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10 Unusual things to explore in Gokarna

10 Unusual things to explore in Gokarna
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By Suchira

01 Aug, 2023

We have no doubt that you are a pro-traveler and may have roamed many beaches by now. But we can assure you that Gokarna is different. From its uniquely shaped beaches like Om resembling the Sankrit sign Om to luminous beaches with bio-Luminescence, Gokarna offers an exceptional experience with pristine beaches surrounded by forest and hillocks. But you can do much more besides strolling on the beaches and cafe hopping or gorging into seafood! This blog will give you some ideas about going beyond the touristy stuff and nurturing your true traveler soul in Gokarna. Keep reading.

1. Unleash Adventure: Camping in Gokarna's Unspoiled Wilderness:

A traveller relaxing in a camp near Gokarna Beach

A traveller relaxing in a camp near Gokarna Beach (Picture - Nature Walkers)

Escape the ordinary and experience the tranquility of nature by camping in Gokarna. Several beautiful beaches, including Paradise Beach, Kudle Beach, and Om Beach, offer scenic spots for camping. Set up your tent amidst the picturesque surroundings and immerse yourself in the calming sounds of the ocean. Enjoy bonfires, stargazing, and beach walks.

Good campsites in Gokarna include Namaste Cafe and Shiva Tent Cafe. Professional companies like Gokarna Adventure and Nature Walkers can assist with camping arrangements, ensuring a hassle-free and memorable experience.

2. Catch the Waves: Learn Surfing in Gokarna:

Thrill-seeker learning to surf in Gokarna's azure waters

Thrill-seeker learning to surf in Gokarna's azure waters (Picture - Gokarna Tourism)

You must have tried many water sports on various beaches, but how about being a certified surfer? Embark on an exciting surfing adventure in Gokarna, where the pristine beaches provide the perfect setting to learn and ride the waves. Popular surfing spots include Om Beach, Gokarna Beach, and Nirvana Beach, known for their consistent swells and friendly waves for beginners.

Join surf schools like Cocopelli Surf School to receive professional guidance and lessons. Expect an exhilarating experience as you master the art of surfing and connect with the power of the ocean. Explore Gokarna's unusual side through the thrilling sport of surfing.

3. Unveiling Ancient Marvels: Exploring Yana Rocks & Caves in Gokarna:

Among the beautiful foliage, majestic Yana rocks

Among the beautiful foliage, majestic Yana rocks (Picture - Housing)

Step back in time and discover the historical wonders of Yana Rocks & Caves in Gokarna. Located in the Sahyadri Range of the Western Ghats, Yana is famous for its unique rock formations and ancient caves. These limestone structures hold significant mythological and historical importance. Explore the natural beauty of Yana, trek through lush forests, and witness the awe-inspiring Karst formations.

Hire a taxi or take a local bus from Gokarna to reach Yana. Enjoy the unusual and breathtaking experience of Yana Rocks & Caves in Gokarna, a journey into the past.

4. Dive into the Depths: Scuba Diving in Gokarna's Coastal Waters:

Divers enjoying bright coral reefs and experiencing a variety of aquatic animals

Divers enjoying bright coral reefs and experiencing a variety of aquatic animals (Picture - Holidify)

Experience the thrill of scuba diving in Gokarna, where the underwater world beckons. Explore vibrant coral reefs, encounter diverse marine life, and witness stunning underwater landscapes. Popular diving spots like Netrani Island and Murudeshwar offer exceptional diving experiences.

Expect professional dive instructors, top-quality equipment, and a focus on safety. Professional companies like Universal Adventures and Hiker Wolf offer scuba diving services. Get your arrangements through these companies for a memorable and safe scuba diving adventure while exploring Gokarna's unusual underwater wonders.

5. Nature's Magical Light Show:

Gokarna's underappreciated gem - bioluminescent beaches

Gokarna's underappreciated gem - bioluminescent beaches (Picture - Curly Tales)

Bio-Luminescence in Gokarna's Sea Experience an extraordinary phenomenon while exploring Gokarna – bio- luminescence in the sea. Witness the mesmerizing spectacle of bioluminescent organisms illuminating the water, creating a magical light show. Gokarna's beaches, such as Paradise Beach and Kumta Beach, offer the opportunity to witness this natural wonder.

The best time to see bio-luminescence is during the late or post-monsoon season. As you immerse yourself in Gokarna's unusual and captivating treasures, prepare to be enchanted by nature's glow-in-the-dark spectacle.

6. Try Gadbad Icecream:

Delicious and flavorful gadbad ice cream from Prema Hilltop Restaurant

Delicious and flavorful gadbad ice cream from Prema Hilltop Restaurant (Picture - Babs Project)

In Hindi, Gadbad means messy, and trust us, this ice cream justifies its name. It's a sundae with several varieties of ice cream, sauce, fruits, and nuts. It's a riot and, surprisingly, a popular delicacy. To taste this unusual ice cream, go to Prema Hilltop Restaurant, a quaint restaurant amidst hillocks on Beach Road. It's an excellent method to beat the heat.

7. Discover the Charms of Gokarna's Car Street: Unveiling Unusual Delights:

Gokarna's bustling car street - ideal for a shopping frenzy

Gokarna's bustling car street - ideal for a shopping frenzy (Picture - WordPress)

When exploring Gokarna, visit the vibrant Car Street, where a world of unique experiences awaits. Stroll along this bustling street and immerse yourself in the local culture. Explore the vibrant shops offering traditional artifacts, clothing, and souvenirs. Indulge in the tantalizing local cuisine at the street-side eateries. Don't forget to visit the Maha Ganapati temple nearby, which adds a touch of spirituality to this lively street. Embrace the charm and excitement of Gokarna's Car Street, where unusual delights and memorable encounters await discovery.

8. Yoga & Wellness:

Refreshing yoga against the backdrop of the coast at Kudle Beach

Refreshing yoga against the backdrop of the coast at Kudle Beach (Picture - Red Earth Resort)

Discover tranquility by indulging in yoga and wellness practices in Gokarna Beach. Find peace and rejuvenation amidst the serene coastal ambiance. Numerous yoga centers can be found near Gokarna Beach, offering a range of classes and retreats. Immerse yourself in yoga sessions, meditation, and holistic healing practices.

Some recommended yoga centers in Gokarna include Namaste Yoga Farm and SwaSwara. Embrace the opportunity to explore Gokarna's unusual offering of yoga and wellness amidst nature's beauty and the sound of the ocean.

9. Try Unique Konkani Delicacies:

Karadantu, a delectable local dessert from Gokarna

Karadantu, a delectable local dessert from Gokarna (Picture - Tummy to Heart)

Did you know Gokarna is rich in flavorful Konkani foods? Try Patrode, a vegetarian or vegan dish made from fried or steamed Colocasia leaves stuffed with rice flour, tamarind, spices, and jaggery paste. Start your morning with this flavorful delicacy and butter or desi ghee. Another local delicacy, Todadevu, is prepared from Konana Kattle Cane juice and almost resembles a Dosa. This is served with warm milk or desi ghee. Kombucha is a fermented tea and tastes like heaven when paired with fried banana buns from the seaside stalls. Gokarna also offers a unique dessert called Karadantu, a delectable treat made with roasted dry fruits, jaggery, and edible gum. This sweet dish is found near the main market in local sweet shops. Each bite of Karadantu is a burst of flavors, combining the richness of nuts and jaggery.

Trying these unique local delicacies is one of the unusual things you can do in Gokarna.

10. Bohemian Vibes: Shop at The Hippie Market in Gokarna

The Hippie Market's beautiful and vibrant Bohemian accessories

The Hippie Market's beautiful and vibrant Bohemian accessories (Picture - The Stupid Bear)

Explore Gokarna's Hippie Market for an unusual shopping experience that reflects the town's laid-back and free-spirited vibe. Located near Gokarna Beach, this market is a treasure trove of bohemian delights. Browse the stalls with unique clothing, accessories, handmade crafts, and colorful trinkets. Find one-of-a-kind souvenirs or embrace the boho-chic style with flowing garments and ethnic jewelry. Enjoy the lively ambiance, friendly vendors, and a fusion of global cultures.

So, what are you thinking? If all these options are still not exciting you and then what will? Pack your bag and get up go to this coastal town for an unusual experience.

 

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