Karnataka - Costal Regions : Gokarna, Yana, Jog Falls, Murdeshwar & Udupi

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27th Sep 2018
Photo of Karnataka - Costal Regions : Gokarna, Yana, Jog Falls, Murdeshwar & Udupi by Ranjit Periyasami
Day 1

Our trip started from Bangalore towards Gokarna (485Km) around 6pm. There is only one plan when we have started, its to reach Gokarna and explore the town then go with its flow.

Day 2

"Love to Lost in this peaceful land but Strictly on WEEKDAYS only"

Chai time @Kudle Beach

Reached Gokarna Checkpost by 7.30am. Without any delay we took an auto from there to Kudle beach for looking out rooms. Auto dropped us @Namaste Cafe, from there we have to walk about a kilometer to reach the beach.

Plan for the day is,

1. Finding Accommodation
2. Renting a bike
3. Gokarna >> Yana Caves >> Gokarna >> Om beach(sunset)

Accommodation (stay)

We explored about an hour in the Kudle beach for getting cheap & good accommodation. When we visited Umamaheshwar cottage ,the below hut impressed us at the first glance itself and booked this at Rs.500 / night for 2 ppl.

Our hut

Photo of Karnataka - Costal Regions : Gokarna, Yana, Jog Falls, Murdeshwar & Udupi by Ranjit Periyasami

Inside Umamaheswar Cottage @kudle beach

Photo of Karnataka - Costal Regions : Gokarna, Yana, Jog Falls, Murdeshwar & Udupi by Ranjit Periyasami

Address :

Shri Umamaheshwar Cottages, Kudle Beach, Gokarna.
Mobile: - 9343596569, 8884073066, 9448023799.
Rent for 2 pl/night is starting from Rs.500 onward.

Bike Rental :

After booking room, we refreshed and Started walking to Gokarna town to rent a bike. On the way we found zostel and just checked their room price, it was about Rs.1500/night for 2 ppl. While looking out there, we found this beautiful view from Zostel.

View from Zostel

Photo of Karnataka - Costal Regions : Gokarna, Yana, Jog Falls, Murdeshwar & Udupi by Ranjit Periyasami

Finally from locals in gokarna, we came to know about a person who rents bike around Mahabaleshwar temple (opp. To Mahabaleshwar Co-operative bank).

They having various bikes starting from scooty, splendor plus to Royal Enfield. Due to increase in petrol cost(Rs.84/Litre) we go with the Splendor plus for Rs.500/day as a rent and advance paid was Rs.1000 (refundable).

Our Mileage Champ (Place : On the way to Yana)

Photo of Karnataka - Costal Regions : Gokarna, Yana, Jog Falls, Murdeshwar & Udupi by Ranjit Periyasami

Address for Bike Rental :

Name : Umesh Gowda,
opp. To Mahabaleshwar Co-operative bank,
Mobile :- 8105769202, 9632135127, 8105769202.

Note: We have to pay Advance amount + rent amount(no. of days) along with any original ID proof and also have to show our driving license.

After getting our bike, we finished our breakfast and started our ride to Yana Caves with the help of Google map.

Yana is a village located in forests of the Kumta, Utttara Kannada district of Karnataka.It is 46km from Gokarna, known for the unusual karst rock formations. It is located in the Sahyadri mountain range of the Western Ghats.

on the way to yana, found this beautiful waterfalls. Not sure about the waterfalls name, we encounter this unexpectedly on the way (while riding the last hills of yana).

On the way to yana cave

Photo of Yana Caves, Yana, Karnataka by Ranjit Periyasami

The Journey to yana is a wonderful ride, filled with greenery, paddy fields & ghat roads.

There are two massive rock outcrops known as the Bhairaveshwara Shikhara and the Mohini Shikhara. The huge rocks are composed of solid black, crystalline karst limestone. Bhairaveshwara Shikhara is 120 metres (390 ft) in height, while the Mohini Shikhara, which is smaller, is 90 metres (300 ft) in height. Yana is also well known as a pilgrimage centre because of the cave temple below the Bhairaveshwara Shikhara where a Swayambhu ("self manifested", or "that which is created by its own accord") linga has been formed. Water drops from the roof over the linga, adding to the sanctity of the place.

Inside Yana

Around 4pm, the it was cloudy and thunder sound was heavy. So we started our journey back towards OM beach, Gokarna.

OM Beach Sunset View Point

We drive from Yana to Om beach directly for sunset. Reached here around 6pm and waited some more minutes for sunset.

Om beach sunset View

Photo of Om Beach, Gokarna, Karnataka by Ranjit Periyasami

After spending beautiful hours in sunset view, we started our bike and roamed around Kudle beach on the hill road. Later reached to our hut and refreshed. Now had a little walk in the Kudle and went for dinner.

** It will take at least 30 mins to serve our order

** Min cost of food is, approx. Rs.120 for veg Fried rice (In Kudle Beach)

Delicious El Funggi Pizza @Kudle Beach with a Candle light.

Photo of Karnataka - Costal Regions : Gokarna, Yana, Jog Falls, Murdeshwar & Udupi by Ranjit Periyasami
Day 3

Plan for the day is,

1. Mirjan Fort
2. Explore Gokarna Streets
3. Beach Trek on Gokarna Beaches
4. Experiencing Sunset

Fort is 21km from Gokarna. Fort Looks greenish as we are visiting immediately after the end of the monsoon. It is well maintained and we are able to see persons cleaning the fort at early morning itself.

Photo of Mirjan Fort, Mirjan Fort Road, Mirjan, Karnataka, India by Ranjit Periyasami
Photo of Mirjan Fort, Mirjan Fort Road, Mirjan, Karnataka, India by Ranjit Periyasami

Street Life in Gokarna

Wall Art

Photo of Gokarna, Karnataka, India by Ranjit Periyasami
Photo of Gokarna, Karnataka, India by Ranjit Periyasami
Photo of Gokarna, Karnataka, India by Ranjit Periyasami

Street Wall Paintings

Photo of Gokarna, Karnataka, India by Ranjit Periyasami

Street Shopping

Photo of Gokarna, Karnataka, India by Ranjit Periyasami

Beach Trek & Sunset View

The google map shows trek path inside town. But you can trek along with the hills near to the Arabian sea / Main Beach of Gokarna.

We started our trek from Gokarna Main beach >> Kudle Beach >> OM beach >> Half Moon beach >> Paradise Beach.

Jelly Fish on the Sea-Shore

Photo of Gokarna, Karnataka, India by Ranjit Periyasami

OM Beach

Photo of Gokarna, Karnataka, India by Ranjit Periyasami
Photo of Gokarna, Karnataka, India by Ranjit Periyasami

OM Symbol from Long View

Photo of Gokarna, Karnataka, India by Ranjit Periyasami

Near to Half-Moon Beach

Photo of Gokarna, Karnataka, India by Ranjit Periyasami

"Love-Beach-Temples-Street Life-Food-Drinks-Repeat"

Finally a day comes to end here,

"The sky has changed from orange to a hundred shades of pink to a dark navy blue, and here I am witnessing this beauty"

Day 4

Plan for the entire day is,

Gokarna >> Honavara >> Jog Cross (chikmangaluru bus) >> Jog Falls >> Honavara >> Murudeshwar >> Udupi

This day entirely depends on public transport, we had little mess-up in the plans too.

Photo of Jog Falls, Karnataka, India by Ranjit Periyasami
Photo of Jog Falls, Karnataka, India by Ranjit Periyasami
Photo of Jog Falls, Karnataka, India by Ranjit Periyasami

From Jog falls, we boarded bus at 4.30 pm towards udupi. Its stopped at Murdeshwar High way, then we took a auto (rs.30 for 2ppl) to reach the temple. The temple is around 2km from the Highway.

Murdeshwar Entrance in High Way

Photo of Murdeshwar, Karnataka, India by Ranjit Periyasami

Due to lack of transport between Jog to Murdeshwar, we reached at 7.10 pm. It was already dark and the lift to go Gopuram (top floor) is closed (7.00pm). But we able to see the temple and surrounding parks to it.

Raja Goopuram (Lift is there to Go top)

Photo of Karnataka - Costal Regions : Gokarna, Yana, Jog Falls, Murdeshwar & Udupi by Ranjit Periyasami

Shiva Statue in the Beach

Photo of Karnataka - Costal Regions : Gokarna, Yana, Jog Falls, Murdeshwar & Udupi by Ranjit Periyasami

It was late night in Murudeshwar, around 10pm finished our dinner and have to start to Udupi. Udupi is Just 100Km from here. So we want to spend some more time here and on the free time playing PUBG in the street.

Day 5

Plan for the day is,

1. Book an accommodation
2. Rent a Bike
3. Maple beach
4. St. Mary's Island
5. Hanging bridge.
6. Udupi Krishna Temple

Accommodation

Booked room at Brindhavan Lodge in city bus stand at Rs.500/ night for 2 ppl.

Bike Rental :

Searched in online and came to know about Metro bikes at Manipal. Its located in a Cake shop called Crumbz, Vidyaratna Nagar, Manipal. They also having lots of bikes from Dio, Navi, Avenger to Royal Enfield. I have visited directly to the shop without prior booking.

Get a Bus from Udupi town bus stand to manipal and Getdown at Syndicate Circle. From there have to walk another 600m (use google map for Location finding)

There were only Dio, Navi, Avenger are available. They have hourly package and one day package. Based on bike the hourly/day package rent is calculated. I have booked Navi for 10hrs @ Rs. 160. Really that bike condition is so bad (No horn, indicator & Self-start is not working) but somehow adjusted for the day. But before proceed with the bike, check the conditions.

** No advance collected, only rent we paid.

Maple Beach is 13km from Crumbz-Vidyaratna Nagar. We have to reach st.marys Island from malpe beach through a Ferry boat ride. There are various water sport activities in the malpe beach like,

Ferry Ride to St.marys Island - Rs.300,
Banana Boat Ride - Rs. 200,
Jet Ski ride,
Parasailing - Rs.800 & few others

St.Marys Island

Photo of St. Mary's Island, Malpe, Karnataka, India by Ranjit Periyasami
Photo of St. Mary's Island, Malpe, Karnataka, India by Ranjit Periyasami

Hanging Bridge (ThimmanKudru Suspension Bridge - 8Km from malpe beach)

Near Hanging Bridge, Kerla Style Backwater

Photo of ThimmanKudru Suspension Bridge, Tonse West, Karnataka, India by Ranjit Periyasami

Hanging Bridge

Photo of ThimmanKudru Suspension Bridge, Tonse West, Karnataka, India by Ranjit Periyasami

Returned from Hanging Bridge to Crumbz for returning bike. Then reached our room @7pm, quickly taken bath and proceed to the Udupi Krishna Temple.

Spent almost 2 hrs in temple, its very peaceful. Witnessed religious side of Udupi and the time being spent there was very good and gives a pleasant moment.

Udupi Krishna Temple @9am

Photo of Sri Krishna Matha, Temple Car Street, Sri Krishna Temple Complex, Thenkpete, Maruthi Veethika, Udupi, Karnataka, India by Ranjit Periyasami

The trip as well as the day ends with Anna Dhanam (free food to devotees) provided in the temple and got the bus to Bengaluru to start our routine Life.

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