Gokarna Beach Trek & Camping | Plan The Unplanned
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- Best Season - Spring (Feb, March, April) Summer (May, June, July) Monsoon (Aug, Sept, Oct)
When we hear about treks, we imagine lofty mountains or lush green hills. Well, if you want to try something entirely different, then here’s a chance to join us for the Gokarna Beach Trek.
Gokarna is a small beach town on the coast of the Arabian sea, home to a must-visit Hindu Pilgrimage site – the Mahabaleshwar temple. This quaint little town gets equal attention for its many calm and clean beaches; tourists from across the country, as well as foreigners, are drawn to the beauty of the town. To really experience the sanctity and sightliness of Gokarna, we recommend trekking along the coastline and exploring one striking beach after another. You are bound to be a victim of love at first (beach) sight!
- Leave from Bangalore at 6:30 PM
- Reach the Campsite at around 9:00 AM approx [ Gokarna Main Beach ]
- Freshen up and have breakfast. The rest of the luggage can be dropped off at the campsite.
- Leave for Belekan Beach
- Paradise Beach
- Half Moon Beach
- Om Beach
- Dolphin’s Point
- Kudle Beach
- Gokarna Beach*
- Bonfire ( depends on permissions ) and Sleep for the Night
* You could either take a night walk via the Gokarna Town to reach back to the campsite or take an auto (self-sponsored) to reach back to the campsite
- Wake Up Early, Freshen Up, Breakfast
- Pack your bags, as you won’t be returning to the campsite
- Visit Mirjan Fort ( August to October )
- Visit Vibhuti Falls ( Only Between November to March )
- Boat ride at Honnavar Backwaters (Self-sponsored)
- En-route stop for dinner (self-sponsored)
- Return to Bangalore on Monday by 6:00 AM ( tentative )
Note: If Honnavar Boating is closed for any reason, Eco Beach or Sharavathi Kandla Mangrove Boardwalk will be visited instead.
Who should attend?
Meals Not Included
We begin our journey from Bangalore in the late evening after picking up trek participants from various pick-up locations. We will be covering a distance of 500 km to reach Gokarna overnight and the aim is to reach on time hence, all travellers are expected to have a light dinner before boarding. As we hit the road, the trek leads will give you a summary of the trek and then get you acquainted with your fellow travellers through the signature PlanTheUnplanned intro session. By the time dawn arrives, you’ll feel right at home with all of your fellow travellers!
If you look outside your window, you will spot salt farms in the near distance. This means that we are now just minutes away from our destination. Carry your belongings into the cottage, freshen up, have a bite to eat, and get ready to start the trek to the base point.
Belekan Beach: Our first day of trekking will start from Belekan beach (Look towards the rocky edges of the beach and if you are lucky, you just might spot dolphins!) Enjoy the panoramic view and set off on an exciting day of trekking.
Paradise Beach: A pristine beach that is a combination of rocky terrain and clean white sand. Paradise beach is exactly what it sounds like – it is considered one of the cleanest beaches with the collective effort of tourists and the abstract paintings on the rocks add to the character of the place.
Half Moon beach: This beach gains its name due to its resemblance to the shape of a half moon. Here’s when you get to relax and enjoy your peaceful surroundings. Make sure you have some snacks and water because we reach this beach around lunchtime. Ahead of the Half Moon Beach, you will find a huge rock called the Rock of Peace – it is the throne to witness one of the best sunsets, you will know why it’s named Rock of Peace only after you have experienced it. The whole world looks artistic from here, music starts playing in your mind, the color of the sky changes every minute, and if it’s your lucky day you get to spot dolphins on the Arabian coastline!
Om Beach: We then trek ahead to a beach shaped in the form of the Hindu “Om symbol” and hence it's called Om Beach. It is around 2.5-3 km from Half Moon Beach and the trail is a moderate one. Shop atrangi hippie accessories, buy souvenirs, ride a jet ski, pass around the frisbee or play beach volleyball on this beach which is undoubtedly a hub for hippies!
Kudle Beach: Our last (and best) beach destination is Kudle Beach which is a popular tourist spot, well-known for authentic seafood, woodfired pizzas, and good music in the evenings. Every dish in every restaurant here is served with a view. The cool breeze, the slow sound of the waves, and the growing tides are a perfect finish for the day.
We now head back to Gokarna beach. Sit around a campfire to warm yourself up, share your thoughts about the first day and fall asleep while you stargaze.
Stay Not Applicable
Commence your Day 2 journey by visiting Gokarna Temple Town, a quaint and sacred destination situated in the Uttara Kannada district of Karnataka, India. With a population of approximately 20,000 residents, Gokarna is renowned for its devotion to Lord Shiva, the central deity worshipped within the town. The main temple, Mahabaleshwara, is dedicated to Lord Shiva and houses an esteemed relic: what some believe to be the earliest Shiva Linga, known as the Atmalinga.
Next on the itinerary is a visit to Mirjan Fort, a historic landmark of great significance. Located in close proximity to Gokarna, Mirjan Fort is a remarkable edifice with a rich history. Constructed in a time of valorous warriors, the fort stands as a testament to their bravery and determination.
Following the exploration of Mirjan Fort, a break is scheduled for a self-sponsored lunch. Subsequently, the journey continues to the Honnavar Backwaters for an enchanting experience: a sunset speed boat ride. As the day transitions into evening, you'll be treated to the breathtaking sight of the sun setting over the tranquil backwaters. This picturesque journey promises both serenity and excitement, making it a fitting conclusion to Day 2's itinerary.
Rejuvenated by the beautiful sights you witness at each unique beach, it will be hard to believe that you ticked off 5 beaches in just one day! The poster-like Mirjan Fort adds to the essence of a wonderful 2-day trek journey in Gokarna. A journey filled with the sound of the waves, the smell of fresh seafood, and the historical spectacle of a fort as you trek your way from one wonderful spot to another is an experience you must try at least once in your lifetime. So what are you waiting for? Sign up to have your mind blown by PlanTheUnplanned’s outstanding two-day trek to Gokarna.
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What’s life without adventure? Isn’t the real purpose of life to travel, to experience new places, and witness the sunrise from new mountaintops? This thought is what united Jatin and Tarun over a cup of chai, in spite of being from two unrelated backgrounds (CA and IT). They knew each other since the time Jatin was helping Tarun learn the ways of the wilderness through weekend treks and outings with another traveling group. Their love for traveling and trekking together motivated them to start something of their own. Thus was born “Plan The Unplanned”, where travel goals come true. Under the Companies Act, Plan The Unplanned is incorporated as Unplanned Journeys Private Limited They started their journey on unsteady ground, much like any other company, but they shared an infatuation for travel and adventure with their customers, which amplified their determination, and thus, Plan the Unplanned family keeps getting bigger every day! Just about any travel idea can come alive with Plan The Unplanned…treks, adventure activities like rock climbing, kayaking, rafting, backpacking trips across the country, cultural outings, photo walks; everything that fellow travelers need, to explore the great outdoors together. Well now that the wanderlust has kicked in and you can already see a vacation in your nearest future, here’s what we have to offer!
Accommodation in tents on double/triple sharing basis, separate for men & women. If couples ( let us know on call )
2 Breakfast, 1 Dinner
Non A/c Tempo Traveller or Mini-bus with push back seats depending on group size (Bangalore to Bangalore) ( A/C: Mar to May ) ( Non A/C: August to February )
Local Transport in Gokarna from Campsite to Belekan and Back
Outdoor Leader from Plan The Unplanned
Vibhuti Falls Entry permits
Experience that you gain
Any meals not included above
Boat ride at Honnavar Mangroves
Any kind of personal expenses
Any kind of insurance (health, medical, life accidental,etc )
Anything not included above
THINGS TO CARRY
- Soft Copy of Aadhar ID/ License/Voter ID
- Sunscreen and a hat/cap.
- 2 water bottles – 1 liter each (Hydration is a necessity)
- Raincoat (To protect yourself from the rains)
- A comfortable pair of sports/trekking shoes with a good grip.
- Poly bags to carry wet clothes
- Flip-flops (To laze around the homestay)
- Small Rucksack (to stuff your essentials for the trek)
- Sufficient Cash for meals not included in the itinerary
- UNO/pen drive/Bluetooth speakers for movies or music to be played during the journey. (optional)
Udupi Grand, Teacher's Colony, HSR Layout
Croma Store, Sony Signal ,Kormangala
Yamaha Showroom Domlur
Cubbon Park Signal
KTM Mekhri Circle
Govardhan Theatre near Yeshwanthpur Metro
HOW TO REACH
Policy and Terms
In the event that YOU cancel your trek, this is the cancellation policy we follow:
|Intimation Period||Cancellation Fee|
|7 Days or more||10% of the total invoice value|
|3-6 days before the trek date||50% of the total invoice value|
|0-2 days before the trek date||100% of the total invoice value|
- *Intimation Period means the number of days before the tour is scheduled to start
- **Cancellation Fee is the amount of money that will be deducted from the total billing amount before offering the refund.
- Refund/Cancellation requests are accepted only by email at [email protected]
and not via call or Whatsapp.
- There will be no consideration given to cancellations on the day of departure or the day before due to work/family emergencies, health issues, etc., and no refund or transfer to alternative dates will be permitted for the same.
- You would be required to pay an additional fee of RS 1500 if you wanted to postpone your trek and cancel on the day of departure. This is only available for 3 months after the departure date of the actual trip.
- If you cancel the trek at any time (in addition to the scenario stated above), additional fees will be collected (depending on where you made your booking) as payment gateway/event listing fees.
The following is our cancellation policy in the unlikely event that we have to postpone your trek:
During and After the Trek: In the event of severe weather, taking the trekkers' safety into consideration, a day may be shortened or the trek may be abandoned entirely. There will never be a refund of any kind.
Prior to the trek: Make a plan in the event that a trek is canceled due to a natural disaster (such as a rainstorm, flood, landslide, earthquake, or unanticipated political disturbance, curfews, local riots, government orders, or directives from the forest department). A VOUCHER for the full value of your ticket will be issued by The Unplanned.
The payment gateway fees will be deducted from any refunds that are granted.
If we have to cancel your trek because there aren't enough reservations for that particular batch or we don't have enough participants, PLAN THE UNPLANNED will refund you 96% of the trek money ( Payment Gateway charges shall be deducted )
Terms and Conditions
Q: I have booked the trek when will I get further updates regarding the trek?
A: Well, most of our treks are usually confirmed by Thursday and you would receive a Event Headsup mail that would contain details as regards Pickup Points ( Location and Timings ), Outdoor Leader ( Point of Contact ), Do’s and Don’ts. You’ll be added to Whatsapp Group for all the further updates.
Q: Would I be added to a WhatsApp Group once the trek is confirmed?
A: Yes, the Event Headsup mail would contain a link for Whatsapp Group through which one can join and interact with fellow travelers and outdoor leaders.
Q: I'm a solo traveller, Can I join?
A: The interesting thing about travelling alone is that you get to meet new people from diverse backgrounds, and towards the end, you are no longer strangers. Hence solo travellers are always welcome to join us on our trips. Read more about solo travelling here and get inspired! https://www.plantheunplanned.com/solo-yet-accompanied/
Q: Is it safe for Women/Girls?
A: Safety and security are our priority at all times. Hence it is safe for women/girls to join us on our treks and travels. Our trek leaders accompany the team at all times, and our campsites are secured and safe for accommodation. We also have female trek leaders who accompany us on most of our treks.
Q: Do I have to carry luggage all the way during trekking?
A: Not at all. You could keep all the extra luggage back at the campsite/homestay and carry only the necessary stuff for the trek (Raincoats, Torchlight, Waterbottle, lunchbox, and your valuable)
Q: Do you have Washrooms during the trek?
A: Well, you are in the mountains and none of our trails has a washroom facility during the trek.
Q: Do I have any other boarding points apart from the ones mentioned?
A: Yes, we do have options for picking a traveller on board with a few locations provided they are on the route to our destination. The following are the same: - Croma Store, Sony World Signal - Trinity Circle Metro Station - Yeshwanthpur Metro Station - Goraguntepalya Metro Station
Q: How do I avail discounts?
A: Details for availing discounts are mentioned in the following link, https://www.plantheunplanned.com/membership/
Q: What is "Without Travel" option during my booking process?
A: Well, if you select this option, all the travel arrangements for your entire itinerary must be managed by yourself, and Plan the Unplanned crew will not be managing anything related to your travel. We recommend you come via car for a smooth travel experience to, from and within the destination.
Q: Would I be able to postpone to a future in case I do not attend the trek on the day of departure?
A: Yes, you can postpone your trek to a future date by paying a rescheduling fee of Rs 1500/person. You can write to us at [email protected] as regards and our team will get in touch with you on the same.
Q: I've never gone on a hike before, so can I do this one?
A: Gokarna Beach trek is an easy trek, with the majority of the track passing through tea farms and river trails. It can be done without difficulty by men, women, and children who are physically fit.
Q: Can we leave the luggage at the homestay/tents?
A: Yes, it is possible to leave your luggage at the homestay/tents and carry the necessary things on your trek.
Q: What about Gokarna’s cellphone network and connectivity?
A: Gokarna has a good cellphone network and connectivity.
Q: Is it possible to camp anywhere along the trail?
A: No, you cannot camp anywhere along the trail.
Q: Is the trail filled with leeches?
A: No, it is not filled with leeches.
Q: Is it possible to trek to Gokarna during the monsoon season?
A: No, it is not possible to trek to Gokarna during the monsoon season.
Q: When is the best time to go on a beach trek in Gokarna?
A: The months of October to March are said to be the finest for going on a beach hike in Gokarna. The weather is excellent at this time of year, and you may avoid the summer heat.