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Beach Trek Bonanza | 4 Beach Treks in Karnataka for you!

Written by Poorna & Brinda

Beach trek. Have you heard of it?

You might have and possibly would have also done one too. The coast of Karnataka in South India has excellent and unspoilt beaches. Each one is unique which makes trekking along the sea very exciting. We haven’t done it all and is in our bucket list. We are sharing from the experiences of some of our friends who have done it.

Start exploring any beach trek below before the monsoon sets in. Here are the four beach treks along the Arabian sea.

1) Beach Trek Gokarna to Honnavar
Route Gokarna – Kudle beach – Om Beach – Half Moon beach – Paradise beach – Bellikan – Cross by ferry over Aghanashini – Barka beach – Long beach – Sangam beach – SemiCircular beach – Cross backwaters at Kumta by boat – Dhareshwar beach – Ramanagindi beach – Tarebagilu beach – Karki – Honnavar
 
Distance – Around 45 KMs
Best time to trek – Winter months from November till February
Time – Two days. Night camp/stay on the beach
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Half Moon Beach


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Paradise beach

Trek Tips
a) Gokarna is well connected by rail and bus to different parts of the country. The nearest airport is the Dabolim airport, Goa.
b) This trek route is interspersed with small hillocks along the sea. Not difficult to manoeuvre but one has to be careful as the rocks may be slippery.
c) From Karki village take an autorickshaw/bus to reach Honnavar.

2) Beach Trek Bhatkal to Maravanthe

RouteSodigadde – Alvegadde – Cross river by boat – Dombe – Baindur – Cross river by auto to Uppunda beach – Koderi – Navunda – Maravanthe

Distance – Around 35 KMs

Best time to do the trek – Winter months from November till February

Time – Two days. Night camp/stay on the beach

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Uppunda beach

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Baindur beach


Trek Tips

a) Bhatkal is well connected by rail and bus to different parts of the country. The nearet airport is Mangalore. It will be good to hire a auto at Bhatkal to reach the beach at Sodigadde. It will save time.
b) There is a need to cross stream at Alvegadde. You will always find local fishermen helping out. At Baindur, take an auto-rickshaw and cross the river to Uppunda and start trek from the beach there.
c) Unlike Trek 1, there are not much of hilly terrain in this route.
d) It will be good to break day 1 in Baindoor which has Forest Inspection bungalow and also hotels.
3) Beach Trek Gokarna to Ankola
Route Belekeri – Deshina Halli – Gabth Halli – Shedikuli – Cross Nadibagh stream – Belambar – Manjugoni – Cross Gangavalli river by boat – Gokarna
Distance – Approximately 20 KMs
Best time to do the trek – Winter months from November till February

Time – Two days. Night camp/stay on the beach

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Belambar beach


Trek tips

a) Gokarna is well connected by rail and bus to different parts of the country. The nearest airport is the Dabolim airport, Goa.
b) Belekeri is at a distance of 10 KMs from Ankola. Catch a local bus or an auto to reach the place.
4) Beach Trek Manki to Bhatkal
RouteManki – Murudeshwar – Kaikini – Bengre – Bhatkal
Distance – 25 KMs
Best time to trek – Winter months from November till February
Time – Two days. Night camp/stay in Murudeshwar
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Sanabhavi beach near Murdeshwar


Trek Tips
a) Though Manki is on Konkan railway, it would be better to reach Honnavar and then take a bus/taxi to Manki. The nearest airport is at Mangalore.
b) This is a long stretch of beach walk with no hills on the route.
General Tips for all beach treks
a) Start beach treks at dawn and finish by 2 PM and camp. Enjoy the beach in the evening.
b) The day temperatures will be high even in winter with high humidity levels. Carry enough water and drink on the way.
c) Always walk on the trails which are parallel to the beach.
d) Walking on loose sand is slow. Good trekking shoe is useful.
e) You will find fisherman’s houses on the way who will always be helpful for small needs.
f) Carry food along as you will not get anything on the way.

g) Good hat and sun screen lotion is a must.

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What has been your experience of trekking along the beach? Please share it with us.

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Poorna & Brinda

We are Brinda and Poorna from Bengaluru, the “Silicon city” or “Garden city” of India.

We travel together. We caught the travel bug 20 years back. On our honey moon, we traveled over the sea, in the train, by bus and in an aircraft! Our adventures probably started in that year. It continues, ever since.

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