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Gokarna on a Budget: A Weekend Getaway Under 3000 Rupees
By Suchira Ray
06 Sep, 2023
Chewing your pen cap, looking blankly at your screen in the cubicle, and dreaming about milky white sea waves breaking through your feet, yet your bank balance is laughing at you, and you can’t do anything about it? Is this scenario relatable to you? We bet it is. No worries, we’re here to help. We have a weekend trip in mind that you can cover without spending much- specifically Rs.3000! Unbelievable? Gokarna is there to welcome you with its turquoise water and vibrant beaches.
Capture the picturesque view of Gokarna Beach (Picture Source - Mint)
In this blog, we'll take you through Gokarna, providing valuable tips and insights on planning an unforgettable weekend getaway on a budget of under 3,000 rupees.
How to reach Gokarna:
Gokarna is well-connected by road and rail. But for a pocket-friendly option, we suggest public conveyance. If traveling from Bangalore, take an overnight bus or catch a train to Gokarna Rail Station. From there, local buses and rickshaws will take you to the town center. From Mumbai, there are two direct trains to Gokarna and plenty of other options if you’re breaking your journey. Several times, you must break your journey at Goa and take a direct bus or train from there to Gokarna.
Explore the scenic road from Goa to Gokarna (Picture Source - Trawell blog)
Where to stay in Gokarna:
To keep your budget in check, we got your back. Your favorite backpackers’ hub, The Hosteller Gokarna is now there near the ever-sparkling Kudle Beach. Check in to our cozy dorms for comfort and unwind with fellow travellers.
Experience poolside tranquility at The Hosteller Gokarna
Day 1: Exploring the Beaches
Gokarna is renowned for its pristine beaches, and spending a day exploring them is a must. Start your beach-hopping adventure with Kudle Beach, known for its scenic beauty and laid-back atmosphere. Stroll along the shore, soak in the stunning views, and relish a budget-friendly meal at one of the beachside shacks.
Relax by the shore of Om Beach during your Gokarna trip
Next, head to Om Beach, famous for its distinctive 'Om' shape when viewed from above. Indulge in water sports activities like banana boat rides or simply relax on the sandy shores, enjoying the soothing sound of the waves. Don't miss the stunning sunset views from Namaste Café, perched atop a cliff overlooking the beach.
Soar above Om Beach in Gokarna for a breathtaking aerial perspective (Picture Source- Karnataka Tourism)
For a serene and secluded beach experience, visit Half Moon Beach. Accessible only by boat or a trek through the forest, this hidden gem offers a peaceful retreat from the crowds. Pack a picnic lunch and spend some quality time amidst nature's beauty.
Witness the beauty of Gokarna beaches
End your day by visiting the sacred Mahabaleshwar Temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva. Marvel at the intricate architecture and immerse yourself in the spiritual ambiance of this ancient temple. The best part is you can travel from one beach to another simply by walking or hiking without spending a penny from your pocket.
Explore the charm of the ancient Mahabaleshwar temple (Picture Source- L Hong Rtai)
Day 2: Trek to Paradise - Paradise Beach and Sunset Point
Embark on an exciting trek from Om Beach to Paradise Beach, a relatively secluded heaven known for its pristine beauty. The trail takes you through lush greenery and rocky cliffs and offers breathtaking panoramic views of the coastline. Pack some snacks and water to enjoy a picnic on Paradise Beach, surrounded by nature's serenity.
Be captivated by the enthralling sunset at Paradise Beach (Picture Source-Cablo Cab)
As the evening approaches, go to Sunset Point near Paradise Beach. Find a cozy spot and witness nature's canvas as the sun paints the sky with vibrant hues. It's a truly mesmerizing experience that won't cost you a rupee.
What and Where to Eat:
You don’t have to worry about the continental cafes with fancy prices. Gokarna offers a plethora of budget-friendly dining and many street food options. Go to Pai’s Hotel for a healthy and tasty South-Indian breakfast. Try their fluffy idlis and crispy vadas with different colorful chutneys.
Indulge in delicious Idli Wada from Pai Hotel in Gokarna
Don’t miss local delicacies like Patrode and Todadevu from any local Konkani restaurant at the main market. Both options will serve you delicious vegetarian or vegan meals in a highly budget-friendly way. Mahabaleshwar Swami Temple also serves unlimited rasam-rice-papad and curd-rice as prasad free of cost. And we can assure you about the quality of the food.
Savor lip-smacking Rasam Rice at Mahabaleshwar Temple
If you’re a non-vegetarian and are rethinking about trying the delicious seafood platters or not to save some extra, you don’t have to! Head to Dolphin Bay Cafe at Om Beach to try various options without drilling a hole in your pocket. And the food is finger-licking good! Must try their Rawa fried calamari and prawns served with salad and fries. And no one will judge you if you wanna sip a chilled beer along with that.
Don't skip the delicious cajun fried prawns at Dolphin Bay Cafe in Gokarna (Picture Source: @eating.thru.life)
For a stomach-filling fish thali or masala crab, or simple konkani fish curry rice, try IB Road’s Open House Fish Land. Don’t judge the book by its cover. The restaurant might be humble looking, but the pocket-friendly food option will fill your stomach and heart. Else Gokarna is rich in street foods. Explore options like bhaji, bhelpuri, panipuri, freshly cut foods, and fried fish from the beachside shacks. This is the most eligible way to have a gastronomic adventure within your budget.
Indulge in a delicious Fish Thali at Open House Fish Land (Picture Source- Curly Tales)
There are some basic things for a budget-friendly trip anywhere, and Gokarna is no exception. We have handpicked some pointers for you, so you can plan your dream weekend to Gokarna without worrying too much about money.
- Always choose traveller hostels over hotels and homestays (And we cover you here)
- Commute by public shared vehicles. Be it by train, bus, shared auto, or cab.
- Walk or hike whenever possible because you can only explore a place properly by walking.
- Carry your emergency kit with medicine and dry foods handy; this will prevent you from impromptu buys when you’re hungry
- Go local - for food, buy souvenirs, try small local shops or vendors.
Relax in a beachside hammock
With its pristine beaches, serene temples, and breathtaking landscapes, Gokarna offers a perfect weekend getaway on a budget. Following our guide, you can enjoy an unforgettable experience for under 3000 rupees. Explore the beaches, indulge in local delicacies, and immerse yourself in the tranquillity of this coastal haven. So, pack your bags, leave your worries behind, and embark on a memorable journey to Gokarna, where budget-friendly adventures await you!