Yana Caves - Murudeshwar - Gokarna Backpacking Tour

Gokarna is a coastal town in the state of Karnataka, India, famous for its beaches, temples, and natural beauty. The town has gained popularity among backpackers in recent years due to its relaxed vibe, affordable accommodation, and stunning scenery. A backpacking trip to Gokarna offers a perfect blend of adventure, relaxation, and cultural exploration.

The town is home to several beaches, including Kudle Beach, Om Beach, Half Moon Beach, and Paradise Beach, all of which offer different experiences for visitors. Kudle Beach is a long, sandy beach that's great for swimming and surfing, while Om Beach has a unique shape resembling the Hindu symbol 'Om.' Half Moon Beach and Paradise Beach are smaller and more secluded, perfect for some quiet time away from the crowds.

Aside from the beaches, Gokarna is also home to several temples, including the Murudeshwar Temple, which is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The temple's architecture and religious significance make it a must-visit spot for cultural enthusiasts.

Backpackers can explore the town to get around. Gokarna's laid-back atmosphere and stunning scenery make it an ideal destination for backpackers looking to unwind and recharge.

Backpacking trip to Gokarna promises to be an unforgettable experience. With its beautiful beaches and rich cultural heritage. Gokarna is the perfect destination for backpackers looking for an adventure in India.

Places to visit in Gokarna:

Yana Caves:

The Sahyadri range holds treasures beyond measure. Yana Caves is one such example. Two sooty rock hillocks, made of crystalline limestone can be seen rising sharply above a blanket of green forest. They have been named—Bhairaveshwara and Mohini, after two mythological characters. The former embodies a self-manifested Shiva Lingam while there is an idol of Goddess Parvati inside the latter. The cave temple is also popular for Shivratri celebration by locals. A simple trek of 3kms through a thick, damp forest is all you need to get there. The area is also apt for nature walks to observe its biodiversity.

Kudle Beach:
Kudle Beach is one of the enowned for its unmatched beauty and mesmerizing charm that you’l ever come across. Flanked by coconut trees, Kudle Beach is a wonderful retreat for the lovers of peace and quiet, and its shaped like the perfect 'C'


World’s Tallest Shiva Statue Temple at Murudeshwara Beach:

At the coastal Arabian Sea, Long and Gigantic Shiva Statue is a divine sight to witness. Explore the temple, as it’s quite huge and it depicts many mythological stories. You can also stroll around the Murudeshwara Beach for Sunset view; it’s quite pristine and clean

Some interesting facts about Gokarna:

  1. Gokarna is an ancient pilgrimage site and a popular beach destination.
  2. The town is known for its Shiva temple, which houses the Atmalinga, a revered lingam (an abstract representation of Lord Shiva) that is said to have been given to Ravana by Lord Shiva himself.
  3. The name "Gokarna" comes from the Sanskrit words "go" (cow) and "karna" (ear), and is said to refer to the legend of Lord Shiva appearing in the form of a cow to bless a devotee.
  4. Gokarna is located on the western coast of India, about 144 km from Goa.
  5. Some of the popular beaches in Gokarna include Kudle Beach, Om Beach, Half Moon Beach, and Paradise Beach.
  6. Gokarna is a popular destination for trekking enthusiasts, with several trekking trails offering scenic views of the Western Ghats.
  7. The town has a vibrant culture, with various festivals and celebrations throughout the year. The Mahashivratri festival is particularly popular, with thousands of pilgrims visiting the Shiva temple to offer their prayers.
  8. Gokarna is also known for its delicious South Indian cuisine, with local dishes such as neer dosa, goli baje, and kotte kadubu being popular among visitors.
  9. The town has a laid-back, bohemian vibe and is a popular destination among backpackers and solo travelers.
  10. Gokarna is surrounded by beautiful natural scenery, with lush forests, rolling hills, and pristine beaches that attract visitors from all over the world.

Shopping to do at Gokarna:

  1. Traditional handicrafts: Gokarna is known for its traditional handicrafts, including carved wooden items, pottery, and woven fabrics. Visitors can buy these items as souvenirs or gifts for loved ones.
  2. Beachwear: With its beautiful beaches, Gokarna is a popular destination for beach lovers. Visitors can buy beachwear, such as swimsuits, shorts, and flip-flops, from the local markets.
  3. Incense and oils: Gokarna is a spiritual destination, and visitors can buy incense sticks and oils from the local markets to take back home.
  4. Jewelry: Visitors can find a variety of jewelry, including silver and gold pieces, in the local markets. Some of the jewelry is made by local artisans and features traditional designs.
  5. Spices: Karnataka is known for its spices, and visitors can find a variety of spices in the local markets in Gokarna. Some of the popular spices include cardamom, pepper, and cloves.
  6. Coconut products: Coconut is an essential ingredient in South Indian cuisine, and visitors can find a variety of coconut products in the local markets. These include coconut oil, coconut candy, and coconut-based skincare products.
  7. Books: Gokarna is a popular destination for backpackers and solo travelers, and visitors can find a variety of books in the local markets. These include travel guides, spiritual texts, and novels.


Participants are requested to get freshen up IN the train, we will check in at Murudeshwar after lunch.


Mumbai to Mumbai Cost: 7499/- per person ( Sleeper Coach Train Tickets )

Kumta to Gokarna Cost: 6499/- per person  ( Train Ticket Cost Not Included ).

Mumbai to Mumbai Cost: 10499/- per person ( AC Train Tickets )


For Long Weekend Prices will be different, Contact to our team !


Please Note : AC Tickets is depend on the availability , Incase for any reason we are not able to provide AC tickets , then we will provide you confirmed sleeper coach train tickets and difference in fare will be refunded back to your account in 3-5 working days.


3 Nights 2 Days Available on request Mumbai, Maharashtra
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  • Itinerary

    Normal Weekend Itinenary 

    Day 0 - 

    09:30 pm Meet the Trikon Team at CST and catch 12133 Mangalore Superfast Express for an overnight journey

    11:00 pm Pune Participants can board the train from Panvel Station

    Day 1 - 

    09:30 am Reach Kumta.

    09:45 am Have Breakfast.

    10:00 am Move toward Yana Caves.

    11:30 am  Reach Base Village of Yana Caves, Start Easy Level Hike toward Yana Caves ( 45 Mins ) 

    12:15 pm Reach Yana Caves and Explore.

    01:30 pm Reach Base and Leave for Murudeshwar ( Lunch on the way )

    03:30 pm Reach Murudeshwar, Check in to hotel. 

    05:00 pm explore the Temple & Beach.

    06:30 pm - Post Sunset, proceed back to the hotel and have dinner.

    10:30 pm - Share stories and hit the bed. Good Night!!!

    Day 2 - 

    06:30 am - Wake up call. Get Fresh

    07:30 am - Have breakfast and Move towards Honnavar Backwaters, Enjoy Mangrove Boat Ride.

    09:00 am - Post Boat ride move towards Kudle beach. Have leisure time, Enjoy water sports.

    01:00 am - Lunch Time @ Kudle Beach and Relax for sometime

    02:00 pm - Leave for Mirjan fort

    03:00 pm - Reach Mirjan fort

    04:30 pm - Leave for Gokarna Station

    05:30 pm - Reach Gokarna station. We will be catching MAQ LTT  Matsyagandha Express (12620) which reaches the station at 6:20 pm. 

    Day 3 -

    06:30 am - Reach Mumbai (Trip Ends Here with Sweet Memories)

    Please Note : AC Tickets is depend on the availability , Incase for any reason we are not able to provide AC tickets , then we will provide you confirmed sleeper coach train tickets and difference in fare will be refunded back to your account in 3-5 working days.


    What is included in the tour

    • Non-AC Sleeper train tickets Mumbai-Kumta and Gokarna-Mumbai
    • Food - Saturday Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner , Sunday Breakfast & Lunch
    • Internal Transport
    • Triple / Quadruple Sharing Accommodation
    • Trikon expertise charges
    • 5 % GST

    Please Note : AC Tickets is depend on the availability , Incase for any reason we are not able to provide AC tickets , then we will provide you confirmed sleeper coach train tickets and difference in fare will be refunded back to your account in 3-5 working days.


    What is NOT included in the tour

    • Any Food ordered during train travelling
    • Any personal expenses such as soft drinks etc.
    • Anything other than above mentioned inclusions
    • Visit an unusual corner of Karnataka tucked away in greenery
    • Explore and capture the unique Yana Caves
    • Picturesque Arabian sea at Backdrop of Shiva Statue, Murudeshwar
    • Enjoy laid back and hippie culture in Gokarna OM beach
    • Unveil historical ruins at Mirjan fort
    • Group games and fun along the way

    Q: What is Gokarna?

    A: Gokarna is a small town located in the Indian state of Karnataka, known for its beautiful beaches, ancient temples, and laid-back atmosphere.

    Q: What are the top attractions in Gokarna?

    A: Some of the top attractions in Gokarna include the Murudeshwar Temple, Om Beach, Kudle Beach, Half Moon Beach, and Paradise Beach. Other popular activities include hiking, surfing, and yoga.

    Q: What is the best time to visit Gokarna?

    A: The best time to visit Gokarna is between October and March, when the weather is cool and pleasant.

    Q: How to reach Gokarna?

    A: Gokarna is well-connected by road, rail, and air. The nearest airport is Goa International Airport, which is about 140 km away. Gokarna Road railway station is connected to major cities like Mumbai and Bengaluru. It is also easily accessible by road, with several state-run and private buses plying to and from Gokarna.

    Q: What are the popular things to do in Gokarna?

    A: Some of the popular things to do in Gokarna include visiting the Murudeshwar Temple, exploring the beaches, taking a dip in the holy waters of the Koti Teertha, indulging in water sports, and practicing yoga and meditation.

    Q: What is the local cuisine in Gokarna?

    A: Gokarna is famous for its seafood, with dishes like fish fry, prawn curry, and crab masala being popular among tourists. Other local delicacies include neer dosa, kori roti, and goli baje. The town also has several cafes and restaurants that serve continental and international cuisine.

    Q: Is Gokarna safe for solo travelers?

    A: Yes, Gokarna is generally safe for solo travelers. However, it is always recommended to take basic precautions like avoiding isolated areas at night, staying alert, and keeping your belongings safe. It is also advisable to dress modestly, especially when visiting temples.

    Q: What are some nearby places to visit from Gokarna?

    A: Some nearby places to visit from Gokarna include Murudeshwar, a temple town located about 80 km away, and Jog Falls, a spectacular waterfall located about 180 km away. The beaches of Goa are also easily accessible from Gokarna.

    Things to carry
  • 2 ltrs water
  • Camera (Optional)
  • Enerzyl Powder or Glucon D powder
  • Snacks & Biscuits
  • Extra Pair of Clothes
  • Clean napkin or small towel
  • Cap, sunglasses, scarf
  • Haversack or Backpack (No sling bags)
  • Please carry personal medicines if you need any
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Consuming liquor or any kind of Alcoholic substance is prohibited. Carrying any kind of substance that’s illegal is not allowed. Smoking is strictly not allowed. Anybody found smoking or consuming alcoholic drinks will be expelled from the event without refund.

    Fitness & Health – Though the tour is a fun-filled activity, it demands good amount of physical fitness. If you are under medication, please carry your medicines. During the trek, leaders will have over the counter medication for temporary treatment, so do give a heads up to them if you need any medical assistance.

    Pickup point
    Lokmanya Tilak Terminus Railway Station, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India View on Map