Gokarna is one of the places where you can see a clear sky with beautiful stars because it is a pollution-free and less populated town.
Gokarna is not just about beaches but there are so many other things you can do while you are there. And it is the safest place for women solo travelers. Trust me even if you go out at night you will return safely. there are so many best places in the city.
What can be more relaxing than watching the sunset at a beach or waking up to the beautiful sound of waves? Sounds amazing, isn’t it?
In this blog, I will share my travel experience to this beautiful place, GOKARNA.
So let’s get started.
How to Reach Gokarna
Gokarna is a beautiful place located in south Karnataka, and the best possible way to reach this place is by bus, car, bike, and railway. It’s a 9 hours journey from Bangalore.
The first time when I had been to Gokarna was by bus, it was an overnight journey from Bangalore and the cost was around 800rs per one side ticket. But the second time when I traveled it was by car which cost around 6000 rs overall for the petrol.
So if you are planning a budget-friendly trip I would suggest traveling by bus or train.
Once you reach Gokarna you can rent a 2 wheeler vehicle and it will cost around 300 to 400rs per day.
The roads are small so it’s not easy to travel by car. You can explore the place even better if you rent a 2 wheeler.
ACCOMMODATION IN GOKARNA
There are so many budget-friendly hotels you can stay in but I would suggest Zostel Gokarna. As it is one of the most amazing hotels I have ever been to. It has an ocean view from the hotel and the staff is very friendly.
If you are traveling solo you can take up dormitories which will cost around 600rs to 700rs per night and the cottage costs around 2600rs per night.
Zostel is a place where you get to meet so many people from different places.
There are a few more hotels you can consider and they are 1. Namaste cafe 2. Kudle oceanfront resort 3.stone wood nature resort 4. Kahani paradise Gokarna. You can accommodate as per your comfort and budget
If you are planning to visit the place in the peak season do book all your tickets well in advance.
Things to-do in Gokarna to have a perfect vacation
Beach trek:- trek to paradise beach is one of the exciting things to do in Gokarna. You can trek from one beach to another, the starting point will be om beach then to half-moon beach and paradise beach. It’s about a 30-40mins trek.
or you can take a longer route that is from om beach to Kudle beach and then to paradise beach which will take around 55-60mins.
If you have a car or even want to take a shorter route then you can park the vehicle near Shanti cafe and trek from there, which will take around 20-25mins to reach paradise beach.
Tips- 1. always carry a water bottle with you
2. If you are taking a shorter route from Shanti cafe then avoid trekking when it’s dark because the routes are confusing and you might get lost.
3.The waves in Paradise beach are very strong so be careful when you go for a swim.
Mahabaleshwar Temple:- it is about 500 meters from the Gokarna bus stop. If you are someone who loves architecture this temple is a must-visit. It is one of the famous and old temples in Gokarna.
Sunset at the beach:- this is one of my favorite things to do in Gokarna. If you want a peaceful evening and refresh your mind, sit at any beach there watching the sunset and you will have one.
Yana cave:- the cave is around 50km from the main city. The yana cave is formed due to volcanic eruption so rocks are different and formed in an unusual manner.
You can rent a vehicle from the main city to reach this place and there is a small temple before you enter the caves.
Camping at the beach:- camping at a beach sounds exciting, isn’t it? Trust me it is. This is one of the things you can do on Paradise beach. The tents will cost around 500-600rs per night. You can have a fire camp and spend an amazing time with your friends.
Vibhuti falls:- the Vibhuti falls is about 42.2kms from the main city Gokarna. The water in this fall comes past limestone rocks near Yana and so the fall is called “Vibhuthi Falls. The best time to visit this place is between September-February.
Beach visit:- going to Gokarna and not visiting any beaches that sound impossible. Here are the top 5 beaches to visit in Gokarna https://da360.in/travel/best-gokarna-beaches/
These were the few things you can do in Gokarna but there are more. It’s a small town but you can enjoy it a lot.
Food options at Gokarna
Mantra cafe:- it is a part of Zostel located in Kudle beach. They prepare the yummiest food in the whole town, Nutella choco-chip pancake is a must-try. It has an ocean view from the cafe and there will be live music during the evening time. The cafe is open from 8:30 am-3:00 pm and 5:30 pm-10:00 pm.
you can check out their page on Instagram:- https://www.instagram.com/mantracafegokarna/
Dolphin cafe:- this cafe is located in the middle of om beach. It has a great ambiance with great music. The price of the food here is very cheap. I wouldn’t recommend you go here for meals because the food is not that great but you can go for a chilled beer with a great view of om beach. The cafe is open from 8:00 am – 10:00 pm.
Namaste cafe:- this cafe is located on om beach. The ambiance and the food are great over here. I loved each and everything about this place. Try any food and it will turn out to be great. The cafe is open from 8:00 am – 10:30 pm.
Bhawan cafe:- this cafe is located on Kudle beach. It is a peaceful place because there won’t be many people around. The food is cheaper and good. The cafe is open from 7:30 am to 10:00 pm.
These are the four cafes I love in Gokarna. You will have a great time with good food and ambiance.
Best time to visit.
The best time to visit Gokarna is during the month of October- February. Try to avoid traveling in the rainy season because you won’t be able to enjoy many water activities or go for a swim. If you are planning to visit during summer, always keep drinking water because it will be very hot and humid.
These are the few things to do and places to visit in Gokarna.
This is a perfect place for traveling with your friends, family, or even solo.
If you are looking for a weekend getaway this is the perfect place. You can stay here for as many days without getting bored but you can also cover this place in 3 days.
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