spent our entire day in this café. The food, the artwork, the music and the crew were all best. One can easily spend hours in this café admiring the amazing artwork on the café walls. Make a note this place offers only vegetarian food.In short café 1987 - "GOOD FOOD, GOOD MOOD".In conclusion this is what I can say about this beautiful place called GOKARNA (more in a poetic language)Bewildered in time, adrift I feelDescrying myself in piecesScattered all over this placeStowed a pin on a mapFound myself here, lost againInside this beautiful abyssBroken in subtle way, my decayed soul is here for meFor it is now, now as muchThe past, present and future
For trekking we had to again go to Om Beach, without spending much time on the beach we directly headed to the small hill which was the only way to Half-moon beach for us. There was no particular path alongside the sea, we just followed our instincts also three dogs. They were with us all along the way and we felt as they came just to show us the way and drop us back safely to the place from where we started the ascend to hill.
The beach nearest to Zostel but the last to visit was Gokarna beach. This was where we spend the most of our time. Had snacks in the local chats stalls and just enjoyed the sun-set.
A heaven for sunset, seafood and sea lovers, this beach is one of the most popular beaches in Gokarna. The Om Beach traces the shape of the Hindu Symbol of Om. One can go here in the evening to enjoy the sunset by the beach followed by a delicious sea food dinner.
This beach is usually the most crowded beach in Gokarna since its the Main beach and is the closest from the Mahabaleshwar Temple. The Mahabaleshwar temple is located on the shores of the Arabian Sea in the holy town and enshrines the Atma Lingam of Lord Shiva.This place can be perfect for street shopping, and having local street food. You can try out Prema Restaurant to enjoy delicious and cheap vegetarian food.
The serenity of this place was indeed different and special. One can either reach this beach by trekking or by taking a ferry ride from the Om beach. You can stay overnight on this beach, only by pitching your own tents. No other accommodation facility is available there. The beach is extremely clean and a bunch of local vendors can be found selling tea, fruits and snacks.
Post lunch and a stroll on the beach, we went for some water sports and sat around to watch another mesmerising sunset before we headed back to Bangalore.In the days that I was here, I had encounters that were innumerably good and some not as much.Goa has just so much to offer and it is definitely beyond just alcohol and parties (if that's what you think). It depends on what you're looking for and will draw you in every single time you go.It's not just a place but an experience!