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Best Things To Do in Gokarna

Things to do in Gokarna includes trekking and camping on Gokarna Beach, sightseeing, cave exploration, surfing, bumper boat riding, banana boat riding, scuba diving, jet skiing, fishing, dolphin spotting and many more.

Located on the outskirts of the state of Karnataka, Gokarna is a small town engulfed with the vast ocean around it. It is a town that is acknowledged for its beautiful landscapes, adventure activities and some water sports to enjoy. It is quite frankly unlikely for you to hold yourself back from discovering the adventures in the town. 

Some of the best things to do in Gokarna include camping amidst the mystical nature, shopping in the colorful flea markets, spotting Dolphins while chilling at the beach and enjoying a scrupulous meal. Yes, not just for its beauty and the spread of activities but the town is also known for an extraordinary stretch of delicious delicacies, both local and foreign. Furthermore, activities like trekking around the beach, board riding and surfing are an attraction for thrill-seekers. 

Gokarna is also home to a vast variety of temples, some of them dating back to the 14th century. These temples are not just places to pray and unwind but also recite a strong sense of historical background the town carries. Additionally, if you are a person who loves to enjoy and explore nature, Gokarna is connected with endless roads with picturesque scenics of various flora and fauna that the travelers can celebrate driving through. In other words, from a kid who loves to play in the ocean to an experienced surfer, from a person who loves the wild to a historian, there is something for everyone at Gokarna. A weekend getaway or a prolonged stay, the town is perfect for a vacation with family and friends. To enjoy all the things Gokarna offers wholesomely, travelers must spend at least 2-3 days here.

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Attractions

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

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

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Namaste Café

Namaste Café is one of the most eminent attractions in Gokarna located on Om Beach. This beach front restaurant offers an ideal space for tourists who want to dwell on the splendid views of the sea with a spectacular plate of food on their tables.

Whether you fancy a quiet stroll to feel the sands on the beach or wish to relax in picturesque vistas, Namaste Café is the place to be. This serene property offers a lot of stay options where you can just relax and unwind in Gokarna. It offers unrestricted access to the beach and is an ideal pick for backpackers and budget travellers.

The café also offers exotic dishes to get you in the beach bumming mood along with offering compact rooms to make your stay pleasant in Gokarna.

Location:
Om Beach, Gokarna, Karnataka

Best Time to visit:
Tourists can visit Namaste Café anytime throughout the year.

Entry fee:
A room at Namaste Café costs INR 1080/ USD

Timings:
The check in time is 1 pm while the check out time is 11 am.

Distance from Gokarna Bus Main Stand, Banglegudda: The distance between the two places is 6.3 kilometres.

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

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Koti Tirtha

One of the most sacred places to visit in Gokarna, Koti Tirtha is a popular man-made tank that holds great reverence among the locals and tourists.

This tank is encompassed by beautiful temples all around and used for ritual bathing and immersing idols. As per one popular legend in Gokarna, Koti Tirtha is believed to be the origin of a thousand springs.

Koti Tirtha is situated close to the famous Mahabaleshwar Temple and attracts pilgrims who visit the temple to perform rituals and pay respect to the ancestors.

This sacred pond is used by devotees to take a bath and offers a quaint spiritual ambience for all those who seek a religious rendezvous.

Location:
Koti Teertha, Kotiteertha, Gokarna, Karnataka

Best Time to visit:
It can be visited throughout the year.

Timings:
The timings to visit here are from 12:00 am to 12:00 pm

Distance from Gokarna Bus Main Stand, Banglegudda: It is just 700 metres from the bus station in Gokarna.

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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 Things To Do in Gokarna

  • Q. Which are the must do things in Gokarna?
  • Q. Which are the top water sports I can do in Gokarna within Rs 1000?

    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

  • Q. Which are the famous tourist spots 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 (Famous for camping and swimming)
    2. Half Moon Beach (Famous for swimming, canoeing, paddle boats, paintball, camping, and cabins)
    3 Gokarna Beach (Famous for relaxing and swimming)
    4. Shiva Cave (Famous for cave exploration and sightseeing)
    5. Nirvana Beach (Famous for swimming, picnicking)
    6. Koti Tirtha (Famous for sightseeing and worshiping)

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

    The best time to visit Gokarna is between October and March. During this time the weather is dry with little to no showers. In other words, around this time the weather in Gokarna is pleasant and allowing tourists to enjoy various outdoor activities.

  • Q. What is special about Gokarna?

     From the variety of beaches to historical temples, water sports and more, there is a lot that is special about the beach town of Gokarna. 

  • Q. Which are the best beaches in Gokarna?


    There are a lot of beaches in Gokarna, and they are all famous for a different experience that they curate.

    1. Om Beach (Water Sports)
    2. Gokarna Beach (Main beach and a holy center)
    3. Half Moon Beach (Shaped like a Half Moon)
    4. Paradise Beach (Pollution-free rocky beach famous for seafood)
    5. Kudle Beach (Shacks, resorts and beach sports).

  • Q. How far is Goa from Gokarna?

    Goa is approximately 144 km from Gokarna and takes up to 4 hours by road. Additionally, the road is one of the best means to reach Goa from Gokarna. 

  • Q. Is Gokarna safe?

    Yes, Gokarna is absolutely safe. Apart from the rainy season when there is extreme rainfall and the beaches can get risky, other seasons are absolutely safe to visit. There are also guards present on beaches at all times.

  • Q. Which are the best shacks in Gokarna?

    Beach Shacks in Gokarna are the best way to make your stay a memorable one without burning a hole in the pocket. These shacks offer views and experiences that are difficult to find anywhere else. Shack Stays in Gokarna include

    1. Namaste Cafe Shack, Chilled Out Shack, and Sangam Shack on the Om Beach,
    2. Kudle Ocean Front Shack on the Kudle Beach.

  • Q. How do I travel within Gokarna?

    There are several options for travelling within the Gokarna town. From local bus service that runs through various sports in the town to taxi service that can take you anywhere around Gokarna. You can choose any means of transport that suits you best. 

  • Q. Which are the pilgrimage sites which are a must visit in Gokarna?

    The city of Gokarna holds a high importance in the Hindu Mythology, especially to the devotees of Lord Shiva. Literally meaning “Cow’s ear”, one of the best things to do in Gokarna is to seek blessings from the almighty himself in the many temples in Gokarna.

    1. Murudeshwar
    2. Mahabaleshwar Temple
    3. Maha Ganapathi Temple
    4. Bhadrakali Temple
    5. Varadaraja Temple
    6. Venkataramana temple

  • Q. What Should Someone Do for 3 Days in Gokarna?

    Gokarna is a beautiful destination for the lovers of beaches, beautiful sights, adventure and water sports.

    1. First day to hit all the famous beaches of Gokarna, especially Om Beach, Main Beach and Kudle beach
        Gokarna Beach Resort for the night.

    2. Second day for famous sights of Gokarna, like Murudeshwar, the Mahabaleshwar temple and Mirjan Fort
         Night at homestay in Gokarna.

    3. Third day
    to the local markets of Gokarna to collect souvenirs or the Half Moon Beach to collect free sea shells.

  • Q. What are the best places to stay in Gokarna?

    With so many things to do in Gokarna, there is a wide variety of options for stays in Gokarna as well.

    Stay on a Beach resort in Gokarna
    1. SwaSwara resort
    2. Gokarna Forest Resort

    Karnataka is famous for their hospitality and that is why Homestays in Gokarna is another great option
    1. Nirvana Nature Homestay
    2. Sanskruti Homestay

    And if you wish to save money and have a great experience, then the Beach Shacks of Gokarna is where you should be staying next for an authentic feel.
    1. Namaste Shack
    2. Moonlight Shack

  • Q. Are there any adventure sports in Gokarna?

    Gokarna brings together the coasts of Konkan and the green hills of Western Ghats and Sahyadris, making adventure sports one of the best things to do in Gokarna.

    1. Parasailing and Jet Ski ride on Om Beach.
    2. The Gokarna Beach Trek.
    3. Rafting in Dandeli
    4. Cycling trip to the Mirjan Fort.

  • Q. What are the best things to do around Gokarna?

    Gokarna is a growing favorite of many in the country who like the beaches and is on the way of becoming an adventure hub. With so many things to do in the town, the positioning of this place also makes it a good spot for exploring activities near Gokarna.

    1. Cycling trip to the Mirjan Fort
    2. Visit Jog Falls (second highest plunge waterfall in India)
    3. Rafting in Dandeli

  • Q. What can be shopped from Gokarna?

    The Local Markets of Gokarna are all bustling with tourists looking to buy souvenirs to take back home with them. Most of these are handmade and thus have a great importance.
    • Brass lamps, prayer beads, picture frames of Gods and Goddesses, incense sticks and other religious items.
    • Decorative items or jewelry made from seashells