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  • Trip introduction

    Dig your toes into the sand, feel the surf rush over your feet, and let the salty sea breeze ruffle your hair. When you're a hippie at heart, it's either the sea or the mountains that call to you. If you're the type that feels the pull of the ocean, this backpacking trip to the untouched beaches of coastal Karnataka is perfect.

    You'll start from the coastal town of Udupi, where the sand at Malpe beach is white and soft. You'll visit a deserted island with the most charming name - Coconut Island. You'll wander down to Maravanthe beach, where the Suparnika river meets the vast Arabian Sea. You'll stop and stare in wonder at the towering 123-foot statue of Lord Shiva, whose toes are bigger than your head. You'll trek through tropical forests, see the desolate Yana caves, then head to Gokarna, where all the hippies of the world seem to meet. You'll beach-hop at Gokarna, where each beach is more beautiful than the last.

    NOTE: Do book your train tickets in advance so you get a confirmed seat for the overnight journey.

    Destination

    On this laidback backpacking trip to coastal Karnataka, you'll join a group of like-minded hippie travellers with wanderlust in their hearts. You'll explore the coconut palm lined beaches of Karnataka, explore forests and ancient caves, swim in the clear blue ocean at Nirvana and Half-Moon beach in Gokarna, and get a chance to try some delicious sea food (not included in cost) and spicy Karnataka cuisine. You'll spend every day out in nature, away from malls and screens, and end the evening with bonfires or spectacular sunsets. It's the perfect backpacker's escape for the wild child.

    Destination highlights

    Explore the islands where Vasco Da Gama first set foot in India. | Visit the famous Maravanthe Beach sandwiched between the Arabian Sea and Souparnika River. | Visit the 123-foot tall statue of Lord Shiva in Murdeshwar. | Trek through mossy forests to discover Yana’s limestone caves..

    Trip details
  • Day 1 of the backpacking trip to Karnataka: Train to Udupi

    You will have to board the Mangalore Express from CST Station, departing at 22:00 hrs. Make sure you carry some snacks, a bottle of water, and a light shawl or blanket for the night. Overnight in transit.

    Overnight train journey.

    You will board a 22:00 hrs train from CST station that should reach Udupi by 14:00 hours the next day. Carry light snacks, a small water bottle and light blanket for a comfortable journey.

    Day 1 Milestone

    Mumbai

    Udupi

    05:30 AM

    Food

    No meals will be provided today.

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    Day 2 of the backpacking trip to Karnataka: Explore Udupi and Malpe
    Day 3 of the backpacking trip to Karnataka: Explore Maravanthe and Yana caves
    Day 4 of the backpacking trip to Karnataka: Explore Gokarna
    Day 5 of the backpacking trip to Karnataka: Arrive in Mumbai
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  • Cancellation policy

    For cancellations made 46 days or more before departure of the Karnataka backpacking trip: 100% refund.

    For cancellations made 31-45 days before departure of the Karnataka backpacking trip: 75% refund.

    For cancellations made 22-30 days before departure of the Karnataka backpacking trip: 50% refund.

    For cancellations made 16-21 days before departure of the Karnataka backpacking trip: 25% refund.

    For cancellations made 0-15 days before departure of the Karnataka backpacking trip: No refund.

    All refunds will be processed after deducting any transaction costs.

    Rules on trip

    Consumption of liquor, drugs, tobacco products and cigarettes is strictly prohibited during the backpacking trip to Karnataka.

    Travellers are requested to treat the local culture with respect and avoid littering, defacing property and monuments and causing general disturbance.

    Additional instructions, booking policies, terms and conditions

    Travellers are required to adhere to the instructions of the tour leader during the backpacking trip to Karnataka.

    A basic level of health and fitness is required to book this trip. If you have any cardiac or respiratory conditions, or suffer from knee or spinal problems, please inform the tour operator and consult your doctor before booking the backpacking trip to Karnataka.

    The tour operator takes utmost care to ensure safety of the travellers and shall not be held responsible for any mishap or accident during the backpacking trip to Karnataka.

    Travellers will be required bear any additional costs arising due to unforeseen circumstances such as bad weather, road blocks etc.
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  • Includes / Excludes

    Includes

    • Transfers from Udupi Railway Station to Gokarna Railway Station as per itinerary in private non-A/C vehicle

    • 1 night accommodation in Malpe beach on dormitory sharing basis
    • 1 night accommodation in Kudle beach on triple/quad sharing basis
    • All vegetarian meals from lunch on day 2 to evening snacks on day 4
    • Entry tickets, permissions and guide, as required
    • Boat ride from Malpe beach to St.Mary’s Island and back
    • Experienced trip leader
    • All applicable taxes

    Excludes

    • Train tickets to/from Mumbai

    • Meals during train journey
    • Personal expenses such as soft drinks, packaged water, extra meals, etc.
    • Anything apart from what is mentioned in inclusions
    • Permit fees for camera and photography
    • Insurance

    What to Wear

    What to Wear

    • Comfortable track pants or trousers
    • Quick-dry T-shirts
    • Socks
    • Sports shoes
    • Light pullover
    • Not to wear - Expensive jewellery
    • Handbags, jholas, suitcases or trolley bags

    What not to Wear

    • Loose clothing that will tangle around you while swimming
    • Restrictive clothing
    • Flip-flops

    Equipment / Gear

    We Provide

    • Accommodation in guesthouses/hotels on triple, quad or dormitory sharing basis
    • Transport from Udupi-Gokarna railway station as per itinerary
    • Boat ride from Malpe Beach to St.Mary's Island and back
    • Any safety or technical equipment required for activities

    You need to get

    • COMPULSORY: Identity proof with photograph
    • Backpack
    • Day pack for your everyday essentials
    • Light floaters for beach/water activities
    • Sneakers
    • Light snacks such as dry fruits, energy bars etc.
    • Beach wear/swimwear (optional)
    • Quick dry clothing for water activities
    • Sun cap
    • UV protected sunglasses
    • Sunscreen
    • Camera (optional)
    • 1 ltr water bottle
    • Torch
    • Mosquito repellent
    • Carry sufficient cash for additional expenses
    • Personal toiletries

    Medical Kit

    • Please carry specific personal or prescribed medication, personal first-aid kit.