Gokarna, which means the cow’s ear, is a holy site located on the Karavali Coast nestled between the rivers of Agnashini and the Gangavali. The centre is known for housing the famous Shiva Temple where the ‘Aatmalinga’ is located. It is believed that Aatmalinga of Lord Shiva is in the shape of a cow’s ear, thus giving rise to the name, Gokarna. Gokarna is hailed as one of the seven ‘Muktistalas’ or pilgrimage centres of the state of Karnataka in India.
The Town is located in the northern-coastal region of Karnataka which is about 560 km from Pune. It is not as fancy as Goa but this is the place where people all over the world come for peace for culture for temples and of course for the beautiful beaches. It is with four of India’s most secluded and pristine beaches nestled nearby. It draws both pious pilgrims and hedonistic holiday makers with equal enthusiasm.
Gokarna experiences the southwest monsoon from June to August, following which the weather becomes dry and sunny. The best time to visit Gokarna is from October until March, when the weather is warm and pleasant. An overnight journey to gokarna make it more convenient and perfect weekend getaway.
Day 1: Departure
7.30 pm – 9 pm – Pune
Leaving from Pune at late evening. We request you to have some light food before travelling. This trip would be an overnight journey to Gokarna in which we would have an informal introduction and have fun.
8 am – 9 am – Gokarna Homestay Reaching Gokarna in morning. Fresh up at the homestay and Set up for the trek after a nice breakfast.10 am – 12 noon – Paradise BeachWe will be starting our trek from paradise beach.Paradise beach also known as Full Moon beach is enveloped in absolute surreal beauty. Raw and untouched, the beach is away from all the hustle bustle. The beach can only be reached by a boat or by trekking through the forest. Leisure, warmth and beauty describe Paradise Beach at its best.
12 noon – 2.30 pm – Half Moon Beach (Meal option available here)From paradise beach we will trekking through the coast to Half-Moon beach. Separated by a cliff from Om Beach, Half Moon Beach offers stunning views of the sea. Dotted with typical Indian style village huts or shacks, the beach is the perfect spot for unwinding and relaxation. With umpteen hammocks set amidst trees, you have a splendid spot in the midst of nature.
4.30 pm – 5.30 pm – Dolphin Point
From Half Moon beach to Om beach. Om beach is located at a distance of approximately 8 km from the town of Gokarna. Two semi-crescent shapes that join together resembling the symbol ‘OM’ is the reason behind the name of the beach.
5.30 pm – 6.30 pm – Sun Set Point and Om Beach
From Om beach we will be trekking through small forest to the perfect sun set point along with stop at dolphin view point.
7.30 pm – 8.30pm – Kudle Beach
Reach kudle beach through a picturesque route. Kudle beach is known for its style of sea food. There are variety of sea food available which are cooked in their native style. As the beach is favourite destination place for foreigners, the local vendors also provide some foreign dishes in Indian style. We suggest you should must try the kudle beach pan cakes.
8.30 pm – 9.30 pm – Gokarna Beach and back to Homestay From Kudle beach we will trekking to gokarna beach and then to homestay.
Day 3: Return
5.30 am – 6.30 am – Sun RiseThe sun rise at Kudle beach is equally mesmerizing as the sunset. We will be walking from gokarna beach to Kudle beach hill rock for the sun rise
8.30 am – 9 am – Shiva Temple Visit
It is believed that Aatmalinga of Lord Shiva is in the shape of a cow’s ear, thus giving rise to the name, Gokarna.10.30 am – 10.30 pm – Return Journey to Pune.
Pick Up Points:
Kalyan Railway Station
THINGS TO CARRY
• Two litres of water bottles
• Rain coat (if in case it rains)
• A torch
• A cap
• Cargo/track pants -2
• T-shirt -2
• Shoes, Socks
• Personal medication kit
• Rain Coat/Poncho
Two morning breakfast
Trekking through different beaches
Sunset and sun rise point
Dolphin view point
Visit to Shiva Temple