Paradise Beach


Lovely, isolated Paradise Beach is a mix of sand and rocks, and a haven for the long-term ‘turn on, tune in, drop out’ crowd. It's around a 45-minute walk from the southern end of Om Beach (the coastal path here passes Half Moon Bay on the way); there's no road access. Every season local entrepreneurs rig up huts (around ₹300), but the local government routinely tears them down, so it's pot luck whether you'll find a place to stay.

If you have a hammock or tent the beach is a great choice for total isolation. BYO supplies, though.

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1. Half Moon Bay

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2. Om Beach

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3. Kudle Beach

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4. Koorti Teertha

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5. Mahaganapati Temple

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6. Mahabaleshwara Temple

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7. Gokarna Beach

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