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Om Beach

Brace yourself for a scenic getaway with a trip to Om Beach when you are in Gokarna. One of the most picturesque attractions in Gokarna, Om Beach is known for its serene landscape. Om Beach is a wonderful respite for adventure junkies who love to exult in the thrill of various water activities.

One of the most splendid features of this beach is that it is shaped like the symbol ‘Om’ and attracts scores of crowds who wish to relax and unwind. Although the beach is unparalleled in natural ch beauty among sightseeing places in Gokarna, it is relatively less crowded and charms the visitors with its rejuvenating ambience. It is also the starting point of the Gokarna Beach trek.

For those who are fond of photography and loves to indulge in laid-back strolls, Om Beach is one place that will go down the memory lanes forever.

Location: Om Beach, Gokarna, Karnataka

Best Time to visit: October to March is the most preferred time to visit Om Beach.

Activities: The most popular activities at Om Beach are banana boat rides, dolphin spotting, fishing, bumper boat ride, jet skiing and beachside trekking.

Distance from Bus Station (Gokarna Bus Main Stand, Banglegudda, Gokarna): It is approximately 6 kilometres from the bus station.

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Mahabaleshwara Temple

Showcasing the brilliance of the classic Dravidian architecture, Mahabaleshwara Temple is one of the must visit Gokarna tourist places. The 4th century temple in Gokarna is most famous for its Shiva Linga known as Atma Linga that is worshipped here and also known as Dakshin Kashi, often being paralleled to the Shiva Temple at Varanasi. 

This major temple in Gokarna has a 1500-year-old deity that is carved stone of Lord Shiva. If you’re seeking a spiritual retreat, Mahabaleshwara Temple in Gokarna will refresh your soul and offer a peaceful retreat with the Almighty. 

According to one popular legend, it is believed that the deity of the temple will bestow immense blessings to devotees to those who just get a glimpse of it. For fans of art and culture too, Mahabaleshwara Temple is a beautiful masterpiece for the tourists to appreciate.

Location: Koti Teertha Road, Kotiteertha, Gokarna, Karnataka 

Best Time to visit: The temple can be visited anytime throughout the year.

Timings: It is open from 6:00 am to 12:30 pm and then from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Distance from Bus Station (Gokarna Bus Main Stand, Banglegudda, Gokarna): It is just 600 metres away from the bus station in Gokarna.

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Kudle Beach

Shaped like a perfect ‘C’, Kudle Beach is one of the most beautiful Gokarna tourist places that you’l ever come across. Flanked by coconut trees, Kudle Beach is a wonderful retreat for the lovers of peace and quiet. 

The sheer beauty and simplicity of the beach is a breathtaking surprise and people visit this beach to enjoy the serene surroundings. Kudle Beach is most famous for offering a spectacular sunset and sunrise in Gokarna.

Attracting scores of tourists, mostly foreigners and backpackers, Kudle Beach is a beach haven to enjoy a leisurely stroll or indulge in some enterprising ventures like swimming, surfing and beach trekking in Gokarna. 

There are also many beach shacks and makeshift bamboo huts where people can spend the night on the beach and appreciate the wonder of glistening waters in the light of the moon.

Location: Kudle Beach, Gokarna

Best Time to visit: November to February is the best time to visit Kudle Beach.

Timings: It is advisable to visit the beach from 4 am to 6:30 pm.

Activities: Trekking, yoga, surfing etc.

Distance from Bus Station (Gokarna Bus Main Stand, Banglegudda, Gokarna): It is about 6 kilometres away from the bus station.


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Half Moon Beach

Listed as one of the most attractive sightseeing places in Gokarna, Half Moon Beach boasts of beautiful surroundings. The beach derives its name based on its shape like a half moon. 

Half Moon Beach is known for its clean sparkling sands against the transparent blue waters. Mostly famous for foreign travellers and backpackers, Half Moon Beach is a great place to relax and unwind.

Half Moon Beach can be visited by a hike from Om Beach which is a thrilling enterprise. Away from all the crowds, this beach is a wonderful destination to indulge in some fun activities as well as indulge in enjoying some mouth-watering food available at the beach shacks nearby. 

This beach is an idyllic escape from the noise of the city or enjoys some classic beach activities like sunbathing or swimming.

Location: Half Moon Beach, Gokarna

Best Time to visit: The ideal time to pay a visit to the Half Moon Beach is between October and March

Timings: Tourists can visit here any time from 6 am to 6 pm.

Activities: Swimming, canoeing, paddle boats, paintball, camping, and cabins

Distance from Bus Station (Gokarna Bus Main Stand, Banglegudda, Gokarna): Half Moon Beach is located approximately 5 kilometres away from the bus station in Gokarna.

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Paradise Beach

Also renowned as the Full Moon Beach, Paradise Beach is a great spot to relax away from all the civilization in the realm of nature. It a splendid place for those interested in camping and relaxing seeing the blue waves of the ocean crash against the rocks on the white sands. Swimming is one of the most surreal activities which you can indulge in after taking due precautions of safety from the strong currents of the ocean.

One can reach this beach after a small hiking adventure from the Half Moon Beach in Gokarna. It can also be reached via a motor boat. This beach was once a popular hotspot for trading weed and many foreigners flocked here. However, now all the commercial activities are prohibited here. There are also not much of water sports, but tourists can bask in the serene surroundings and relax and unwind at Paradise Beach.

Location: Paradise Beach, Gokarna, Karnataka

Best Time to visit: Paradise Beach is best to visit from the month of October to March for tourists.

Timings:  The beach can be visited from the time of sunrise to sunset every day.

Activities: Camping, swimming,

Distance from Bus Station (Gokarna Bus Main Stand, Banglegudda, Gokarna): It is around 8 kilometres away from the bus station.

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Gokarna Beach

Gokarna beach is amongst the popular places to visit in Gokarna for many reasons. It is the main beach that is located close to Mahabaleshwar Temple and frequented by the tourists who visit here. 

It is considered holy to take a dip in the waters by the Gokarna Beach before visiting the temple complex and worship Lord Shiva. This beautiful beach is a must visit for nature lovers and offers a scenic retreat for all the tourists in Gokarna. It also boasts of stunning beach stays where people can spend some quality time with nature in Gokarna.

The most amazing time to visit the beach is during the festival of Shivratri when it is the most resplendent. Though there aren’t many shacks or cafes here but this beach is one of the most crowded places in Gokarna at times. 

However, tourists can always visit Gokarna Beach during the time of sunrise to enjoy a laid-back stroll with a beautiful scenery in front of the eyes.

Location: Gokarna Beach Road, Dandebagh, Gokarna, Karnataka

Best Time to visit: October to March is the best time to visit Gokarna Beach.

Distance from Bus Station (Gokarna Bus Main Stand, Banglegudda, Gokarna): It is approximately one kilometre away from the bus station in Gokarna.

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Mirjan Fort

Mirjan Fort is a majestic masterpiece of architecture that one can find standing gloriously on the banks of Aghanashini river. The fort has many historical events associated with it which makes it a delight for history buffs in Gokarna. 

It is believed to be built under the patronage of Queen Chennabharadevi, famously known as pepper queen of India in the 16th century. This fort which was once an important centre the spice trade was later captured by the British who used it for their armoury.

It is encompassed by a mesmerising landscape and maintained by the Archaeological Survey of India. This magnificent fort in Mirjan speaks of the great history of the region and housed some intriguing artefacts like Chinese Porcelain, clay tablets with Islamic inscriptions and gold coins attributed to Portuguese Viceroy Conde De Sarzedas that were excavated by ASI in 2001.

Location: Mirjan Fort, talluk, Mirjan Fort Road, Mirjan, Karnataka

Best Time to visit: The fort can be visited throughout the year by tourists. However, the monsoon months are preferred to witness the breathtaking greenery around the fort.

Timings: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm are the visiting hours at Mirjan Fort

Distance from Bus Station (Gokarna Bus Main Stand, Banglegudda, Gokarna): It is 22 kilometres away from Gokarna bus station.

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Maha Ganpati Temple

One of the most popular places to visit in Gokarna, Maha Ganpati Temple draws in a number of pilgrims every day. It is located near the famous Mahabaleshwar Temple and dedicated to Lord Ganesha. 

This temple boasts of a picturesque setting and the spiritual ambience accentuates the beauty of this temple. According to a popular legend, it is said that Ganesha tricked Ravana who was carrying a Shiva Lingam to drop it here and thus the temple was built on this place.

This serene place is visited by people to seek the blessings of Lord Ganesha and wonder at the wonderful architecture of this place. For the history buffs, this temple is a great visit to appreciate the beauty of Dravidian architecture. 

If you are seeking some refreshing time in the company of religion, then Maha Ganpati Temple is one of the must-visits in Gokarna.

Location: Ganapati Temple, Gangavali Road, Nadumaskeri, Gokarna, Karnataka

Best Time to visit: The most ideal time to visit the temple is from the month of August to December.

Timings: The temple can be visited any day of the week. The timings are 5:00 am to 12:00 pm and 4:00 pm to 9:00 pm.

Distance from Bus Station (Gokarna Bus Main Stand, Banglegudda, Gokarna): It is approximately 5 kilometres away from the bus station in Gokarna.

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How to Reach

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  • How to reach Gokarna by air: The closest airport is Dabolim Airport that is located in Goa and it is 106 kilometres away. It takes around 3 hours and 19 minutes to reach if you drive or you can go by bus or even train.
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  • How to reach Gokarna by Rail: There is Gokarna Road train station that is around 8 kilometres from the main part of the city. Another station that you can travel to is Ankola, which is just 20 kilometres from the city and is the best-connected station.
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  • How to reach Gokarna by Car/Bike:
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  • From Goa:
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  • Distance: 144 kilometres
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  • Travelling Time: 3 hours 13 minutes
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  • Route Map: Goa – Palolem – Arga - Gokarna
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  • From Pune:
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  • Distance: 563 kilometres
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  • Travelling Time: 9 hours 22 minutes
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  • Route Map: Pune – Karad – Belgaum - Gokarna
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  • From Bangalore:
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  • Distance: 485 kilometres
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  • Travelling Time: 8 hours 26 minutes
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  • Route Map: Bangalore – Harihar – Sirsi - Gokarna
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  • How to reach Gokarna By Bus:
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  • From Goa:
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  • Total Distance: 173 kilometres
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  • Travelling Time: 3 hours 54 minutes
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  • Ticket Price Volvo: Not easily available
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  • Ticket Price Non AC: Rs.600
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  • Starting Bus Stand: Mapusa Carvalho Petrol Pump
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  • Ending Bus Stop: Gokarna Cross Highway NH66
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  • Route Map: Goa – Margao – Karwar - Gokarna
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  • From Pune:
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  • Total Distance: 552 kilometres
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  • Travelling Time: 10 hours 10 minutes
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  • Ticket Price Volvo: Starts at Rs.1105
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  • Ticket Price Non AC: Starts at Rs.700
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  • Starting Bus Stand: Swargate, Pune
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  • Ending Bus Stop: Madangeri
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  • Route Map: Pune – Karad – Belgaum - Gokarna
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  • From Bangalore:
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  • Total Distance: 487 kilometres
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  • Travelling Time: 8 hours 16 minutes
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  • Ticket Price Volvo: Starts at ?700
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  • Starting Bus Stand: Giri Nagar
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  • Ending Bus Stop: Gokarna
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  • Route Map: Bangalore – Hiriyur – Ranebennur - Gokarna

Best Time To Visit

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  • You can visit Gokarna during any time of the year, but the ideal time is October until February. If you want to visit the area, then you should make sure to plan when the best time to visit would be and here are the best seasons.
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  • Summer (October until June) – This is the ideal time to visit the area because it will be warm and sunny with a minimum temperate of 30 degrees. This will allow you to fully take advantage of the beaches where you can frolic in the water or even sit out on the beach and sunbathe. Also, in either February or March there are the Shivratri festivals that are held, but make sure to look at the dates before making your plans. During this time you can also enjoy some water sports like a banana boat ride, parasailing and beach hopping. You can also go sightseeing around the entire city and enjoy some shopping as well.
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  • Monsoon (July until October) – This might not be the best time of the year to visit the area if you want to explore the beaches. The area gets plenty of rainfall, but if you don’t mind the rain and if you want to get better prices, then this is the time to go. The temperature during this time is around 20 degrees. If you find a day that doesn’t have rain, then you can visit the Mahabaleshwara Temple, Koti Tirtha, Maha Ganapati Temple and much more. There are also some locations where you can go shopping and enjoy some of the local food, such as the locally caught seafood and much more.
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  • These are just the best seasons that you should go, but you can go whenever you want to visit. You should make sure that you are visiting during the right season for your requirements, including your budget.

Traveller Tales from Gokarna

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Mohit tomar

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, bonfi...

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shiva patel

22 October 2018

"nice trek with lots of memories ..really enjoyed. Thanks Thrillophilia..Karthik you are awesome man..tour guide..love you man.

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Parinita Dwivedi

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"

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Girish Agrawal

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....

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Ayush Bansal

06 March 2019

"The trip was awesome! we had a full on masti and fun.!\nThe hosts are amazing person. They became friends as soon as we started the trip. "

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Sheetal Yadav

16 October 2018

One of the best trips ever. Organizers took care of everyone and ensured that every one of us had fun. We trekked to 5 beaches and the night trek was amazing. You will find a lot of points during the t...

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Snehasish Das

10 December 2018

It was my first trip alone joining a group. It was absolutely stunning the way the vendor handled. We went as a group and completed the trek as a group. Food, Bonfire, music and the company enjoyed ...

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Tejaswini umesh

21 November 2018

"if you're here reading reviews wondering whether you should go for it. You're wasting your time. just book it already. so, I went along with 2 of my best friends and there were 11 strangers in the bus...

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Niki Wilson

16 October 2018

"With mesmerizing views and and the constant rhythm of soft pulsing waves the trek was amazing ending with a feeling of an achievement and thirst for more.. the trek was well organized.. inspite of bei...

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What You Should Know More About Gokarna

  • Q. Travel Advice


    • If you find a stranger who offers you food to eat, no matter how hungry you are, do not eat it. People here tend to trick the travelers and serve them drugs in different forms.

    • Make sure, you safely put your valuables and cash in a room safe.

    • If you are carrying a huge sum of cash with you, it is better to not go in crowded areas. In case there is no alternative, make sure you stay alert throughout. Avoid keeping the cash in your back pocket and rather keep it in your jacket or the front pocket.  

    • There are several street stalls in Gokarna. Most of them serve quality food. However, a little check on the quality does no harm. Moreover, the food can get really spicy sometimes, so it is better to convey the same (keep the spices low) to the vendor if you have a sensitive system.

    • Never, drink non filtered water. It is always good to carry with you bottled mineral water. You can easily find water in Gokarna but make sure the bottle that you buy has its seal intact.

    • If you are going to be in Gokarna for 3 days, carry clothing for 5 days. You cannot trust the weather here it can rain anytime.

    • Never overlook the importance of the safety gear especially when you try out some water sports or adventure activities.

    • Don’t get over friendly with any stranger or hotel staff.

    • Even if you are staying with someone in a group (as part of package trips), do not trust them with your money.

    • Cross check the bills you get – restaurants, hotels, food, etc

    • Be wary of the touts.

    • Never entertain the beggars.

    • Carry at least one ID proof.

    • Never get involved in any physical fight.

    • Do not let anyone mislead you.

    • There are places in Gokarna, where fake liquor is sold, Beware!

  • Q. Drinking Law

    The legal age for drinking in Gokarna (Karnataka) is 18 years.


  • Q. Our Recommendations: What you can’t afford to miss?

    Kudle Beach

    Kudle Beach is tagged as one of the top tourist attractions in Gokarna. This beach is situated in the southern direction of Gokarna Beach. You will admire the natural beauty of this place that is wrapped in a serene atmosphere. Tourists can plan their stay close to the beach area as there are numerous hotels, and resorts in the surrounding. The best part is that, there are cafes and restaurants lined up near the beach side which offer delicious seafood delicacies.

    Mahabaleshwara Temple

    Being one of the biggest Shiva Temples in India, Mahabaleshwara Temple is a popular landmark for tourists as well as religious believers. This temple is one of the best places to see in Gokarna because of its splendid architecture that depicts Dravidian style. There are two lingams called as the Paralingam and the Atmalingam which are worshipped by the visitors.

    Maha Ganapati Temple

    Gokarna is renowned as a temple town and that is why you will find several religious landmarks in the area. Maha Ganapati Temple can be reached by travelling in the east direction of Mahabaleshwara Temple. It is a famous temple in Karnataka because to its strong connection with Lord Ganesha. You will get to examine the black stone idol of Ganesha which is very popular among worshippers.

    Koti Tirtha

    One of the fabulous tourist places in Gokarna is Koti Tirtha. It is basically an artificial water tank which is located close to Mahabaleshwara Temple. Tourists cherish the scenic beauty of this place which is quite relaxing. Apart from this, Koti Tirtha is regarded as a supremely important spot for the Hindus. The ancient locations should be explored while touring this area.

    Om Beach

    The name of the beach is due to its shape which resembles the auspicious Om sign. Tourists prefer visiting this destination so as to relax their mind and soul. The exciting factors about Om Beach is that, you can enjoy a number of water sports such as surfing, banana boat cruise and even skiing. There are tea shops in the vicinity which can be utilized for savoring hot & cold beverages.

    Yaana

    Yaana is a popular pilgrimage location which is basically known for its rock formations. You can reach this destination by travelling 20 kms from Kumta. Tourists love the view of the two big rocks which are present in the middle of the evergreen forests of Sahyadri. These rock formations are called as Bhairaveshwara Shikhara and Mohini Shikhara. You can even visit the cave temple located beneath the Bhairaveshwara Shikhara. This temple houses a Swayambhu linga which is valued as a sacred landmark for Hindu devotees.  There is also a bronze idol of Goddess Chandika that is worshipped in this temple. Shivaratri celebrations in the religious cave temple are really grand if you happen to visit around the same time. Adventure activities such as rapelling, trekking and rock climbing can be accessed in this area.


    Mirjan Fort

    For sightseeing and acquiring knowledge about the vibrant history of this land you can visit Mirjan Fort. Queen Chennabhairadevi of Gersoppa was responsible for was construction of this structure in the 16th century. This fort is known for its architectural greatness that is famous among tourists. You will have to travel 11 km from Gokarna in order to reach Mirjan Fort.


    Bhadrakali Temple

    Bhadrakali Temple can be reached after travelling a distance of 1 km from Gokarna. Unlike the religious structures in Tamil Nadu, this temple in Karnataka possesses a unique architecture which is strongly linked with Hindu mythology. Bhadrakali Temple was built to worship Goddess Uma and is among the eminent resorts for the religious crowd that visits Gokarna.


  • Q. What you will like there?

    Majestic Drive

    The road network in & around Gokarna is very smooth. You won’t find much traffic which is surely a blessing for tourists. For people travelling from Bangalore, they will experience a sudden shift in landscape which is filled with small hills and greenery. You will also get to view several bridges while crossing rivers in this region. The view of the Ghats will surely fulfill your sightseeing desires when touring Gokarna.


    Exotic Beaches

    If you thought Goa is the prime destination which is famous for its beaches in India, then you must surely visit Gokarna. This small town has a calm setup which makes the surrounding appear more beautiful. The beaches in this area are known as the party spots for tourists and locals. They can be called as hidden treasures which are protected by strong mountains. The three major beaches in Gokarna are Paradise Beach, Om Beach and the Half-moon Beach. These beaches are not crowded and offer a superb backdrop that will fill your heart with overwhelming emotions. Moreover, these well-known tourist places also consist of excellent eateries that serve native cuisines.


    Fantastic Boat Rides

    Boat rides in Gokarna are very much liked by tourists. You will admire the amazing jet boat rides which can be accessed close to the Kudle region. Moreover, the various water sports can also be hired at affordable prices in this region. Near the Kumta side you will be bewildered to know that the sea is home for numerous dolphins. Tourists can easily view them during the smooth boat ride.


    Delightful Eating Destinations

    You can access a unique food adventure while touring Gokarna. Do not miss a chance to visit Naveen Beach Resort which serves mouth-watering seafood delicacies. Inside RNS residency close to the Shiva temple you can visit Sea Lounge Restaurant which serves good vegetarian food. The North Indian cuisine is very much liked by regular customers.


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  • Q. When is the best time to visit Gokarna?

    Gokarna is best enjoyed during festivities and tourist season. Visiting during off season isn’t advisable as the comfort in terms of food and travel would get compromised due to the lack of availability. The overall climate is typically semi-tropical.

    • The ideal season for the beach is between November to February. To make the most, the trip should be planned between October and March.

  • Q. How to reach Gokarna?

    Gokarna can be reached from Goa, Mangalore and Bengaluru. It is accessible through roadways, railway and via flight as per one’s preference.

    • The roadways are well connected. Direct busses are available from Goa, Bengaluru, Hubli and Mangalore. KSRTC buses and private busses, both can be hired. Gokarna is just 10 km off the NH 17 connecting Mumbai to Kochi. Cabs can be hired for shorter distances. For travel within Gokarna even auto rickshaws are available.
    • Nearest airport- Dabolim Airport in Goa is the nearest airport. Its 140 km from Gokarna and well connected so cabs or taxi services are available to reach Gokarna.
    • Trains from Mumbai, Mangalore, Thiruvananthapuram, Veraval and other cities halt at the nearest station, Ankola, which is 20 Km from Gokarna.

  • Q. What are the different things to do in Gokarna?

    The slow pace of Gokarna is by no means boring. While one can choose to relax, there are several activities that can be indulged in.

     

    • Beach Trekking: You could choose a leisurely walk alongside the beach but if you are looking for something more adventurous you could trek across the hills to the beaches.

     

    • Watersports: Make the most of the beaches by indulging in some watersports. You could surf, snorkel, go on a Banana Boat ride or even go parasailing on Om Beach.

     

    • Swim: Get into the heart of action, put on your swimsuits and swimming trunks. Kudlee Beach and Half Moon Beach are perfect to swim in when the currents aren’t too strong.

     

    • Shopping: The town has flea markets where you could buy some souvenirs to take back with you or shop for clothes and trinkets, handmade jewellery and even musical instruments.

     

    • Temple Visit: If you need a break from the beaches, you could visit the temples and explore the history and mythology of Gokarna.
    • Indulge the foodie in you: Sample the local cuisine as well as some international cuisine with a twist. Shacks on the beaches as well as the local shops have enough variety to keep you satiated.

  • Q. Which are the best resorts to stay in Gokarna?

    Gokarna has a range of hotels which cater to both the budget traveller and the one seeking luxury. While beach resorts are highly sought after, exotic budget hotels can be found all over the town. Some of the recommended resorts in Gokarna are:

     

    • SwaSwara Resort: Perfect sanctuary for human wellness. The villas provide an elegant style of living surrounded by nature.
    • Gokarna Forest Resort: Initially used as the hunting reserve by the Nepali Royal Family, it’s now adjacent to the golf course that has several golf enthusiasts enjoying the sport in the beautiful surroundings. It also has luxurious spa treatments to unwind and relax.
    • Namaste Holiday Homes: Perfect place to relax and enjoy the seaside view of the Kudlee Beach. The whole experience will leave you mesmerised.
    • Om Beach Resort: It’s ranked as one of the best beach resorts in Gokarna. It’s located on the famous Om beach.
    • Gokarna International Beach Resort: World class service that is value for money. Perfect blend of luxury and relaxation.

  • Q. What are the best public transport modes to commute around Gokarna?

    Since Gokarna is a fairly smaller town, most of the distance is easily covered by foot. However it’s also fairly connected by a good public transportation system.

     

    • Ferries connect the beaches around the town. A shared boat could cost between Rs. 50 to Rs. 100 while a solo ride could cost between Rs. 400 to Rs. 500
    • Old style cycle rickshaw is also available for a more authentic transportation experience. It is best for short distances.
    • Modern auto rickshaw as well as taxies are easily available. While the Autos ply mostly as shared, taxis can be reserved for personal use.

  • Q. Which are the best places for shopping in Gokarna?

    Splurging in the local Gokarna markets is a sheer delight. Get ready to bargain to get a good price though.

    • Street shopping: Small local shops carry trinkets and interesting products for you to purchase.
    • Temple shopping: While the loca shops share quite a variety of products, shops around the temples sell more religious souvenirs like the statues, spices, flowers and incense sticks etc.

  • Q. What is the best local food here? Where can I get to try it out?

    Due to its religious background, several places serve only vegetarian food. However, its proximity from the sea also makes it possible to access some authentic seafood dishes. You could try the authentic Karnataka dishes or even order in for a complete thali. Some of the local restaurants to try out are as below.

     

    • Mahalaxmi Restaurant: Backpacker haven known for its Banana pancakes and Indian curries.
    • Prema: A multi cuisine restaurant known for its Icecreams and Italian dishes.
    • Shree Shakti Restaurant: One of the oldest restaurants that has been around for over 3 decades. Its known for its sweet lassi.
    • Dolphin View Restaurant: A vegetarian only restaurant known especially for its Masala Cashew Curry paired best with rice.
    • Namaste Cafe: Seafood lovers should definitely check this out. It is known for its King fish sizzler and other delectable cuisines like mexican and Israeli.

  • Q. Which are the famous Treks in Gokarna?

    Nature lovers get a choice of wonderful trekking options. It also gives you an opportunity to explore the beauty for Gokarna up close. There are also some forest trails that can be checked out. The trek route is known as ‘Golden Route’ with hills on one side and Arabian Sea on the other. Some of the must-do treks include:

    • Gokarna Beach: While it is preferred by the locals and the pilgrims, the tourists don’t really fancy the place much.
    • Kudle Beach: A popular tourist destination, Kudle beach is surrounded by small hillocks and patches of rocky landscape that form an ideal easy trekking spot.
    • Om Beach: For the more advanced trekkers, Om beach is the perfect place. A slight uphill from Kuddle beach and then a downhill climb will get you to Om Beach.
    • Half-Moon Beach: This Lagoon-like beach is secluded and quite serene. Very few food options are available here.
    • Paradise Beach: Further inside from Half-Moon beach, the Paradise Beach is the most unspoilt of the 5 main beaches.

  • Q. Which are the famous beaches to visit in Gokarna?

    Gokarna is situated in Konkan Coastline and hence is dominated by beaches. Top 5 beaches in Gokarna are well all preferred for different reasons.

    • Om: The most preferred beach for all watersports lovers. It is also a special attraction as it is naturally in the shape of the divine Om. It is also safe for swimming.
    • Gokarna Beach: The beach is generally crowded by pilgrims and the locals. An early morning stroll can be refreshing though.
    • Half Moon Beach: Relatively free of the corruption of commercialization, it is perfect place to spend some time in solitude. It is also far from the noise of the main town.
    • Paradise Beach: True to its name, the beach is accessible only via foot or by boat, leaving it virtually pollution free.
    • Kudle Beach: Another popular tourist beach, Kudle Beach is full of shacks. Ideal place for Beach sports.

  • Q. What are the adventure activities one can enjoy in Gokarna?

    While there is enough and more time to explore the peace and solitude, there are enough avenues to get that adrenaline pumping. Listed are popular activities to do in Gokarna:

     

    • Parasailing
    • Trekking
    • Banana boat Ride
    • Surf School
    • Snorkelling

  • Q. Where can I spot dolphins in Gokarna?

    Guided sessions are usually organized for tourists. There are abundant Humpback Dolphins to watch out for.

     

    • Guided session is usually organised between 10am - 3pm
    • Lasts between half an hour and an hour basis the water currents.

  • Q. What are the famous pilgrimage spots in Gokarna?

    The temples have a significant history surrounding them. While Shiva is the main deity, there are several temples that are a must-visit.

     

    • Mahabaleshwara: It is a classic example of the beauty of Dravidian architecture. It Faces Karwar city and the Arabian Sea.

     

    • Koti Tirtha: Man made tank is surrounded by temples and used to immerse the Idols.

     

    • Maha Ganpati Temple: As per legend, the temple was made to honor boy Ganesha for deceiving Ravana and keeping him from completing his penance.

  • Q. What is the most famous historic monument in Gokarna?

    Even though Gokarna is not studded with a lot of monuments, it is the best place to watch history unfold with the famous Mirjan Fort.

    • Mirjan Fort: Known for its historical battles and architectural elegance, the fort will spellbind you whether you are a history enthusiast or not. It is located on the banks of Aganashini River. It is also well maintained thanks to its efficient restoration process.