“There are no foreign lands. It is the traveller only who is foreign”– Robert Louis Stevenson
This trip to Om Beach, Gokarna was in November 2015 along with my family. My friend and his family accompanied us for this trip.
The route that we followed was : Bangalore –> Agumbe –> Jog Falls –> Mookambika Temple (Kudajadri) –> Murudeshwar –> Gokarna Om Beach –> Shimoga –> Bangalore.
My fellow travellers in Bangalore: This is one of the best trips that you can plan from Bangalore. You can cover some beautiful places in this entire road trip. Our’s was a 4N/5D trip; 1 night in Agumbe, 1 night in Gokarna , 2 nights in Shimoga.
Gokarna brings together the experience of a sea-side destination and a getaway in the hills. Om Beach is one of the most famous beach in Gokarna. Famous for being naturally shaped like the Hindu religion’s auspicious symbol Om, this beach attracts tourists round the year. This shape is formed by two semi crescents joined together. It is a nice 6+ kms drive over the hills with splendid views from Gokarna town to Om beach.
The beach is very clean and not much crowded. A lot of foreigners (coming from outside India) visit this beach.
The sunset view from this beach is amazing.
There is also a bunch of fun water sports activities available at the Om Beach, including speedboats, surfing, fishing, banana and bumper boat rides and so on.
We stayed at ‘ Makara Village’. We were not happy with the accommodation though. These are budget Cottages which needs some better maintenance.
Other places nearby:
How to Reach Om Beach, Gokarna :
Gokarna is around 483 km from Bangalore, 238km from Mangalore and around 59 km from Karwar. Road connectivity is excellent to Gokarna and can be reached by bus from Karwar, Kumta (30 km) via NH 17 where multiple buses ply from Panaji, Mangalore, and Bangalore. Om beach is around 6.5 km from the city of Gokarna. Even tourists can hire cabs from major cities to reach Gokarna
Konkan Railways ply via Gokarna; hence anyone boarding the train from Mumbai or Goa to Mangalore can also get down at Gokarna Road (station) which is around 6km from the city. Many other trains also ply via Gokarna from major cities. To reach the beach one can hire an autorickshaw or even cabs or private buses.
Mangalore International airport is the nearest airport to Gokarna. Mangalore is around 238 km away from Gokarna. Tourists can hire a taxi or even take up trains to reach Gokarna.