Gokarna is small town on the Western Coastal line having many beaches which serve as the best offbeat weekend destinations for trekking on the beach line. It is believed that Lord Shiva emerged from a Cow’s Ear (Mother Earth) here which is why it is called Gokarna. Gokarna is a conflux between the Sayadhris and the Arabian Sea with hillocks surrounding the beach. Trekking on the coastal line is a beautiful as well as a challenging experience because of the humid conditions at the shore.
|TREK TYPE||Weekend Trek||ALTITUDE||Sea Level|
|TRAIL TYPE||Rocky and jungle terrain||DIFFICULTY||Easy to Moderate, no prior experience required (Difficulty is always subjective)|
|TREKKING DISTAMCE||09 - 10 Kms (approximately)||REGION||Western coastal lines|
"It was a very wonderful experience, thanks to GBL."
PUNITH, Gokarna Beach Trek - Om Beach Batch - Dec 25, 2017
"Outdoor leaders were fun and helpful. I specially liked the games and music they played."
VIMAL GUPTA, Gokarna Beach Trek - Jan 14, 2018
"They were good. They knew to manage the time and engaging people. I had a very nice experience with them."
ENOCH SUJITH P, Gokarna Beach Trek - Jan 14, 2018
"Amazing experience. Enjoyed a lot. Guides were very cheerful and entertaining. Thank you!"
HARSHITA TP, Gokarna Beach Trek I - Jan 26, 2018
"Trip was good and had more fun even while traveling also"
POOJA, Gokarna Beach Trek I - Jan 26, 2018
"The outdoor leaders added to the fun of the trip. Had a lot of fun."
SUBARNA BHATTACHARYA, Gokarna Beach Trek I - Jan 26, 2018
"Amazing experience.. 😍"
HARSHITHA K, Gokarna Beach Trek - Feb 3, 2018
"Managed well, beautiful experience of Gokarna with GBL. Would love to travel again with you guys!"
SANIA, Gokarna Beach Trek - Jan 27, 2018
"Outdoor unit was really good ,helpfull and comunicative"
GIRISH, Gokarna Beach Trek - Jan 27, 2018
"The trek was really good. Everything was well planned."
RAJSHREE 2, Gokarna Beach Trek I - Jan 27, 2018
"Thanks Darshan, Vignesh , Vibha, Jyothi for ensure everyone enjoys the trek experience. It was nice.meeting you all. Look forward for.many more connects."
TEJAS, Gokarna Beach Trek - Batch 2 - Dec 25, 2017
"Leaders were very chilled out, trying to be just with their responsibilities. While on the trek had fun along with the leaders."
MAYANK, Gokarna Beach Trek II - Oct 2, 2017
"Committed to make us comfortable"
PRATIMA SHANTAVEERSH, Gokarna Beach Trek II - Oct 2, 2017
"The Outdoor leaders were great (Rahul and Praveen). I don't see we found any issues or problems co-ordinating with them. They were right there when needed."
VIGIL, Gokarna Beach Trek - Sep 30, 2017
"Good connect with all,very friendly ,approachable leaders and they guided very well in this trip"
RAKHI, Gokarna Beach Trek - Oct 22, 2017
"It was really fun and adventurous .The guides were really good .It was a great experience ."
TANIA TEREZ JOY, Gokarna Beach Trek - Nov 5, 2017
"They were extremely sweet and fun to be with. It didn't feel like we were strangers after the first few hours after boarding the bus while heading to Gokarna."
SRISHTI SUBRAMANIAM, Gokarna Beach Trek - Nov 5, 2017
"Great folks!! Super patient, very involving and care coefficient was pretty high. Loved the trek!! Shall soon plan another trip. Thanks."
NISHTHA, Gokarna Beach Trek - Sep 2, 2017
|DAY 0||Pickup from Bangalore|
|DAY 1||Overnight journey till Gokarna Town - Homestay/Shack - Trek from Bus drop point to Paradise Beach - Explore/Swim Paradise Beach territory - Trek from Paradise Beach to Half Moon Beach - Shiva Climb at Hell Cliff (Before Half Moon Beach) - Trek from Half Moon Beach to Rock of Peace along with Dolphin Spotting - Trek to Om Beach - Explore Om Beach - Trek to Kudle Beach from Om Beach under the stars and the moon at night|
|DAY 2||Explore Gokarna Beach for Sunrise - Visit Historic Mirjan Fort - Return to Bangalore - Reach Bangalore|
This is going to be a midnight journey of 520 kms from Bangalore to Kudle Beach which is the base beach of the trek. A brief summary about the trek and introduction among trekkers will be done overnight. We advise trekkers to have light dinner before boarding as the last stretch of the overnight journey will be through the winding roads. The overnight journey will be very exciting to make it to make it to the perfect destination for a weekend beach trek.
The morning at Gokarna gives a feeling of sacredness and spiritualism to the untouched place and also a sense of thrill with the waves at the beaches. Our experience will start from Paradise Beach to Kudle Beach covering Om Beach as well as Half Moon Beach.
Being at Paradise Beach will definitely remind you of the movie 'The Beach' featuring Leonardo Dicaprio living at a beach. It is one of the peaceful beaches which was quite virgin and did lack human touch couple of year back when we started. Usually there are no dependable sources of food and water at Paradise Beach.
Paradise Beach is surrounded by palm trees and has rocks on the shore which can be used for bouldering. One can even spot some wild paintings on the rocks which makes it a psychedelic experience during the trip. This is one of the best beaches spread in solace on the shores of Western coastline.
HALF MOON BEACH
The route to Half Moon Beach starts from Paradise beach with a hike next to the ocean.
On the way, one can see Nirvana Beach of Kumta across the sea in the direction of Paradise beach. There are several points on the route where one needs to climb small boulders on the trail to reach a beautiful rock we like to call ‘The Shiva Climb’.
As we proceed towards Half Moon Beach, we will witness a huge boulder at the shore also known as Hell Cliff. Our idea is to push our limits to climb the boulder we like to call ‘The Shiva Climb’ with all the safety. We will learn about the ‘3 Point Contact’ climbing method and only then climb the boulder. At the same time we will make sure that the spotter will always be there. This can be a risky exercise but is not mandatory. This is for all those outdoor enthusiasts who would like to do things they might have not done before and feel the way they haven’t felt definitely under the guidance of our Outdoor Leaders.
After Shiva Climb, our beautiful Half Moon Beach is just few hundred meters away.
ROCK OF PEACE
Have you ever thought of sitting on a huge rock next to a beach with sun setting right in front of your eyes? This is same place where you can spot lazy dolphins. There is abundance of color in the sky when the sun sets. At times one can find music being played at this spot by the hippies who visit Gokarna.
Before it gets dark we head towards Om Beach. Follow the same route you too to rock of Peace and take a left just after a few meters. Do it before it gets dark to be on the safer side if you have decided to do this trek by yourself. If you have come with Get Beyond Limits then sit back and enjoy as the sky paint a picture for you after the sun sets as our Outdoor Leaders take charge of the route.
Om Beach is 2-3 km long hiking stretch from the end of Half Moon Beach. The stretch is quite inclined and goes straight towards Om Beach. On the sides of the trail there are lot of wild thorny plantation and on other side shear drop with a great view of sea. From one point you can see a lonely coconut tree. If we go further down we can see one huge rock and we call it Rock of Peace.
Kudle beach is almost 1 km from one end to the other and this is the same place where we are expecting to have dinner. The beach has an arch shape where the sun dwells to provide the most amazing beach experience. Kudle beach hike takes around 15 mins from one corner to the other. This beach gives a sublime experience. This is the place where we relax ourselves and stargaze from the beach as we hear the sound of the waves hitting the shore.
As you would witness the sun setting into the Arabian Sea, the day will slowly give way to the night. We will be next to the ocean as we will witness the sky change its colour from blue to golden to different shades of grey as it finally changes to black. As the canvas of the sky changes its colours, we will welcome the stars and the countless constellations which are usually not visible from the city.
Walking the trails at night is a different experience altogether. As we will trek from Om Beach to Kudle beach, the stars and the moonlight will be there to make sure we connect with Gokarna at night. If the situation permits, we will conclude the day by having a beautiful team campfire under the supervision and guidance of the Outdoor Leaders, share stories with each other and make memories which will perhaps last with us forever!
GOKARNA BEACH DAWN
The sky turns a vibrant red towards the east. Only few are lucky enough to watch the sunrise from a hillock and a beach. We believe in giving personal space for exploring to everyone. All those who are interested to watch the sunrise from a hillock close to Gokarna Beach wake up early morning and walk towards the place.
The spot is around 10 to 15 minutes by walk from our homestay.
A Shiva Temple built in 4th century CE in Dravadian style also known as ‘Aatma Linga’. This temple is a center of attraction for many mysteries around the place. All those outdoor enthusiasts interested should reach to the venue on time as told by Outdoor Leader so that we can start back to Bangalore.
Making the most of the return journey to Bangalore, one can come across the might fort of 'Queen of Pepper' called Mirjan Fort. There are many stories associated with this mysterical fort and as per these tales, this fort is as old as 1200 AD. Though the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) confirm reconstruction of the fort around 1600 AD.
This fort is a great place to explore the then very popular sea trading center of the western coast of India. While you get lost in the stories of the past, do remember that the journey to Bangalore still needs to be undertaken and the visit to Mirjan fort should not delay the time we reach Bangalore.
+ THINGS TO CARRY
|RUCKSACK/DAY PACK||The broader the straps are the better you will feel. A frame oriented distributes the weight supporting the back. Suggested Capacity: 40L||1|
|JACKET/SWEATER||The weather changes drastically, carrying a light jacket or a sweater is required at night and morning as it is cold.||1|
|CARGOS/ TRACK PANTS||A light synthetic track pant that can easily dry when wet in case of rainfall. Cargos are rugged and are good on jungle terrains which gives it a less chance to be torn down by thorns||2|
|T-SHIRT/SHIRT||T-shirt/Shirt Carry light cotton t-shirts preferably full sleeves to avoid sun burn. Avoid carry black as it is a heat absorber.||2-3|
|CAP/HAT||A cap or a hat that can cover the head and face against the direct sunlight during peak hours.||1|
|SLIPPERS/FLIP FLOPS||Comfortable slippers or flip flops for you to enjoy the sand.||1|
|SHOES||A pair of shoe with good traction and water proof body is an ideal match. Ensure that the shoes are not old or new, get used to the shoe if it is new, as a rule you should be comfortable to walk in difficult terrain for 6 hours at least.||1 Pair|
|SOCKS||Sports or cotton socks that don’t make your feet sweat on long walks. Carrying few extra pair is always a good idea in case they get wet||3 Pairs|
|RAIN COAT/PONCHO||A compact raincoat or a poncho that can quickly dry when wet is very important considering the amount of rain-shower that happens especially in Monsoon.||1|
|WATER BOTTLE||A 2 litre good leak proof water bottle. Don’t miss the chance to drink spring water, if any.||1|
|TORCH||A small sized torch is mandatory. You would not like be in limits after the sunset.||1|
|PERSONAL MEDICATION KIT||Crocin, Combiflam, Dettol, ORS, Betadine Cream, Volini Spray, Digene, Cotton, Crape Bandage and Band Aid or any other medicine which you take frequently.||1 Set|
|REPAIR KIT||Even if you don’t know how to use thread and needle still carry them, sometimes they can be the last resort.||1 Each|
|TOWEL||It should be light and easily dry after use.||1|
|TOILETRIES||Soap, Toothpaste, Toothbrush, Toilet paper, Sunscreen, etc. for your convenience.||1 Each|
|SUN GLASSES||Sturdy, convenient to carry sun glasses for eye protection.||1|