10 Best Beaches in Gokarna - 2020 (Photos & Reviews)
Beaches in Gokarna encircles Om Beach, Half Moon Beach, Gokarna Beach, Kudle Beach, Paradise Beach, Nirvana Beach, Baada Beach, Small Hell Beach, Belekan Beach, Alvekodi Beach and others.

There is a sense of calm in all of the Gokarna Beaches. From rippling waves, pristine blue water, and palm trees lining the vicinity, the sandy beaches here are favourable for every type of tourist. Lying on the Konkan coastline, the beaches in Gokarna are perfect for a relaxing, rejuvenating holiday, be it for nature lovers, adventure junkie, or even someone seeking solitude. 

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From a simple and peaceful walk to trekking and other adventure activities like banana boat rides, parasailing, snorkelling and much more, there is a lot that one can do while visiting the beaches here in Gokarna. Moreover, for foodies, there are quite a few food shacks and stalls that line the beaches here.

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You can indulge in common South Indian food like Idli-Dosa, to the more continental dishes like Seafood Lasagne, Prawn Pizza and Iced Nutella among others.

Here are some of the best beaches in Gokarna:


Gokarna Beach

Gokarna Beach
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One of the most popular beaches in Gokarna, Gokarna Beach recently gained fame for being a surfing site. It is also famous for its scenic trekking excursion one can take from here.

Located in close proximity to the Mahabaleshwara Temple, the Gokarna Beach is also known as the place where pilgrims first come to take a dip before visiting the temple. You can also visit the other beaches of the region, like Half Moon Beach, Paradise Beach, Om Beach as well as Kudle Beach from here.

This beach gives off some of the most beautiful sights of the ocean and the surrounding hillocks. Some of the adventure activities you can engage in Gokarna Beach include surfing, jet skiing, snorkeling as well as trekking. 

Gorkana Village | Ankola, Gokarna, India

Best Time to visit:
October to March.

Activities and Watersports: Yoga, surfing, jet ski, banana boat, snorkeling, and trekking.

Distance from Gokarna Bus Main Stand: Around a KM away.

Where to Stay: Best Homestays in Gokarna. 


Om Beach

Om Beach
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The beach is shaped in a way that it appears to be the auspicious symbol ‘OM’ in the Devanagari script and is named after it. Om beach is one of the pristine and happening beaches in Gokarna for the plethora of water sports and activities that people cherish here. 

From the bumpy banana ride to the speedy jet ski ride, from beachside trekking on the hilly terrain to spotting Dolphin in the middle of the sea; OM beach is spot on.

The beach can be enjoyed between the two coves that make the shape of OM and is loaded with shacks, huts, and cafes for a lazy vacation.

Location: Om Beach, Gokarna, Karnataka 581326

Best Time to visit: November to March

Activities and Water Sports: Jet ski, trekking, trekking, swimming.

Distance from Gokarna Bus Main Stand: Around 6 KM.


Half Moon Beach

Half Moon Beach
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Beaches are awesome but a thick and lush jungle overlooking an infinite stretch of Arabian Ocean is ecstatic. Half-moon beach is such an experience where you get to engage in myriads of activities like swimming, kayaking, paddle boats, trekking, camping, etc. 

Half-moon is one of the beaches in Gokarna which you can also walk up to it in a scenic trek starting from Gokarna beach and cover the famous five Gokarna beaches in one go. This beach derives its name from the shape of it which resembles a half-moon.

Location: Half Moon Beach, Gokarna, Karnataka 581326

Best Time to visit: November to March.

Activities and Water Sports: Swimming, kayaking, paddle boats, trekking.

Distance from Gokarna Bus Main Stand: Approximately 5 KM.

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Kudle Beach

Kudle Beach

One of the really famous Gokarna Beaches is Kudle Beach. It is a long stretch of fine sand and blue sea which is quite isolated and is therefore perfect for those looking for solitude and serenity.

Located away from the busy touristy areas of Gokarna, Kudle Beach is mostly frequented by foreign travelers in search of solace and relaxation. Best known as the area for swimming and diving, Kudle Beach is situated very close to Om Beach as well as Gokarna Beach.

A blessing for nature enthusiasts, this beach is the best place to go to if you wish to spend some time alone, or with loved ones, while capturing the stunning sunsets and nature views. 

Location: Kudle Beach Rd, Gokarna, Karnataka 581326

Best Time to visit: November to February is the peak season, however, the locals pitch up temporary huts, shacks, and other makeshift arrangements by the beach from October till March.

Activities and Water Sports: one can swim in the seawater, trekking is another activity

Distance from Gokarna Bus Main Stand: Approximately 6.5 KM.


Paradise Beach

Paradise Beach
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Fondly known as the ‘full moon beach,’ Paradise beach justifies its name. In order to reach this beach, one has to take a motorboat from OM beach or half-moon beach or has to trek down from the half-moon beach. 

Paradise beach stretches around 150 meters in length and is an ideal destination for swimming and camping. Around 70 percent of the beach is covered in rocks which makes some picture-perfect elevation points for photography.

Location: Gokarna, Karnataka, India

Best Time to visit: Sunrise and sunset during the winter and spring season.

Activities and Water Sports: Swimming and trekking.

Distance from Gokarna Bus Main Stand: Around 8 KM, 20 minutes boat ride from OM beach.

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Nirvana Beach

Nirvana Beach

The entrancing environs of Nirvana beach make you feel like you are in an unreal setting. The beach has a very long shoreline and you hardly find fellow travelers around as it is little off the beaten.

If you are traveling to Nirvana beach, you are suggested to carry food and water as there are no such facilities. 

Swimming is great sport to indulge in but due to the absence of lifeguard and much civilization, you must avoid going deep as the ocean has strong currents.

Location: Nirvana Beach Rd, Kagal, Karnataka 581351

Best Time to visit: October to March.

Activities and Water Sports: Swimming, sun-basking.

Distance from Gokarna Bus Main Stand: Around 40 KM


Baada Beach

Baada Beach

Baada beach falls while walking down the trail from Kirki to Gokarna. It is the cleanest beach in Gokarna, also because it is located remotely around 10 KM away from the Kumta bus stand.

The beach has some boulders in the middle and is encircled by hillocks on two sides. While you stroll around, it feels like a private beach as it is crowd-free for as far as you can see with some huts and cottages outlying the shore.

Location: Baad Beach, Gudeangadi.

Best Time to visit: November to February.

Activities and Water Sports: Beach volleyball, badminton, boat ride and you can also relax in a hammock.

Distance from Gokarna Bus Main Stand: Around 15 KM.

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Small Hell beach

Small Hell beach

The Small Hell Beach is one of the few Beaches in Gokarna where you can not only trek and swim but also go for camping. It is one of the cleanest and most idyllic beaches in town, which should definitely be on your list of places to visit if you are in Gokarna.

Offering spectacular scenes of the huge expanse of golden sand and the stunning and calm ultramarine water, the Small Hell Beach is a natural marvel that seems just out of a fairy-tale.

The beach is completely untouched and unspoiled, making it even more beautiful and mysterious. You can also visit the Small Hell Cliff from here, which overlooks the picturesque beach, best for those who wish to indulge in nature photography. 

Location: Small Hell Beach, Gokarna, Karnataka 581326

Best Time to visit:
November to February.

Activities and Water Sports:
Trekking, swimming, camping, etc.

Distance from Gokarna Bus Main Stand:
Around 7.5 KM.

Belekan Beach

Belekan Beach

Belekan Beach is one of the most remote Gokarna Beaches. To reach here, you can take a boat ride from Gokarna Beach. Moreover, you can also spot dolphins from this beach if you get lucky. Located close to Moonlight Beach, Belekan Beach is one of the most tranquil spots in all of Gokarna. 

From boating to indulging in beach sports like volleyball and frisbee, there are a lot of fun activities you can partake in at Belekan Beach. There is one thing you need to know about this beach though.

Since there are not many people here, boating is the only mode of transportation to this beach. Therefore, it is advisable to take the boat driver’s contact details to avoid getting stranded on the beach all alone. 

Bellekan village, Gokarna Road, Tadadi Port, Karnataka

Best Time to visit: November to March.

Activities and Water Sports: Boating and Frisbee.

Distance from Gokarna Bus Main Stand: Around 7 KM

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Alvekodi Beach

Alvekodi Beach

Alvekodi beach is a place of glittering sand, swift waves and endless greenery on one side and ceaseless seascape on another. Walkthrough the paddy, groundnuts, onions, and other vegetable fields to trace down the path to this captivating beach.

Forming an integral part of the Alvekodi village, Alvekodi is one of the beaches in Gokarna which you can afford to miss.

Location: Alvekodi Beach., Kumta Town Rd, Alvekodi, Karnataka 581343

Best Time to visit: November to February

Activities and Water Sports: A climbing experience to the old lighthouse and Brahma Devara Guide is one of a kind.

Distance from Gokarna Bus Main Stand: Around 35 KM

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25 March 2018
I have taken this trek on march 2018, in my experience it was one of those refreshing trip wherein we trek between the mountains in the safe jungle to the relaxing beaches followed by rain dance, bonfire and the beach side camping under the stars, I must say tremendous effort has been put up by Rohith (trek coordinator) and the entire Trillophilia Team to make the trip comfortable and memorable, would like to travel with Thrillophilia again, highly recommended!
22 October 2018
"nice trek with lots of memories ..really enjoyed. Thanks Thrillophilia..Karthik you are awesome man..tour guide..love you man.
13 December 2019
"I'm from Chennai and personally speaking this was a best experience of a beach trek in my life. If you want to experience something wild, explore nature's beauty, dance and have fun in the beach water and sand and feel the bliss of staying in tents in the night time, go for it, its worth it. I'm suggesting my friends this place who are all planning for trips. Also to mention our trek leads Shravani and Dhruv kudos to them as well. It's not a easy job to arrange and coordinate with different sets of people and make a successful trek. They made this to be a memorable one. I and my friends had a good time those 2 days and packed up the trip with lots of memories to cherish. People reading my reviews, go for this because it's something special"
21 September 2018
"me and my friends went on this trek in September. it was awesome. had lots of fun. the hosts were amazing. would recommend it to others"
19 October 2018
"It is Wonderful experience to be on Gokarna Beach Trek, it's amazing. I have been on two-three trek earlier, but this one is best till date. Outdoor leaders Pranshu and Srinidhi coordinated very well. Other then trek we also enjoyed the travelling time, by playing games such as Mafia."
26 March 2020
If you want to see the best of Gokarna, you have to take the beach trek Gokarna. I was especially happy with the guide as he carefully navigated the difficult paths and always gave us the option of stopping if we were exhausted. Our food timings were clearly informed, and the food was healthy and filling. Who would say I paid only 2100 INR for the wonderful Gokarna trekking experience?
23 March 2020
I had never imagined such a well-executed trip for the throw away price of 2,100 INR! Thrillophilia is redefining budget travel! The sales team, the operator, and even the trek guide were all helpful and courteous and made sure I was not uncomfortable as I was traveling solo with the group! Gokarna beach trek and camping gave me an adventurous and entertaining two days!
16 March 2020
Gokarna trekking was a wholesome experience for me and my whole family! We could take our kids and our parents. Gokarna trek is the perfect trek for families as it can accommodate all ages. Thank you to Thrillophilia for the brilliant arrangements! We did not have to worry about a single booking, and even the tents were provided to us!
26 February 2020
Visiting gokarna was a amazing experience, away from city life, it gives that peace and silence that one requires in life from time to time.Just sitting near the beach and feeling the waves touch your feet that makes you feel like you are floating early in the morning with a feeling that you are the only person there being carried away by the presence of endless sea is an experience worth ones time. Its a place to relax, rather than call it a trek, as one doesn't walk much. Journey with thrillophilia went really well with a trek lead who was a friendly person.Even though the first night in the bus with a small group of people was awkward, it was fun and enjoyable the next two days.Stayed an ocean scenery,the host received us well.The temp was hot in the afternoon , played volleyball which took away our energy but it was one of the highlights of the trip. The camp fire during the night time with everyone sharing stories was a good experience. On the way back to bangalore visited mirjan fort on jan 26th jan, Good for clicking photos as well. The food was average. I'd like to suggest that instead of trying to visit every possible beach which is exhausting it would be better to visit fewer beaches a spend enough time and enjoy what the nature offers.The people that I travelled with were entusiastic and fun to be with thorugh out the journey. The only drawback of the trip was the van it was not a comfortable as I expected. Overall it was a great experience and suggest people to visit gokarna.
17 February 2020
"It was an amazing trekking trip, it's kind of a beach walk so don't expect long trekkings. Gokarna's beaches are surrounded by hills so we have to climb the hills to reach some beaches like half moon, paradise and belekan beach. It was well organized. I was not happy with the transportation part, bus does not have enough leg space even for normal height people. And food was just average. I liked the trekking part and enjoyed. "

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  1. Where can I go for sightseeing in Gokarna?

    Being one of the top tourist attractions, there is a wide variety of places to visit in Gokarna. Few of them are listed here:

    1. Paradise Beach
    2. Half Moon Beach
    3Gokarna Beach
    4. Shiva Cave
    5. Nirvana Beach
    6. Koti Tirtha
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    Gokarna being the beach city you will find ample water sports activities. We have created a list of some of the best water sports in Gokarna that you can experience:

    1. Jet Ski at Om Beach, Gokarna @ Rs 420 only
    2. Bumper Ride in Gokarna @ Rs 700 only
    3. Banana Boat Ride in Gokarna @ Rs 600 only
    4. Speed Boating at Om Beach @ Rs 600 only
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  4. Is Gokarna beach safe?

    Yes, the Gokarna beach is one of the safest beaches of the Konkan coast and one can stroll on it anytime. Whether you are a solo female traveler or an unmarried couple, you need not worry about your safety until and unless you are involved in law-violating acts.
  5. How many beaches are there in Gokarna?

    Gokarna is blessed with ten beaches namely the famous Gokarna beach, Om beach, Half moon beach, Kudle beach, small Hell beach, and several others. Each one of them is a part of the Konkan coast and showcases a combination of sparkling sands and clear waters.l
  6. What is Gokarna famous for?

    Gokarna is a sacred site known for its Mahabaleshwar temple and devotees from different regions flock here for this temple. Apart from this, it is also known for its pristine beaches that are linked across the Konkan coast.
  7. How do I get to Gokarna beach?

    Reaching out to Gokarna beach is an easy one as you can take a taxi or tuk-tuk that operators in the region.
  8. What is the best time to visit Gokarna?

    The months from October to March are the best months to visit Gokarna as the weather is quite pleasing and is not at all humid. In the monsoons, the region gets a lot of rainfall and this is not a good time to visit Gokarna.
  9. How many days are enough for Gokarna?

    Gokarna requires a minimum of 2 days for touring each and every inch, rest it depends on your itinerary plan that you select for yourself.
  10. Is camping allowed in Gokarna?

    Yes, camping is allowed in Gokarna and you can enjoy camping along the scenic beaches and other beautiful camping sites.