Beach, the magnificent beauty of nature could strike the right cord when one wants to break out from their mundane life. This journey lets you explore a beautiful coastal town Kumta, situated in Uttar Kannada district of Karnataka. It is surrounded by secluded beaches where you can experience serene sunsets. Kumta beach trek is all about hopping across beaches one after the other. The adventure starts with witnessing Kagal fort and enjoying the scenic beauty of Heaven Beach, Small Heaven Beach, Mystery Cave Beach, Mangodlu Beach, Vannali Beach and waterfalls amidst the forest.
This small, yet gorgeous town, Kumta is all about its breathtaking water bodies. Heaven Beach, as the name itself, radiates the magic of this beach. Small Heaven beach is one of the most peaceful and undisturbed beaches in Kumta. Similarly, Mangodlu and Vannali beaches are going to fill you up with positive vibes. This vacation is going to be one of its kind since you are going to be the fortunate one to experience all of it at once, be it the massive sparkly beaches, the fort, hilly terrains, a game of Volleyball on the beach, the waterfalls, bonfire, picturesque sunset and most important memories with your fellow trekkers. So, without giving it a second thought book your ticket and experience a beach holiday like never before!
Following are the pick-up points & timings:
We start from Bangalore at 7 pm after all the trekkers board the bus from various locations. We will be covering a distance of approximately 500 km to reach Kumta. As the journey begins the trek leads are going to give you an overview of the trek and there will be an ice breaker session in order to blend well with your fellow trekkers and make you feel home. The next thing you know, you have reached your destination!
We Reach our Campsite which is just by the beach. After a quick freshen up and breakfast, we start this adventurous journey from a local government school near our campsite.
The route heads to Kagal Fort, the wall of this fort sits on top of Kagal hill. History says that this fort was famous for pepper exportation and the only path to reach the fort was through river Aghanashini. The broad muddy path leads us to the Heaven beach, which is breathtaking in every way. We then head towards small heaven beach and mystery cave beach after which we continue our journey towards the Aghanashini Ferry Start Point.
The path we follow to reach Aghanashini from Heavens beach is amidst the forest and fishermen hamlets where we get an opportunity to indulge in conversations with the locals. Following which the journey continues and we head towards Mangodlu beach and Vannali beach on our bus. These are the less explored beaches in Kumta and witnessing the sunset here is a treat to every nature lovers’ eyes. After this, we return back to our campsite for sumptuous dinner and bonfire.
Be the first to catch the mesmerizing sunrise. Go for a walk along the shoreline while the waves play hide and seek with your feet, take in the morning hues as you wait for breakfast to be served.
We then head straight to Vibhooti Falls, a small waterfall near Yana, about 50 km from Sirsi North Kanara, Western Ghats. The falls got its name from the Limestone rock nearby. The picturesque drop of water amidst the lush forest leaves one in awe of the wonders of nature.
Limestone rocks, a hiking trail, beautiful scenery, and lush backdrops compose Yana Rocks. These rocks lie close to the village of Yana in the Uttara Kannada district of Karnataka. They are home to an epic trail of limestone formations and black karst structures that make for the perfect weekend getaway from the neighboring cities of Karnataka.
Black limestone rock formations form the backdrop of this area. There are two main hillocks, namely- the Mohini Shikhara at 90 metres and the Bhairaveshwara Shikhara at an elevation of 120 metres
There is a mythical story associated with Yana Rocks. Legend has it that Bhasmasura, the demon king, was granted a boon by Lord Shiva himself that anything he would place his hand on would turn into ashes or bhasma.
He thought of testing this on Lord Shiva’s head. The Lord escaped and reached out to Lord Vishnu to help him out. The former turned himself into a beautiful woman, Mohini whose beauty enticed Bhasmasura. She asked him to take up a dance challenge while she posed with her hand on her head.
As Bhasmasura copied her, he turned himself into ashes. Thus, Yana Rocks are black in color. The taller one is the Bhairaveshwara Shikhara or Shiva’s Hill while the smaller one is the Mohini Shikhara or Mohini’s Hill with an idol of Goddess Parvati
The interesting thing about traveling alone is that you get to meet new people from diverse backgrounds, and towards the end you are no longer strangers. Hence solo travelers are always welcome to join us on our trips. Read more about solo travelling here and get inspired! https://www.plantheunplanned.com/solo-yet-accompanied/
Safety and security is our priority at all times. Hence it is absolutely safe for women/girls to join us on our treks and travels. Our trek leaders accompany the team at all times, and our campsites are secured and safe for accomodation. We also have female trek leaders who accompany on most of our treks.
Yes, we do have options for picking a traveler on board with a few locations provided they are on the route to our destination. Following are the same:
Croma Store, Sony World Signal
Trinity Circle Metro Station
Yeshwanthpur Metro Station
Goraguntepalya Metro Station
Nayanadahalli Metro Station
Well, most of our treks are usually confirmed by Thursday and you would receive a BON VOYAGE mail that would contain details as regards Pickup Points ( Location and Timings ), Outdoor Leader ( Point of Contact ), Do’s and Don’ts. You’ll be added to Whatsapp Group for all the further updates.
Details for availing discounts are mentioned in the following link, https://www.plantheunplanned.com/membership/
The general cancellation policy for weekend treks from Bangalore is listed below
For all the above points you can transfer your ticket to anyone so that you could save your hard earned money
“Transfer to a future date is only possible only if you cancel between 3-6 days before the trek date and not on the day of departure or a day before”
For other trips and travels with us, and detailed terms and conditions check the following link : https://www.plantheunplanned.com/refund-cancellation-policy
I took my first ever solo trip with ptu #allwomentrek with ptu and boy,wow! I was on trip to kumta. Serene place, good food, hygiene, and meeting good ppl – all check. And all the adventure seemed so easy to me because of our trip leads @Praruthi and @Rujuta. They will not miss out on making sure you are having the best of the place. I Would plan my another with #ptu for sure. Highly recommend.
The trek started with us reaching the camp site where tents had been set up and the ocean could be heard. With two of the sweetest local guides who told me stories of the ocean and the rains, we visited forts, wells, and a lot of good, secluded beaches. The trek leaders, Amit and Jolly, constantly reassured the group that there was enough time to do as we pleased, and a sense of peace was established. The sound of the waves crashing on the sea shore, only reinforced this. On the rocks and on the sand, both the local guides and our trek leaders helped us safely get through. Dolphins and excited screams were witnessed. Amit taught me the art of floating, while being very considerate of my inability to swim. Later while being even more considerate of our wishes, on a spontaneous boat ride, life jackets were tightened and we jumped off the boat only to realize that floating in the middle of the ocean is an underrated experience. After dinner, Jolly enlightened us and took us to a world, where only the sound of the ocean and that of the Harmonica existed. Jolly showed us glow in the dark plankton that lit up the ocean while pointing out at the constellations right above us. The next day, we were taken to the waterfall we all voted for, and dinner was accommodated according to our desires too. I was honestly amazed by how accommodating our trek leaders were of all our needs, and desires. PTU and especially my trek leads, did one good job. I am aware that this review is a tab bit long but when one goes on such a good trip with really good people, this is inevitable 🙂