Backpacking Gokarna, Hampi and Coorg

Gokarna, Hampi and Coorg
The Road Less Traveled, more Backpacked.

Home to the silicon capital Bangalore, Karnataka is a sprawling canvas, painted with beaches, a superior tourism industry, and friendly people. An unlikely candidate owing to its simple people and simpler lifestyle, in recent times it has come of age to be known as a traveler’s haven. Gokarna, Hampi and Coorg are perfectly off beat and happening at the same time.

Om Beach, Gokarna, Karnataka
Om Beach, Gokarna, Karnataka

Spice farms are abundant here while coffee lovers live in an endless steaming trance of quality home grown brews. Temples of Karnataka top the list of Indian temples, unique in character, ancient and crumbling, and highly revered. Tropical bazaars (marketplaces) alive with a festive and colourful buzz line each city and town.

This is what the other side of the river in Hampi looks like
This is what the other side of the river in Hampi looks like
Weather and when to visit
Weather here is tropical, never too cold, not even during wintertime. The best time to visit is from October to February.
Karnataka for Backpackers
Hampi

Filled with backpackers (the other side of the river), romantic river hamlet of Hampi with its 60 CC motorcycles (which must be pushed up steeper slopes) cobalt blue skies, tumbling ruins & anti-gravity boulders and paddy fields, is traveller’s haven, and few leave India without a visit.

Hampi, Karnataka
Hampi, Karnataka

Belur & Halebid

Cut rock temples here are a treat for history lovers.

Coorg

When you heard about the spices of India, the best quality ones are grown in the uniquely fertile earth of Coorg.

Fort Chitradurga, Karnataka
Fort Chitradurga, Karnataka

Gokarna

Cleaner, uncluttered, more pristine and less commercial version of Goa, and a favorite backpacker destination. Gokarna is a simple, religious beach town with chilled out beaches, slow sunsets, and a place where strangers talk to each other without inhibition. Locals ae friendly, and more imortantly, unlike Goa, don’t regard tourists as a wad of stronger currency bills. Although, the police has been very active on the beaches recently, looking for tourists with drugs. A day at Om Beach, couple more at Kudlee, and then trek to Paradise and take the boat back.

 

A backpacker map of Gokarna
A backpacker map of Gokarna
Get lost in simple, slow, surreal cities of Karnataka, Gokarna, Hampi and Coorg. A must do for backpackers.

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