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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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25 December 2018
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25 December 2018
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25 December 2018
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24 December 2018
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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 (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)
2. Half Moon Beach (Half Moon Beach is known for its clean sparkling sands against the transparent blue waters)
3. Gokarna Beach (It is the main beach that is located close to Mahabaleshwar Temple and frequented by the tourists who visit here)
4. Shiva Cave (Consisting of a Shiva Lingam, Shiva Cave is an interesting place that people should visit)
5. Nirvana Beach (This beach is secluded from the throngs of crowds and offers recluse to those who wish to have some beach time to enjoy the peace and quiet)
6. Koti Tirtha (Koti Tirtha is a popular man-made tank that holds great reverence among the locals and tourists)
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
The best time to visit Gokarna is experienced during the months of October until March. Due to being nestled on the western coast of India in Karnataka, this pilgrimage turned tourist place experiences quite pleasant weather during that time of the year.
It has an average temperature of about 32-degree celsius. Whereas due to the reason of southwest monsoon Gokarna won’t be as easy to visit from June until August.
If you want a fun-filled day with lots enjoyment and relaxation as well, do visit the wonderful beaches of Gokarna. Some of the beaches in Gokarna are –
1. Gokarna Beach
2. Kudle Beach
3. Om Beach
4. Paradise Beach
5. Main Beach
6. Half Moon Beach
7. Nirvana Beach
8. Heaven Beach
9. God’s Own Beach
10. Small Hell Beach
Gokarna is famous for its nearby beaches and the rustic unspoiled temples. Initially, Gokarna was renowned by its being a pilgrimage centre as it is one among the seven Hindu pilgrimage centers of India. However, with time, Some of the places like Om Beach, Gokarna main beach, Mahabaleshwar temple, Bhadrakali temple, and Lalguli Falls are included as a part of the Gokarna tour packages as these are the most prominent ones here.
The trip to Gokarna is incomplete without enjoying its activities on the water. However, there are a few beaches included in Gokarna tour packages which are very famous for the activity of spotting dolphins. Dolphins are fun and lovable creatures. People love being around dolphins. Therefore, it is amazing to spot dolphins and have a great time. For children and younger members in the trip, dolphin spotting would be one of the most cherished activities. The beaches which allow full-fledged dolphin spotting in Gokarna include –
1. Paradise Beach
2. Om Beach
Fishing is a renowned activity in any part of India. Fishing is one such activity which is enjoyed by tourists and natives alike. The younger members and the older members, everybody would enjoy spending a great time fishing on the banks of the water bodies. In Gokarna, however, due to the abundance of beaches and water bodies, fishing is a very serious activity. Gokarna tour packages include fishing which is a major tourist attraction of the region. The main places where fishing is performed in Gokarna are –
1. Om Beach
2. Kumta Beach, which is 30 kilometers away from Gokarna but is one of the best fishing hubs in the outskirts of Gokarna.
In Om Beach, this activity takes an hour. The water in Om Beach is ideal for fishing. The fishing is enjoyed while sitting on a boat which waters surrounding you from all the sides. After fishing, you are even offered facilities to cook whatever you’ve caught!
You can reach Gokarna from Bangalore by way of either train, cab or bus. It is not that typical to reach Gokarna from Bangalore but the journey through train takes quite a while. There is a direct train from Bangalore called the Karwar Express which takes the minimum time to reach and is the cheapest way too.
The journey on this train takes you around 16 hours and 30 minutes. Other modes of transportation by road provided in the Gokarna tour packages are:
1. By Bus- Many normal and luxury buses run from KSRTC and private buses from VRL and SRS that take around a minimum of 8 hours.
2. By Car- One can opt for the National Highway NH4 till Haveri and take State Highway to Gokarna via Sirsi. (Bangalore - Tumkur - Davanagere - Haveri - Sirsi - Madangeri - Gokarna)
Camping is a great activity which is emphasized on, in Gokarna. The amazing campsites offered by Gokarna tour packages make every tourist drool over the place. However, there are two most important camping sites in Gokarna which are also considered to be some of the best in the entirety of India –
1. Tipi Garden Resort
2. Kudle Oceanfront Resort
Needless to mention, these campsites with starry skies and a beautiful view of nature is what every tourist wants. You would not feel out of place or bored, amidst the richness of nature and the company of friends and family.
One can buy souvenirs like prayer beads, brass lamps, picture frames of divine God and goddesses, religious items like incense sticks, etc. Although the Gokarna Packages include many places for shopping where one can also buy artificial jewelry made from seashells and also pick out some items for decoration purposes.
One may find quite a number of street stalls in Gokarna selling these items. While searching for things to shop at Gokarna, one can find a flea market where things are available easily and at a low price.
Yes, Gokarna beach is a safe place to visit and rejoice in the fun of a beach vacation. Nestled in the coastal area of Karnataka this exotic pilgrim location has been not experienced as an unsafe place. The Gokarna tours are inclusive of safety as a part of your trip to this exotic beachfront.
Gokarna is considered as the safest one. Only and until if one is into gambling or drugs it becomes a little negative environment but if not then it is considered to be a very safe place for everyone.
Gokarna is a place where religious learning is given a really good importance. Sanskrit is the most important language of the place. Also, Gokarna tour packages ensure that you visit important sites such as Toggu Math and Bhandikeri Math.
Having spoken about religious learning, Gokarna is actually a very spiritual place which many temples and pilgrimage sites. The most important ones are visited throughout the year, by devotees and tourists from different places of the world. Some of the most important religious sites in Gokarna have been listed below –
1. Mahabaleshwara Temple
2. Bhadrakali Temple
3. Maha Ganapathi Temple
4. Tamra Gauri Temple
5. Uma Maheshwara Temple
6. Venkataramana Temple
Apart from these, there is a ritual bathing ground which is also used for immersing idols known as Koti Teertha. This place is surrounded by many temples. The overall atmosphere is very pious and peaceful.
Located in the coastal Karnataka region, Gokarna is not a far ride from the beach city called Goa. When wondering about the distance from Goa to Gokarna then one should know that Gokarna packages will provide an easy journey from Goa to Gokarna that takes 147 km to reach Gokarna whereas by rails and air it is 87 km and 91 km respectively.
Gokarna is known for its being a pilgrimage center but for quite a while the pristine beaches and crystal waters have been the main attraction for the travelers looking out for a vacation filled with peace and tranquility.
The Gokarna tours will provide you with less of a commercialized and more of a laid back version that Gokarna will seem to you when you visit the prominent beaches like the Om beach, Kudle beach, Half Moon Beach and Paradise beach.
One can easily cover the whole of Gokarna in about 2 to 3 days where one will be able to explore the heavenly divine temples and the gorgeous beaches. Gokarna is a hamlet hidden amidst the pristine beaches that cover a small part of Karnataka just of about 10.9 km square area.
For those who love the lush greenery, beaches, and peaceful surroundings Gokarna is a must-visit port of call to spend a couple of days.
Yes, camping can be done in Gokarna anywhere one wishes to however not without permission. Paradise beach is an exception though where one does not require permission and can set up their own tents. However, there are many places in Gokarna that provide you with camping facilities and permission like the 5 Mile Beach resort and the Camp Riveredge Paradise.
There are in total of five beaches in Gokarna. An idyllic location though with just five number of beaches, has, a winding path that will take you towards the scenic views of the Western ghats and the Arabian Sea and leaves you mesmerized.
Starting from Gokarna- the main beach the place is also blessed by Kudle beach, Om Beach, Half Moon Beach, Paradise Beach and last but not the least Belekan Beach. These pristine beaches make Gokarna look a heavenly stunning port of call.
One can take the route of the southern end of Om Beach and hike along the narrow trail leading towards the Dolphin cafe on the Half Moon Beach.Unlike the other beaches, the Half Moon Beach is not connected by a good road network so Gokarna tours will make it easy for one to reach the place by either providing motorboats from Om Beach or by hiking your way through it.
One can find the nearest airport to Gokarna in Dabolim, Goa around 140 km away. Gokarna packages usuallyinclude conveyance to reach the airport, that is, by taxi and/or by bus. The Dabolim airport has good connectivity with both the domestic as well as international places in Germany and the UK.