Udupi-Yana-Gokarna-Goa! 750 kms of west coastal train trip

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5th Jan 2018

~Sunset view from the train to Goa~

Photo of Udupi-Yana-Gokarna-Goa! 750 kms of west coastal train trip by Mouna Nanaiah
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~The Malpe port~
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~Jet-Ski at St.Mary's island~
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~Sunset at Gokarna~
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~Malpe~
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It was the yearly plan to Goa, as usual the idea was to pick a beach, lie down, sip wine, munch nachos and let the breeze in my hair. Then I thought of making it a little more interesting by adding a couple of more stops along the destination hence began the planning spree. If you consider one of the long weekends and an extra day, you can easily make an extensive trip.

I had heard about the breathtaking route the train speeds through so instead of taking the road, I took the train where ever it was feasible. The journey started from Bangalore to Udupi and then to Yana caves from there to Gokarna and finally Goa. Continue reading to know more about the entire trip route, cost and activities.

Day 1

Day 1: Bangalore to Udupi:

Udupi is a coastal town in Karnataka besides the Arabian sea. I boarded the 'Karwar Express' from Bangalore. This train goes via some scenic places like Sakleshpura, Bhantwala, Mangalore and then reaches Udupi in 12 hours. Book a sleeper coach, grab a book, put some music on and enjoy the ride.

Day 2

Day 2: Malpe and St.Mary's island:

Ahh! the calm and quite town. You can just stroll around the market or the beach and never get bored. Although Udupi is famous for Krishna temple, it is home for some marvelous beaches.

For 40/- INR from the city center, the rickshaw will drop you off at Malpe port. Take a moment to observe the liveliness of the port; ships arriving, fishermen knitting their nets, crows all over and the abundance of fish. It is a long walk from the port to Malpe beach. At the beach you will find private boats and ferry which will take you to St.Mary's island. You can spend the entire day here and take the last ferry back to Malpe.

Places to visit: Krishna temple, Malpe, St.Mary's island, Udyavar Pithrodi and Kapu Beach

~Jet ski at St.Mary's island~

Photo of Malpe, Karnataka, India by Mouna Nanaiah
Photo of Malpe, Karnataka, India by Mouna Nanaiah
Photo of Malpe, Karnataka, India by Mouna Nanaiah
Photo of Malpe, Karnataka, India by Mouna Nanaiah
Photo of Malpe, Karnataka, India by Mouna Nanaiah
Photo of Malpe, Karnataka, India by Mouna Nanaiah
Photo of Malpe, Karnataka, India by Mouna Nanaiah

~Volcanic rocks~

Photo of Malpe, Karnataka, India by Mouna Nanaiah
Photo of Malpe, Karnataka, India by Mouna Nanaiah
Photo of Malpe, Karnataka, India by Mouna Nanaiah
Photo of Malpe, Karnataka, India by Mouna Nanaiah
Photo of Malpe, Karnataka, India by Mouna Nanaiah
Photo of Malpe, Karnataka, India by Mouna Nanaiah
Photo of Malpe, Karnataka, India by Mouna Nanaiah
Day 3

Day 3: Yana:

180 kms from Udupi is the unique rock formations also known as Bhairaveshwara Shikhara and Mohini Shikhara. The cheapest way to travel from Udupi to Yana is train via Kumta. These laterite rocks are situated amidst the lush green backdrop, beautiful hillock and dense forest. One can also take up a small refreshing trek to the rocks. Adding to the scenic landscape is Vibhooti waterfalls. Half a day is quite sufficient to visit Yana. There are no restaurants or eateries nearby, one will have to go to Sirsi or Kumta for stay and food.

Places to visit: Trek, Caves,Vibhooti falls and Marvanthe (if you take the road)

~Maravanthe beach~

Photo of Yana Caves, Yana, Karnataka by Mouna Nanaiah

~Natural infinity pool at Maravanthe~

Photo of Yana Caves, Yana, Karnataka by Mouna Nanaiah
Photo of Yana Caves, Yana, Karnataka by Mouna Nanaiah
Photo of Yana Caves, Yana, Karnataka by Mouna Nanaiah
Photo of Yana Caves, Yana, Karnataka by Mouna Nanaiah
Photo of Yana Caves, Yana, Karnataka by Mouna Nanaiah
Photo of Yana Caves, Yana, Karnataka by Mouna Nanaiah
Photo of Yana Caves, Yana, Karnataka by Mouna Nanaiah
Day 4

Day 4: Gokarna:

An hour drive and 50 kms from Yana is the all famous Gokarna. You can also go to Gokarna in 20 minutes from Kumta in train. Far away from parties and hubbub this coastal town is a low-key travelers paradise. There are plenty of shacks one can stay in at the Om beach which is the main attraction. One can also stay at Kudle beach which is lesser known. There are a few adventure water activities as well.

Places to visit: Om Beach, Mahaganapati and Mahabaleshwara Temple, Paradise Beach, Kudle Beach and Half Moon Bay.

Photo of Gokarna, Karnataka, India by Mouna Nanaiah
Photo of Gokarna, Karnataka, India by Mouna Nanaiah
Photo of Gokarna, Karnataka, India by Mouna Nanaiah
Photo of Gokarna, Karnataka, India by Mouna Nanaiah
Photo of Gokarna, Karnataka, India by Mouna Nanaiah
Photo of Gokarna, Karnataka, India by Mouna Nanaiah
Photo of Gokarna, Karnataka, India by Mouna Nanaiah
Photo of Gokarna, Karnataka, India by Mouna Nanaiah
Photo of Gokarna, Karnataka, India by Mouna Nanaiah
Photo of Gokarna, Karnataka, India by Mouna Nanaiah
Photo of Gokarna, Karnataka, India by Mouna Nanaiah
Photo of Gokarna, Karnataka, India by Mouna Nanaiah
Photo of Gokarna, Karnataka, India by Mouna Nanaiah
Photo of Gokarna, Karnataka, India by Mouna Nanaiah
Photo of Gokarna, Karnataka, India by Mouna Nanaiah
Photo of Gokarna, Karnataka, India by Mouna Nanaiah
Photo of Gokarna, Karnataka, India by Mouna Nanaiah
Photo of Gokarna, Karnataka, India by Mouna Nanaiah
Photo of Gokarna, Karnataka, India by Mouna Nanaiah
Day 5

Day 5: Margao Goa:

You can now finish off your trip in the party destination of India. 130 kms of drive or train across the coast of Arabian Sea is a captivating journey. I stayed in Margao and spent the day in Benaulim beach. If you seek serenity and tranquility, this is the place to be. Just 2 kms away from Colva beach, Benaulim has amazing shacks and restaurants. You can experience the laid-back enchanting beaches, silver sands, luxurious accommodation and parties.

Photo of Goa, India by Mouna Nanaiah
Photo of Goa, India by Mouna Nanaiah
Photo of Goa, India by Mouna Nanaiah
Photo of Goa, India by Mouna Nanaiah
Photo of Goa, India by Mouna Nanaiah
Photo of Goa, India by Mouna Nanaiah
Photo of Goa, India by Mouna Nanaiah
Photo of Goa, India by Mouna Nanaiah
Photo of Goa, India by Mouna Nanaiah
Photo of Goa, India by Mouna Nanaiah
Photo of Goa, India by Mouna Nanaiah
Photo of Goa, India by Mouna Nanaiah
Photo of Goa, India by Mouna Nanaiah
Photo of Goa, India by Mouna Nanaiah

Highlights:

Train from Banaglore to Udupi - 350 INR

Train from Udupi to Kumta - 160 INR

Train from Kumta to Gokarna - 45 INR

Train from Gokarna to Goa - 65 INR

"Keep your eye on the horizon and your nose to the wind"

The train journey from Bangalore to Goa is a unique experience not mention affordable too. With hills on one side and ocean on the other, this is must do for beach bubs.

Bon Voyage!

Signing Off rucksackdairies

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