Gorgeous Gokarna

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1st Feb 2019

Gorgeous Gokarna

Photo of Gorgeous Gokarna by Amit Pal

Traveling is my passion, an inseparable desire to discover myself and to impart new vigour to the mind. I don’t let others tell me how amazing the world is, rather I would like to see it for myself. So, whenever I get time, I pack my backpack, carry my camera, hold my bestie's hand tightly and start creating camaraderie with nature. This time we toured gorgeous Gokarna to rejuvenate ourselves. Eventually, I've started writing my second travel blog to share my experiences.

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Kudle beach
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Half Moon beach
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Half moon beach
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Om beach
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Half moon beach

Gokarna is a small beach town with lots of coconut, banana and other trees, blue seas, and relatively clean sands. The beaches near Gokarna have cottages for the accommodation. They are safe, comfortable and scenic stay indeed. I would prefer to recommend these instead of hotels if you are fond of enjoying the chilled big pitcher in front of the panoramic seascape. The secluded and the picturesque expanse of the sea makes this place a perfect weekend gateway from nearby metropolitans.

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Om beach
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Om beach
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Om beach

"Wan..der..lust", the best time to visit:

I had visited Gokarna in October 2016 for the first time. This is the second-time visit. I enjoyed the climate both the times. According to locals, the best time to visit Gokarna would definitely be from the month of October to March when the humidity is at it’s very least. November to February is especially crowded with a lot of foreigners. The offseason is the rainy season which is not the ideal time to go to the beaches with all of them looking desolate and unkempt with limited food options.

"Collect moments, not things...", places to visit:

There are mainly beaches (Om, Kudle, Gokarna, Half Moon, Paradise, and Nirvana Beach) to spend your moments. On the contrary, you could find other attractions (Mirjan Fort and Murdeshwar temple) as well to shape up your enjoyment.

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Om beach
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Om beach

The most picturesque beach is OM beach. It is Om shaped (ॐ) rocky beach to enjoy solitude. Here, the meaning of the silence is different. The roar of the ocean shall make you silenced. I think whispering is the best language to interact with your partner. Lying on an armchair, holding a smoked teacup and enjoying the alluring sunset is not a very often comforting experience for sure. It was a magical moment for me. I must say that our hotel was an amazing stay. It was basically a cottage at the top of the seaside cliff in absolute isolation. We had to indulge in laid-back strolls to reach our hotel. I would share the accommodation details later.

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Paradise beach
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Kudle beach
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Kudle beach

There are few beachside adventure clubs offering bumper boat ride, jet skiing, and beachside trekking etc. This is an additional attraction for every thrill seekers.

The other beaches like Kudle Beach, Half Moon Beach, Paradise Beach, and Nirvana Beach are more or less secluded from the throngs of crowds and offer recluse to enjoy your special moments. Gokarna Main Beach is commercialised and it's crowded too.

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Kudle beach
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Gokarna Main beach
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Backside of Kudle beach
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Backside of OM beach
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Half moon beach
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Gokarna Main beach
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Gokarna main beach
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On the way to Half moon beach
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Om beach
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Nirvana beach
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Om beach
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Nirvana beach

If you wish to change the course of your tour, you could visit Mirjan Fort. This is a small fort but known for its architectural elegance. This is just 11km away from Gokarna. Though I didn't find it attractive but one of the local guide told me that best time to visit this fort would be after the monsoon. After the monsoon, there would be greenery everywhere and it would a retreat to your eyes.

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Photo curtsey: Internet (post monsoon picture)

I would encourage you to visit another place called Murdeshwar Temple if you have ample time to spend. This place is 75 - 80km away from Gokarna. There you can witness a huge towering statue of Lord Shiva, visible from great distances, is present in the temple complex. This is the second tallest statue of Lord Shiva in the world. The statue is 123 feet in height. The idol is designed such that it gets the sunlight directly and thus appears sparkling. This is worth watching place indeed.

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Murdeshwar temple
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Towering statue of Lord Shiva inside Murdeshwar temple
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Murdeshwar beach
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Inside Murdeshwar temple premises
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Lord Shiva inside Murdeshwar temple

"Go someplace you've never been before..", how to travel:

We took our car to travel 500km from Bangalore. Otherwise, you could rent a car or board train to get down at Gokarna Road (GOK) railway station and book taxi to reach the hotel. Air travel is also an option. Nearby airport is Dabolim (GOI, Goa) which is 91km away from Gokarna. For local sightseeing, you can hire auto-rickshaw or private taxi from the hotel.

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Nirvana beach
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On the way to Gokarna

"To travel is worth any cost...", tour cost:

This is a weekend budget tour though it depends on personal preferences and luxuriousness. Our tour cost was around 17000 for a couple for 4 days including everything.

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Half moon beach

"Food is mood", local cuisines:

I just love the coastal foods. Tasting local cuisines are always an integral part of my travel diary. Being a foodie, I would recommend tasting Goan cuisines. It's delicious. Moreover, you could relish the variety of fish items. 'Grilled Pomfret' is an exquisite, a worth try dish. You could visit 'Namaste Cafe' near OM beach. The restaurant is clean with sea facing outdoor seating arrangements that you can enjoy the food with the oceanic breeze.

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Mantra Cafe, Near Kudle beach
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Namaste Cafe near OM beach

I would like to recommend another restaurant called 'Mantra Cafe' inside Zostel resort, near Kudle Beach. That place was bit far from our stay but we went there for lunch. It has nice sea facing ambience with a variety of tasty cuisines. We tasted 'Mushroom pasta with garlic and white sauce' and 'Malabar chicken pizza'. Believe me, both the items were really delicious.

Daily itinerary:

It was my well spend, memorable 4 days trip. Hope my daily itinerary would make you interested in visiting Gokarna soon.

Day 1

We started our journey in the early morning and we reached the hotel in the afternoon. Driving 500km was definitely tiring. We checked into the hotel named Shanti Dham Cafe (Address: OM BEACH, near Namaste Cafe; Mobile: +91-89715 11373; Website: http://www.shantidhamombeach.com/). It was located in the seaside cliff. So, it was 5-minute uphill walking to reach the hotel. The cottage was clean, comfortable, safe and the most importantly the staffs were cooperative. After some refreshment, we went to other side of Om beach to stroll. It was a rocky beach. There, big waves pounded on the shore and washed over sand and rocks. We were there for a while and came back to the hotel and ordered tea with pakoras to enjoy the dipping sun on the horizon from our balcony.

On the way to our cottage

Photo of Om Beach, Gokarna, Karnataka by Amit Pal

On the way to our cottage in Shanti Dham cafe

Photo of Om Beach, Gokarna, Karnataka by Amit Pal

Shanti Dham cafe

Photo of Om Beach, Gokarna, Karnataka by Amit Pal

Shanti Dham cafe restaurant

Photo of Om Beach, Gokarna, Karnataka by Amit Pal

Shanti Dham cafe restaurant

Photo of Om Beach, Gokarna, Karnataka by Amit Pal

From our balcony

Photo of Om Beach, Gokarna, Karnataka by Amit Pal

Shanti Dham cafe

Photo of Om Beach, Gokarna, Karnataka by Amit Pal

Shanti Dham cafe

Photo of Om Beach, Gokarna, Karnataka by Amit Pal
Day 2

We started our day with a continental breakfast and went to visit Kudle Beach and Gokarna Main Beach. I loved Kudle Beach but Gokarna Main Beach was crowded and the approaching road was pathetically narrow. Though beachside parking area was big enough. There was a Lord Siva's temple, nearby to the beach. We didn't enter to that temple as it was overcrowded from the outside. While returning, we had our lunch at Myantra Cafe, near Kudle Beach and routed towards Half Moon and Paradise Beach. It was a 30 minute journey by car. Both the beaches were nearby to each other. We clicked photos, spent some time and proceeded to Mirjan Fort and Nirvana beach at noon. After spending some quality time there, we came back to the hotel in the late afternoon. As we were almost tired, we went to a sea-facing common corridor, occupied armchair and enjoyed the fleeting colours of dusk with a cup of coffee. At night, we went to Namaste cafe to tuck into the dinner with gusto and had a laid back stroll in the beach because of my eternal love for the sound of the waves crashing on the shore. Though it was dark outside, we started collecting sea shells together as if to accumulate the energy in fighting the inevitable hustle and bustle of daily life.

Nirvana beach

Photo of Half Moon Beach, Gokarna, Karnataka by Amit Pal

Nirvana beach

Photo of Half Moon Beach, Gokarna, Karnataka by Amit Pal

Om beach

Photo of Half Moon Beach, Gokarna, Karnataka by Amit Pal

Om beach

Photo of Half Moon Beach, Gokarna, Karnataka by Amit Pal
Day 3

We planned for visiting Murdeshwar Temple on the 3rd day. As it was 80km away from the hotel, we had to start our journey in the morning. We faced some difficulties in the parking lot as it was inadequate. Whatsoever we entered the temple premises and roamed around the towering statue of Lord Shiva. We were there for a while and had lunch in the nearby food court. We came back to the hotel in the afternoon. As it was the last night of our tour, we were planning for something special. We didn't know, nature kept the most beautiful sunset serene in her pandora's box to amuse us. It was the glowing sun, a crisp circle in the bloody sky, illuminated a quivering path across the ocean. It bathed the ocean's meek waves and the wispy clouds in a burning red. I'm running out of idioms to portray that magical moment. At night, we again went to Namaste Cafe to treat ourselves with grilled pomfret. Believe me, it was awesome.

Om beach

Photo of Murudeshwar Temple, Karnataka, India by Amit Pal

Om beach

Photo of Murudeshwar Temple, Karnataka, India by Amit Pal

Om beach

Photo of Murudeshwar Temple, Karnataka, India by Amit Pal

Om beach

Photo of Murudeshwar Temple, Karnataka, India by Amit Pal

Om nea

Photo of Murudeshwar Temple, Karnataka, India by Amit Pal

Om beach

Photo of Murudeshwar Temple, Karnataka, India by Amit Pal

We came to the last day of our trip. We felt a little melancholic. We smelled the ocean, felt the breeze for the very last time on that trip and had breakfast in our balcony and headed towards our home in Bangalore. We made a promise to the ocean to come back again on a note of unboxing the Gokarna's pandora secret.

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