Gokarna town music instrument store

Gokarna 2010: Day 2 – Gokarna town, Kudle Beach and Sunset Cafe

Date: 28th February, 2010

The next day, we woke up and checked out of our rooms as we were going to be out & about until lunch. We took another small hut at Sea Rock cafe (but slightly better than the Rs. 100 one)  to dump our bags — & I needed one for myself as I was going to be spending one more night here. This one cost Rs. 200 ($4). We paid the lady and then headed to town.

We took an auto (cost us Rs. 150) but we couldn’t call the guy who took us yesterday as there is no mobile network coverage on Kudle beach (Airtel and Vodafone — don’t know about the rest).

Gokarna town is a stark contrast from the popular beaches of Gokarna. Conservative, religious, predominantly-Brahmin, laid back. And lots of cows.

Gokarna town old houseWe got dropped near the main temple and since it didn’t look like anything we hadn’t seen before, we didn’t bother going in.

So we just walked around it and headed to the beach.

Gokarna town alley black white
Just tried black & white on this one

Gokarna town temple old housesGokarna temple women cows

Gokarna town beads storeYou’ll find small stores selling jewelry, beads, fashion accessories and godly merchandise among a few restaurants en route to the beach.

Road to Gokarna beach

Gokarna beach panorama
Gokarna beach: Panorama comprised of 8 shots

This is the main beach in Gokarna and it’s quite a big stretch. It’s where the locals throng and visiting pilgrims frequent the most.

And because of that, it’s also the most trashed and crowded beach in Gokarna. We didn’t bother checking it out or walking down the stretch as it really didn’t offer anything special. So we headed back.

Gokarna town beach canalGokarna town bridgeGokarna town cowsGokarna town housesGokarna town music instruments storeWe had plans to rent bikes and head for Murudeshwar, which was 80kms from Gokarna but we dropped it in case we were late in getting back. All except I were returning to Bangalore that day and the bus was at 7:15pm. In case you wanted to know, the bikes cost Rs. 300 and above, depending on the kind of bike you want (or at least that’s what the renters told me.)

We roamed around town in search of ATMs.

Gokarna town temple floatGokarna town temple floatGokarna town shadeGokarna town Rajat laundry shopGokarna spice street vendorGokarna town old woman houseAfter withdrawing money from the State Bank of India (there was also a Karnataka Bank ATM), we headed back to Kudle beach for lunch. You won’t find restaurants selling the kind of food you get at Om, Kudle, etc. in Gokarna town. Most eateries are strictly vegetarian.

Gokarna beach auto ride to Kudle
Gokarna beach in the distance

Gokarna to Om beach hillHeading to Kudle Om beach GokarnaGokarna to Kudle auto journey

Kudle beach panoramic view
Kudle beach from high above

Once we got back to our room, we checked out again. Why?

Well, there’s an old guy at Sea Rock Cafe who is always drunk and high. The previous night he was chasing a young couple and hurling abuses at them in Kannada. He chased them walking but when they stopped, the old man stopped. Basically he was drunk and was causing a ruckus. But fell short of actually hurting anyone.

Well, he did it again in the afternoon. First joking and then again hurling abuses at everyone. Then he turned his attention to us. He never touched us but we were getting very annoyed. Finally our Kannadiga friend had enough and went to complain to the lady who basically runs the place.

Instead of doing something about their old man, she instead gave our money back and told us if we wanted to leave, we could. So we did.

And then we went next door. We asked Sunset Cafe if they had a room for just me and they showed me a Rs. 250 hut. It was sooooo much better that we didn’t hesitate. We took it, dumped our bags in there and then sat at the cafe for lunch.

Sunset cafe Kudle beach Gokarna
Sunset Cafe on Kudle beach

It was 4pm and we had plenty of time until my friends had to leave to catch their bus. So we began our long (and lazy) lunch.

Sunset cafe chicken sandwich
Chicken sandwich, Rs. 85 (very good for the price)

As the sun moved towards us, we moved a table away from it.

Sunset cafe Kudle beach Gokarna inside

Sunset cafe Kudle beach Gokarna Ramesh
Ramesh lazing while waiting for food to arrive
Sunset cafe hairy chest guy
That’s not a grey t-shirt he’s wearing. Just sayin’.
Sunset cafe Kudle beach seafood pizza
Seafood pizza, Rs. 120 (really good!)
Sunset cafe Kudle beach pizza cat
Sharing seafood pizza with hungry kitten. Hmm…

Come 6 ‘o’ clock, it was time for my friends to collect their bags and head for their buses. So I walked with them until the end of the stretch.

Kudle beach Gokarna internet cafeKudle beach sunset dogsI guess what I liked about Gokarna best were the beaches but also, the kind of people who thronged this place. Take for example these Swiss hippies. One of them was playing a instrument called Hang. It was a unique sound produced on a steel vessel-like instrument. Check it out:

I liked it so much, I even bought the guy’s CD.

After we said our goodbyes and I walked back.

Kudle beach tourists playing

Sunset cafe Kudle beach Gokarna hippies
Hippies watching the sun set listening to the Hang

After sun set, I took bath in the common washrooms (as most huts don’t have an attached toilet) and watched the movie ‘City of God‘ on my laptop. (Very good movie by the way)

After that, I attempted night photography.

Sunset cafe Kudle beach full moon
It was another full moon night

Sunset cafe Kudle beach shacks

Sunset cafe Kudle beach shacks huts
The hut on the right was mine. Now this is proper ‘ocean view’.

Kudle beach night sky bonfire

Sunset cafe Kudle shack room inside
Inside my hut. So much better than Sea Rock’s huts.

Sunset Cafe is a much better deal than Sea Rock Cafe and I’m glad we shifted. I can recommend this place over Sea Rock any day!

I enjoyed my sleep a tad better than last night‘s.

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Next post in this series:

Gokarna 2010: Day 3 – Where to stay on Kudle and Om Beach

Previous post in this series:

Gokarna 2010: Day 1 – Trekking from Kudle -> Om -> Half Moon -> Paradise beach

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  • Jithin


    Hearing the Hang for the first time, really liked the music.



    Hi Mithun,

    Sounds like a interesting adventure… been to Gokarna couple of times but as a day traveler. Wished to travel around by 1 st week of April. How about the weather there..sizzling hot or manageable ? and any top place to stay & hang out in Kudle beach or paradise beach ? can mail me @ sharathachar@gmail.com. Your feedback will be well appreciated.


    Mithun Divakaran Reply:

    Please check out my 3rd post which has information & photographs on places to stay on Kudle: http://mithunonthe.net/2010/03/18/gokarna-2010-where-to-stay-hotels-shacks-kudle-om-beach/

    ahamed Reply:

    houses for rent in gokarna ….

  • magiceye


    brilliant virtual tour of gokarn!
    thank you!

  • Fi


    Hi mithun,

    i came across your blog and saw some of your pics.. i’m writing a guide to Gokarna and was wondering if could ask you for a few pics.

    let me know what you think? i will credit you for the pics.
    the guide is an app for the iphone.

    Mithun Divakaran Reply:

    If the app is going to be sold, then I cannot give any of my photos for free. That said, I currently need to search my hard drives on another computer to find the original sized photos I took in Gokarna and I can only do that in a week’s time when I return to Bangalore.

  • Ashwin


    hi Mithun,

    Can you please share the contact number of Sunset cafe if you happen to have any. We are planning to go there this weekend, and it being a long weekend we would like to book in advance. The 2 numbers provided in Wikitravel isnt working anymore :(.
    Any help would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks in advance,

    Ashwin Karanth

    Mithun Divakaran Reply:

    Sorry dude, don’t have any updated information on Sunset Cafe 🙁 Guess you’ll just have to try your luck and show up there. If you are a large group, they have a large cabin available.

    Ankita Reply:

    Hi Ashwin,
    Just wanted to know if you got contact no. of Sunset cafe, or maybe any other beach huts.
    As the On season is starting from Oct, wanted to book in advance.
    Would be grateful for your help.
    Thank You

  • yash


    hey any of guys have been to little paradise inn in kudle beach??And wanted to enquire about the night trek in gokarna beaches. Thank You

  • rj


    Thanks for the review.

  • Miel


    So u missed koti teertha temple tank in town featured in singham movie.

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