10 Best Beaches in Gokarna - 2020 (Photos & Reviews)

Beaches in Gokarna

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. 

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.

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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05 April 2017
Most of us were newbies at trekking and it was a fantastic start. Our guide led us well through the trek and made sure all of us kept up. After a long day of trekking we stayed the night in tents on Kudle beach. The homestay provided for freshening up and the transport to and from Bangalore were quite adequate.
22 May 2018
It was a fantastic trip. The surrounding environment and the beaches make you feel high and excited.
11 October 2017
There are things you can put up in words and there are things you cannot, this experience was one of it. The beautiful journey of beach trek is a stretch of 7km where you actually have the best views you could ever ask for. We walked through the beaches, forests, wilderness, and some amazing fish spots. Our trek started in the morning and got over by evening during the sunset. We were not lucky enough to see the sunset as it was a cloudy day. The stay was fantastic as we had a tented accommodation which was right next to the beach and the best moment is when early morning you wake up and find yourself in the middle of the beach. The trek truly assures a rejuvenation and peace in your mind as you keep moving forward from one beach to the other. We even had bonfire at night placed right next to our tents. This journey will always be one of the most adventurous thing you would take up in Karnataka. You might have trekked along the mountainside or riverside but by the beachside? Yes, this trek is one of its kind. The final beach that we visited was indeed the most beautiful one- the paradise beach. On the whole- the journey was amazing and truly something that I would personally cherish forever.
26 September 2019
My friends and I booked this tour when we were in Gokarna for two days! It was a great experience starting right from the hotel pick up to drop. A perfect Beach day out it was with great fun and memories. Worth taking, thank you thrillophilia.
Awesome. Must go for everyone once
04 January 2019
Camping at the beachside that too on New years eve was like a dream come true, we had a great time at the camping, the place had such amazing party vibes, the tents were so warm and cozy, the food and music were great there.
04 January 2019
What can be a better way to bring in New year than partying beachside, I went to Gokarna beach with my friends for camping and New year party 2019. The campsite was so lit and beautiful, the arrangements were so nicely done, the tents were nice, the food and music were awesome, One should surely go for this amazing camping especially for new years eve.
I enjoyed a lot with my family. It was an amazing new year party of 2018. We had so much fun. Everything was well managed and perfect. Food was really delicious. Thankyou Thrillophilia for this amazing New year Party.
We spent the new year 2018 on Gokarna beach, and we loved the beach, we burst crackers, we thoroughly enjoyed the DJ , food and the stay was very comfortable.
02 January 2019
We party HARD!! Amazingly organized, the crackers show was fun. food was really tasty, the camp had a party vibe which was seriously Awesome. The camp is really comfortable and has all the things you need.

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People Also Ask About Gokarna

  1. What are the best beaches to visit in Gokarna for water sports?

    1. Om Beach - Om Beach is one of the most popular beaches in Gokarna for water sports. It is one of the most beautiful beaches with an amazing range of water sports options. You can opt for jet skiing, bumper rides, speed boat rides, parasailing, surfing, scuba diving, banana boat rides and lots more.

    2. Gokarna Beach - This beach has gained popularity as one of the most ideal beaches for surfing in the region. Other than surfing you can also enjoy jet skiing, bumper rides, banana boat rides, snorkelling and scuba diving.

    3. Half Moon Beach - This is another ideal beach to indulge in some adventurous water sports. The beach itself is scenic and gets its name from its shape that looks like a half moon. Here you can try out swimming, paddle boating, kayaking and snorkelling.

    4. Kudle Beach - This is one of the most popular beaches in Gokarna filled with tourists. It is an ideal beach for swimming and also excellent opportunities for scuba diving as well.

    5. Belekan Beach - This is one of the most remote and secluded Gokarna beaches. It is ideal for a relaxing day at the beach or you can indulge in a riveting boat ride and enjoy the scenic view of the Arabian Sea coastline.
  2. What are the best things to do on Gokarna Beach?

    1. Jet Skiing - This is one of the most sought after things to do in Gokarna beaches. Some of the best beaches to enjoy jet skiing are Om Beach and Gokarna Beach.

    2. Scuba Diving - Gokarna beaches are ideal for scuba diving and you can get an excellent opportunity to view beautiful corals and other marine life. If you want to experience scuba diving or learn the activity then visit Om Beach, Gokarna Beach and Kudle Beach.

    3. Surfing - Gokarna has recently gained a lot of popularity in this sport and one of the most sought after beaches is the Gokarna Beach. Other beaches where you can go surfing one the blue water of the Arabian Sea are Kudle Beach and Om Beach.

    4. Snorkelling - Gokarna beaches are popular for their snorkelling sites and you can indulge in these adventurous and exciting activities in many of the beaches here. One of the best beaches for snorkelling in Gokarna is Om Beach.

    5. Camp by the Beach - Gokarna beaches are great for setting up camp. Some of the best beaches to do so are Paradise Beach, Small Hell Beach, Gokarna Beach and Half Moon Beach. Setting up camp on the beach front is also exciting as you can get a fantastic view of the dolphins swimming in the sea as well as enjoy bonfires and barbeques.
  3. What are the best beaches in Gokarna for adventure activities?

    1. Water Sports at Om Beach - Om Beach is one of the best places to indulge in a wide variety of water sports. You can opt from a range of adrenaline pumping water sports such as banana boat rides, jet skiing, speed boat rides, parasailing, surfing and loads more.

    2. Paradise Beach Camping - Set up camp right on the beach and just enjoy the cool sea breeze and indulge in some star gazing, barbecues and bonfires. This is a great place to enjoy some outdoor games along with kids too.

    3. Learn Surfing at Gokarna Beach - Surfing is the new thing to do in Gokarna and it is the perfect place to learn the skill if you have not learned it already. Visit the Cocopelli Surf School and pick up the art of surfing.

    4. Beach Trekking on Gokarna Beach - Beach trekking is another exciting adventure you can indulge in while on your visit to the beaches in Gokarna. You can start your trek from here and continue on to Om Beach, Half Moon Beach, Paradise Beach and Kudle Beach.

    5. Go Scuba Diving at Kudle Road Beach - Explore the wondrous underwater world of the Arabian Sea with a scuba diving expedition in Kudle Road Beach. Spellbinding views of colorful corals and many other marine lives will enthrall you as you indulge in one of the best adventure sports in the beaches of Gokarna.
  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. Are the beaches in Gokarna worth visiting?

    The beaches in Gokarna are definitely worth visiting. They are pristine and magnificent with an excellent scope for fun activities and adventure. You can enjoy a whole lot of activities from adrenaline pumping water sports to beachfront camping to beach trekking to beach games to taking in the sights of the marvellous phytoplanktons.
  6. 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
  7. How much time do we need to visit every beach in Gokarna?

    To truly experience the wonders of the Gokarna beaches you would ideally require around 4 to 5 days. One day for beach trekking and shopping, another for fun filled water sports, also leaving enough time to enjoy some beach camping, beach activities, night strolls on the beach and others as well.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.