Gokarna, Murudeshwar and Vibhuthi Falls
Gokarna, Murudeshwar and Vibhuthi Falls

Gokarna, Murudeshwar and Vibhuthi Falls


Gokarna: Home to pristine beaches bordered by swaying palms and renowned Hindu shrines, Gokarna is an unspoilt temple town in Karnataka. Literally meaning cow's ear, the quaint town of Gokarna in Karnataka is formed by the ear-shaped confluence of two rivers and the favourite destination for Hindu pilgrims, Sanskrit scholars, and beach buffs. Om Beach, one of Gokarna's five famed beaches, takes the shape of the 'Om', a Hindu spiritual symbol. The other beaches, wedged between gigantic cliffs that protrude like delicate fingers into the sea, are Gokarna, Kudle, Half Moon, and Paradise. The path that leads to Gokarna is a scenic delight with rocky mountains and the Western Ghats on one side, and the Arabian Sea on the other. Adventurous tourists must be prepared for a bit of cliff-scrambling in this coastal town.

 

Vibhuthi Falls: Vibhooti Falls is one of the many waterfalls in the Western Ghats. Surrounded by large rocks and limestone deposits, the waterfall is a picturesque spot. The water flows in steps that make it the ideal refuge spot for hot summers. Set about 50 kilometers from Sirsi in North Kanara, the waterfall gets its name from the limestone rock found in the area. Vibhooti also translates to mean ash. According to local legends, the waterfall was formed when ashes from the burning of Basmasur had washed away. It is also known as the Mabgi Falls because of its proximity to a village by the same name.



Murudeshwar: The Murudeshwar temple is built on the Kanduka hill in the quaint town of Murudeshwar which lies in the Bhatkal Taluk of the north Kannada district. As a result, it is surrounded by beautiful views of the Arabian Sea which falls on three sides of the temple. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. In fact, Murudeshwar is one of the forms of the great Hindu deity Shiva who is revered by devotees all across the globe. What the Murudeshwar temple is most famous for is the massive Shiva statue it houses. Known to be the second-highest statue of Sri Anantadrishti, another name for Lord Shiva, the huge structure can be seen from afar. It is 123 feet tall and was built in over two years. The sight of sunlight falling on the statue is one to behold as the statue has been strategically placed in a way that it sparkles when the morning light falls on it.

 


Day 0: Hyderabad/Bengaluru to Hubli by Train/Bus  

Notes for the day:

1. You will not get time to change your dress till we reach Murudeshwar the next day morning; 
     so wear your desired clothes before boarding the train/bus itself.
2. Don't forget to carry a thin blanket to be used for the night journey.

 

Day 1: Vibhuthi Falls and Murudeshwar

 

We will reach Hubbali by 6.00 AM. 

We will get into our private hired vehicle in Hubbali. Quick breakfast stop on the way.

We will then head to Vibhuthi Falls. (We will try to reach here early so as to avoid over-crowding)

It will be around 11:30AM by the time we reach Vibhuthi Falls. We will spend an ample amount of time here.

You can get into water here so carry a polythene cover to keep your wet clothes and wear quick dry clothes.

After waterfalls we will head towards Murudeshwar. It will be around lunch time by the time we will reach Murudeshwar.

Our night stay will be in Murudeshwar and the stay is adjacent to the beach. 

We will have lunch and then check in to our stay. We will freshen up and take some rest.

In evening around 6:30PM we will visit Murudeshwar temple and Shiva statue. 

After the temple darshan we will go around the town and then have dinner.

After dinner we will head back to the stay and do some group activities and then retire for the day.

 

Day 2: Mirjan Fort and Gokarna

 

Wakeup early and spend sometime in the beach. Freshen up and check out from the stay.

We will first head to Mirjan fort. Mirjan fort is very scenic and a photographers paradise too so we will spend some time here and click pictures.

After Mirjan fort we will head towards Gokarna. First we'll visit Mahabaleshwar temple and then Gokarna main beach.

 
Note: Mahabaleshwar temple has dress retrictions. For males it’s pancha and shirtless and for females it’s a salwar kameez or a kurti.

Next we’ll head to OM beach. Om beach is the most famous beach in Gokarna. 

Next we'll head to Belekhan beach. (This is tentative and depends on the time availability)

We will then have lunch and start back to Hubbali around 2:30pm.

We will head to the railway station and board the train/bus back to Hyderabad/Bengaluru

 

Day 3: Reach Hyderabad/Bengaluru

 

We will reach Hyderabad around 10 in the morning and Bengaluru by 7am


Clothing & Footwear

  • Walking/Sports/Trekking shoe. (Please make sure that you are using soft rubber-sole footwear)
  • A pair of sandals/ flip-flops
  • 30-40 L backpack (Do not carry suitcases or trolleys)
  • Sleeping bag (You can replace it by a thin blanket or bed-sheet if you don't want to invest in a sleeping bag)
  • 3 pairs of quick-dry clothing. (Please wear one pair on Friday night before coming to the railway station. You'll not get an opportunity to change during our travel.)
  • 3 pairs of socks    

Food & Beverage

  • Min 2 liters of water each (Please bring reusable water bottles so that together we can discourage the use of plastic on the trails)
  • Snacks (Carry plenty of dry snacks, energy bars, candies & ORS to munch on during the trek)

 Miscellaneous:

  • Camera
  • Power bank
  • Govt. Issued ID proof
  • Headtorch / Hand-held torch (Avoid mobile flashlights.)
  • Medicines (If you have any health issues. Please ensure that you inform our trek leaders beforehand.)
  • Sanitation kit (Carrying Odomos would come in handy)

 Seasonal:

  • Raincoat, rain cover for your bag, zip lock punches for mobiles
  • Sun cap
  • Goggles

  • Hyderabad to Hubli transportation
  • Hubli to Hyderabad transportation
  • Tempo Traveler for two days
  • Homestay (3 or 4 sharing basis)
  • First aid
  • Certified Trek Leaders

  • Meals not mentioned in inclusions
  • Mules or porter to carry personal luggage
  • Personal expenses
  • Cost incidental to changes in the itinerary due to environmental factors which are beyond our control
  • GST


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