Murdeshwar (with Honnavar-Gokarna)
Murdeshwar & Honnavar, Karnataka
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- 4 Days 3 Nights
- Best Season - March April May
When was the last time you bid farewell to the city and surrendered your spirit into the arms of nature? We’re going for a once-in-a-lifetime adventure to the beautiful coasts of Uttar Kannada where the golden sands meet the azure blue sea and create magic. This coastal paradise experience is the perfect blend of adventure with a calm relaxing beach vacation. (Calling all water-babies!) This is a great way to hit the ‘Reset’ button on your life and get a renewed appreciation for being alive. So, are you ready to Back-Pack-Go?
-Scuba diving and snorkelling at Murdeshwar
-Visit the ‘Blue-Flag’ certified Eco Beach
-Backwater boating on the Sharavathi River
-Visit the mangrove boardwalk at Honnavar
-Explore the gorgeous town and beaches of Gokarna
Double sharing AC rooms
(2 breakfasts included)
Day 1: Bye-Bye Mumbye
Say goodbye to your city selves for a few days as you board the AC bus from Bombay. Our bus will take the fastest route out of the rat race and into the beautiful Konkan coast of Murdeshwar.
13 hrs bus (Bombay-Murdeshwar)
Day 2: Finding Nemo LIVE
We will reach Murdeshwar in the early hours of the morning. We head straight to our diving school. Freshen up and try on our scuba gear to make sure everything fits. After a thorough check and basic diving instructions, we’ll grab ourselves some breakfast on the way to the white sands of Murdeshwar Beach.
We will spend most of the day on the boat. There will be a bunch of light snacks and bottled water available on the boat. We’ll make our way deep into the Arabian Sea and stop by the beautiful heart-shaped Netrani Island.
Be prepared to be blown away by the wondrous world that exists underwater. After an exhilarating day of diving, we’ll head back to the coast. Get changed and prepare for a lovely sunset by the Murdeshwar Temple before we head back to our rooms to get some well-deserved rest. Spend the night discussing your diving experience and looking at the beautiful countryside skies.
3 hrs boat ride (Murdeshwar-Netrani Island-Murdeshwar)
Day 3: Grooving in the Mangroves
After a hearty breakfast, we head over to one of Western India’s hidden gems — Honnavar. This hamlet used to be a vibrant port town in the 14th Century. Today, it is known for its gorgeous white-sand beaches and a vibrant stretch of mangroves. We’re going boating along the calm waters of the Sharavathi River. This is what a coastal vacation is all about, right?
We’ll take a short journey to visit the recently built Mangrove Boardwalk. This is a great place to understand the amazing diversity of our coastal habitats and how important it is to keep protecting them.
To close our trip, we head to the almost untouched Eco Beach. This is one of India’s 11 ‘Blue-Flag’ certified beaches (That means they’re pristine as hell!).
After lunch, we are going to the hippie hamlet of Gokarna, for one last, perfect sunset. We will spend the evening in a beachside cafe, catch some waves and seriously chill.
As the night sets in, we will explore the vibrant spice markets of Gokarna for some shopping and bid adieu to the golden sands as we make our way to the bus stop for our journey home.
2 hrs private transport (Murdeshwar-Honnavar-Murdeshwar)
13 hrs bus (Gokarna-Bombay)
Day 4: Back Home Again
We arrive back to our lives in the city. Say goodbye to your new friends and get back to life with renewed energy and calm. Until next time vagabonds!
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Vagabond started out as a project by four friends with a disdain for the ordinary. The idea was simple; take people out of their comfort zones. Not like Roadies, but just enough to bond them together through beautiful and authentic experiences. Happiness, as they say, is only real when shared. And share we did. The company was founded in 2014. As fresh Bachelor of Arts degree holders, companies were lining up to hire us fine gentlemen; we’re kidding. Fueled by entrepreneurial zeal, we started with small events in the city like heritage walks through Bombay’s old quarters. As musicians and travellers ourselves, we decided to marry these two loves of our lives. That is how the idea for the first Fields of Sound™ came about. Since then, it has only been onward and upwards for us. Since 2014, we’ve made friends like family through our journey. Our little ‘Vaga’-Fam. It’s safe to say, it’s been quite an adventure. One we would like you to join :)
-Transport in an AC semi-sleeper bus from Bombay/Pune to Murdeshwar and back
-All internal transport (as per itinerary)
-2 breakfasts (Days 2 & 3)
-Boat ride to Netrani Island
-Snorkeling at Netrani Island (life jackets and snorkeling gear included)
-Dry snacks and bottled water on the boat ride to Netrani Island
-Backwaters boat ride on Sharavathi river
-Visit the ‘Blue-Flag’ certified Eco-Beach in Honnavar
-Double-sharing AC rooms in Murdeshwar with attached bathrooms (photos here)
-Transport to Gokarna town and beaches
-All activities and entries to places as per itinerary
-All guide and local expertise charges
-Assistance by Vagabond EMs
-Scuba diving at an additional discounted cost of ₹2,000
-Dinner and lunch on all days
THINGS TO CARRY
-Extra pair of clothes
-Government photo ID
-Toiletries (towel, soap, toothbrush, sunscreen, toothpaste, etc)
-Insect repellent (spray/cream)
-Reusable water bottle
-Reusable plastic bags for wet clothes
-Personal medication (eg. inhaler)
-Sturdy footwear (for the beach trail)
-Beach mat (optional)
HOW TO REACH
Pune: Wakad (Hinjewadi), Katraj (Nawale bridge)
-Bombay pickups will be between 3 pm - 7 pm on Day 1
-Pune pickups will be between 9 pm - 11 pm on Day 1
-If you're not from Bombay or Pune, feel free to book the 'Ex-Murdeshwar’ ticket. We expect you to meet us at our hotel in Murdeshwar on day 2 by 07:30 am latest as the Scuba boat leaves the shores by 8 am. Feel free to give us a call to discuss the logistics of this.
Policy and Terms
-3.8% of all booking amounts are payment gateway charges. This amount is not refundable
Terms and Conditions
Q: Will there be network coverage in Murdeshwar and Honnavar?
A: Most of the places we will be at will have good mobile reception.
Q: What will the weather be like when we visit?
A: Depending on the season, the weather will be warm during the day (around 30°-35°) and cool at night (around 18°-23°). Please make sure you carry sunscreen and caps/sunglasses.
Q: What will the accommodation be like?
A: You will be accommodated in a beachside property in double-sharing AC rooms with attached bathrooms.
Q: What kind of food options would be available on the trip?
A: Most local eateries serve delicious homemade-style South Indian food. Murdeshwar and Honnavar are also home to several cafes and restaurants.
Q: Can I join the trip directly at Murdeshwar?
A: If you're not from Bombay or Pune, feel free to book the 'Ex-Murdeshwar’ ticket. We expect you to meet us in Murdeshwar on day 2 by 08:00 am latest. Feel free to give us a call to discuss the logistics of this.
Q: Are there washrooms on the boats during the dive?
A: We have ensured that the boat we take in Murdeshwar to go snorkeling and diving has an attached western toilet since we’ll be spending approximately 5 hours at sea.
Q: What's a TryDive?
A: The diving offered in this experience will be conducted by trained SSI professionals. This is the best way to get an introduction to the world of diving. We will participate in what is known as a TryDive. Every participant will be accompanied by one personal dive instructor. The dive will be offered at a reduced cost of just ₹2,000 (not included) for all the interested participants. If you are not planning on scuba diving, you can still explore the abundant marine life by snorkeling (included in the cost) near the diving site.
Q: How will diving be conducted?
A: Get diving gear and equipment checked and fitted at the dive centre after breakfast. Get on the 1.5-hour boat ride to Netrani Island. On the way there the Instructor will talk about Boat Safety, Dive Safety, Scuba Equipment, and Exercises. While you are on the boat you will wear the gear and see how it works. Once we reach the dive location you will enter the water with the assistance of your instructor and practice the exercises on the surface of the water Do the TryDive session guided by professionals from one of India’s finest Dive Schools. (Dive time: 30-40 minutes). Snacks and bottled water will be provided on the boat. Return to the dive centre by about 4:00 pm.
Q: Important notes about Scuba Diving
A: Scuba diving is an adventure activity. Please bear in mind that it is required for participants to be in good physical and medical condition. You will be required to fill out a medical fitness questionnaire, based on which you will be evaluated by the diving instructor. If you have any doubts about your fitness, please allow us to help clear any doubts. We will put you in touch with the instructors directly. This is a one-on-one experience—one instructor per individual. The instructor will take you on a guided tour by holding your tank and showing you the beautiful life underwater. The dive time is for 30 minutes to a maximum depth of 12 meters/30 feet. We recommend eating light before the dive to avoid feeling uncomfortable due to the boat’s movement. Keep in mind that there will be snacks and water provided on the boat. The dress code for the dive would be comfortable beachwear (t-shirt & short pants, feel free to wear full-length pants or anything that can get wet)
Q: What's included in the diving charges?
A: The dive equipment rental, dive instructors, a 30-45 min guided dive, and action camera footage.