About Gokarna

With its pristine beaches and breathtaking landscapes, Gokarna is a Hindu pilgrimage town in Karnataka and a newly found hub for beach lovers and hippies. Situated on the coast of Karwar, Gokarna is a small town in Karnataka, primarily known for two reasons - its beaches and temples. Gokarna can be different things to different people. Every year hordes of tourists visit Gokarna in search of sanctity and salvation on one hand and respite and relaxation on the other. The out-of-town beaches are a curious contrast to the life inside the town. Palm clad beaches are dotted with foreign tourists in a majority and very few Indians are seen across. Gokarna is not very conventionally touristy. The beaches are meant for a slow, relaxed holiday and everything on the beach goes at the same relaxed pace. Full of coconut and palm trees, the ocean and clean sands, Gokarna is a 'one of its kind place' in the country.

Place to must visit in Gokarna


Places to Visit in Gokarna

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Experience Time: 1-2 hrs

Distance: 1 kms

Om Beach

Om beach is a wonderful beach located in the town of Gokarna. One can bask in the glory and serenity of the picturesque surroundings here. Its captivating beauty and pristine water lashing on the beach is a source of tranquillity for all the visitors. Shaped like the symbol 'Om', this beach offers a number of adventure sports to the junkies. The view of this beach during sunset is one to be cherished forever. Om Beach is one of the most popular beaches in Gokarna. Famous for being naturally shaped like the auspicious symbol Om, Om beach attracts tourists round the year. Om Beach derives its name from its shape, which is formed by two semi crescents joined together. The fine sand lovely rock creations here attract a lot of travellers. One can spot fishermen boats, small cafes and eateries and crows swirling up in the sky at this beautiful beach. It is usually lined with shacks on the sides offering cheap accommodation and restaurants with exotic menus. There is also a bunch of fun water sports activities available on the Om Beach, including speedboats, surfing etc. Visitors can even enjoy boating here. The beauty of this beach compels many visitors to even cross the danger area (marked by red) and play in the splashing waves. The serenity of Om beach is known by very fewer people and hence you will hardly ever see this place crowded. Untouched by the banes of commercialism and tourism, this place holds its natural beauty that will surely leave indelible marks on your memory. A simple stroll on this beach will be enough to rejuvenate your mind; such is the beauty of this place. This place is a heaven for all the shutterbugs, with some mind-blowing sceneries amidst the rocky terrain.

Experience Time: 1 hour

Distance: 1 kms

Mahabaleshwara Temple

A Shiva Linga known as the Atmalinga is worshipped in this Mahabaleshwar temple. Built using white granite, it is a classic example of the beauty of Dravidian architecture. A 1500 years old carved stone Lord Shiva idol in the standing position represents the main deity.

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Distance: 2 kms

Water Sports in Gokarna

Known for its idyllic beaches and pristine waters, Gokarna is a favorite among travelers who seek a peaceful vacation. It is the more laid-back and less commercialized version of Goa. Other than the famous Om beach, it has Kudle beach and the more secluded Half Moon and Paradise beach. Gokarna is an ideal destination for adventure seekers as well those want a break from the chaos of everyday life. Travellers have the option of simply strolling down the beautiful serene beaches or participating in the myriad water sports that it has to offer. The popular water sports are parasailing, banana boat ride and jet-skiing.

Experience Time: 1-2 Hrs

Distance: 2 kms

Kudle Beach

Kudle Beach is one of the many beaches of Gokarna, situated only a few minutes' walk from Gokarna Beach or the Om Beach. The beach is a paradise for those who love peace and quietude while they travel. A complete recluse, this beach offers the most silent and serene atmosphere to enjoy a sunset, a walk along the shore or simply to sit and observe the never-ceasing tides. Many local people prefer this beach for a morning or evening walk or practising yoga, as the Kudle beach is not invaded by large groups of tourists and as a result, has very little crowd and quite noiseless. The beach is usually deserted, except for the peak months from November to February, when it is populated by foreign travellers and backpackers. They choose the Kudle beach for the solitude and privacy. The sea is calm and safe enough to have a bath or simply for wetting your feet at the shoreline, but it is always better to be careful. Hiding behind a hillock, this mesmerising beach is a safe haven for sea lovers who want to observe and enjoy the vastness in front rather than be a part of a frolicking crowd. If you are planning to stay there overnight, take note that lodging is tough to find during off seasons. There are few proper hotels, which tend to be full. However, from around October to March, the local people also put up temporary shacks and huts for makeshift accommodation and food. They are not the best option, but an option nevertheless. If you are of the adventurous type a night spent on the beach in a small hut listening to the sound of the waves is as perfect as it can get.

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Distance: 27 Kms

Yaana

In the Sahyadri Hills of North Karnataka, is located a quant hills station with beauty that casts a spell and hills to appeal to the direst trekkers. Tucked in between one of the richest biodiversity centers of the world, Yana is a small hill station with immense beauty enough to captivate any soul that lays eyes on it. A small village located just 140 km from Hubli; Yana is famous as a center of adventure, wildlife and religion hence proving to be the perfect getaway destination. Blessed with the ever-enchanting greenery and freshness of the Sahyadri Hills of the Western Ghats, Yana is a hill station famous for housing two giant natural Limestone monoliths which attracts pilgrims in thousands every year. The Bhairaveshwara Peak and Mohini Peak are said to hold religious importance representing Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati respectively. Coupled with religious importance, it is also a great place to trek and bird watch. A trek to the twin peaks involves a very steep 3 km long trek which is at its worst slippery and it 's best breezy. The Yana village which symbolizes the rustic Indian rural life with mud roads, mushroom-like huts and a laid-back lifestyle allows you to get a glimpse of life in the Western Ghats.

Experience Time: 2 hrs

Distance: 1 kms

Gokarna beach

Gokarna beach is several kilometres long and is situated at the edge of Gokarna which is a quaint pilgrim town in Karnataka. It has recently gained popularity as a go - to beach destination owing to its wonderful stretches of sand and pristine locations. Gokarna beaches were hardly used by the locals until foreign tourists started thronging the seaside. Many enterprising locals started stores, restaurants and now fully fledged resorts cater to the tourists. It is quite popular with pilgrims who come to the region to seek the blessings of Shiva, Indian groups and with foreign tourists as well. The beaches are clean and safe. Since Gokarna is generally overcast, one does not need to worry about the heat. Large trees provide ample shade for a relaxing afternoon, perfect for reading a book or taking a carefree nap. Pleasant water with a heavenly backdrop summarizes a day at the beach in this virgin town. The muddy uphill roads with forest cover on both sides provide for more than a reason to go for a trek or a family picnic. The steep rocks in the shallow sea allow rock climbing for the adventure junkies. Bird and animal life is plenty around the serene beaches. While in Gokarna, taking a crash course in Yoga is also a great way to spend the mornings. Practicing this ancient Indian art and breathing in the fresh sea air under the orange light of the rising sun can add an all new meaning to the weekend.

Experience Time: 3-4 hrs

Distance: 1 kms

City Shopping

Shopping for the local specialties and taking back souvenirs is definitely among the top most things-to-do when one goes on a holiday. A trip to Gokarna is no different. Having been through the various pilgrimage sites and the mesmerizing beaches, one won't be able to stop himself/herself from splurging a bit on shopping after having a look at the local markets. Shopping in Gokarna is an absolute delight, and one can get amazing stuff at rock bottom prices if they're well-versed in the art of bargaining. Shopping in Gokarna is all about buying souvenirs like brass lamps, prayer beads, picture frames of Gods and Goddesses, incense sticks and other religious items. Other than this, you can also pick up some decorative items or jewelry made from seashells. Most of the street stalls sell these items. Kallusakkare, a kind of sugar candy with a refreshing taste is a specialty of Gokarna, and a must try. One can find several small shops lined up on the main streets of Gokarna attracting the tourists with their brightly colored merchandise. You will also find some shops selling interesting curios which make for an excellent souvenir.

Experience Time: 2-3 hrs

Distance: 3 kms

Half Moon Beach

Half Moon Beach is a small beach situated in Gokarna. It is separated from the Om Beach by a cliff from where tourists are bound to get an amazing view of the Arabian Sea. Numerous village huts in the classical Indian style can be spotted lined up by the beach giving it a rather traditional and homely touch altogether. The beach got its name from the striking resemblance that it exhibits with a half moon. Away from the civilization and into the arms of nature, this is the best place to spend time at while looking at the caves and gazing at the sky lit with stars. Being at the beach is one of the most thrilling experiences as when you are bathing in the water of the Half Moon, all you can see ahead of you is the infinite ocean and behind is the lush and thick jungle making you feel as if you are the last living person left on the face of the earth. There are numerous exciting activities that the place offers including swimming, canoeing, paddle boats, paintball, camping, and cabins. However, there are no water sports available as such. Tourists can also unwind by going sunbathing in the afternoon and lying on hammocks in the night. To add more to the list, the food of the shack restaurants is finger-licking good. Overseeing the entire coast of the Om Beach, the Half Moon Beach is definitely a getaway spot for all the travellers out there to travel away from the hustle and bustle of the city into nature's lap.

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Distance: 1 kms

Koti Tirtha

A man made tank, Koti Tirtha is considered to be extremely sacred and is used for ritual bathing and immersing idols. The tank is surrounded by temples on all sides.

Experience Time: 1 hour

Distance: 56 kms

Maha Ganapati temple

Dedicated to Lord Ganesha, this temple is located near the Mahabaleshwara temple and quite popular among pilgrims visiting Gokarna. As per the legend of Lord Shiva's blessings, visitors are supposed to seek the blessings of Lord Ganesha before visiting the Mahabaleshwara temple.

Experience Time: 1-2 hrs

Distance: 4 kms

Paradise Beach

The fourth beach lying across the coast of Gokarna Town, Paradise Beach is also well-known by the name of 'Full Moon Beach'. Located in the state of Karnataka, the Paradise Beach is about 150 meters in length and out of this almost seventy percent of the beach is entirely covered in rocks. The rest of the beach is adorned with clean white sand all over. Not much water sports are available here but swimming in the calm waters here is a great way to refresh your mind and body. The serene environment of the beach offers a great opportunity to spend some time in nature's lap and find solace. Paradise Beach is not accessible by road and can only be reached via other beaches, namely the Half Moon Beach and Om Beach. Visitors need to hire a motor boat from either of the above-stated beaches to reach the Paradise Beach. This beach can also be reached after a small hike from the Half Moon Beach. Via this route, it will not take you more than 20 minutes to reach. Paradise Beach was earlier known as the hot spot for all the hippies, due to the trade of weed going on here. As soon as this caught the eye of the Government authorities, all these antisocial activities were curbed, shacks were broken, and all kinds of commercial activities were prohibited here. During the night time, you can often spot small troops of foreign travellers staying here, camping and cooking their meals. Availability of fresh water well on the beach makes it an ideal spot for camping. The water from this well is clean and safe for drinking. Swimming is highly enjoyable here but swimming far across the shore is risky due to the presence of very strong currents. Visitors can enjoy local cuisine in the nearby localities as well.

Experience Time: 1 hour

Distance: 1 kms

Bhadrakali Temple

This temple dedicated to the Goddess Uma, is a popular religious site in Gokarna. The legends state that the Goddess was requested by Lord Cishnuto reside in this temple after she was abandoned by Ravana.

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Distance: 4 kms

Beach Trekking

Coddled in nature? lap, the pristine beaches of Gokarna are already an engrossing sight, add to that the thrill and excitement of a trek and the picture is complete. The 8km trekking activity takes over 7 hours and starts from Bangalore under the guide of a qualified instructor. The joy of this fascinating journey through the lush and dense tropical forests is guaranteed to last a lifetime.

Experience Time: 1 to 2 hours

Distance: 18 kms

Kumta

A coastal town near Gokarna, Kumta is famous for its temples and beaches. The multitudes of seabirds on these beaches make it a must see. Cashews, coconuts, banana cultivations are well maintained here.

Experience Time: 1 - 2 days

Distance: 57 km

Sirsi

If you wish to visit a place that is a commercial yet tranquil, Sirsi is the ultimate destination for a getaway. Providing with the best of both worlds, this city lies in the Uttar Kannada district in the state of Karnataka. This city circumscribed with dense forests and waterfalls provides the travelers with many picturesque spots where they can unwind and relax. Sirsi is a part of the Western Ghats replete in flora and fauna, rich in religious places and home to spices and vanilla plantation. Situated at an elevation of 1936 ft, the weather in Sirsi is pleasant. Biodiversity The lush green forests of Western Ghats are a safe haven for a lot of plants, animals and insects. A rich variety of flora and fauna resides peacefully surrounded by nature. Dhole, Gaur, Slender Loris, Bonnet macaque, langur, are some of the rare species that can be seen along with insects like dragonfly and colourful butterflies. A variety of frogs and snakes can also easily be spotted roaming around the forest. Birds like Ruby-throated Bulbul, Indian Peafowl, owls, doves can be seen perched on trees chirping and making the place lively. A lot of endemic flora resides in the forest including herbs that are multifarious and kaleidoscopic flowers.

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