What I thought would be a relaxing vacation by the beach in Gokarna, turned out to be an adventurous one, as I hiked over mountains, walked through narrow paths in the jungles, and crossed big, black boulders slithered by the angry waves of the sea. What embellished my experience all the more, was the presence of my best friend by my side. Together we conquered mountains, befriended the seas, and surrendered ourselves to the starlit skies at night. Who would have thought that going from one beach to another would be a mini escapade in itself?
In this post, I will share all the details on how you can trek from one beach to the other in Gokarna and help you spice up your beach vacation. I will also share important tips which you need to keep in mind in case you plan on doing these treks on your own.
For more information on the best time to visit, getting there, where to stay, and what to see, check out my comprehensive Gokarna travel guide.
Starting Point: Om Beach
Om Beach is geographically located between Kudle Beach on one side, and Half-Moon and Paradise Beaches on the other side. Staying near Om Beach would be the best option since you can trek to either beaches on either sides, on two different days. Further, Om Beach offers exhilerating views of the Arabian Sea which you can experience, especially when you stay at the Shantidham Cafe (If you’re new to Airbnb, use my referral code for a discount of ₹2,200 off a home booking of ₹5,000 or more!).
Trek 1: Om Beach – Kudle Beach
The first trek that you can do is from Om Beach to Kudle Beach, which takes approximately 1 hour (one-way). Since Kudle Beach is one of the most happening beaches in Gokarna, I would suggest you to do this trek on one of the days. This trek is self-guided and an easy one. All you have to do is come to the entrance of Om Beach (near the auto stand) and look for signs that point to Kudle Beach. You will find a few steps that lead to a garden (which you need to climb) and eventually you will be walking inside a forest. Kudle Beach is a very pretty beach lined with many shacks, and is the perfect spot to soak some sun and play in the water.
If you’re staying in Kudle Beach till late evening or night, DO NOT trek back to Om Beach. Instead, take an auto. The path becomes extremely dark since you will be trekking inside a forest and I would not recommend it at all. However, if you’re leaving Kudle Beach early (before sunset), it is safe, and you can trek back to Om Beach on the same path.
Trek 2: Om Beach – Half-Moon Beach – Paradise Beach
This is by far the most adventurous trek you will ever have in Gokarna. You will climb over mountains, walk narrow paths in jungles, cross wet, slippery boulders and get a chance to witness one of the most beautiful sunsets of your life. Your perspective about Gokarna will change after you discover the hidden gems of this little coastal town, on this trek.
I have combined trekking (for the onward journey) and taking the ferry (for the return journey) to make sure that you have a great adventure, witness the most popular sunset, and stay safe throughout your journey.
Om Beach – Half-Moon Beach
Start your trek early in the morning from Om Beach to Half-Moon Beach. Observe the gushing waves hit against the rocks as you walk on the shore. Use Google Maps or ask the shack owners for directions in case you get lost. My bestie and I took the wrong path which landed us in a forest. We kept going and going and realised that something wasn’t right. Then we stopped a moving car and asked the driver if this was the right path to Kudle Beach to which he said no, and that we were walking towards a remote village. Blushing, we went back on the same route, all while being a tad bit disappointed that the chances of exploring a tiny, remote village were now gone. Now that would’ve been an adventure within an adventure, wouldn’t it?
Anyway, the mistake that we made was going straight instead of taking a deviation on the right (behind Sunset Cafe) to go to Half-Moon Beach. Keep this in mind and make sure you take the narrow path of steps behind Sunset Cafe to go to Half Moon Beach. If you accidentally take the path that we did, then don’t forget to tell us your adventure!
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The path to Half-Moon Beach is through a mountain. Be prepared to ascend and descend steep, narrow paths. Once you reach the Half-Moon Beach you will realise that it is a small beach, mostly unmanned. Shaped in the form of a crescent moon, this beach is an ideal spot for those who are seeking some peaceful time away from the crowds. Read a book or meditate by the beach and recharge yourself before you head on to your next adventure.
There are no shacks in Paradise Beach and so I would recommend you to have lunch or stock food in your bag at Half-Moon Beach itself.
Half-Moon Beach – Paradise Beach
Next, start your journey towards Paradise Beach. This journey will take you over big, black boulders on the sea shore. You will also hike steep mountains and get magnificent views of the Arabian Sea. Paradise Beach is also the perfect beach to play in the water or camp at night. You will also find many people here, so beach volleyball isn’t such a bad idea!
After you spend time doing what you love on the beach, take the ferry back to Om Beach. You will be approached by ferrymen and you can choose when you want to leave. I would recommend you to take the ferry that leaves between 5:30-5:45 PM to witness the gorgeous sunset by the sea.
Board the ferry, grab the railing, and take a deep breath as you get ready to immerse your senses in the aura of the warm, orange sun. Smile and be grateful for the amazing journey that you’ve had on this little trek.
1. The waves in Paradise Beach are quite strong, so be careful and make sure you don’t venture out too much into the sea.
2. The last ferry that leaves to Om Beach is at 6:00 PM. However, this is dependent upon the crowd and the number of people on the beach. You can also take the ferry from Half-Moon Beach to Om Beach in case you plan to not go to Paradise Beach.
3. DO NOT trek back to Om Beach after sunset or when dark, as the path is quite narrow and dangerous. Either camp at Paradise Beach or take the ferry back.
4. I would recommend you to do this trek with a friend or join a group, since you will need a helping hand at most of the places while climbing steep paths.
I hope you liked this post and found the information useful. Do share your experiences below and let me know what your trip to Gokarna was like!