Beach Trek to Gokarna

Tripoto
23rd Sep 2017
Photo of Beach Trek to Gokarna by Ananiah Blessing

It was a long weekend and I planned to extend it a bit, get some Vitamin Sea. What could have been a better option than the totally laid back Gokarna. But, I decided to add some fun and adventure to the experience and so - a beach trek to Gokarna!

Few photographs from the super amazing beach trek to Gokarna.

Photo of Beach Trek to Gokarna 1/17 by Ananiah Blessing
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I took a bus from Hyderabad, Telangana to Honnavar, Karnataka - a 15 hour journey and reached Honnavar at 07:00 AM. Perfect timing to start a beach trek - early morning. I got down before the main bus stand in Karki and walked to the Hanging Bridge which was constructed somewhere in mid-2016 over the Badagani river. Honnavar is a small village in Uttara Kanda. There are over 15 such hanging bridges in Uttara Kanda, which is ~80% forest and has ~10 rivers, easing access to these remote villages and also becoming a tourist attraction because of the awesome river view.

Photo of Hanging Bridge, Karki, Karnataka, India by Ananiah Blessing
Photo of Hanging Bridge, Karki, Karnataka, India by Ananiah Blessing
Photo of Hanging Bridge, Karki, Karnataka, India by Ananiah Blessing
Photo of Hanging Bridge, Karki, Karnataka, India by Ananiah Blessing
Photo of Hanging Bridge, Karki, Karnataka, India by Ananiah Blessing
Photo of Hanging Bridge, Karki, Karnataka, India by Ananiah Blessing

Here begins the trek to Gokarna!

The average walking speed for a normal human is ~5.0 kmph so ~30 km to Gokarna is 6 hrs. I more than doubled this taking into account that walking on beach sand is different from walking on a normal road/pavement, there will be couple of forest like trails to go through and most importantly the very obvious fact that it's an entire beach trail and so there has to be a little water-splashing every now and then and stops for photos (read memories to preserve) etc. I should be able to make it to Gokarna by 08:00 PM, I thought.

But I do admit, I was waiting for something to happen that I wouldn't have thought might happen!!!

It took about 20 minutes to walk this bridge and reach Chak De Beach after crossing a village and forest area.

Chak De beach was the first beach of my trek. From the edge of Chak De beach you get a good view of Badagani river from all 3 sides with nothing but beach sand behind you.

Photo of Beach Trek to Gokarna by Ananiah Blessing
Photo of Beach Trek to Gokarna by Ananiah Blessing
Photo of Beach Trek to Gokarna by Ananiah Blessing

Next up comes Saraswati Beach. This beach is the closest to Basavaraj Durga Island. I couldn't get to know much about this island because the entire beach was isolated, it was 09:30 AM.

The beaches on this side are all virgin beaches totally untouched. I found only a few fishermen who stay here and do their fishing. No sign of tourists or travelers or anyone else.

No commercialization. This is something I love. Hope this doesn't go mainstream for another couple of decades at least.

Photo of Beach Trek to Gokarna by Ananiah Blessing
Photo of Beach Trek to Gokarna by Ananiah Blessing
Photo of Beach Trek to Gokarna by Ananiah Blessing
Photo of Beach Trek to Gokarna by Ananiah Blessing
Photo of Beach Trek to Gokarna by Ananiah Blessing
Photo of Beach Trek to Gokarna by Ananiah Blessing
Photo of Beach Trek to Gokarna by Ananiah Blessing
Photo of Beach Trek to Gokarna by Ananiah Blessing
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