We were Three friends didn't knew where to spend our new year but were pretty much sure that it wont be Bangalore. Just like every time it was a last moment plan and we ended up booking bus tickets of gokarna. We tried booking a hotel too but all in vain as it was peak time. We took a late night bus from Bangalore to Gokarna and reached their next morning. you can easily book a bus online just be aware the trip time they quote is less as compared to the actual time (It takes around 11-12 hours from bangalore).
We reached Gokarna next morning around 11 am. The bus drops you at the gokarna checkpost that is near the actually town.The first task was to find a room to stay,You can either go for a hotel in the town or stay in shacks on the beach. As no rooms were available we had to settle for a hotel in the town but shacks on the beach is a better option if you can find one. Freshened up as we were really tired from the long bus journey
We headed to our first destination the most famous beach. Its name comes from the symbol Om which the beach looks like. The crowd here in mostly foreigners and their are a number of cafes to eat. you can even for a Banana ride and jet-ski ride for around 300 per head. You can even go to half-moon beach which is a small trek from Om beach you will find it even more peaceful as everyone dont go for a trek and rather prefer staying on Om beach Itself
Kudle beach is also a beach near Om beach you will get less of water sports here but more of Cafes and shacks. The cafes on Kudle are better than Om beach, you can just get a beer and relax on the beach.
Apart from the beaches you can go for local shopping and temples of gokarna are really famous. If you want you can visit the temples also. We rather skipped that and spent more time on the beaches itself
Took return bus to Bangalore the next evening and reached Bangalore early Morning