The town of Gokarna, just south of Goa, is home to a pristine stretch of beaches in western Karnataka. Its a wholesome mix of relaxing by the beach with a beer and a book, and taking a long boat ride where we hop and skip through beaches. The town is also home to the ancient Mahabaleshwar temple and, legend has it, houses the birthplace of Lord Hanuman. This is, by far, one of the most chilled-out backpacking trips you will find.
Who's ready to beach comb through coastal paradise?
The first pickup point is at 4:00 pm at Andheri (E), Hanuman bus stop from where we board our AC semi-sleeper bus to Gokarna. You can board the bus from other stops which are mentioned below. The bus will make a dinner halt on the way.
Our ride will drop us to Madangeri at around 7:00 am, from where we will board our private vehicles to Kudle Beach (pronounced 'cood-lay', not 'cuddle'). From here, we take a short walk to reach our beachside homestay. Yes, we're getting there early, but that's why you have the rest of the morning to sleep, eat, drink, swim, whatever. You do you.
We'll regroup in the late afternoon for a trip to our secret beach. It's about an hour's ride away. To get there, we'll pass by quaint coastal hamlets, and go on a ferry over the Gangavalli river. Dig your toes into the sand and watch a magical sunset, before we head back to the homestay for some downtime.
Depending on how tired or excited we are, we can go exploring for new places to have dinner together. If you're willing to stay up late at night, you may even catch a glimpse of the bioluminescent phytoplankton in the waves!
After a hearty breakfast, we will go on a gorgeous boat ride to explore Gokarna's other beaches (Om, Half Moon, Paradise, etc). We could halt at a café for a break. After lunch, we will check out, and head to Gokarna town. You're free to visit the ancient Mahabaleshwar temple which has drawn pilgrims from around the world for centuries. You could also visit the bazaar to sample some good South Indian food, and buy locally grown spices. Come evening time, we'll make our way back to Madangeri to board the bus to our cityscapes.
We arrive back home around 09:00 am in the morning, refreshed and ready to take on the world!
-AC semi-sleeper private bus Bombay-Gokarna-Bombay (Pune pickups available)
-All internal transport (as per itinerary)
-Beach-hopping boat ride
-Dolphin Sighting boating
-Accommodation in homestay rooms with attached toilets (3 pax per room)
-All activities and entries to places as per itinerary
-All guide and local expertise charges
-Even though this is a guided backpacking trip with a pre-scheduled itinerary, you are free to opt-out of any activity during the trip and do as you please. The main motive of this trip is to have a great weekend.
-There will be a fair amount of walking through the course of this trip. This experience is not advised for people who have any physical ailments and can't climb slopes.
-Our guesthouse is situated right on the beach, so the insect situation is quite real. Please carry insect repellents to avoid being eaten alive by mosquitoes.
-Expenses incurred by individuals over and above provisions by Vagabond
-Visit to any place not listed in the itinerary
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
1] Will there be network coverage in Gokarna?
-Almost all of Gokarna has good mobile network reception
2] What will the weather be like when we visit?
-The weather in Gokarna will be hot during the day (around 35°) and cool at night (around 23°). Please make sure you carry sunscreen lotion to avoid sunburns.
3] What will the accommodation be like?
-This is a budget backpacking trip. We will be staying in a guesthouse (NOT a hotel). Each room will be shared amongst 3 people. There will be an attached bathroom with a western toilet.
4] What kind of food options would be available on the trip?
-There are many restaurants to try out at Kudle and the other beaches nearby. The cuisines vary from continental to Italian and Israeli. There's also Indian, Chinese and local South Indian food that you can sample.
5] Can I join the trip directly at Gokarna?
-If you're not from Bombay or Pune, feel free to book the 'Ex-Gokarna' ticket. We expect you to meet us in Gokarna on day 2 by 10:00 am latest. Feel free to give us a call to discuss the logistics of this.
6] Can I get a room for just 2 people?
-Yes, that would be possible at an additional cost. Please contact us to confirm the availability of a twin sharing room.
-30 days prior to the date of departure: Rs 1,500 will be deducted
-15 days prior to the date of departure: Rs 3,000 will be deducted
-7 days prior to the date of departure: Rs 4,250 will be deducted
-1 week to the date of departure: No refund
(All refunds will be initiated 3 days post the trip getting over)
Terms and Conditions
Terms and Conditions
-All timings and activities are subject to weather, group size, capabilities of participants, etc. -Vagabond holds the right to cancel the event due to unforeseen circumstances (for eg. unfavorable weather) -By registering for this trip, you agree to have read through and abide by the Vagabond terms & conditions mentioned below:
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