Monday, 10 November 2014

Long drive to Delhi - 22 : Om Beach, Gokarna, Karnataka

From Jog Falls we had planned to go to Goa. As the distance was approx 250 km with a part of it in hilly areas we decided to take a shelter for the night somewhere in the middle. Intermitent rains also hampered the journey. Local enquiries & Google search revealed that Gokarna could be an option & our guess proved right.

Om Beach is in a small temple town Gokarna which is a part of Uttar Kannada district of Karnataka state. It is about 600 km from Bangalore & 240 km north of Mangalore & is situated in between two rivers Gangavali & Agnashini on the lush green Karwar coast.

Gokarna Beach is a place of pilgrimage similar to Haridwar in the northern India. There are several other beaches which are secluded, beautiful & unspoilt as yet & Om Beach is one of them.

We stayed in a beach resort though no booking had earlier been made, & had nice time. Noon is hot & direct sun burns the skin. Mornings & evenings are cool with sea breeze in full swing. Budget & luxury accommodations are available. I would like to rate Om Beach as 4/5. Some photos:

On way to Gokarna 12 km off NH 17 or Edapally-Panvel Road
Way to Gokarna Beach

Way to Om Beach 
Gokarna Beach

Sleepy little Gokarna town

Om Beach is naturally shaped like   
Another view of Om Beach

Green hills, black rocks & blue waters
Way to Resort
In the Namastey Resort
View of the sea from cafe in the evening

Say cheers & relax 

Boats of the fishermen of nearby village
Quiet evening descends on the beach

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