Gokarna Beach Trek is a great way to enjoy Gokarna Beach Hopping. The trek can be started from either Kudle Beach or Paradise Beach. The goal of this journey is to walk between all of Gokarna’s major beaches and cross the hills that stand between them. These hills are covered in green for the most of the year and tower over the magnificent Arabian Sea.
Where to start the Trek from?
Begin the Gokarna Beach Trek from either the Gokarna Main Beach or the Belekan Beach. Between Gokarna Main Beach and Kudle Beach, though, there isn’t much of a route. To go to Kudle Beach, you must use the regular road, which is why Gokarna Main Beach is not included in the Gokarna Beach Trek. As a result, you can begin your walk from Kudle Beach and work your way to Paradise Beach.
The benefit of this alternative is that you may spend more time in the morning at Kudle Beach and Om Beach, which are the most enjoyable to swim at.
Furthermore, the trek’s second half – beyond Om Beach – is primarily through the forest. When the sun is shining brightly, this is even more relaxing. However, it isn’t a major issue in either case.
The primary downside of this option is that the last ferry leaves around 5:30 to 6:00 pm, and unless you are staying on Paradise Beach, you must be aware of the time to get back to your hotel. Another disadvantage of this choice is the limited number of ferries that stop at Kudle Beach.
Most ferries only stop at Om Beach, so if you’re late, you’ll have to hike back to Kudle Beach in the dark, which isn’t really safe. This approach is not very practical if you want to see the sunset from Labyrinth on the same day.
Starting the Gokarna Beach Trek from Belekan Beach or Paradise Beach is also an option. Your hike would most likely begin at Belekan Beach if you join a group excursion from Bangalore or another location. Belekan Beach does not have much sand or a lengthy shoreline; it is simply a location where the Tour Operator can take you on the Road from the other side.
If you want to complete this trip without using a tour operator (which is extremely realistic and possible), you can take a ferry to Paradise Beach and begin the walk there.
This option offers two major benefits. There’s no need to rush to catch a ship before the end of the day. If you start early enough, you’ll have plenty of time to relax at each beach and enjoy a relaxing lunch. You’ll get back in time for the sunset as well. Another advantage of this choice is that the possibilities of seeing dolphins on the route to Paradise Beach are better early in the morning (about 10 a.m.), when there haven’t been many boat rides.
The sole disadvantage of this method is that ferries between Kudle and Paradise Beach are less frequent, and you may have to travel from Kudle Beach to Om Beach if the ferry is not available.
As a result, if you’re staying at Kudle Beach, we recommend starting the Gokarna Beach Trek from Paradise Beach.
Route of the Gokarna Beach Trek
Half Moon Beach to Paradise Beach
Arrive to Paradise Beach, swim for a while, and enjoy a coconut before beginning the trek! One of the most difficult sections of the walk is from Paradise Beach to Half Moon Beach (as compared to other parts). In the beginning, there is some rock and boulder climbing. The trail gradually climbs in elevation as you progress, and the views are breathtaking! On the route, you’ll pass by two photo opportunities: Small Hell Beach and Hell Cliff. If you want to leave the trail and go to these locations, be cautious of the rocks. They could be a little slick and difficult.
Another photo spot, marked as Friends Beach on Google Maps, is a little further forward. There are several beautiful sites along this path, and if you’re lucky, you might even see some dolphins.
Om Beach to Half Moon Beach
After relaxing for a time at Half Moon Beach and recharging your batteries, you can begin your journey to Om Beach. There is a short ascent at the start, followed by a gradual track through the trees. This section of the walk is once again a lot of fun! Just before the Om Beach, there is a cliff that provides a stunning perspective of the entire Om Beach. From this vantage point, you can view the beach’s Om Shape.
Om Beach View Point is the name given to it. As a result, making a pit stop here is well worth it. The beautiful Om Beach is a little distance ahead of this spot! Spend a fun afternoon at Om Beach swimming, kayaking, playing beach games, taking photos from the tops of rocks, and finishing with a delicious lunch.
Kudle Beach to Om Beach
After lunch, you can begin your trek to Kudle Beach. The hike from Om Beach to Kudle Beach is the most straightforward of the three. Once you exit the Om Beach, there are a few steps on the left that lead to the next route. You can also take an auto from this exit if you are exhausted.
You might take a short detour to Shri Umamasheshwar Temple, which is located immediately before Kudle Beach. The temple is reached through a route on the left near the Kudle Beach steps. The steps near Kudle Beach, on the other hand, lead directly to Kudle Beach. Because the continental shelf is quite shallow and the waves are entertaining, Kudle Beach is the greatest beach for swimming. However, if the sea/waves aren’t cooperating, be cautious and stay put.