Gokarna – A Home Away from Home for the Hippies

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5th Feb 2015

dusk is falling from the sky

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Kudle at its best.....

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Chill is not the word in the evenings

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Fire at the beach

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Say OM to the OM beach

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Frisbee it was

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Stars on the ground

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Gokarna Cliff

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downing

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#The west coast of India has a small temple town, which draws both pilgrims and beach holidaymakers with equal enthusiasm. Well, we can say it is more laid back and a less commercialized version of Goa with beautiful serene beaches along its coastline. Yes, I’m talking about Gokarna – Hippies Paradise.

Getting there shouldn’t be a problem as it is well connected by trains and buses from cities like Madgaon, Mangalore and Bangalore. Just imagine, now that you have reached the temple town, your reaction would be, “am I in a tourist destination!” Keep no doubt, just walk along the streets for few minutes and now you start feeling like a tourist as you witness the lively bazaars filled with interesting unusual things and tourists, mostly foreigners. Yeah, you are in the right place to spend your holidays.

Since you have already imagined yourself in the holy town, its time for you to find accommodation. Though there are a lot of hotels in the town I suggest you to head to the famous Kudle beach for the beachfront shack stay. Kudle is few minutes away from the town and can be reached by local transport.  Trust me once you reach, you are awestricken by the view from the cliff. Rush downhill and there you go, Paradise of hippies.  Find yourself a shack which best suits your needs, options are many as numerous shacks have come up along the beach offering accommodations with English, Russian, Spanish varieties of cuisine. Officially speaking you wont have a problem getting a chilled beer at Kudle beach.

Gokarna's main attractions are its beaches, where people come to chill and soak up the sun for months together. There are four namely Kudle Beach, Om Beach, Halfmoon Beach, and Paradise Beach. Each has its own charm. All are around a 20-minute hike away from each other through the hills and over rocks, or a short boat ride away.

Now that you have decided to stay for 3-5 days, I suggest you laze around the beach for an entire day – take a dip, sunbath with chilled beer, play beach Volleyball and Frisbee just to relax and refresh and experience hippie lifestyle.

 Bonfires, songs, guitars, and drums are familiar parts of Gokarna's nightlife. You may walk along the beach watching the moon, swinging, drinking, chilling and trying to choose a shack/restaurant amongst a lot to serve you dinner. Do not forget to taste the countries best squid. Just ask for it.

There is something more important and exciting in this trip. A visit to Gokarna cliff is a must. Its rocky and standing tall, from where you witness a 220 ° view, almost panoramic view of the blue ocean. Enjoy the wind, bliss and chill, as this is one place where you don’t find people at all (secluded). A secret and less travelled path in between Kudle beach and Om beach leads you there.

So pack your bags and fulfill your imagination. Experience a home away from home and become a hippie for couple of days.  Just go, plan less and become a happy hippie explorer. 

Just FYI:

Stay in the beachfront shacks: Rs.250/- – Rs.1500/- (Double Occupancy)

Travel: Depends on the mode and from where you travel

Transportation in Gokarna: Two legs are more than enough

Food: On an average Rs.800/- per day (Do not forget to taste SQUID)

Liquor: Depends on your capacity (chilled beer (650ml) on the beach – Rs.140/-)

Best time to visit: October – March (in fact till Shivarathri) 

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I too hv been to ds place. Ya its as excellent as u described. I could recall all d experience while going through ds article. Good job. you can read ma blog too about Gokarna http://badruddinsheikh.blogspot.in/2018/04/gokarna-heavenly-destination-happening.html
Fri 04 27 18, 11:38 · Reply · Report
is it advisable to go during may end or June 1st week????
Tue 04 24 18, 00:00 · Reply · Report
Have you been to Malpe beach and St. Mary's island in Udupi? You should definitely give it a try. Check my blog on it. :)
Tue 01 26 16, 08:53 · Reply · Report
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Hadley Shemaiah
I've always known the love that the hill-dwelling Coorgis have towards beaches. Each time I mention the beach their eyes simply sparkle up like a bunch of stars. As a native of the coast (Mangalooru), beaches never really fascinated me as much as the mountains n forests. However reading this article I really really feel I MUST visit Gokarna no matter what :D Thanks a bunch for the heads up :D Planning on going there June first week. Hope the rain god waits a bit before opening up the taps.
Thu 04 02 15, 01:47 · Reply · Edit · Delete ·
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Sonam Shah
hey is it good place for a solo trip? and specially female traveller
Sat 03 28 15, 00:41 · Reply · Edit · Delete ·
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