Gokarna, the holy town, is famous for its beautiful virgin beaches and breathtaking landscapes also. To get to every beach, one must be able to cross mountains, forests, cliffs and plateau. The terrains get harder each time. However, the ability to reach the destinations and see the magnificent sights, makes it all worthwhile. The Gokarn city beach, Kudle beach, Om beach, Half moon beach and paradise beach are the famous from many beaches
Sunset is something one should not miss at any cost in Gokarna. Be it from one of the various cliff tops or from the beaches down below, watching the setting sun lighting up the waters with its golden rays is a majestic sight in itself. All in all Gokarna offers a piece of nature, with its magnificent beaches, the splendid cliff tops, the jagged hills and the abundant greenery, that has still not been completely tarnished by the modern day tourist.
How to Plan Gokarna Beaches Trip
To explore all the joy, start the day early morning 06.00am walk on the beach, or a hike to one of the hill tops around, spend the day soaking in the sun; trekking through the hills; cycling to villages around Gokarna; trying out the local fish curry at a small road side hut; or just jumping into the waters and battling out with the waves. Towards the end of the day, grab a beer; get yourself to a spot where the only sound you hear are those the waves and the chirping birds; and watch the sun go down into the golden waters. After the sunset, if possible, get sleeping bags, get a fire going and spend the night, in the open, under the starry night, on the beach. Truly Gokarna will offer you the break that you have been dreaming of.
Gokarna City Beach
Gokarna city beach is the closest from Gokarna Town and is accessible by road.
Kudle (Kuttle) Beach
Kudle beach is a kilometre-long stretch of white sand fringed by palm trees, is the nearest; just about 20 minute walk from Gokarna.Beyond this beach lies a beautiful green plateau leading to Kudle Beach. At Kudle, you can see a little bit more foreigners. Shacks and Chai shops occupy the whole stretch of Kudle. calling out to sunseekers who dare trek through it’s unchartered, rocky domains. This is where the party begins.
Om beach is half an hour further from Kudle beach. Om beach, as the name indicates is because of the shape that the beach has, forming a large OM with the sea on one side and the hills behind. Western and Indian foreigners flock to OM Beach, basking in it’s glory. There’ll be bonfires at night and hippies playing guitar under the moonlight.
Half Moon Beach
Half moon beach is smaller and lesser known beautiful beach. Half-Moon beach has no road connectivity, the only way to reach there being a trek through the hills adjacent to the Om Beach. And since there is no connectivity, there is hardly anybody on the beach. During the on-season, this is one of the favourite destinations of the foreigners, who camp here enjoying the blissful combination of the beach and the privacy offered by its location.
Paradise beach is also smaller and lesser known located at the far end of Gokarna. But equally great for a bit of sunbathing and swimming. The trek further from Half-Moon to the Paradise beach, which is a combination of a tough trek and an extremely slippery path across the jagged rocks along the shore. Remnants of ‘Paradise Café’ which was a happening joint (loads of music, foreigners, booze and drugs) of the past. which was brought down by the government authorities – gives us a bleak idea of what heaven this place offered for the hippies.