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Beaches of gokarana

Gokarna is a popular tourist destination in uttara karnataka. Located on the coast the place is famous for its beaches which are thronged by tourists. There are 5 beaches in gokarana out of which 3 can be accessed easily. As part of our coastal trip we had planned to halt in gokarna for a day and cover the beaches and pay a visit to the temple. The main beach is accessible from the temple however to reach the other ones one has to hire a boat. An alternative is to hike across the mountains and reach the beaches.

After refreshing ourselves we headed to Om beach which is the most popular beach. There are boat services available which take people for a tour of the paradise and half moon beach. A half hour boat ride covers the paradise and half moon beach.

Beaches of gokarana

OM Beach

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Paradise and Half Moon beach

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The sun was setting as we were heading back. A couple of photos of the sunset and it was time to go back to the main beach to spend sometime there before hitting the sack

Sunset @ Kudle beach

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Apsarkonda Falls

Located 30 kms from Murudeshwara and towards honnavar asarakonda falls is a popular tourist spots around honnavar and murudeshwar.  During my coastal trip couple of years I had missed this falls and during my second visit last week, I decided to pay a visit  to the falls. As I was visiting the falls for the first time I wasnt sure where exactly it was hence the only way to reach the falls was by asking the locals. There are posters of the falls along the highway along with other tourist destinations which allows people to visit them.

We soon reached the signboard indicating the direction to the falls and after driving for half a km we encountered a blockade, upon inquiring a local showed us an alternative route to the falls. There is a ramakrishna mutt present and the falls is located just behind the mutt. The view of the sea from the top is simply breathtaking.

There was very little water in the falls and since there was nothing much to do there hence we returned back to murudeshwar.

Apsarakonda Falls

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Evening was spent enjoying the sunset at the beach and some adventure sports before retiring for the day

Sunset at Murudeshwara Beach

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Mallali Falls

Mallali falls is a desolate falls located 20 kms of somvarpet. This along with abbi matta falls, make some of the less visited falls in somvarpet.

Mallali falls was on my radar for sometime now, however circumstances prevented me from visiting the falls. However with things falling into place i had a day to spare on my visit to mysore, i headed to mallali falls on saturday.

It was a early morning start and soon I was cruising towards coorg. A short stop for cuppa at kushalnagar and we were cruising along the ghats towards somwarpet. The road conditions for most part is good except for couple of odd potholes. As I was going to the falls for the first time, directions had to be asked at intersections before proceeding. We reached somwarpet after enjoying the drive in the ghats and we had to take a left couple of kms from somwarpet town to proceed to the falls.

With the scenary and roads improving the drive continued with couple of breaks and soon we reached mallali falls.

Scenary in western ghats

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Soon we reached the board indicating the direction to the falls. To reach the falls one needs to do some off roading for 3 kms on a non existent track until we reach parking place. To get to the falls we need to walk a another km or so. One can see the falls from the top from here. To get to the base of the falls, steps have been constructed which needs to be climbed down and walk on a single track for some more time.

View of mallali falls

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We walked for a while in blazing sun while clicking snaps of the falls in various angles. There was quite a long way to go to the falls and we were supposed to return to mysore by sundown, hence we decided to turn back owing to come back again.

Few snaps of the falls

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We had lunch which was packed from home and it was back to mysore thus ending a long pending visit to the falls

Snaps can be found here

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