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Best Things To Do in Gokarna

From getting toned in sunny beaches to a long bus tour to great Hindu pagodas, here are the best things to do in Gokarna. Being one of the most visited tourist attractions in Northern Karnataka, Gokarna is a one-stop destination to have a perfect seaside getaway. If you’re are filled with holidays, enthusiasm, and backpacking spirit, then visit Gokarna and get your hands into some of the enthralling activities like snorkeling, parasailing, and amazing boat rides.

Sightseeing: 
When we talk about sightseeing, we come across many ancient temples preached by millions of deities. Mahabaleshwara Temple is one among the popular Hindu pilgrims of India where Lord Shiva is the main idol. The story of the temple goes back to 1500 years, and it is still believed by everyone. The second most important tourist place is the Maha Ganapati temple. Here, you can find Ganesha’s statue in a standing position rather than sitting, which makes it more special.

Next is the famous Bhadrakali Temple, in which the mother goddess Uma is being worshipped. Similarly, in Shree Venkataramana Temple, Lord Vishnu is worshipped by thousands and lakhs of pilgrims.

To our surprise, many European wanderers other than Indians, flock together to experience the long stretch of yellow sand and clear water, followed by sightseeing activities in Gokarna.

Beaches: 
After Goa, Gokarna is blessed with a variety of beaches; each one has its own uniqueness. Gokarna beach is always people’s favourite, featuring sea-side resorts, mountain-like rocks, and mesmerizing sunset. Since it is located close to Mahabaleshwara Temple, it is famous amongst the pilgrims. Secondly, the Om beach having serene surroundings and low-tides; it best suits for swimming if you’re a beginner.

Another beach is a remarkable sight with a half-moon shape. Did you find out? Yes, it is the Half Moon beach where one can fall in love with Mother Nature. After moving south from Half Moon beach, you have yet another beautiful place, called the Paradise beach. This pollution less location is sought-after for strongly flavoured sea-food cuisines and other eatables. Last but foremost comes Kulde Beach. This is famous for shacks and resorts where one can indulge in beach volleyball and beach bums. For those who like to have a peaceful stay near the seashore, they have a handful of options here.

Adventure: 
Make yourself loose to experience some adventurous activities in Gokarna.

Beach Trail Trek – For keen walkers, add this Gokarna Beach Trek in your things to do in Gokarna list as it waits to test your stamina. These fives beaches of Gokarna allows you to stroll and enjoy the horizontal landscape immensely.

Snorkelling – Grab your diving mask, breathing tube, and a wet suit to see the underworld. This exciting water sport makes your body flexible than ever and etches your subconscious mind with unnoticed sceneries.

Boat Rides – With attached jet skies, the boat rides are just mind-blogging. The fun part is diving into the beach with adequate safety. If you’re lucky, you can find parasailing as well.

Yoga Classes – At Kudle beach, look for a Yoga school and learn some useful movements. Here, they teach you from the basics and help you to overcome from fatigues.

Thus, these sandy beaches of Arabian Sea on the one hand, and evening mild weather, on the other hand, are sure to bring back your funny mood right away.

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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 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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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. What are the best adventure activities to do in Gokarna?

    Gokarna is an emerging beach destination in the Konkan Coast of India. One of the best things to do in Gokarna are the adventure activities here.

    • The Gokarna Beach Trek
    • Parasailing, a jet ski ride or a banana boat ride in the Arabian Sea at Om Beach,
    • Learn scuba diving, snorkeling and even surfing
    • A cycling tour to the Mirjan Fort or rafting in Dandeli.

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

    The city is quite famous for all the things to do in Gokarna. A beach trek through 5 beaches and forests of Gokarna is the tourist’s favorite.

    • Parasailing, Jet Ski Ride and Banana Boat Ride at Om beach
    • A religious tour to Murudeshwar and Mahabaleshwar temple.
    • Collect souvenirs of Gokarna from markets or Half Moon Beach
    • Stay here in camp on the beaches, rent a shack by the sea
    • Clicking pictures of the sunset and beach
    • Morning Yoga Session by the beach and sports like Volleyball, Badminton or Frisbee.
    • Take a drive, trek or cycling expedition through tree lined routes.

  • 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.

    • Om Beach (Water Sports)
    • Gokarna Beach (Main beach and a holy centre)
    • Half Moon beach (Shaped like a Half Moon)
    • Paradise Beach (Pollution-free rocky beach famous for seafood)
    • Kudle beach (Shacks, resorts and beach sports).

  • Q. What are the best water sports in Gokarna?

    Water sports in Gokarna is one of the best way to enjoy your time to the fullest on the beaches in Gokarna. With many options available at two of the primest beaches in town, Gokarna is set to be another water sports hub of the country.

    • Parasailing, rides on a Jet Ski and a Banana boat ride at Om Beach.
    • Learning Scuba diving and Snorkelling at Om beach.
    • Cocopelli Surf School on the Main Beach or Gokarna Beach.

  • 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

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

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

    Gokarna is full of beautiful sights.

    Places to visit in Gokarna includes the 5 famous beaches:

    • Paradise beach
    • Om beach
    • Half Moon Beach
    • Kudle Beach
    • Gokarna beach.

    Being a religious and mythologically important town, temples in Gokarna are just as beautiful as the beaches:

    • Murudeshwar
    • Mahabaleshwar temple
    • Yaana

    Apart from the religious importance, the town has also been a significant presence in history:

    • 16th century Mirjan Fort.

    Also, Waterfalls near Gokarna are a must visit:

    • Sathodi falls
    • Jog falls (second highest plunge waterfall in India)

  • Q. Which are the famous walking trails available in Gokarna?

    Walking is one of the best activities in Gokarna that one can undertake.
    • A night walk from the Kudle Beach to the town
    • The Gokarna beach trek
    Walking is one of the best activities in Gokarna that one can undertake.
    • A night walk from the Kudle Beach to the town
    • The Gokarna beach trek

  • 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.

    • Murudeshwar
    • Mahabaleshwar temple
    • Maha Ganapathi temple
    • Bhadrakali Temple
    • Varadaraja Temple
    • 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.

    • First day to hit all the famous beaches of Gokarna, especially Om Beach, Main Beach and Kudle beach
    • Gokarna Beach Resort for the night.
    • Second day for famous sights of Gokarna, like Murudeshwar, the Mahabaleshwar temple and Mirjan Fort
    • Night at homestay in Gokarna.
    • 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

    • SwaSwara resort
    • Gokarna Forest Resort

    Karnataka is famous for their hospitality and that is why Homestays in Gokarna is another great option

    • Nirvana Nature Homestay
    • 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.

    • Namaste Shack
    • 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.

    • Parasailing and Jet Ski ride on Om Beach.
    • The Gokarna beach trek.
    • Rafting in Dandeli
    • 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.

    • Cycling trip to the Mirjan Fort
    • Visit Jog Falls (second highest plunge waterfall in India)

    Rafting in Dandeli

  • Q. Where can I camp in Gokarna?

    Camping in Gokarna can prove to be an unforgettable experience as you sleep after seeing the sunset and wake up to a beautiful sunrise, all the time surrounded by the sound of the waves. Some of the best places to camp in Gokarna are

    • Camp San Francisco
    • Neptune Point Premium Cottages
    • Shacks at the Paradise Beach, Om Beach and Kudle beach

  • 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