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Murdeshwar (with Honnavar + Gokarna)

10100
Duration
4 days

Description

When was the last time you bid farewell to the city and surrendered your spirit into the arms of nature? We’re going for a once-in-a-lifetime adventure to the beautiful coasts of Uttar Kannada where the golden sands meet the azure blue sea and create magic. This coastal paradise experience is the perfect blend of adventure with a calm relaxing beach vacation. (Calling all water-babies!) This is a great way to hit the ‘Reset’ button on your life and get a renewed appreciation for being alive. So, are you ready to Back-Pack-Go?

Upcoming Batches:

  • No upcoming batches
Highlights
  • Scuba diving and snorkeling at Murdeshwar
  • Visit the ‘Blue-Flag certified' Eco Beach
  • Visit the mangrove boardwalk at Honnavar
  • Backwater boating on the Sharavathi River
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Pickup Points

Bombay: Borivali (E), Andheri (E), Santacruz (E), Chunabhatti, Vashi

Pune: Wakad (Hinjewadi), Katraj (Nawale bridge)

  • Bombay pickups will be between 3 pm - 7 pm on Day 1
  • Pune pickups will be between 9 pm - 11 pm on Day 1
  • For those who want to join us at Murdeshwar directly, book the ‘Ex-Murdeshwar’ ticket option and meet us at Murdeshwar bus stop at 8am on Day 2. Reach out to us if you have any queries.
Itineraries

Day 1: Bye-Bye Mumbye

Say goodbye to your city selves for a few days as you board the AC bus from Bombay. Our bus will take the fastest route out of the rat race and into the beautiful Konkan coast of Murdeshwar.

Travel: 13 hrs bus (Bombay-Murdeshwar)

Day 2: Finding Nemo LIVE

We will reach Murdeshwar in the early hours of the morning. We head straight to our diving school. Freshen up and try on our scuba gear to make sure everything fits. After a thorough check and basic diving instructions, we’ll grab ourselves some breakfast on the way to the white sands of Murdeshwar Beach.

We will spend most of the day on the boat. There will be a bunch of light snacks and bottled water available on the boat. We’ll make our way deep into the Arabian Sea and stop by the beautiful heart-shaped Netrani Island.

Be prepared to be blown away by the wondrous world that exists underwater. After an exhilarating day of diving, we’ll head back to the coast. Get changed and prepare for a lovely sunset by the Murdeshwar Temple before we head back to our rooms to get some well-deserved rest. Spend the night discussing your diving experience and looking at the beautiful countryside skies.

Travel: 3 hrs boat ride (Murdeshwar-Netrani Island-Murdeshwar)

Day 3: Grooving in the Mangroves

After a hearty breakfast, we head over to one of Western India’s hidden gems — Honnavar. This hamlet used to be a vibrant port town in the 14th Century. Today, it is known for its gorgeous white-sand beaches and a vibrant stretch of mangroves. We’re going boating along the calm waters of the Sharavathi River. This is what a coastal vacation is all about, right?

We’ll take a short journey to visit the recently built Mangrove Boardwalk. This is a great place to understand the amazing diversity of our coastal habitats and how important it is to keep protecting them.

To close our trip, we head to the almost untouched Eco Beach. This is one of India’s 11 ‘Blue-Flag’ certified beaches (That means they’re pristine as hell!). It is where we will catch one last sunset before we start our journey back home.

We head back to our hotel to clean up and make our way to the bus stop. Bid adieu to the golden sands.

Travel:

  • 2 hrs private transport (Murdeshwar-Honnavar-Murdeshwar)
  • 13 hrs bus (Murdeshwar-Bombay)

 

Day 4: Back Home Again

We arrive back to our lives in the city. Say goodbye to your new friends and get back to life with renewed energy and calm. Until next time vagabonds!

Tariff

Ex-Murdeshwar: Rs. 10,100 + 5% GST

Regular (Ex-Bombay/Pune): Rs. 14,850 + 5% GST

Vagafam* (Ex-Bombay/Pune): Rs. 13,600 + 5% GST

  • Book your seat for an advance of just Rs. 8,000 (+ 5% GST) and pay the balance amount 7 days before the trip.
  • *Vagafam is a loyalty membership discount for anyone who has joined us on 3+ trips
  • Reach out to us for group discounts
What Is The Diving Scene

The diving offered in this experience will be conducted by trained professionals. This is the best way to get an introduction to the world of diving. We will participate in what is known as a TryDive. Every participant will be accompanied by one personal dive instructor.

The dive will be offered at a reduced cost of just ₹2,000 (not included) for all the participants who are interested. If you are not planning on scuba diving, you can still explore the abundant marine life by snorkeling (included in the cost) near the diving site.

How will this work?

  1. Get diving gear and equipment checked and fitted at the dive centre after breakfast.

  2. Get on the 1.5-hour boat ride to Netrani Island.

  3. On the way there the Instructor will talk about Boat Safety, Dive Safety, Scuba Equipment, and Exercises. While you are on the boat you will wear the gear and see how it works.

  4. Once we reach the dive location you will enter the water with the assistance of your instructor and practice the exercises on the surface of the water

  5. Do the TryDive session guided by professionals from one of India’s finest dive Sshools. (Dive time: 30-40 minutes)

  6. Snacks and bottled water will be provided on the boat.

  7. Return to the dive centre by about 4:00 pm.

Important Notes:

  • Scuba diving is an adventure activity. Please bear in mind that it is required for participants to be in good physical and medical condition. You will be required to fill out a medical fitness questionnaire, based on which you will be evaluated by the diving instructor.
  • If you have any doubts about your fitness, please allow us to help clear any doubts. We will put you in touch with the instructors directly.
  • This is a one-on-one experience—one instructor per individual. The instructor will take you on a guided tour by holding your tank and showing you the beautiful life underwater. The dive time is for 30 minutes to a maximum depth of 12 meters/30 feet.
  • We recommend eating light before the dive to avoid feeling uncomfortable due to the boat’s movement. Keep in mind that there will be snacks and water provided on the boat.
  • The dress code for the dive would be comfortable beachwear (t-shirt & short pants, feel free to wear full-length pants or anything that can get wet)

Included in the price:

  • Dive equipment rental and dive instructors
  • 30-45 min guided dive
  • Action camera footage
Inclusions and Exclusions

Inclusions:

  • AC semi-sleeper bus from Bombay > Murdeshwar > Gokarna > Bombay.
  • All internal transport (as per itinerary)
  • 3 breakfasts (days 2, 3, 4)
  • Boat ride to Netrani Island
  • Snorkeling at Netrani Island (life jackets and snorkeling gear included)
  • Dry snacks and bottled water on the boat going to Netrani Island
  • Beach-hopping boat ride and a short beach hike at Gokarna
  • Quadruple sharing accommodation in Swiss tent rooms with attached toilets (photos here)
  • All activities and entries to places as per itinerary
  • All guide and local expertise charges
  • First-aid assistance
  • Assistance by Vagabond EMs

Exclusions:

  • Scuba diving at the additional discounted cost of ₹2,000
  • Dinner and lunch on all days
Things To Carry/Wear
  • Extra pair of clothes
  • Cap/Sunglasses
  • Government photo ID
  • Toiletries (towel, soap, toothbrush, sunscreen, toothpaste, etc)
  • Insect repellent (spray/cream)
  • Reusable water bottle
  • Reusable plastic bags for wet clothes
  • Personal medication (eg. inhaler)
  • Slippers
  • Sturdy footwear (for the beach trail)
  • Beach mat (optional)
  • Liquid cash
Important Notes
  1. Even though this is a guided backpacking trip with a pre-scheduled itinerary, you are free to opt out of any activity during the trip and do as you please. The main motive for this trip is to have a chill, relaxed weekend.
  2. You will be accommodated in twin-sharing AC rooms with attached bathrooms. Check out the photos here
  3. There will be a decent amount of walking through the course of this trip. This experience is not advised for people who have any physical ailments and can't walk distances.
  4. Please carry insect repellents to avoid being eaten alive by mosquitoes.
  5. Life jackets will be available on the boat rides.
  6. This trip has been carefully curated for the working crowd that needs to get back to work on a weekday. While we understand that a weekend is a short time, feel free to extend your stay in Murdeshwar by contacting us.
  7. A couple of days prior, you will be added to a WhatsApp group with all the other participants and your assigned Experience Manager. Further instructions will be shared on this group and you can clear any doubts with your EM. If you have any doubts before this, feel free to WhatsApp us at 7400054929
Frequently Asked Questions

1] Will there be network coverage in Murdeshwar and Honnavar?

-Most of the places we will be at will have good mobile reception.

2] What will the weather be like when we visit?

-Depending on the season, the weather will be warm during the day (around 30°-35°) and cool at night (around 18°-23°). Please make sure you carry sunscreen and caps/sunglasses.

3] What will the accommodation be like?

-You will be accommodated in a beachside property in double-sharing AC rooms with attached bathrooms.

4] What kind of food options would be available on the trip?

-Most local eateries serve delicious homemade-style South Indian food. Murdeshwar and Honnavar are also home to several cafes and restaurants.

5] Can I join the trip directly at Murudeshwar?

-If you're not from Bombay or Pune, feel free to book the 'Ex-Murdeshwar’ ticket. We expect you to meet us in Murdeshwar on day 2 by 08:00 am latest. Feel free to give us a call to discuss the logistics of this.

6] Are there washrooms on the boats?

-We have ensured that the boat we take in Murdeshwar to go snorkeling and diving has an attached western toilet since we’ll be spending approximately 5 hours at sea.

Who Is This Experience Best Suited For
  • There isn’t an age restriction on any of our experiences, everyone is welcome. However, the average Vagabond customer is anywhere between 20 – 32 years old. The experiences involve a good amount of time spent with the group. Depending on what experience you’re opting for, there could be a lot of walking and physical exertion.
  • It’s important to understand that most of our experiences include very rustic accommodation and not a luxurious means of transport. These may be basic in their facilities, but the hospitality is homely and comforting. If you’re someone who doesn’t like compromising on your comforts while travelling, this experience may not be very enjoyable.
  • Most of our trips have a healthy number of solo travellers. We encourage you to join us solo, especially if you’re tired of waiting on your friends. We promise you’ll return with many more.
  • We try our best to be responsible travellers. Everyone is welcome to explore with us, but we pay utmost importance to cleanliness on all our experiences. We encourage you to #LeaveNoTrace behind while you discover the beauty of the outdoors.
  • It’s important to understand that in a limited amount of time, only a limited amount of experiences can be had. We like to cover a few places in-depth rather than just ticking off a long list of things-to-do and places-to-go. However, if you are that kind of traveller, on almost all trips you can feel free to wander by yourself to places of your interest.
  • At a Vagabond Experience, it’s important to stay open-minded and positive when things don’t go as per plan. The essence of traveling in a group is being able to help each other out when in need. The weather could go bad, and plans could get altered. In such situations, we urge you to have faith in your group leader to make the most informed decision for the group.
Why Choose Vagabond

Years of experience: We’ve been leading trips around the country since 2014. Our time in this field has helped us learn things about places and people that would not be possible without the amount of experience we have. This knowledge about the destination contributes to a more wholesome and enriching group experience.

Footfall: Since our inception, we’ve led more than 4,500 people on treks, backpacking trips, camps, and outdoor experiences. Be rest assured, we’ve dealt with all kinds of people.

Safety first: Given the time we’ve spent in the travel field, we know and believe in the importance of safety. All our Experience Managers are first-aid certified, and carry a well-equipped first-aid kit on every trip.

Solo / female traveller friendly: Over the years we have noticed a trend in the increasing number of solo and female travellers on our trips. Many of our trips end up having a good amount of solo female travellers.

Group size: We’ve come to realize that taking large groups of people compromises on an intimate interpersonal experience. Thus, our trips are led with a fairly small group of travellers who find it easier to get to know each other over the course of the trip.

No discrimination: At Vagabond, we believe that your age, social class, gender or sexual orientation shouldn’t determine if you’re allowed on a trip or not. Anyone and everyone should feel safe and welcome to experience and explore new places.

Flexible itinerary: On a Vagabond experience, you’re free to stray away from our scheduled itinerary and explore the place on your own. You do you. We’re not your travel guides. We’re here to facilitate a better understanding of the location and help you experience it in your own comfort zone.

Mindfulness to nature: Over the years we’ve seen the places we visit turn filthier and less pristine. We don’t want to contribute to that any further. At a Vagabond experience, we encourage you to reduce your waste and leave the place cleaner than it was. Check out #LeaveNoTrace

In-depth research: We're not a tour & travel agency. Every experience we offer you has been researched and experienced firsthand by our core members. We visit the locations ourselves and curate an experience that we believe to be in sync with our ideologies.

Cancellation Policy
  • 21 days prior to the date of departure: Rs 2,000 will be deducted
  • Between 20 days and 14 days prior to the date of departure: Rs 8,000 will be deducted
  • Between 13 days and 7 days prior to the date of departure: Rs 10,000 will be deducted
  • 6 days to the date of departure: No refund

(Please refer to the further Terms and Conditions mentioned in the footer of the website)

Terms And Conditions
  • All timings and activities are subject to weather, group size, capabilities of participants, etc.
  • Vagabond holds the right to cancel the event due to unforeseen circumstances (for eg. unfavourable weather)
  • By registering for this trip, you agree to have read through and abide by the Vagabond Terms & Conditions mentioned in the footer.
Get In Touch

For further inquiries, feel free to Whatsapp/call: 7400054929 or 9321804770

PS: We respect and love our personal lives. Please contact us only between 11 am and 7 pm on weekdays. 

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