Understand the beaches around Gokarna first: Refer the Gokarna beach map below which includes all the famous beaches:
The trail given in the map above are walking trail. However, one can also walk along the sea-shore (almost) to cover all the beaches:
How to reach Gokarna?
Gokarna is almost 500 Kms from Bangalore so, I would prefer to go by train/ Private vehicle rather by bus.
|From||To||Distance||By bus||by train|
|Bangalore||Gokarna||500 kms||10-12 hours||17.5 hours|
|Goa||Gokarna||140 kms||4 hours||2-2.5 hours|
|Mangalore||Gokarna||220 kms||6 hours||3-4 hours|
Train from Bangalore to Gokarna road station:
Karwar Express (16523) leaves Bangalore city Junction @ 20;00 reaches Gokarna road station @ 13:19; frequency: everyday
Sleeper chargees: 405
Third AC charges: 1100
Where can I camp on the beach?
If you are carrying your own tent, you can pitch that at Paradise beach (Only beach where camping is allowed). You can also camp at the Namaste cafe or some resorts allow you to camp if you are in a group. They would only provide you the space. Rest you have to arrange yourself.
Where can I stay in resorts/ cottages/ cafes?
Tell me something about Gokarna beach?
Gokarna beach is the main beach names after the town stretched over several kilometers. Its a dirty beach because its a famous beach for pilgrims and local tourists. During festival like Shivaratri (mostly in february), it becomes a large crowd place and picnic spots for many. People use this beach as open-air public toilets. So, walk carefully. Water is smelly too. so swimming is not advisable either. You can get food in local as well nice restaurants around the beach also.
However, you can consider walking a couple of kilometres north to the town along the beach. It gets better as you go. This part of the beach is closer to the Gangavalli River. Here Gangavalli river meets the sea and the place not at all crowded. except for a very good resort here: Linger at Bavikodla (Click here to know about this resorts)
Kudle beach is just a short down hill walk (20 mins) from Gokarna beach. Once beautiful, now this beach is alfo getting encroached by the construction and grennery is disppearing day by day. Still, Kudle beach is far better than Gokarna beach. There are good as well as local restaurants at Kudle beach. Though handfuls but their quality is better.
OM beach lies south of Kudle beach and can be accessed by foot from Kudle beach (20 mins). Om beach (Southern Part) is packed with restaurants and travel agents too. Its named after its shape as Om in Hindi language.
Half Moon beach is smaller and much less developed than other beaches. It can be by walking over the moorlands from the Om beach towards further south (20 mins). Facilities are limited here. However, there are a couple of small restaurants and huts.
Paradise beach is the southern most and the last beach in this series of beaches. It offers no facilities (20 mins from half moon beach). Be careful about the Police. They come to this beach at times to check for illegal activities like Ganja, Charas, camping, boozing during peak times. There are no restaurants or huts. Sometimes, You might one or two locals selling things like ice-creams or cold drinks.