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Old 16th January 2019, 14:48   #16
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Superb travelogue with wonderful pictures!

Loved the small streets of the town. After an overdose of a city that is buzzing with action 24 hours a day, a sleepy town like Gokarna is a welcome change.

The beach looks a lot less crowded than the ones in Goa. Pity about the garbage though. I guess with an increasing number of tourists, this is just bound to happen. It's sad that we just can't keep public properties clean.

What I like most is how green the countryside looks overall. Good job to have preserved the green cover.
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Your pics reminded me of the solo trip done way back in 2015. Just like I too had visited Gokarna as a temple town in 1998 with parents.

I stayed at some shack on Om beach. It was a bad decision as the shack was infested with bugs. On further queries, most of the shacks are bug infested. I am glad that a clean property named Zostel opened over there.

I trekked from Om beach to paradise and back on same day. IMHO, the 500 INR charge was very high charged by Zostel. The trek part is well marked and there are always people on trail.
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Wow, lovely travelogue! Rated 5*.

Facebook is filled with the 10 years old and current pic comparison challenge, while this travelogue gave me a chance to share pics from Om beach Gokarna, 10 years back!

Pics from 2009!
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Mine was a weekend trip covering Jog falls, Murdeshwara, Gokarna & Karwar. We stayed at hotel Gokarna International at Kudle beach.

Thanks for sharing this travelogue. Memories with my old friends and my Alto got refreshed! Even we had a great time at Namaste Cafe!

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Old 18th January 2019, 11:34   #19
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I have been to Gokarna about 3 years back while touring to mangalore.
I should say I have been none of the places you mentioned except the temple and it has changed a lot now.
Nice travelogue with all information. Thanks for it. Its time to plan again now.
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Goa or Gokarna?

This is a common question one comes across, however apart from geographical proximity, there isn't anything common between both the locations.
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As always, a very informative travelogue. Since you touched upon the topic of comparing Gokarna with Goa, I have a similar question.
What is the incremental benefit Gokarna gives compared to north Kerala? There are many beach resorts now in Kannur and most of them are beach facing. Charges are much less. Apart from the fact that you need to buy your booze from disgusting beverages outlets , I see no other negatives. With a new airport coming up in Kannur, do you think it will lead to an increase in tourists?
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Hardly anybody used the beach and the road to the beach itself was through the town.
Everything changed from 2004 onwards as more and more Russians started visiting Gokarna
Yes, I remember the road you are mentioning. As you said, beach was dirty but not crowded back then.

Along with Russians, saw lot of Israelis too at Gokarna.


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Have often heard this Goa vs Gokarna question and would completely agree, there is hardly anything common except both being beach towns.
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What I like most is how green the countryside looks overall. Good job to have preserved the green cover.
Yes, true. Hope they continue the same.


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It was a bad decision as the shack was infested with bugs.
I trekked from Om beach to paradise and back on same day. IMHO, the 500 INR charge was very high charged by Zostel. The trek part is well marked and there are always people on trail.
Bed bugs seems to be a common issue across, I read many reviews on Tripadvisor mentioning the same.

Regarding trek charges, yes one can do the trek by themselves. However from Zostel, trekking to Paradise and back is around 8KMs one side. Due to that we decided to take the boat Zostel guys are providing for one side and trek along with their guide on way back.

So this Rs 500 is inclusive of boat charge. Next day, we trekked on the same route till Honey beach by ourselves, as you mentioned trek route is not confusing and can be done without guidance too.

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Om beach Gokarna, 10 years back!
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Thanks for it. Its time to plan again now.
Thanks. Yes, it is a beautiful place. I too want to visit again sometime soon.

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As always, a very informative travelogue. Since you touched upon the topic of comparing Gokarna with Goa, I have a similar question.
What is the incremental benefit Gokarna gives compared to north Kerala? There are many beach resorts now in Kannur and most of them are beach facing. Charges are much less. Apart from the fact that you need to buy your booze from disgusting beverages outlets , I see no other negatives. With a new airport coming up in Kannur, do you think it will lead to an increase in tourists?
Geographically as you mentioned Gokarna is very similar to any beach in north Kerala. Infact around Bekal there are few good resorts which as you pointed out comes for cheaper rate. However, that said what Gokarna or North KL doesn't have compared to Goa is shacks and party atmosphere.

If you are looking for a cosy beach resort to spend time just lazing around, north KL will be good.

If you are looking for multiple food options, Goa is the place.

Gokarna falls mid way between these too, both in terms of geographical location and magnitude.

Yes, with new airport opening at Kannur tourism should boom around there. However, it is bit early to see the outcome.
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Thank you for the very detailed and informative travelogue. Gokarna and the other beaches are added to my wish list, of places to travel to.
The narrow trails between the beaches look quite nice as well.

I have visited the North Kerala beach resorts and yes, they are quite cheap and laid back. However, the issue of garbage and littering in the beaches is, unfortunately, a rampant issue. It is a result of both people dumping things and also the garbage being washed ashore from towns and cities nearby, more so. 90% of the garbage is plastic - bottles, sacks, slippers. How I wish there was a more effective way of garbage disposal and people were more conscientious about disposing and recycling plastic waste. It sure is a big issue.

It will be good if more decent stay options open up close to these lesser known beaches along the west coast. It would definitely give domestic and international tourism a boost.

Thanks for sharing, and keep traveling and posting. Rated 5 stars!.

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