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 • 97
After getting done with few famous temples around (not so interesting :p) and the local Gokarna beach on day-1, day-2 needed a bit of adventure for sure. So, we headed towards the happening Om beach.
We started our day quite spiritually :p went to the famous Mahabaleshwar temple and had delicious laddoos. The best part to be honest. Then, it was beach time! Gokarna beach it is.
2.Exploring the by-lanes of the quiet gokarna town. Gokarna is a small place and it ends before it even begins.travelling to the by-lanes and exploring gokarna on foot and spending time roaming in the town and getting to know the villagers and travelers.3.Try the food and stay in a cottage.Staying in cottages for as low as 200 Rs for a Day and cheap food is what you will enjoy if you are staying at one of the beaches.There is also a lot of variety of food to choose from and it is tasty.Alcohol costly.So if you are looking for cheap alcohol and a party scene you should be heading to Goa.
(Shantidham) Clean and Calm Sea View CottagesWhere: Om Beach, Gokarna, KarnatakaIdeal for: People looking for a place to relax away from the busy, noisy, polluted and crowded city life.Price: ₹1,500 onwards
For the night trek, we planned to Go to the Belekan Beach and then trek to the Paradise beach which is about 15-20 minutes of walking. The hike is not very steep and the terrain is pretty moderate for a regular person to complete. We saw many people camping in the Paradise beach at night and a pyre of fire too. It was overall a nice experience but we didn't see the planktons :P
After having spent sometime at the Gokarna beach, we decided to trek through the three beaches, namely, Kudle beach, Om beach and Half moon beach in order to reach the fourth one "the Paradise beach". It was an easy trek, with a fabulous view of the sea. However, paradise beach was the most disappointing one until I realized it was meant for campfire parties on seeing the disposal of beer bottles while finding our way back to the road.
I had been craving for “kabadi” with the waves. Gokarna beach was the place we landed up on after crossing the local market without paying much attention to it. Not the kind of beach you’d expect it to be. It's a place filled with pilgrims who visit annually to worship at the Mahabaleshwar Temple. Not a thing to be proud of but temples today have started revolving around the term business.
At the end of the half-moon beach, a small beach trail leads to Paradise beach, also known as Full-moon beach. Its around 20 minutes walk from Half-moon beach.Half-moon and Paradise beaches can be reached by walk or boat.Gokarna is popular with pilgrims, while Kudle and Om are popular with tourists. You can also try your hand in surfing or can join a yoga class which takes place in Kudle beach itself. To experience Gokarna in a different light, locals say that visiting during Shiva Ratri is a tremendous sight where thousands of pilgrims descend to this town.If you feel you are a child of the 70s and your soul has still not awaken to this futuristic era , and seem willing to give up on your hectic life, then this is your abode. This is your home.Best Places to stay:Gokarna International, Kudle Beach Rs 1500/ for a double bed room with attached bath and air-conditioner.Namaste Cafe, Om Beach, Gokarna, Run by Namaste Atithya, a group that owns and runs Namaste Cafe on Om Beach, Namaste Sanjeevini. Charges vary from Rs 1000-4000
Om Beach is along the coast from Kudle, and is named for its shape as it is split by a rocky island, giving it a shape of OM. It can be reached by auto. The second half of the beach is packed with restaurants offering cheap accommodation in the form of bamboo or concrete beach huts. This beach is reasonably clean all year round.
Paradise is the farthest from the town and most unspoilt of the beaches. Though there were no shacks or cottages on this beach there were more people staying on this beach compared to Half Moon Beach, in the tents they had carried along-with them. Enjoyed a local meal with the villagers coming from the nearby villages and making meals on the open fire for the foreigners staying on the beach. Totally in a state of peaceful happiness I head back to the OM Beach in the last ferry from Paradise Beach at around 6 PM. (Rs. 200/- for the boat ride of 10 mins).
After a brief gaze I restarted my trek to the next beach, Om Beach the most popular one in Gokarna. Named after the serene "OM" symbol which is created by this beach. The trek is around 3km from Kudle Beach and is of moderate difficulty level. The pathway is clearly visible so there are lesser chances of getting lost in the jungles and most of the time you would find someone walking towards Om Beach or returning from the Om Beach. The moment you descend down the hill to the Om Beach, you would see the popular Namaste Cafe, known for a good view and a delicious variety of sea food dishes. I decided to first take a walk across the beach and then head to the Cafe. Few meters from the cafe and it started pouring, literally like the rains during the monsoons in Mumbai, thanks to the Cyclone Vardah which was retreating back through the northern Karnataka. With lesser shacks on Om Beach, few tourists who were present on the beach at this rainy afternoon rushed to the Namaste Cafe for shelter. Unfortunately the upper deck of the cafe was shut as there were lesser guests due to the rain forecast for the entire day. I settled for a table which gave an unobstructed view of the ocean and the rains and ordered for a beer and butter garlic prawns. Across Gokarna the only alcohol one can get is Beer with limited options of KF Premium, Strong & Budweiser Magnum. Hardly sometime gazing into the ocean I was into absolute amazement with the generous quantity of prawns I was served with. True to the popularity of the cafe the prawns were fresh & nicely cooked, and the place is a must visit for all the foodies out there. With the rains taking a break, sun about to set & clouds still around waiting to start pouring again, I decide to retreat back to the Kudle Beach before it gets dark. Trekking through the forest between Kudle & OM Beach is absolutely safe however do ensure to have a flash light handy as the trail has no lights. With the drizzling still going on, the supposedly vibrant Kudle Beach at sunset was quiet and most of the shacks were empty. Uncertain, about the weather I too headed back to Zostel and spent the rest of the evening interacting with the fellow travellers staying there.
Five days went by, and it was time to move on. Our next stop was to be Murudeshwar, where I was to try my hand at diving at the Netrani island. However, the Navy was conducting some exercise there, and we were told to head to Kaup (Kapu) instead.
The next morning we took a ferry ride to Half Moon beach, our home for the next 5 days. It's a small quiet cove living up to its name. Our next step was finding "Ganesh" with whom we have made our stay arrangements. There are a handful of shacks around, and we found ours almost immediately.
Om beach , the place was quite famous for the nice beach , it's around 6kms from the main bus stand. Autos also ply to om beach , just before om beach there is also a route to kudle beach . We reached Om beach and the view was awesome, there is Namaste cafe along the beach. The food was not so good and was pricey. The beach is also not so good to play , oil spills everywhere , some beautiful rocks to take some pictures. There is also a boat service which takes you to paradise and half moon beach from om beach. The view of OM beach from the starting point is awesome.
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.