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!
The day starts with pretty views of forests, fog, and breathtaking valleys and winding roads through the bus window. We will reach the campsite at around 8:30. You can just drop your luggage in the tents and run straight to the beach. Have the delicious breakfast served at the campsite, pack your essentials, and start the trek. It’s a small climb through the stone-ridden path to reach the top of the Kagal fort. The climb slowly reveals the beauty of the shoreline.
And soon you’ll reach the top of the fort and such views welcome you. It’s truly an amazing scene to see the river meeting the ocean. Kind of revealing the beauty of creation. The Aganashini estuary is what divides the shoreline of Gokarna and Kumta and you can pretty much view the lighthouse in Gokarna from atop the fort.
We continue walking along with the fort ruins to reach a bastion(View Point) which was originally a water tower, which is, however, now used by enthusiastic travelers to spot dolphins. The trek continues to excite you with breathtaking views of the beaches by the fort and soon after a steep descent and becoming host to a lot of red six-legged creatures, you reach Mystery Cave beach. A rather small beach with waves so loud and furious, it is sure to take away any tiredness of the trek. We then trek over the huge metamorphic rocks, to reach Heaven beach. The beauty of this beach is in a league of its own. No wonder it’s named Heaven Beach.
It has a good lengthy shoreline with calmer tides compared to Mystery cave beach, its the perfect place to jump, play, swim, or sleep in the water. We’ll also have the self-sponsored lunch here. After spending a good amount of time, we’ll then head to the Aganashini Jetty to get back into the bus to reach sunset point i.e Vannalli beach.
A short trek along the hill by the beach, we finally reach a calm place under the shade of trees. Await the magical moment which makes you feel so close to the nature that the myriad shades of oranges will be reflecting in your eyes and radiating from your face. Head back to the campsite for freshening up and dinner. Gather around for a fun session of music, dance, stories & what not under the beautiful starlit sky.
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 recently went to a new year trek to Kumta(my third experience with PTU), The trek had a lot of twists and turns. Though the timelines got messed up because of unforeseen circumstances, the trek leads handled the situation well. The improvisations and the unplanned parts of the trip were eventful and fun. They make sure to keep you engaged throughout with fun-filled events. Safety has been their utmost priority and this has always made me choose them. Thanks for a wonderful time once again!
I went for Kumta beach trek with PTU. There wasn’t a single thing that I can complain about. Everything was so well organized. The camp site is so peaceful. Bonfire by the beach was the best part