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Originally a Hindu pilgrimage centre, now an important tourist spot and a great weekend getaway from Bangalore. Gokarna is a small town with rocky beaches and hills, located along the west coast of India.The town is popular among Hindu pilgrims as Gokarna has one of the few Shiva's holy temples, including Mahabhaleshwara which houses what is claimed to be original image of the god’s lingam (Atmalinga).

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It is also the home of several religious celebrations, most famous being the "Shiva Ratri" festival at the end of February. Other temples thronged by devotees at Gokarna include Uma Maheshwara Temple, Bhadrakali Temple. Tamra Gauri Temple, Venkataramana Temple and the Maha Ganapathi Temple which is built in honour of the boy Ganapathi, who deceived the demon Ravana by keeping Atmalinga on ground before Ravana returns from sandyavandanam.

Lately Gokarna has been recognized as more than just a pilgrim site because of its beaches like Gokarna Beach, Kudle Beach, Om Beach, Half moon beach and Paradise beach. The Gokarna beach is located inthe main town and is frequented by the locals and the pilgrims alike. The celebrations of Shivaratri are held on this beach. Kudle Beach in Gokarna is one of the favorites of the tourists.

Being surrounded by hillocks it offers a scenic view pleasing the eyes. Gokarna is situated about 483 km away from Bangalore, 238 km north of Mangalore and about 59 km from Karwar. It can be reached by buses and maxi cabs from Kumta (30 km), Ankola (26 km) and Karwar (59 km) on National Highway 17. Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) runs long-journey buses from cities like Panaji, Bangalore and Mangalore. Goa International Airport at Goa and Mangalore International Airport at Bajpe, Karnataka are the nearest airports to reach Gokarna.

Gokarna Beach Trek

The town is known for its huge coastline and a number of beaches that have scenic rocky climbs. The beaches are pristine and hidden behind a frame of well placed hillocks that trek enthusiasts are keen on trekking to hit the beaches. 

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The beach trek is a perfect weekend family getaway. Gokarna is also one of the hotspots for travellers, backpackers and beach bums. The beach trek trail shows some of the scenic beaches and mesmerizing coastal stretches that one would not find on any other stretchy beaches. 

Among the other beaches, Kudle beach is the most well known and popular one. The trekker will get to trek up and down through the rocky beaches like Kudle beach, Paradise beach, Om beach, Half Moon beach, a desert beach called the Nirvana Beach and more.

Resting for a bit at each beach spot, lets the trekker explore the surrounding areas of the beach. Om beach for instance has rocks shaped in the ‘Om’ pattern. The beach also has a cliff climb called the Shiva Climb that lets one in on a panoramic sunset view. 

The Half Moon beach has boulders that need to be crossed. This leads to the Rock of Peace, which a single rock. This beach is also known for Dolphin Spotting and a jungle trail that will lead to the beach.

The Nirvana Beach is a desert beach and is perfect for a sunrise view either from the hillock close by or the beach stretch. Paradise beach is one of the most beautifully isolated beaches. The lack of lot of people crowding at this beach, makes this place all the more lovely and undisturbed. 

Thus Gokarna Beach trek is one of the most impressive treks that should be on every beach lovers list. This trek is not difficult and lets one use enough time to explore all the beaches. 


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I must admit that I already miss the wonderful trip we had welcoming this new year. We were informed that this trip would be more to chill than to trek and you were absolutely right Mr. Hemant. As soon as we reached Gokarna beach we left no time in taking a dip in the sea. Then we had a long walk on the beach and a small trek to reach Yana waterfalls. It was fun diving and swimming in the fresh cold waters. We were back to the beach to witness a beautiful sunset and the view was mesmerizing and to top it off we played beach football in this stunning setting. We missed the rain in rain dance but danced our hearts out for more than 3 hours!! We welcomed the new year with colorful sky lanterns and fireworks. The interesting part was that we were enjoying every moment with some amazing people who had become good friends in no time!On our way back, we played Mafia with our huge team of around 30 people and Asav was a cunning mafia rallying till the end fooling all the poor villagers.Lastly, I would like to thank Hemant, Anupama and Manoj for organizing this amazing trip and I should mention that I have seen very few people with Hemants level of patience. Also, made some wonderful friends in Nikhil, Harsh, Rupali, Tanwi, Anupama, Manish and Hemant.I have a feeling that the best day of the year is already done with this trip, but I look forward to my next trip with NatureWalkers which is going to take fun quotient to the next level and have some peaceful time off from our hectic job schedule.PS: I had to wait till weekend to write this review as I had to dive directly into work after this awesome trip. Also, if it wasnt for my friend Asav I wouldnt have made this super awesome trip. - by Badshah Badarudeen for Gokarna Beach Trek - 2 Day Package organized by Nature Walkers .
I must admit that I already miss the wonderful trip we had welcoming this new year. We were informed that this trip would be more to chill than to trek and you were absolutely right Mr. Hemant. As soon as we reached Gokarna beach we left no time in taking a dip in the sea. Then we had a long walk on the beach and a small trek to reach Yana waterfalls. It was fun diving and swimming in the fresh cold waters. We were back to the beach to witness a beautiful sunset and the view was mesmerizing and to top it off we played beach football in this stunning setting. We missed the rain in rain dance but danced our hearts out for more than 3 hours!! We welcomed the new year with colorful sky lanterns and fireworks. The interesting part was that we were enjoying every moment with some amazing people who had become good friends in no time!On our way back, we played Mafia with our huge team of around 30 people and Asav was a cunning mafia rallying till the end fooling all the poor villagers.Lastly, I would like to thank Hemant, Anupama and Manoj for organizing this amazing trip and I should mention that I have seen very few people with Hemants level of patience. Also, made some wonderful friends in Nikhil, Harsh, Rupali, Tanwi, Anupama, Manish and Hemant.I have a feeling that the best day of the year is already done with this trip, but I look forward to my next trip with NatureWalkers which is going to take fun quotient to the next level and have some peaceful time off from our hectic job.PS: I had to wait till weekend to write this review as I had to dive directly into work after this awesome trip. Also, if it wasnt for my friend Asav I wouldnt have made this super awesome trip. - by Badshah Badarudeen for Gokarna Beach Trek - 2 Day Package organized by Nature Walkers .
I have always been a beach person and when you get the perfect combo of beach and trekking, nothing can be better than that. Me and my friend were part of the "Gokarna Beach Trek - 2 Day Package". We both can unanimously say that this was by far one of our best new year celebrations. We went with an open mind and was sure to meet quite a few interesting people. Rest assured the plan of staying in tents under the starry night sky. Well! it did turn out as we expected. We met some amazing people, who within a span of 48 hours had become good friends. From strangers to friends; the journey was quick and absolutely amazing. How could I not mention about the outdoor leaders! Hemant, Anupama, Pawan, and Manoj, they were brilliant with their work. Guiding us cautiously through the entire trip and then partying hard with us during the New Year get together. They gelled along so well with all of us. So here are my takeaways from the trip:- traveling on budget can be a lot of fun- you get to meet more people than you would while travelling alone- you get the security of traveling in a group; trust me when I say travelling in a group is the best part of the journey- you get good recommendations on local cuisine- you have a face off with the part of you that seem to be hiding for years; we danced our way back to Bangalore, for almost 2 to 3 hours at a stretch; not sure when was the last time I did so in such a big groupCheers to Nature Walkers! Way to go guys. You guys are doing a brilliant job. Looking forward to be a part of a new trip soon. P.S. With the break of dawn on 1st January, we found a messy beach right in front of our eyes. Trashes from the last night's party; paper lanterns, beer bottles and cans, water bottles, and some more stuffs we littered here and there. As proud Nature Walkers, we worked as a team to remove all the trash and the make the beach look clean, in no time. The new year did start on a good note for all of us! - by Tanwistha Gope (Tanwi) for Gokarna Beach Trek - 2 Day Package organized by Nature Walkers .
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I must admit that I already miss the wonderful trip we had welcoming this new year. We were informed that this trip would be more to chill than to trek and you were absolutely right Mr. Hemant. As soon as we reached Gokarna beach we left no time in taking a dip in the sea. Then we had a long walk on the beach and a small trek to reach Yana waterfalls. It was fun diving and swimming in the fresh cold waters. We were back to the beach to witness a beautiful sunset and the view was mesmerizing and to top it off we played beach football in this stunning setting. We missed the rain in rain dance but danced our hearts out for more than 3 hours!! We welcomed the new year with colorful sky lanterns and fireworks. The interesting part was that we were enjoying every moment with some amazing people who had become good friends in no time!On our way back, we played Mafia with our huge team of around 30 people and Asav was a cunning mafia rallying till the end fooling all the poor villagers.Lastly, I would like to thank Hemant, Anupama and Manoj for organizing this amazing trip and I should mention that I have seen very few people with Hemants level of patience. Also, made some wonderful friends in Nikhil, Harsh, Rupali, Tanwi, Anupama, Manish and Hemant.I have a feeling that the best day of the year is already done with this trip, but I look forward to my next trip with NatureWalkers which is going to take fun quotient to the next level and have some peaceful time off from our hectic job schedule.PS: I had to wait till weekend to write this review as I had to dive directly into work after this awesome trip. Also, if it wasnt for my friend Asav I wouldnt have made this super awesome trip. - by Badshah Badarudeen for Gokarna Beach Trek - 2 Day Package organized by Nature Walkers .
I must admit that I already miss the wonderful trip we had welcoming this new year. We were informed that this trip would be more to chill than to trek and you were absolutely right Mr. Hemant. As soon as we reached Gokarna beach we left no time in taking a dip in the sea. Then we had a long walk on the beach and a small trek to reach Yana waterfalls. It was fun diving and swimming in the fresh cold waters. We were back to the beach to witness a beautiful sunset and the view was mesmerizing and to top it off we played beach football in this stunning setting. We missed the rain in rain dance but danced our hearts out for more than 3 hours!! We welcomed the new year with colorful sky lanterns and fireworks. The interesting part was that we were enjoying every moment with some amazing people who had become good friends in no time!On our way back, we played Mafia with our huge team of around 30 people and Asav was a cunning mafia rallying till the end fooling all the poor villagers.Lastly, I would like to thank Hemant, Anupama and Manoj for organizing this amazing trip and I should mention that I have seen very few people with Hemants level of patience. Also, made some wonderful friends in Nikhil, Harsh, Rupali, Tanwi, Anupama, Manish and Hemant.I have a feeling that the best day of the year is already done with this trip, but I look forward to my next trip with NatureWalkers which is going to take fun quotient to the next level and have some peaceful time off from our hectic job.PS: I had to wait till weekend to write this review as I had to dive directly into work after this awesome trip. Also, if it wasnt for my friend Asav I wouldnt have made this super awesome trip. - by Badshah Badarudeen for Gokarna Beach Trek - 2 Day Package organized by Nature Walkers .
I have always been a beach person and when you get the perfect combo of beach and trekking, nothing can be better than that. Me and my friend were part of the "Gokarna Beach Trek - 2 Day Package". We both can unanimously say that this was by far one of our best new year celebrations. We went with an open mind and was sure to meet quite a few interesting people. Rest assured the plan of staying in tents under the starry night sky. Well! it did turn out as we expected. We met some amazing people, who within a span of 48 hours had become good friends. From strangers to friends; the journey was quick and absolutely amazing. How could I not mention about the outdoor leaders! Hemant, Anupama, Pawan, and Manoj, they were brilliant with their work. Guiding us cautiously through the entire trip and then partying hard with us during the New Year get together. They gelled along so well with all of us. So here are my takeaways from the trip:- traveling on budget can be a lot of fun- you get to meet more people than you would while travelling alone- you get the security of traveling in a group; trust me when I say travelling in a group is the best part of the journey- you get good recommendations on local cuisine- you have a face off with the part of you that seem to be hiding for years; we danced our way back to Bangalore, for almost 2 to 3 hours at a stretch; not sure when was the last time I did so in such a big groupCheers to Nature Walkers! Way to go guys. You guys are doing a brilliant job. Looking forward to be a part of a new trip soon. P.S. With the break of dawn on 1st January, we found a messy beach right in front of our eyes. Trashes from the last night's party; paper lanterns, beer bottles and cans, water bottles, and some more stuffs we littered here and there. As proud Nature Walkers, we worked as a team to remove all the trash and the make the beach look clean, in no time. The new year did start on a good note for all of us! - by Tanwistha Gope (Tanwi) for Gokarna Beach Trek - 2 Day Package organized by Nature Walkers .
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