On the western coast of India, lies a small town named Gokarna. With the presence of the Mahabaleshwara Temple and other small temples, it is considered one of the important seven Hindu pilgrimage centers of the country, and it attracts tourists from across the globe.
With Karnataka being one of the favorite destinations for the trekkers, Gokarna couldn't certainly disappoint them. Redefining the regular trek, the Gokarna beach trek covers all the five beaches with scenic beauty.
It is located at a road distance of 516 km from Bengaluru and 145 km from Goa. If you want to kick back after a long work week and get some refreshment with a mixture of beach and trek, then Gokarna is a perfect weekend getaway for you.
The nearest airport to Gokarna is Dabolim in Goa, which is approximately 140 km. KSRTC and other private bus companies such as Sugama, Shree Kumar travels etc. are pretty cheap and convenient. Gokarna has a railway station which has a few direct trains from Goa and Bengaluru, so you need to check the timings prior to making your plan. And obviously, you can have a private vehicle drive to gokarna via Tumkur and Sirsi. It's a beautiful drive through the hills and the forests.
There's no requirement of a vehicle for travelling in Gokarna, reason being, one can travel on foot if they're fit enough. However, there are auto rickshaws, cars, scooty for rent at a reasonable rate.
Where to stay:
There are a lot of small hotels and lodges located at a convenient location from the market as well as the beach. For small lodges, the prices are pretty reasonable owing to negotiable considering you would know how to bargain. There's no specific hotel or a lodge I would suggest because every person has a different taste. I'm sure you'll find some, they're as close as hundred meters from the drop off point. The rates can vary from INR 450 - INR 5000 and more depending on the kind of luxury you'd want.
Distance from Bangalore - 487 kms by road
Attractions - Mahabaleshwara Temple, the trek which covers all the five beaches (Gokarna Beach, Kudle Beach, OM beach, Half Moon Beach, Paradise Beach), Jog Falls (at a distance of around 120 kms from gokarna)
Trek distance - 7-8 kms (one way)
Time to summit - 1.5 - 2.5 hours (one way)
Best time to visit - September end - March
Food - There are small restaurants types dhabas which provide good food, I would surely recommend you all to have a breakfast or a brunch at the Prema Cold drinks which is right next to the Gokarna Beach and at a distance of 200 meters from the Mahabaleshwara Temple.