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Sightseeing in Karnataka

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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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Nirvana Beach

If you’re looking for offbeat places to visit in Gokarna, then you should add Nirvana Beach to your itinerary for the trip. 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.

People here can dive into the cool blue waters and enjoy a refreshing getaway.

One of the gorgeous features of this beach is the beautiful stretch that makes it an absolute delight for watching the sunset and sunrise. It is quite isolated and one can look forward to have a great time with friends and family whether it’s for a picnic or other fun activities on the beach.

With beautiful surroundings and its tranquil setting, Nirvana Beach is one of the most serene places you will see in Gokarna.

Location:
Nirvana Beach, Kumta, Karnataka

Best Time to visit:
The ideal time to visit this beach in Gokarna is from November to February.

Activities:
Swimming, picnicking etc.

Distance from Gokarna Bus Main Stand, Banglegudda:
 The distance between the two places is approximately 10 kilometres via a ferry.

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Bhadrakali Temple

If you’re looking for the religious places to visit in Gokarna, then Bhadrakali Temple should definitely be on your list. Dedicated to Goddess Uma who is the main deity, this temple is a popular pilgrimage centre.

It is a popular legend which says that when a demon known as Vetrasur seized control of the three lokas, the trinity of Lord Vishnu, Lord Brahma and Lord Shiva created a female warrior called Durge. She was given various powers by the gods to defeat the demon and after that Lord Shiva re-christened her as Bhadrakali.

She was sent to Gokarna and now believed to be known as the protector of the town. Another legend associated with the temple says that Lord Cishnuto requested the goddess to stay in Gokarna after Ravana abandoned her.

Location:
Sri Bhadrakali Temple, Main Rd, Gokarna, Karnataka

Best Time to visit:
The temple can be visited any time throughout the year in Gokarna

Timings:
Bhadrakali Temple is open from 5:00 AM - 12:00 PM and 4:00 PM - 9:00 PM 

Distance from Gokarna Bus Main Stand, Banglegudda:
It is just 650 metres (approximately 8 minutes) away from the bus station in Gokarna.

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

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Lal Bagh Botanical Garden

The Lalbagh Botanical Garden, Bangalore is of royal origin and was begun at first as a private garden in a region of 40 sections of land by Hyder Ali, most famous rulers amongst the most well known leaders of old Mysore in 1760. At first planned in Mughal style, on the model of a broad garden at Sira in Tumkur close Bangalore, this garden was additionally created by Hyder Ali's child Tipu Sultan and hence by the British and Indian doyens of horticulture by an expansion of range and option of various plant species.

Lalbagh, for its one of a kind garden in supporting the idea of agriculture and helping the advancement of cultivation, has earned a pride of place among the gardens of the world and it has come to be viewed as one of the best gardens in the East for its design, maintenance, scientific treasure and scenic beauty. This place is magnificence in Bangalore which holds some of the best genetic resource centre for introduction, acclimatization and maintenance of plants; it envisages documentation of the variations available in plants of ornamental and economic value.

It helps the advancement of cultivation in the state. It is a significant assistant to botanic study in educational institutions, an imperative lung space of Bangalore, a position of excellence that gives sound entertainment to the general population and it gives a scene to individuals to draw near to plants and nature.

The garden with well-laid out streets, ways, open spaces, shade and a decent accumulation of many sorts of plant species draws in an extensive number of guests. Lalbagh is all around secured with stone walls as fenced-in areas and it has four approach entryways. The principle entryway is at the North confronting towards Subbaiah circle, the West door is towards Basavanagudi, the South entryway is towards Jayanagar and the East door is towards the Double Road.

Location: Lal Bagh Botanical Garden is located at Mavalli, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560004

Best Time to Visit:
  All day from 6 am to 6 pm is the best time

Price:
 The entry price is Rs 20

Timings:
 Opens from 6:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Average time required to visit the place: Around an hour.

Distance from Kempe Gowda Bus stand: Approximately 6 KM.

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Cubbon Park

This green belt region is spread over 300 acres land housing 6000 trees of different families contributing to the rich flora of the region.  

Within the campus of the park, there are some interesting points like Cubbon Park Museum, Attara Kacheri, Ringwood Circle, the bamboo grove nook, lotus pond, Dancing Fountain and Sheshadri Iyer Memorial Park etc. 

It is like a second home to nature lovers and morning joggers. If you wish to cover the entire park but not foot then hop on a toy train and tour around in the most fun away. Cubbon Park is one of the Banglore tourist places where you can just sit idly beneath the green foliage and unwind watching the magical hours in the sky.  

Location:
 Kasturba Road, Behind High Court of Karnataka, Ambedkar Veedhi, Sampangi Rama Nagar, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560001

Best Time to Visit:
 Early morning.

Price:
 Free entry.

Timings: 
6 am to 6 pm on all days of the week except Monday. It also remains closed on every second Tuesdays of the month.

Average time required to visit the place: 
2 to 3 hours or half a day.

Distance from Kempe Gowda Bus stand: 
Approximately 3.5 km

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Brigade Road

At the intersection of MG road and Residency road lies Brigade road which is considered a shopping paradise for the city dwellers. 

There is a long stretch of standalone shops, individual retailers, and outlet selling almost everything you need. 

This commercial hubs houses myriads of global brand outlets as well and it has been a hub for celebrating New Year in the almost every year. The place has ample parking space and uncountable branded and non-branded outlets.

Location: Brigade Rd, Shanthala Nagar, Ashok Nagar, Bengaluru, Karnataka

Best Time to Visit: Evenings.

Price: There is no entry fee for the market.

Timings: The market runs throughout the day, closes at midnight.

Average time required to visit the place: 2 to 3 hours.

Distance from Kempe Gowda Bus stand: Around 7 km

Suggested Read: 20 Best Places for Shopping in Bangalore

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Bangalore Palace

Bangalore Palace is a true example of sheer architectural beauty which was built in 1873. This old opulent structure sits on a land of 25000 square feet displaying the regal mix of Tudor and Scottish Gothic architectural designs. 

Besides being a preserved site, it is also a grand venue that hosts marriage parties, events, and rock concerts. The palace houses paintings of the famous painter of bygone era Raja Ravi Varma along with ancient carvings and granite and ceramic tiles seating on the floor which are still unblemished. 

There is magnanimous ground in front of the palace which has hosted a number of international artists in the past like, The Rolling Stones, Backstreet Boys, Elton John, Lamb of God, Don Moen, David Guetta,  The Black Eyed Peas, Deep Purple, Metallica, Roger Waters etc. 

On the auspicious day of Dussehra every year, a grand fair is organized in the ground against the royal backdrop of the beautifully lit palace.

Location: Palace Road, Near Mount Carmel Institute Of Management, Vasanth Nagar, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560052

Best Time to Visit: During Dussehra when it is well lit with a grandiose celebration.

Price: INR 230 for Indians and INR 460 for foreigners.

Timings: 10 AM to 5:30 PM on all days of the week.

Average time required to visit the place: 3 to 4 hours.

Distance from Kempe Gowda Bus stand: Approximately 5 KM

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Bannerghatta National Park

Bannerghatta National Park is one of the interesting places to visit in Bangalore for the assorted wildlife and natural establishments and the rich vegetation. One can hire jeeps and cars or board a bus for touring around this massive national park sprawled across an area of  104.27 sq. km.

The park encompasses a number of establishments such as a pretty butterfly park swarmed with colorful species of butterflies, an aquarium, Children's park, a zoo, a Crocodile farm, Snake Park, a museum and a Prehistoric Animals' Park which is highly praised by the visitors. 

The flora and fauna of the park include eucalyptus, sandalwood, tamarind, neem, bamboo etc in plants and jackal,  spotted deer, fox, wild boar, sloth bear, elephants, leopards, porcupine, Asiatic Lion, Royal Bengal Tiger, monitor lizard etc in animals. 

Bannerghatta park is not only nature’s retreat but also has ample locations for short trekking expedition, some of the points are Hajjamana Kallu, Mirza Hill, and Uddigebande; all of these are located under a distance of 4 KM. It is a quick getaway for all the shutterbugs and adventure enthusiasts dwelling in Bangalore.

Location:
Bannerghatta Biological Park, Bannerghatta road, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560083

Best Time to Visit:
Winter season.

Price:
INR 80 for adults and INR 40 for children (Indian Nationals), INR 400 and 300 for adult and children (any foreign national).

Timings:
9 AM to 5 PM on all days of the week except Tuesday.

Average time required to visit the place: 
A day 

Distance from Kempe Gowda Bus stand:
Around 23 KM.

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