Namaste Yoga Farm Gokarna

Welcome to Namaste Yoga Farm Gokarna

Namaste Yoga Farm

Eco-tourism is more than a catch phrase for nature loving travel and recreation. Eco-tourism is consecrated for preserving and sustaining the diversity of the world’s natural and cultural environments. It accommodates and entertains visitors in a way that is minimally intrusive or destructive to the environment and sustains & supports the native cultures in the locations it is operating in. This is the reason Namaste Yoga Farm Gokarna uses thick vulcanic, laterite stones for the walls and the roof is made from terracotta tiles on coconut wood rafters.

Eco-tourism also endeavours to encourage and support the diversity of local economies for which the tourism-related income is important. With support from tourists, local services and producers can compete with larger, foreign companies and local families can support themselves. Each year our first yoga retreat at Namaste Yoga Farm Gokarna is donated to local charities. We give work to about 7 local persons and each of them gets paid over average. Included into their salary is yearly dentist and medical check-up.

Saving the environment around you and preserving the natural luxuries and forest life, that’s what eco-tourism is all about. Whether it’s about a nature camp or organizing trekking trips towards the unspoilt and inaccessible regions, one should always keep in mind not to create any mishap or disturbance in the life cycle of nature. Eco-tourism focuses on local cultures, wilderness adventures, volunteering, personal growth and learning new ways to live on our vulnerable planet. It is typically defined as travel to destinations where the flora, fauna, and cultural heritage are the primary attractions. Responsible Eco-tourism includes programs that minimize the adverse effects of traditional tourism on the natural environment, and enhance the cultural integrity of local people. Therefore, in addition to evaluating environmental and cultural factors, initiatives by hospitality providers to promote recycling, energy efficiency, water reuse, and the creation of economic opportunities for local communities are an integral part of Eco-tourism. Since 2 years we have been providing free drinking water for guests out of 20 liter jars to make sure nobody has to buy and bring 1 liter bottles into the property to keep plastic to a minimum. We also do not burn our garbage but bring it weekly to the local garbage place.

ACCOMMODATION: http://www.tripadvisor.in/Hotel_Review-g651646-d1988345-Reviews-Namaste_Yoga_Farm-Gokarna_Karnataka.html

Cottages:

Berlin 1 Laid Back Beach Side Cottage
The allure of the coast holds timeless appeal from October to April and our collection of beach cottages remain firm favourites for families and couples alike. From remote, seafront hideaways made for romantic escapes to family-sized pads close to lively resorts, our beach cottage rentals come in a variety of styles, either within walking distance of or just a boat ride from the beaches. This cabin has wireless internet, but it is at the edge of the range, so is NOT always reliable. You can walk to the nearby hang-out to get better reception or go up to the office if needed.

Berlin 1

Berlin 1

Berlin 2

Berlin 2

Berlin 3

Berlin 3

Cottage Madrid 2 Romantic Couple Retreat
Couples will love staying at a cottage near the beach, the combination of fantastic accommodation, sandy beaches and holy temples, is truly unbeatable. Pack a picnic hamper and head for the sands for hours of fun. Those of you holidaying without children can spend relaxing days sunning yourselves on the sands or enjoy hand-in-hand walks along coastal paths. This cabin has wireless internet, but it is at the edge of the range, so is NOT always reliable. You can walk to a nearby picnic table to get better reception or go up to the office if needed.

Madrid 1

Madrid 1

Madrid 2

Madrid 2

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Madrid 3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Paris 3 Newly Redecorated Cottage
On the south east corner of the property with its private footpath down to the beach, but this is seldom used. Build with volcanic stone this 2 floor cottage has a beautiful view and spacious interior. Simple design and comfortable furnishings allow for nature’s tranquility to permeate your personal resort accommodation. In relative privacy, set slightly apart from the bustle of the beach and village, this delightful cottage is the perfect place to relax and absorb the sights and sounds around you. Please note the cottage is most ideal for 2 but can accommodate 4.

Paris 1

Paris 1

Paris 2

Paris 2

Paris 3

Paris 3

Cottage London 4 Along Coconut & Banana Tree’s
Apart from the aesthetics that come with this kind of dwelling, there are also other benefits that come with it. One of these benefits is the fresh air that is usually present with this kind of landscape and seascape. Surrounded by plants, trees, wildlife, and other cabins. This is a sunny place to spend a lovely vacation, with the sounds of nature and the ocean, small cabin with almost all amenities of home, yet almost like camping out in a lovely park near the Sea. Watch people walk by, or sit in the private garden area and simply watch the birds. Perfect for two, will sleep up to 4.

London 4a

London 4a

London 4b

London 4b

London 4c

London 4c

Cottage Room 5 with Garden and Flower Beds
This Namaste Yoga Farm cottage makes an ideal holiday retreat, and the perfect base for exploring all the delights of the south coast. Relax and unwind after a busy day in this cosy cottage, or enjoy the fresh air and dine in a beach restaurant. Discover the sub tropical gardens and spend a day at one of the many beaches surrounding this lovely Bramin town. It is very peaceful. Through the tropical garden (sometimes visited by monkeys) you have direct access to the stretched out beach with its rock pools and gullies at low tide.

Cottage Room 5a

Cottage Room 5a

Cottage Room 5b

Cottage Room 5b

Cottage Room 5c

Cottage Room 5c

Cottage Oslo 6 with Private Balcony and Garden
Beautiful view’s from your small balcony over green plants and colorful flowers. In midst of nature and peace enveloped in an atmosphere of good energy. In relative privacy, set slightly apart from the bustle of the beach and village, this delightful retreat is the perfect place to relax and absorb the sights and sounds around you. The allure of the coast holds timeless appeal whatever the time of year and our collection of beach cottages remain firm favourites for families and couples alike.

Cottage Oslo 1

Cottage Oslo 1

Cottage Oslo 2

Cottage Oslo 2

Cottage Oslo 3

Cottage Oslo 3

Cottage Kopenhagen 7 Along the Flower Beds
This is a cozy Cottage simply designed and accented with natural furnishings. Nestled amidst magnificent boulders and trees, these houses are minutes away from the hilltop Yoga Pavilion and Kudle beach. All are furnished with en-suit Yoga deck and kitchenette to prepare juices and fruits. At Namaste Yoga Farm we care….

COTTAGES RATES 

01 Oct 2013 – 14 Dec 2013 € 55 / Rs. 4,664
15 Dec 2013 – 15 Jan 2014 € 65 / Rs. 5,512 
16 Jan 2014 – 15 May 2014 € 55 / Rs, 4,664

Euro Spot Rate applicable at the time of booking. Included in the rate is Breakfast, Yoga, Wi-fi (Wlan), access to refrigerator, kettle for hot drinks, daily fresh towels, drinking water, daily room cleaning and inclusive all taxes payed. All our cottages or rooms are very clean for western standards. Cottages and rooms have bathroom /shower, kitchenette, access to refrigerator, Wifi zone, ceiling fan, mosquito net. Cottages 4-5-7 have a en-suite yoga deck, cottage 1-2-6 has a balcony and cottage 3 a second floor with a view point.

We would love to plan a Happy Trip for you

Please call us on +919820976655/+919821232094 or email us at contact@simplyoffbeat.com

Rooms:

Room Sangri-La 1 A Home away from home
Take time to enjoy and relax in this newly built room. Nestled in the trees this home is only steps away from the water’s edge. This location is great for swimmers and beach enthusiasts since we are located only 5 minutes away from the golden sands of Kudle beach.

Sangrila 1

Sangrila 1

Sangrila 2

Sangrila 2

Sangrila 3

Sangrila 3

Room Utopia 2 Brand New build for Year Round Accommodation
Are you are looking for a retreat from your busy lifestyle at a quiet, private hideaway close to the beach? Our six secluded rooms offer accommodation as an alternative to the motel/hotel experience. Our cozy, clean and comfortable rooms can be your private beach home for a weekend, a week or a month.

Utopia 1

Utopia 1

Utopia 2

Utopia 2

Utopia 3

Utopia 3

Room Avalon 3 Over looking the Tree tops
Namaste Yoga Farm’s seascape flows into these rooms designed to embrace the coastal view. Simple design and comfortable furnishings allow for nature’s tranquility to permeate your personal resort accommodation. Most rooms feature either a private terrace or balcony.

Avalon 1

Avalon 1

Avalon 2

Avalon 2

Avalon 3

Avalon 3

Room Olympus 4 in a Quiet, Green Park
We have aimed to make the room extremely reasonable value for the beach loving holiday maker. It is serviceable and well equipped. However, it is not luxuriously furnished but rather practical for the family, walkers and those who want to get out and about in this beautiful part of the country. Many visitors have returned over and over again because of its superb position being quiet, secluded and meeting all the basic needs.

Olympus 1

Olympus 1

Olympus 2

Olympus 2

Olympus 3

Olympus 3

Ocean view Room Babylon 5 Over looking the Arabic Ocean
With views of the Indian Ocean, this deluxe guesthouse provides guests with outstanding service in a peaceful setting. Namaste Yoga Farm is a german-run bed and breakfast only a short walk from Kudle beach. The property offers scenic sea, beach and mountain views from the only 2 ocean view rooms. The attentive staff is happy to see to it that your wishes are fulfilled. Enjoy free breakfast and yoga underneath banyan trees, made to order and served with a smile to rival the warm Indian sun.

Babylon 1

Babylon 1

Babylon 2

Babylon 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Atlantis 6 Fantastic Spacious Seaview Apartment with Private Balcony on Kudle Beach
We take pride in ensuring our guests enjoy the most relaxing and comfortable stay with offering spectacular ocean, garden views and clean rooms. This comes with affordable accommodation rates, leaving you without any excuse to miss this wonderful adventure.

Atlantis 1

Atlantis 1

Atlantis 2

Atlantis 2

Atlantis 3

Atlantis 3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ROOMS RATES

(first floor room 1-2, second floor room 3-4, top floor “ocean view” room 5-6)

16 May 2013 – 30 Sept 2013 € 30 (no yoga, wi-fi or breakfast available)
01 Oct 2013 – 14 Dec 2013 € 45/50/55
15 Dec 2013 – 15 Jan 2014 € 55/60/65
16 Jan 2014 – 15 May 2014 € 45/50/55

Included in the rate is Breakfast, Yoga, Wi-fi (Wlan), access to refrigerator, kettle for hot drinks, daily fresh towels, drinking water, daily room cleaning and inclusive all taxes payed.

We would love to plan a Happy Trip for you

Please call us on +919820976655/+919821232094 or email us at contact@simplyoffbeat.com

The Bamboo Huts:

Bamboo huts are very basic, though you have light, electric plug ins, mattress and a mosquito net. The roof and side walls are made from coconut leaves and bamboo. Toilets and showers are within a few seconds walk and also the hang-out space with wifi (wlan) zone which you can use anytime. Breakfast and yoga is included for 2 persons. Shape and size of the huts vary cause they get rebuild every year because of the monsoon. The pictures you see are copies from the internet and only here to give you an idea.

Bamboo Huts

Bamboo Huts

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Budget Room:

This room is between the office and the kitchen. Priced the same then the bamboo huts, because there might be some noise after 7 am coming from the kitchen though i keep the noise to a minimum. Anyway breakfast starts 8 am so what you might hear is preparing fruit salads rather then shattering coffee cups. So in case you have issues with early morning disturbance then do not rent this accommodation.

Budget room 1

Budget room 1

Budget room 2

Budget room 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BAMBOO HUTS or Budget Room RATES

16 Nov 2013 – 14 Dec 2013 € 30 / Rs. 2,544
15 Dec 2013 – 15 Jan 2014 € 40 / Rs. 3,392
16 Jan 2014 – 28 Feb 2014 € 30 / Rs. 2,544
01 Mar 2014 – 15 May 2014 € 20 / Rs. 1,696

Euro Spot Rate applicable at the time of booking. Included in the rate is Breakfast, Yoga, Wi-fi (Wlan), access to refrigerator, daily fresh towels, drinking water and inclusive all taxes payed.

We would love to plan a Happy Trip for you

Please call us on +919820976655/+919821232094 or email us at contact@simplyoffbeat.com

Tree Houses:

The Big Tree House with Ocean View
The big tree house is very basic on 5 plywood boards (160 square feet). The sitting area is perfect for bird watchers and animal lovers alike, but what strikes you most is the stunning vista – looking out towards the Arabic ocean and Kudle beach. You have a light, electric plug ins, wifi (wlan) connection, mattress and a mosquito net. There is a wooden ladder going up and monkeys jump in the tree (monkey’s are super friendly). The roof and low side walls are made from coconut leaves and bamboo. The ladder can be a challenge, though triple super stable. Toilets and showers are within a few seconds walk and also the hang-out space which you can use anytime. Breakfast and yoga is included for 2 persons.

Once you decide to live with us in a tree house then on your arrival you have to sign that it is at your own risk living up in the tree. Shape and size of the tree house vary cause they get rebuild every year because of the monsoon. For safety reasons only you and your partner are allowed up in the tree house. No candles are allowed.

A tree house, a free house,
A secret you and me house,
A high up in the leafy branches
Cozy as can be house.

A street house, a neat house,
Be sure and wipe your feet house
Is not my kind of house at all-
Let’s go live in a tree house.

-Shel Silverstein

Big tree house 1

Big tree house 1

Big tree house 2

Big tree house 2

Big tree house 3

Big tree house 3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Small Tree House with Wifi:

The small tree house is very basic on 3 plywood boards (96 square feet). You have a light, electric plug ins, wifi (wlan) connection, mattress and a mosquito net plus a sitting space for you and your partner. There is a wooden ladder going up and monkeys jump in the tree (monkey’s are super friendly). The roof and low side walls are made from coconut leaves and bamboo. The ladder can be a challenge, though triple super stable. Toilets and showers are within a few seconds walk and also the hang-out space which you can use anytime. Breakfast and yoga is included for 2 persons.

Once you decide to live with us in a tree house then on your arrival you have to sign that it is at your own risk living up in the tree. Shape and size of the tree house vary cause they get rebuild every year because of the monsoon. For safety reasons only you and your partner are allowed up in the tree house. No candles are allowed.

Small tree house


Small tree house

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TREE HOUSES RATES (Small / Big) 

16 Nov 2013 – 14 Dec 2013 € 40/50
15 Dec 2013 – 15 Jan 2014 € 50/60
16 Jan 2014 – 28 Feb 2014 € 40/50
01 Mar 2014 – 15 May 2014 € 30/40

Included in the rate is Breakfast, Yoga, Wi-fi (Wlan), access to refrigerator, daily fresh towels, drinking water and inclusive all taxes payed.
Rooms and ocean view rooms have balcony.
Each accommodation has its private touch and deco. In October 2013 we renovated all cottages and rooms. Since 2012 we installed a 24/7 power back-up with silencer, Wifi (Wlan) and access to a fridge.
Tree houses and Bamboo huts are a construction made from Coconut tree leaves (roof and walls) Bamboo poles and Plywood.
The outside shower/toilets are clean and spacious only a few seconds from your tree house/hut with hot water.
Check in time noon & Check out time 11 am.
Children until age of 10 stay for free.
Regret no children under age 3 (unless you can guarantee that your newborn is silent at any time and not waking up everybody at night).
Additional person is 10 Euro in a cottage or room (not more than 2 more) including a mattress, mosquito net and bed sheets.
Maximum 2 persons per bamboo hut/small tree house.
Maximum 3 persons per big tree house.
Maximum 4 persons per cottage or room.
Breakfast 8-11 am only (hot drinks available 7.30 am for those who come to yoga 8 am).
Rates are per night and double occupancy.

We would love to plan a Happy Trip for you

Please call us on +919820976655/+919821232094 or email us at contact@simplyoffbeat.com

Activities at Namaste Yoga Farm Gokarna:
Chess Club & Library:
Chess Club first time this year opens every Thursday at 11 am. Listen to chill music, enjoy a peaceful atmosphere by a game of chess. This season 2013-2014 we will organize 3 Chess tournaments starting around Christmas or New Year. Trade and read books here with a huge library (300 books) waiting for you.

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Chess 1

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Chess 2

Chess 4

Chess 3

Chess 5

Chess 4

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Chess 5

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Chess 6

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Read below about the relationship between yoga and chess:
The strategic game of chess and the meditative practice of yoga may not appear to have much in common, but a new essay on Chess Life Online, the United States Chess Federation’s online magazine, begs to differ. This is my opinion, as a regular chess player, as well as a yoga teacher and the chess father of an accomplished teenage chess player.

My 10-year-old daughter, Isabella Luna, is a serious chess player with one scholastic title under her belt”. “The connection between yoga and chess is just something that has always tickled the edge of my mind.” I have to add that i have been able to relate to Isabella’s deep love of chess because i feel the same way about yoga. “They seem to ignite similar delights in us.

In my research, i learned that the two actually have more in common than one would think. For example, the word “chaturanga,” which comes from the Sanskrit chatur (four) and anga (limbs), was also the name of an earlier version of chess, which was based upon the four divisions of a Vedic army: elephants, chariots, horse cavalry, and foot soldiers. In my essay, i also compares yoga to chess, as both are generally solitary practices that help you learn focus, deep inner listening, and non-attachment.

Yoga, can also serve tournament chess players in numerous ways. For example yoga postures for relief from sitting at a chess board for long periods of time (Ardha Matseyendrasana will relieve players’ low-back tightness), balance postures to help build concentration, and Savasana to relieve post-tournament stress.

Chess and yoga have lasted through the centuries for one very good reason: They answer a deep-seated call in us, firing up our synapses in a way that goes far beyond data collection and scientific studies”. “Even though yoga doesn’t speak to Isabella the way it does to me, her enjoyment of chess shines through her the way my passion for yoga radiates within me. It’s the same love taking different forms.

Kayaking:
This year we got 2 double and 2 single kayaks. With our jeep we drove inlands to a river around 10 am on Saturdays and paddled along beautiful fisher villages until we reached a lonely beach on the other side of paradise beach. Here we camped in our brand-new 2 man tents on a campfire spending the night. The next morning we crused over to Paradise beach for breakfast and around noon we paddled along the coast back to Om beach.

Kayak 1

Kayak 1

Kayak 2

Kayak 2

Kayak 3

Kayak 3

Kayak 4

Kayak 4

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Price is 100 Euros. Please register early cause only 5 seats are available. Included is the transfer, a snack for afternoon, dinner at the camp fire, drinking water and as much paddling as u can do until Sunday 1 pm.

Our first kayak tour we did almost at the end of the season 2009/10, but there are much more to come next season 2012/13. We went with the jeep to Kumta and went under the bridge into the water floating out with a huge river. Overnight we camped on an island until sunrise and paddled down the river with the local fisherman reaching Paradise beach. From there it was only another hour coming over to Om beach.

Breakfast: Season 2013-2014 we will not only serve a sweet (müsli, fruit, joghurt, soymilk, milk, nuts, toast with marmelade, honey) or salty ( eggs different style, brown bread or toast, cheese, olive oil, balsamico, breakfast, tofu, tahini, tomato, cucumber) breakfast, but also additional 7 different specialls during the week like pancakes, banana bread with nutella, idly, paronta, dosa (local breakfast), porridge or nutella toast. Since breakfast starts 8 am and yoga classes also we want to offer for those yogis a tea or coffee at 7:30 am.

Babysitting: A babysitting service is available at Namaste Yoga Farm. We recommend that arrangements are made in advance to avoid disappointment. The concierge desk at the Hotel will be able to assist in arranging the babysitting service with our chosen babysitting agency.

Plans for the future: Some projects are in my mind and not sure if i can realize them for the next season 2013/14. One of them is a small swimming pool 6 meters by 4 meters in the center of the property and the other is a new space on top of the new building with awesome views over the ocean, the beach and the back lands. Planned is a toe to ceiling glassfront on two sides, a place to hold meetings or workshops.

About Gokarna:

It is about 200km north of Mangalore (7 hr by bus) and 56km southwest of Karwar on the seashore. Gokarna is a pilgrim town, one of the most important in South India, and though foreigners are no longer allowed into any of the main temples, you’ll see signs of religion everywhere, from bathing Brahmins in the sea or the large temple tank to the many groups of shaved-head men with caste marks and chotis (pony tail shaped tufts of hair) who walk barefoot around town clad in white robes that make them look like slim, fit sumo wrestlers. The atmosphere is hard to define, foreign tourism jarring with the more traditional, devout feel of the place. There are plenty of smiles from shop owners, but I sense an undercurrent of hostility from the pilgrims and upper-caste villagers, which makes me feel like an interloper.

Dawn in Gokarna. Behind high walls, male voices intone religious verse, a lone old woman sweeps dust around the main road while a cow plods lazily alongside, and a small fire burns inside an open fronted cafe. According to the Gokarna Purana, “By mere entrance into this Ksetra (holy place), one becomes liberated from hundreds of sins, including even brahma-hatya (the killing of a Brahmin).” Moreover, it is said that one becomes free from rebirth by just looking at the Atma-linga, by hearing the roar of the sea, or by taking birth in Koti-tirtha

A good time to visit is during one of the big religious festivals, such as Maha Shivaratri in February or March, when 20,000 pilgrims converge and huge temple chariots are wheeled around the village streets.

All roads lead to Car Street in the centre of the village. Linking Venkataraman and Ganapti temples, it’s lined with quaint wooden houses and stalls selling devotional items to the pilgrims, cheap clothes, CDs, and beach toys to the foreigners. Main Street forms a T at the top end, a left turn takes you up to the bus station, and a right leads down to the tank. The streets are narrower at the opposite side, a labyrinth of alleys passing Mahabaleshwara Temple and its phallic image of Shiva in the direction of the sea.

At the end of it all is the village beach, long, featureless, and virtually deserted a couple of hundred metres past the huddle of chai and snack stands at the entrance and the fishing boats further north. It’s not a patch on the sand at Kudle or Om and the water is too dirty and the waves too strong for swimming, even the pilgrims-only paddle, but it’s a nice enough place to watch the sun as it dips down into the Arabian Sea.

Gokarna’s glorious beaches are one of the reason to visit, with prices and visitor numbers both lower than up the coast in Palolem. There are four beaches south of the scruffy area of sand in the village, Kudle, Om, Half Moon, and Paradise, each more isolated than the last, at least until the first guests begin to arrive at the luxury Om Beach Resort. High season on the beaches is during December and January, though the few accommodation options are busy from October til March.

Four of the most beautiful beaches in India are located south of Gokarna, surrounded by jungleThe first beach is called Kudle Beach and it is about a twenty-minute walk from Gokarna. The path goes uphill and then drops down to Kudle Beach, a beautiful, kilometre-long white sand beach surrounded by palm trees. At this beach there are simple huts and beachside eating places. You need to bring your own bedding. There is fresh water here.

The next beach is Om Beach thirty-minutes further south. The beach got its name because it is shaped like the auspicious Om sign. There are some really basic huts and some chai shops to eat at. Many Indian pilgrims visit OM Beach on Sundays by bus and holidays to see the sites. Best to come here on the weekdays

There are two more beaches—Half-moon and Paradise—each a twenty-minute walk from one another. You can get bottled water and food on all the beaches near Gokarna including the Main beach, Kudle, Om, Half Moon and Paradise beaches.

Note: Om and Kudle beaches are easily reached on foot via a coastal path that you can join either behind Ganapti Temple or, closer to the beach, next to the small cliff top temple at the end of the road running parallel to the coast between Mahalaxmi and Prema restaurants. Auto rickshaw drivers charge 150 rupees to Om Beach and to Kudle 60 rupees. (Since November 2009 there is a new road only for rickshaws and bikes going to Kudle beach for 50 rupees)

Mahabaleswara Temple 

This Shiva temple is said to be next in sanctity only to the Vishwanath Shiva Temple in Varanasi. It is often called the Kashi of the South. Hindus come here to perform the death rites for departed ancestors.

Tradition states that Lord Rudra (another name for Shiva) was sent to Patalaloka by Brahma to undergo penance. He eventually returned through the ear of Mother Earth and blessed her with the name of Gokarna (Go = “cow”; karna = “ear”). Thus this place served Rudra as a womb. It is also known as Rudra Yoni and Adi Gokarna. As time passed, Rudra collected the essence (sakti) of all Brahma’s creations as well as his own essence and created a golden deer with four legs, three eyes, and three horns. Eventually, the three horns (representing the three guna-avataras) were placed at Pushkar (Brahma), Shaligram (Vishnu), and Gokarna (Shiva). These places are known as Siddhi Ksetras. Ravana desired to possess Shiva’s powerful horn-linga, also known as Prana-linga or Atma-linga, so he performed penance and received the linga in a box at Mount Kailash. Ravana then returned south with the linga on the condition that wherever he placed it, it would become permanently rooted. At the demigods’ request, Lord Vishnu contrived a means to trick Ravana through Ganesh, disguised as a brahmacari. Eventually the Atma-linga was placed at Gokarna, rooted all the way through to Sapta Patala, and became known as Mahaballeswara (maha—great and bal—strength).

The Shri Maha Ganapati Temple is dedicated to elephant-headed Ganesh. Koti-tirtha Kund is said to have been created by Garuda. There is a Krishna Temple here which is said to be where the Lord went to perform penance after killing Banasura. There is also a temple dedicated to Sri Venkateswara (Balaji).

Ram-tirtha, is said to be where Rama, Sita, and Laksman visited after leaving Lanka. Lord Rama and his brother Bharata are said to have performed penance here. There is a beautiful temple on the hill overlooking the sea at this place.

A major festival is held here during the birthday of Shiva (Shiva-ratri) in February. During this festival, a deity of Lord Siva is placed on the huge temple Ratha (chariot) at the end of the bazaar near the Maha Ganapati Temple.

Sightseeing:

Murdeshwar the big Shiva statue about 75 kms, Shiva cave on top of the hill or Yana waterfalls about 45 kms and Jog falls 170 kms.

Mahabaleswara Temple is the prime attraction of this “Kashi of the South”. Sited on Chariot-Car Street, 1 km north-west of the bus stand, this temple is a delight to observe.

Frequently asked questions:

1. Where is Namaste Yoga Farm located? Namaste Yoga Farm is located in the state of Karnataka on the tropical South Western side of India about 3 min walk to Kudle beach.

2. Is your place safe? We hired 2 security men for a 24/7 security on site. Never in 5 years anything has happened.

3. Are there many power-cuts around Gokarna? Yes, power-cuts happen every day multiple times, but with our silenced generator you can enjoy 24/7 electricity and WIFI

4. What beach is Namaste Yoga Farm located at? Namaste Yoga Farm is located adjacent to Kudle Beach, a small, peaceful cove. 3 minutes uphill from the golden sands of Kudle beach.

5. How far is Namaste Yoga Farm from Vasco de Gama/Goa airport? The distance to the airport is about 150 km, about a 3.5 hour drive. 50 Euro from Goa airport to Gokarna, if we organize the trip. In Goa, going to a taxi stand, it is more expensive and the driver doesnt know how to find our place.

6. Are there direct flights available from around the world? Yes, it is an international airport and there are direct flights to Goa in the main season from November to February.

7. Do you provide air ticket booking assistance? Yes we do provide booking assistance or visit above airlines for further information on available flights etc.

8. Do you have representative offices overseas? Yes we do have an office in Germany and are represented by a few specialized tour operators.

9. What is your check-in and check-out time? Check-in time 12:00 noon and Check-out time 11:00 am

10. Do we have to live at Namaste Yoga Farm to do Yoga? No, drop ins are welcome anytime (Rs. 300 /class) at Namaste Yoga Farm, though Yoga classes are included in the accommodation rate.

11. Can you help me finding a budget accommodation in case you are full? Yes, we know most of the guest houses around.

12. Can i pay online? Yes, Paypal is available ( you do not have to sign up with Paypal in order to pay with your credit card) and a bank to bank service.

In General

1. How many accommodations do you have? 7 cottages, 2 ocean view rooms, 4 rooms, 2 tree houses and 3 bamboo huts.

2. When is the rainy season for Gokarna? The rainy season for south-west India is usually between mid-June until mid-September.

3. What facilities and inclusions do you provide in the guest rooms? Namaste Yoga Farm’s accommodations include: Breakfast for 2 persons, wifi (wlan), access to a refrigerator, chairs and tables, yoga & meditation classes for 2 persons, electric water kettle for hot water, 24/7 silenced power back-up, 24/7 security on-site, mattress, 4 pillows each room, bed sheets and blankets, daily fresh towels, toilett paper, free drinking water, daily room cleaning, hot shower outside, doctor on call and we stamp and send your postcards.

4. Do you have TV in the rooms? We don’t have televisions, but we show a movie on Saturday night on our big flatscreen.

5. If people did want to go out for a drink / nightlife would they have to go to Goa? You can always have a beer on the beach, but thats it. For late night party you would have to go to Palolem/Goa and it would take about 2 hours with a taxi. The driver would wait and bring you back in the morning.

6. Do you have a shuttle bus service available to the next bigger town such as Gokarna or Karwar? No, there is no shuttle bus service available. However, we can provide a taxi service or Ricksaw for you.

7. Where will the main meals be served? Meals are served in the garden. We prepare breakfast ourself and use the best vegetarian catering service in town for lunches and dinners, if you are a big group staying at least 7 days with us. Breakfast will only be served from 8 am to 11 am.

8. Do you serve meat at Namaste Yoga Farm or is it just vegetarian? Yes, it is pure vegetarian. Vegan can be an option. We have home-made tofu, soymilk and cheese.

9. What is the dress code at Namaste Yoga Farm? The dress code is casual, relaxed clothing.

10. Do you make special plans for holidays such as Christmas and the New Year? Yes, there is a small festive program of activities and special breakfast during holidays.

11. What languages does your staff speak? English, German, Italian, Swiss, Hindi, Kannada, Austrian and Spanish.

12. What is the cost of the yoga classes? Staying in one of our accommodations means 2 persons get free yoga classes and for drop ins it depends on the teacher..

Activities / Excursions

1. What activities are available? Creativity – a brush, paints and art materials may be brought to your room, in addition to mandalas for coloring. Mandala means ‘sacred circle’ in the ancient language of Sanskrit. Coloring mandalas can be a meditation or simply fun. Games – Chess and backgammon board games are available. Including 3 chess tournaments at least per season. Movies – An interesting collection of travel, an inspiring library of mind-opening movies, old favourites and comedy classics are available to watch on my laptop sometimes. Morning walks and adventure hikes offer stunning views, coconut palms and indian wildlife. Sunset boating, over night river-kayaking and cycling can also be arranged.

2. What are the options for swimming? Namaste Yoga Farm is just 5 minutes from Kudle beach. 15 minutes in either direction you reach Om beach or Gokarna beach.

3. Do you have your own Kayaks? No, but we can rent 2 tandem and 2 single kayaks which are great for backwater and ocean kayaking.

4. Do you have activities for children? This season 2013/2014 we try to set up a kindergarden from 10am to 1pm. Colouring sets can be provided. Namaste Yoga Farm’s beach is very quiet and the water at most times quiet shallow. Babysitting service can be provided at extra cost.

5. Do you organize activities/excursions outside of Namaste Yoga Farm? Yes, we can and do organize activities depending on the groups preferences.

6. Do you organise boat trips? Yes, we can organise day sightseeing tours. Kayak and sunset boat trips.

7. Is golf available? No, we dont have a golf course close to Namaste Yoga Farm.

8. Is tennis available? No, we dont have a tennis court close to Namaste Yoga Farm

9. Is sailing available? No sailing is available around Gokarna. In Goa a saw some small 2 person Katamaran’s for rent.

10. Are there any good chess players around? Yes, we have player’s up to 2000 elo and sometimes an international master from Argentina ranking 2400 elo in the Fide list.