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. Located 550+ kms from Bangalore, 238kms to Mangalore and 150kms from Goa it is a place where weekends can be spent doing beach trekking and bouldering on the shores where the mystical water and sand kiss the coastal line together in form of white waves. 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. The beaches around and slopes are virgin which makes it an offbeat weekend destination from Bangalore.
|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 yourself at Om Beach - Trek to Kudle Beach from Om Beach|
|DAY 2||Explore Gokarna Beach for Sunrise - 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 thrill with the waves on the beach. Our experience will start from Paradise Beach to Kudle Beach covering Om Beach as well as Half Moon Beach.
A white wave surrendering to the shores below the hills Kudle Beach is where the beach trek starts. Kudle beach is almost 1km from one end to the other and will serve as our base camp for the weekend trek. It has an arch shape where the sun dwells to provide the most amazing beach experience. Kudle beach hike takes around 30mins from one corner to the other. This beach gives a sublime experience and playing volleyball in the morning makes for a perfect start to the whole journey where, we will overcome our fears and live the thrill with the majestic ways of nature.
Om beach is a km long hiking stretch from the end of kudle beach. The stretch is slightly inclined and goes straight towards Om Beach. On the sides of the trail there is a lot of wild thorny plants.
Half Moon Beach
There are two possible pathways to reach the half moon beach . one can either follow the regular route which will directly reach half moon beach or can take the offshore side route and hike on the boulders with the gentle sea waves lapping against it. This route has boulders which , at times need to be crossed by jumping. When the high crested waves humbly kneel down at the beach , the water brushes against the rocks and boulders and some choose to climb higher up on the boulders and move forward. There are several caves on the whole trail which can be climbed into.
If you have seen the movie ‘The Beach’ then you should make it to Paradise Beach. It is one of the peaceful beaches which is virgin and lacks human touch.
The sky turns a vibrant red towards the east. Only few are lucky enought to watch the sunrise from a hillock and a beach. If you go ahead further, you will find a desert beach called Nirvana Beach and Kumta.
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|