Beach backpacking to Kumta and Gokarna

This four-day beach backpacking trek in Karnataka takes you to the gorgeous white sand beaches and swaying coconut trees of the Arabian Sea, ending at Gokarna. During the day, you'll explore 10 beaches between Kumta and Gokarna, jump onto a ferry, let the waves lap around your ankles, and enjoy untouched beaches. The evening will be memorable as you'll camp on the beach, gathered around a crackling campfire, maybe singing songs, with the sea nearby. At night, you can choose to sleep ina tent or just lie on the sand and fall asleep with the sound of the sea in your ears. You might be able to spot dolphins, and with only 4-5 hours of trekking each day, you'll be able to end the day with a swim.

Destination

You'll be trekking along the pristine beaches that line the stretch between Kumta and Gokarna. These beaches have blue water and white sand, and are famous for being quieter than nearby Goa. There are very few shacks on the way, and you'll have some beaches completely to yourselves. You'll start at Kumta Beach, and proceed to the beaches of Vannali, Kudle, Nirvana, Belekan, before ending at the famous beaches of Gokarna: Paradise, Half Moon and Om Beach. You'll be camping at Belekan Beach, which is a remote beach that offers a gorgeous sunset.

Destination highlights

Go beach-hopping on this tropical trek and explore the secluded beaches of Karnataka. | Enjoy a slow-paced trekking adventure. | Spend time on quiet beaches with warm, tropical water. | Camp on Belekan beach, with a campfire and the sea beside you.

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15 kms

11 hours

8 kms

CST Station

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Lokmanya Tilkak Terminus (LTT)

Local transport

Kumta Beach

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21:30

06:35

You'll meet the operator at CST station and board the 21:30 hours Mangalore Superfast Express (12133). It is an overnight journey to Kumta. Do carry light snacks, a small water bottle and a light jacket for the journey. Overnight in non A/C sleeper coach.

Overnight transit in non A/C sleeper coach.

Food

No meals provided today.

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Day 1 Milestone

Mumbai

Kumta

21:30 PM

You'll arrive in Kumta by 09:00 hours and eat a delicious breakfast near the station. After breakfast, you will catch a bus to Kumta Beach, which is the starting point of your trek. You'll take a ferry from Aghnasheni Port to Tadadi Port in Gokarna and start the trek from there. You'll sink your feet in the soft, warm sand and trek along the sandy trail that stretches alongside the blue water. You'll have a packed lunch on the way by 13:00 hours and continue on the trail to Belekan Beach, where your campsite is set up. Here you can enjoy fun-filled games and the bonfire. After dinner, you can retire to your tents or sleep out in the open under a starry sky. Overnight stay in tents.

Overnight stay in tents.

Food

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

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Day 2 Milestone

Kumta

Belekan Beach

09:00 AM

You'll wake up at 06:00 hours to the sound of waves. You'll freshen up before digging into a delicious breakfast. After that, you'll begin your trek towards Gokarna Beach and explore Paradise, Half Moon and Om Beach en route. You'll reach Gokarna beach by 15:00 hours and after some exploration, you'll head for lunch at a local eatery. You'll be driven to Gokarna Station by 17:30 hours and you'll board the 18:38 hours Matsyagandha Express (12620) back to Bombay. Overnight in non A/C sleeper coach.

Overnight transit in non A/C sleeper coach.

Food

Breakfast | Lunch

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Day 3 Milestone

Belekan Beach

Gokarna

06:00 AM

You'll reach Thane Station by 05:53 hours and Lokmanya Tilak Terminus by 06:35 hours. You can choose to get off at one of the two preferred stations. Your trip ends here.

Your trip ends before nightfall.

Food

No meals provided today.

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Day 4 Milestone

Gokarna

Mumbai

05:30 AM

Includes / Excludes

Includes

  • Non-AC Sleeper train tickets Mumbai-Kumta and Gokarna-Mumbai 
  • Meals - 2 breakfast, 2 lunch, 1 dinner
  • Vehicle support to carry main luggage during trek
  • Accomodation in tents on triple sharing basis
  •  Expertise charges and guide
  • First aid kit
  • All applicable taxes

Excludes

  • Meals during transit
  • Personal expenses like extra meals, packaged water, soft drinks, etc.
  • Any cost arising due to delays, road blocks, emergencies, etc.
  • Anything not mentioned in the inclusions
  • Insurance

What to Wear

What to Wear

  • Cotton/quick-dry T-shirts
  • Comfortable trousers or 3/4th pants
  • Light pullover/ warm jacket
  • Comfortable trekking/ hiking shoes
  • Cotton socks
  • Hooded jacket
  • Not to wear - Expensive jewellery or watches
  • Slippers or sandals while trekking
  • Sling bags
  • Hard luggage such as suitcases, trolley bags, etc.

What not to Wear

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

Equipment / Gear

We Provide

  • Local transport in Kumta and Gokarna as per itinerary
  • Vehicles to carry your luggage
  • Tents
  • Campfire
  • First aid kit

You need to get

  • ID proof
  • 2 ltrs water bottle
  • Camera (optional)
  • Enerzyl powder or Glucon D powder
  • Light snacks
  • Light towel
  • Backpack
  • Daypack for everyday essentials
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Torch
  • Beach/swim wear
  • Sleeping bag or lightweight bedsheet
  • Mosquito repellent
  • Personal toiletries
  • Wet wipes
  • Tissue roll
  • Extra poly bags to carry wet clothes
  • Slippers for after trekking hours
  • Extra pair of clothes

Medical Kit

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

Cancellation policy

If cancellation is done 30 days before the departure of the Gokarna beach trek: 75% of the trip cost will be refunded.

If cancellation is done 29-15 days before the departure of the Gokarna beach trek: 50% of the trip cost will be refunded.

If cancellation is done 14-10 days before the departure of the Gokarna beach trek: 30% will be refunded.

If the cancellation is done 0-5 days prior to the start of the Gokarna beach trek: no refund.

No show: No refund.

If you wish to transfer your booking to someone else, or reschedule to another date, the cancellation policy will apply, and only the applicable refund amount will be transferred or rescheduled.

Rules on trip

Smoking cigarettes, chewing tobacco or consuming alcohol is strictly prohibited on this Gokarna beach trek.

You must stick with your group at all times.

No damage should be inflicted on monuments or natural environments.

You must adhere to the instructions of the trek leader at all times.

Taking photos or selfie near the edges are not allowed.

Participants are requested to carry trash back and dispose it in dustbins.

Additional instructions, booking policies, terms and conditions

This Gokarna beach trek covers about 15 kms over 2 days, so you should be able to walk for about 5 hours each day.

There is a vehicle to carry camping gear and your bags, but this will be locked during the day. Keep a day pack with your drinking water, cap, sunscreen, and any snacks and cash at hand.

In case of injury, damage to self or property or death, the operator will not be held responsible.

All activities are arranged considering normal weather. In case of cancellation of any event due to reasons beyond control such as natural calamities, riots, political uncertainty, public transport failure etc, refund shall be payable with respect to the given cancellation policy.

There will be no refunds or discounts given for services unused or missed due to traveller's own fault, negligence or breach of terms.