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:

01

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. 

Location:
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.

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02

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.

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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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04

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.

05

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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06

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

07

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.
09

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. 

Location:
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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10

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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  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
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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.