Gokarna Trip

This place was in my  TODO list since long time and attending a friend’s marriage at Sirsi became a nice excuse. The marriage was on Monday and 4 of us started on Saturday early morning. Our plan was to take scenic  Shimoga route and reach Gokarna by evening, spend a day there, travel to sirsi on sunday evening attend the marriage on Sunday and reach bangalore Monday night. We decided  to hit Tumkur road by morning 5’O Clock so that we will be able to avoid the early morning traffic. But we got delayed by an hour and was at Tumkur road by 6 am. It was moderately crowded. There was heavy fog on the way and the visibility was pretty low. Luckily, we didn’t start early. By 7’O clock we were at Tumkur.

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We took breakfast at kadur and reached Shimoga by 12’o clock. There were some bad patches while nearing Shimoga ie, for about 15 KMS where  the max speed we were able to hit was 25 kmph.  Stopped for lunch on the way and we were at Jog by 2.00 pm. Actually, the stop there was not worth because there was no water. We wasted around 2 hrs there and then started to Gokarna. The way till Honavar is very much scenic with some beautiful view points of  Sharavathy valley.

sharavathy

We reached Honavar by 6.30 did some refreshment and were off to Gokarna which is around 1 hr 3o min drive from there. The was heavy traffic of both bus and truck on this highway.  We reached Gokarna by 8’O clock. To reach Gokarna town you need travel 10 kms off the highway. The roads in this small town are narrow and are mostly one ways. Our plan was to go to Om beach and take some shack to stay.  The road which leads to Om beach is on the left of  the check post while entering the Gokarna town. We missed this and ended up wasting about an hour and reached the Om beach by 9.00 pm.  Accommodation was available on few shacks, but we didn’t stay because of parking problem. So we ditched the plan and returned to Gokarna town and took room in Hotel Gokarna. Next day morning we visited Gokarna temple and drove to Om beach again.

om

Had beakfast in Dolphin cafe @ Om beach. Further we trekked to Paradise and half-moon beaches and retuned to Om beach by boat. We checked out the hotel room in evening and started to Sirsi which is 75kms from there.  Attended the marriage on Monday and started back to Bangalore by 2:20 pm. The road till GQ is single lane but decent. The work on GQ is still going on and at many places the road is single lane with all traffic at one side.  After Chitradurga the road is very good. By 10:30 we reached Tumkur and had dinner there. By 12:30 we were in Bangalore. Final trip meter reading was  (1000+50) kms.

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