Gokarna is a beautiful and mystical place located in Karnataka, India.
I love everything about it, the temples, the beaches, the hills, treks and the magic flowing all around in the air. I've been here many times, mostly for long weekends or just the weekend, including my first solo trip. It is very safe for girls to travel solo.
Travelling from Bangalore to Gokarna
1. The most comfortable way is to take an overnight bus which leaves Bangalore at night and reaches the Gokarna bus stand early morning. Depending on your budget, there are all kinds of buses available (AC/Non AC Seater/ Semi Sleeper and Sleeper). You get lot of options of buses on redbus.in . You can find auto-rickshaw's at the bus stand to Om beach for around Rs 140 and to Kudle beach for around Rs 120.
2. You can drive from Bangalore. It's takes around 7 - 8 hours. It's a National highway and a great drive. A couple of hours before you reach Gokarna, you drive on the winding paths of the Western ghats with the Arabian sea on one side and the ghats on the other and is very scenic.
Gokarna is a combination of great cafes, temples and beaches separated by hills. You can trek on these hills from one beach to another. The best part about this place is that each trek is very unique, just like each beach is.