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  • The beachside shacks in Gokarna vouchsafe a holiday full of sand, surf, and perks of watching the life unfold by the sea from the window of your shacks in Gokarna. The quietude of Gokarna may turn one into a virtual recluse, where you can walk along the shore or just sit idly by the waves, watch the waves tumble while the Sun bids goodbye in the distant hillocks. 

    Gokarna is a little more ‘laid-back’ version of Goa which captivates both devotees and hippies. It is situated in the western coastal region of India and is well connected by buses and cabs from Bangalore, Mangalore, and Madgaon. 

    Gokarna is located at the holy confluence of the rivers Gangavati and Aghanashini which makes it a significant place for devotees as well. From surfing to scuba, from practising the art of Yoga to hanging out in various music festivals and trekking; Gokarna is a quaint town of joy and a hideaway to cherish and loosen up.  

    Gokarna is a phenomenal combination of surf breaks, trail walks, bamboo cottages, yoga learning etc. This medieval town has many significant pilgrimage spots like Mahabaleshwar Temple, Maha Ganapati Temple, Koti Tirtha etc which attracts hordes of devotees every year.

    The tremendous celebration of Maha Shivratri is very famous among the visitors where the town is soaked up in the chants and ceremonies during the months of February and March. Gokarna is an exemplary coastal town to try some delectable seafood, you can take a sit in some of the recommended beachside shacks in Gokarna with a beer or two and unwind watching the endless skyline.

    Here are some of the best Gokarna Shacks:

  • 01Namaste Café Shack

    Namaste Café Shack

    Unwind in one of the most promising shacks in Gokarna and capture the amazing seascapes. Spend your day listening to mix of Bollywood and contemporary music in a nonchalant setting with a magnetic view of the jewel blue sea. 

    The people who have already visited the cafe are in love with the friendly service and once gone, you are definitely glued to the positive heart-warming vibe of the place, the sound of the wind, and the view of the endless horizon with mouth-watering food.

    Location: Om Beach Rd., Gokarna 581326, India

    Approx Tariff: It ranges from INR 300 to 2,500 depending on the type of room and season.

    Distance from Bus Station (Gokarna Bus Main Stand, Banglegudda, Gokarna): Approximately 6.5 KM

    Check here: Best Beaches of Gokarna

  • 02Chilled Out Shack

    Chilled Out Shack
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    Chilled out cafe is one of the highly recommended for beachside shacks in Gokarna, its friendly and helpful staff and the sumptuous food is always the talk of the town. The place lives up to its names, the vibe at chilled out is really laid back and you can just laze around the shack or the beach in your hammock with a beer glancing the infinite view of the glittering ocean.

    Location: At Om Beach, Gokarna, Karnataka.

    Approx Tariff: The huts are available from INR 300 and above depending on the type of cottage or huts you opt for.

    Distance from Bus Station (Gokarna Bus Main Stand, Banglegudda, Gokarna): Approximately 5 KM from the main road and around 2.5 KM via Belehittal road.

    Also, you can check here: the best homestays in Gokarna.

  • 03Kudle Ocean Front Shack

    Kudle Ocean Front Shack
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    The luxurious private pinewood cottages overlooking the picturesque Kudle beach is worth staying. The staff is calm and composed and will go out of their ways to help the customers. People planning to stay in one of the shacks in Gokarna are likely to take this beachfront shack as it boasts of magical sunsets where the sky is painted in fire and the sun slides down the hillocks which encircle the beach.

    You can also indulge in some of the things or adventure sports in Gokarna.

    Location: Kudle Beach, Om Beach Road, Gokarna, 581326 Gokarna, India

    Approx Tariff: INR 2000 to 3,500

    Distance from Bus Station (Gokarna Bus Main Stand, Banglegudda, Gokarna): Approximately 5 KM


  • 04Sangam Shack

    Sangam shack is loved for the lively vibe and the cutesy outlook. If you are planning for some ‘vitamin Sea’ then lurk around the shack with a book or a beer and watch the slow sunset. One can also take a boat ride to the Dolphin Bay and explore the nearby beaches by taking the beach trail trek where you visit a long stretch of all the five main beaches in Gokarna in one go. 

    Saunter at the beach at night and you might also get to see glowing planktons near the shore. Also, check some of the best places to visit in Gokarna.

    Location: Sangam Shack, Om Beach, Gokarna, India. 

    Approx Tariff: The price may vary from season to season and it can range from INR 2000 onwards. 

    Distance from Bus Station (Gokarna Bus Main Stand, Banglegudda, Gokarna): Around 6 KM.

  • 05Moonlight Shack

    Moonlight shack is situated on the Kudle beach which is almost in the centre of the town and is one of the happening locations in Gokarna. Try out a number of water sports while you take abode at Moonlight shacks; it is one of the shacks in Gokarna that is situated in an off the beaten location and is a fun trail to sped up to the shacks.

    Location: Kudle Beach Rd, Gokarna, Karnataka 581326

    Approx Tariff: The cottages can be availed in INR 600 to 700  and it can also go up to INR 1000 and upwards depending on the season and the type of cottage. 

    Distance from Bus Station(Gokarna Bus Main Stand, Banglegudda, Gokarna): Approximately 6.5 KM.

    Also, you can check here: some of the luxury resorts in Gokarna.


Adventure in Gokarna

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

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Cafe 1987

Out of so many cool cafes in Gokarna, Café 1987 boasts of a wonderful ambience and great food. It is one of those places where you can appreciate a good breakfast with your friends and family over a breakfast. 

Located on Kudle Hilltop, it serves Asian, European and Indian cuisines. Tourists here also commend the quick service and their courteous staff. So if you are seeking a place with an awesome décor and pleasing vibes, Café 1987 is a great place to host birthday parties, family dinners or any other group parties for children.

Location: Cafe 1987 Veg, Gokarna, Karnataka

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

Timings: It is open from 8 am to 11 pm.

Distance from Bus Station (Gokarna Bus Main Stand, Banglegudda, Gokarna): The distance between the two places is approximately 6 kilometres.

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

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Baada Beach

Hailed as one of the cleanest beaches in Gokarna, Baada Beach is a nice place to visit for the tourists in Gokarna. Baada Beach can be reached after an exciting beach trek from Kirki to Gokarna. With hills on both sides, Baada Beach is a refreshing break from all the sightseeing places in Gokarna. It is flanked by rocks on all sides and its captivating beauty is just breath-taking.

Location: Baad Beach, Gudeangadi, Kumta, Karnataka

Best Time to visit: The ideal time to visit Baada Beach is from November to February.

Activities: Trekking is one of the most preferred activities at Baada Beach.

Distance from Bus Station (Gokarna Bus Main Stand, Banglegudda, Gokarna): It is 16 kilometres away from the bus station that involves a ferry route.

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Shiva Cave

Shiva Cave is a fascinating place to visit on your visit to Gokarna that is not much popular among tourists yet. Consisting of a Shiva Lingam, Shiva Cave is an interesting place that people should visit. 

With its dark interiors, tourists are advised to carry a torch inside when they are visiting here. It is also home to many bats and has an interesting legend associated with it. 

With its beautiful surroundings, Shiva Cave is an amazing place to visit for everyone. There is a Shiva Temple where devotees come to seek fulfilment of their wishes.

Location: Gokarna Kudle Road, Gokarna, Karnataka

Best Time to visit: November to February is the best time to visit Shiva Cave in Gokarna

Distance from Bus Station (Gokarna Bus Main Stand, Banglegudda, Gokarna): It is approximately 5.5 kilometres away from the Gokarna Bus Stand.

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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 Bus Station (Gokarna Bus Main Stand, Banglegudda, Gokarna): The distance between the two places is 6.3 kilometres.

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Mahalasa Temple

One of the most sacred places to visit in Gokarna, Mahalasa Temple is a renowned place that one must not miss on their Gokarna trip. It is also known as Shri Mahalasa Siddhivinayaka Temple and is easily accessible from the bus station in Gokarna.

The temple was built 150 years ago when an idol of Shri Siddhivinayak was installed here. The temple is best to visit during the occasion of certain festivals like Ganesh Chaturthi, Ashwin Shashti, Shravana Sankashti when the celebration is done with all the grandeur.

Location: Gokarna Road, Madangeri, Karnataka 

Best Time to visit: Any time throughout the year is good for visiting Mahalasa Temple in Gokarna.

Timings: It is open from 6 am to 9 pm.

Distance from Bus Station (Gokarna Bus Main Stand, Banglegudda, Gokarna): It is around 10 kilometres away from the Gokarna Bus Stand.

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