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

Date:  1st March, 2010

Since this was my last day in Gokarna, and since I was all by myself, I decided to do things at my own pace.

Woke up at around 10am, did my business in the common restrooms, paid for my room/hut and then checked out. Stocked up on water and said my goodbyes to the staff at Sunset Cafe.

My second post has photos of Sunset Cafe but if you want to call for reservations, the numbers mentioned on the card they gave me are: (0) 94485 26270 & (0) 93410 79315. They have huts and rooms with prices starting from Rs. 250 onwards.

I thought I’d be of service to my readers and friends by checking out a few other hotel options that looked like decent places to stay on Kudle beach.

By far the most expensive hotel on Kudle Beach is Hotel Gokarna International.

Kudle beach Gokarna International hotel

Hotel Gokarna International, Kudle Beach

And by ‘expensive,’ I mean this is the only proper hotel on Kudle beach. Just about everything else offers simple huts and small bricked rooms. Rates here range from Rs. 1200 ($26/€19) to Rs. 1500 ($33/€24) for double rooms. Not all rooms face the sea — so you can imagine which ones cost more. Hotel Gokarna International has a bar and a restaurant serving both vegetarian and non-vegetarian food. And don’t worry, no shared bathrooms here.

Kudle beach sign dogs

Kudle beach Sangria cafe guesthouse

Sangria Guesthouse, Ph: 08386329266 (Rate: Rs. 200 – Rs. 800)

Kudle beach pineapple pieces

Pineapple trash on beach (free)

Next up is a funky little place called Jazzmin Cafe & German Bakery. They were fairly accommodating and asked me to take as many photos as I wanted. So I did.

Kudle beach Jazzmin cafeKudle beach Jazzmin cafe Shiva

Kudle beach Jazzmin cafe rooms

The two huts right in front have attached toilets

When I questioned them on prices, they told me it’s best I e-mail them with my “requirements” (e-mail: jazzmincafe@yahoo.com).

Kudle beach Shivprasad guesthouse

This is right next to Jazzmin and the first ‘hotel’ you’ll come across on Kudle

At the other extreme end of Kudle beach is Ganga Cafe, which looked like a pretty decent place too but I couldn’t have been bothered to walk all the way there with all my bags in the hot sun. Sorry.

So with all my bags in tow, I made my way up the rabbit hole for the last time.

Path down to Kudle beachI took it slow as with a laptop on my back, a camera bag on the left shoulder and a tripod on the other — it was literally back-breaking.

I then took the same path over the hill to Om Beach, which is where I decided I’d spend the day before heading back to town. The reason I opted to stay back one more day was to take a lot of videos on my camera (Canon 7D). Of course, I did take photos in between.

Om beach rocks panorama

A panorama comprised of 5 shots

It was already past noon by the time I reached Om Beach so I decided to have an early lunch. I walked into Namaste Cafe, by far the most popular joint on Om Beach and a preferred stay for many who tend to book rooms in advance.

Their restaurant was quite busy as well.

Om beach seafood tandoor platter

Seafood tandoor platter, Rs. 200. Very good!

Om beach Namaste Cafe kitten

And wherever Mithun eats seafood, comes thy kitten

Om beach sleeping puppy

…. and sleeping pups.

Namaste Cafe has a variety of rooms from basic huts to air-conditioned rooms and prices start from Rs. 200 upwards. For more information, call (08386) 257141/ (0) 94481 53643.

Om Beach attracted bus loads of people that day, guessing because some people got holidays for the festival of Holi.

After a long & lazy lunch, I decided to walk up Om Beach and climb up the path to Half-Moon beach. So I asked my waiter if I could leave my laptop bag at a safe location at the restaurant itself. After doing so, with my tripod and camera bag, I set off once again.

I had to wear socks this time as my feet were getting blisters and scratches from my floaters and from walking barefoot on the sand.

Om beach 3 stray dogs

Everyone gets lazy in Gokarna

Om beach Gokarna fisherman boat

Om beach Gokarna kayak rental

Kayak rentals on Om beach

Om beach Dolphin bay cafe

Om beach boat taxisOm beach Hotel GaneshOm beach Lee 3rd rockI took the same path we took the day before.

Om beach water streamOm beach rock divideOm beach view panoramaI stopped at the point from where if you were to take a left turn, you would be on the path to Half-Moon beach.

Gokarna Om to Half-Moon beach

Om tree point panorama

I decided to walk up all the way to that tree point…

Me tree Om beach hill

… and just sit there for some time

Gokarna view Arabian seaGokarna lighthouseGokarna fishing boats

Om beach eagle soaring

Lucky eagle

As it was nearing 5pm, I decided to head back to Om beach.

Om beach distance

Om beach

Om beach Gokarna hillOm beach sunsetOm beach rock boysOm beach boat taxis anchored

Om beach fat woman bikini

The large one is a woman by the way

Back at Namaste Cafe, I collected my laptop bag, washed up, cooled off with a lime soda and then made my way up to the auto stand.

Got into one, and saw the beautiful coastlines of Gokarna one last time while I made my way back into town.

Since I had some time to kill before my boarding the bus, I went to the Gokarna beach area for some photographs.

Gokarna beach camel ride

Gokarna beach Appu tattoo well ad

“Appu Tattoo: You won’t BELIEVE where all we can give you a tattoo!”

Gokarna beach bookstoreGokarna town pigeonsGokarna town music instrument storeGokarna town float pandal

Gokarna Shree Venkataraman temple

Shree Venkataraman temple: Sending your messages to god — and parcels for your uncle too!

Hotel Gokarna International town

Hotel Gokarna International in town

By this point, my camera battery was dying from all the video I recorded during the day. But I couldn’t help but click these posters.

Gokarna town theatre poster sideGokarna town theatre stageI don’t know what the play was about but I would’ve loved to have found out. Going by their faces I’m guessing it involves killing the make-up artist.

Gokarna town theatre posterAfter this, I switched off my camera and made my way to bus. The VRL buses begin at the same spot they drop you in the morning coming from Bangalore. By 6:45pm, it makes it’s way to the town office where it picks up the remaining passengers.

I took this opportunity to go out and grab some grub. I had a sudden yearning to have some ice cream but some stores ran out. Others pointed me to an old rustic coffee shop up the road.

As I patiently waited for the old man at the counter to finish tabulating his bills, I asked for “ice cream”. And then he ran down the list of flavours he had. Going by what he listed, I realized this was home-made ice cream and not the usual mass-produced artificially-flavoured stuff.

I opted for a scoop of mango and he packed one up in a generic ice cream cup with a lid and spoon. All this for how much? Rs. 6 ($0.13).

Gokarna homemade ice cream

It was yum!

In many ways, Gokarna feels like it’s stuck in time. A time and a place where you can get a cup of ice cream for just Rs. 6, where ATMs aren’t available in every nook & corner and amenities are basic at best.

The very same reasons I seemed to love Gokarna. It may not remain like this forever, that’s for sure, but I’m sure about one thing  — I’m definitely coming back!

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Previous posts in this series:

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

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

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90 comments

  1. Mithun Divakaran

    Yeah, I still think it won’t get as crowded as Goa’s beaches because, it’s still not as easily accessible as Goa’s popular beaches are.

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  2. when is the visit?

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  3. Hi,

    I tried to call the numbers you have given for sunset cafe, they both dont seem to work? Do you know if they are correct or a common mistake i might be dialling wrong? Do you know if they have an email address? I am hoping to make a reservation for next week.

    Thanks!

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    Kelly Reply:

    dont worry it worked. all full 🙁

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    Mithun Divakaran Reply:

    Were you trying to book a place for the last week of December? Would be really tough to get rooms then :-/

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  4. aathira nair

    hey this is really cool..feel like leaving for gokarna right now 🙂 awesome article

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    Mithun Divakaran Reply:

    Well, if you get a room.. go! 🙂

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  5. Thanks so much for the info. I hope this helps. Leaving for Gokarna soon, so this is really a lot of info. I esp. liked the store with the musical instruments.

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    Mithun Divakaran Reply:

    Have fun!

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  6. Nicely written with cool photos. Liked it. Keep writing like this.

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  7. Hi mithun, very well narrated travel blog and loads of informative stuff for traveler’s.
    Since your focus was more on Kudle and Om beach. I would like to know if there are good shacks available on Paradise beach and Half-moon as well.

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    Mithun Divakaran Reply:

    There are enough shacks available at both those beaches, so food and drinks are no issue on Paradise and Half-Moon beach. You have more privacy at those beaches as they are not easily accessible.

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    Arun Reply:

    Thank you Mithun for the details.

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    Mithun Divakaran Reply:

    No problem 🙂

  8. Way to go…. wish I could find more such wonderful places to visit.. making a trip for sure. Cant wait to explore… Thanks Buddy.. let me know your other experiences like this for me to explore..

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    Mithun Divakaran Reply:

    Thanks for the comment Mark. Yeah, there’s more exploring for me to do in India. Otherwise there are plenty of such travelogues from my other experiences across Asia that may interest you 🙂

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  9. Hi ! it’s nice photos which i also visited the place, if any body send an email with details of sri sri shandilya maharaj of Gokarna whose samadhi in ramtirth Gokarn . It will be very helpful to me, I am his
    devotee. I hear he stayed long period in Gokarn.
    Kindly provide me his details as under.
    His origin, his places of visit, his life style and events, his differant styles of phots

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    Mithun Divakaran Reply:

    Sorry, I know nothing about Sri Sri Shandilya Maharaj.

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  10. Wow, thank you for these pictures. They look amazing!

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  11. Leonard Dass

    Hey Mithun,
    This was brilliantly written. You covered each and every point [as if you were really paid to do so 🙂 ].
    I had been to Gokarna in the March of 2011 , from my native place Bengaluru with my cousin, his friend and my friend my Mumbai( I’m from Mumbai too). And as your last line said “I’m definitely coming back!” , I am going again this September 🙂 . So I just thought of brushing up a bit before my trip and hence came across your blog. I am pretty much excited this time as I am taking with me my DSLR, so hoping to get some great shots 🙂

    I will be traveling from Mumbai this time, and plan on staying in Gokarna for 2-3 days and then head to Goa for a couple of days and then back home. I read your entire blog from Day 1, and felt it would be selfish on my part if I did not appreciate the effort you put in with the great info you provided. So, thanks a lot bro… Keep up the good work..!!!

    Cheers,
    Leo

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    Mithun Divakaran Reply:

    Hey thanks for the compliments Leonard! Send a link to your photos once you are back. I’d like to see what the same places look like now 🙂

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    Leo Reply:

    Yes surely Mithun. I will do so.
    Will send you a friend request on FB.

    Cheers,
    Leo

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  12. Hi Mithun,

    Very nice blog.

    Im from Bangalore, We are a gang of 10 to 11 friends and planning to celebrate new year in kudle beach and yes its very tough to get the contact details to book shacks there if you could help me out in getting contacts would be great.

    Looking forward for your reply.

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    Mithun Divakaran Reply:

    Sorry Keerthi but all I have is the information above. I don’t know if you have seen Gokarna Beach Resort, but try calling them up: http://gokarnbeachresort.com/ Obviously rates will be higher because it’s not a shack, but it would be easier to book.

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  13. Wow that was unusual. I just wrote an extremely long comment but after I clicked submit my comment didn’t show up. Grrrr… well I’m
    not writing all that over again. Anyways, just
    wanted to say wonderful blog!

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  14. Nicely written..i like your posts…interesting and informative

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  15. Akriti Rana

    Hey. Thanks a ton for such detailed information 🙂 your blog is nothing like I come across usually, really impressive! I’m actually leaving for Gokarna tomorrow with a group of 6 and i was wondering if it’s really difficult to find hotels at this time? I haven’t made any reservations yet, would you suggest i make one? And what will be the rates that i come across? I’m just looking for a decent room with attached toilet, nothing fancy.. Hoping to hear from you soon..Cheers!

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    Mithun Divakaran Reply:

    The only proper hotel on Kudle beach is Gokarna Beach Resort (pictured above) http://gokarnbeachresort.com/. You best call them before arriving because there are several hundreds just like your heading there at this time of the year. As for the other beaches, you best show up and pray they have something available 🙂 All rates will go up towards New Years Eve, and I’m sure rates have gone up since 2010. Have fun and be safe!

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  16. I am not going to repeat the cliched observations of the others. Those are understood and established by now i guess 🙂 . What I do want to tell you is that you have an amazing sense of humor :D. The photo tag lines so easily crack me up 🙂 really really funny and unassuming 🙂

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    Mithun Divakaran Reply:

    Thanks for that! And yes, I am funny 🙂

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  17. Can anyone help with the number of Jazzmin Cafe ? trying to get in touch

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  18. Oliver Miguel

    namaste yoga farm on kudle beach is the alternative to the international hotel.
    check http://www.spiritualland.com and tripadvisor.com

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  19. Thanks for your motivational post! I guess that this article gives us lot of hope and confidence in the things we are gonna do!

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  20. What if i go there with my GF…is it safe place to stay….

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    Mithun Divakaran Reply:

    Yes it is. If you don’t encounter any drunks that is. And when I mean drunks, I’m talking about the local villagers near the beaches. The tourists there are mostly in their 20s and 30s.

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  21. Nishant Sharma

    Hi

    Hope you are doing good 🙂

    I just check you have almost info for all the beaches and for cafe too.

    The thing is we visit Gokarna last year and we all planing again for December again and we lost a contact number where we stay last time. The name of cafe is Gautami Cafe is there any way you can help me with that ? And this cafe is near by the that Ayurveda cafe.

    Revert me back if you get any contact info

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  22. Hello mithun…
    great help from your articles on gokarna.
    planning to visit oct end.do we get two wheelers on rent.if so please suggest who.
    require 1ac room for family opposite the sea n wifi.
    please suggest and advice.

    thanks bro.
    regards.
    ushendra.
    wattsapp
    +917708690985

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    Mithun Divakaran Reply:

    I haven’t been to Gokarna in 5 years, so it’s best you call up Hotel Gokarna International and ask if bike rentals are available.

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  23. Are there any call girl in this area???

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