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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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26 July 2018
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Trekking in Karnataka is the most popular adventure sport for the nature enthusiasts. The numerous hills and forests enable the adventurers to go for trekking in Karnataka. Karnataka provides paradise for trekkers on the Western Ghats section. There are many more places with numerous waterfalls, rocky terrains, national park reserves ideal for trekking enthusiasts.
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Karnataka is a sublime place and a nature's blessing that arranges the best biking visits on the western Ghats more than any other state in the region. The state is honoured with the waterway Cauvery and when you ride along the twisty bends of a stream, the bike excursion winds up plainly phenomenal in Karnataka.
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camping is one of the most enjoyable and must-try adventures when you’re vacationing in Karnataka. Blessed with the picturesque landscape of Western Ghats, Sahyadri Ranges, Arabian Sea and Jog Waterfalls, this state is a treasure trove of beholding wonders. If one wishes to explore that, then camping in Karnataka is the best experience to look forward to.
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Eateries in Karnataka make it a truly foodie’s paradise. People who visit here enjoy savouring the delightful Kannada cuisine, which is one of India’s oldest. Karnataka’s cuisine includes a wide range of vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes that reflect influences from the neighbouring regions and communities. Many eateries specialize in offering the authentic taste of Maddur Vade, Mysore Masala Dosa, and Rava Idli.
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Sightseeing in Karnataka centres on the ancient sculptured temples, modern cities, the hill ranges, forests and beaches. With more than 20 wildlife reserves, Karnataka is one of the best places for a wildlife tours in India. This state is known for its heritage, natural resources, culture and other entertainment elements.
Here are the top attractions which you can enjoy on a sightseeing tour in Karnataka.
Karnataka is well-known for its historical and traditional treasures, fabulous landscapes, tropical forests, murky mountains, rich biodiversity, interesting beaches, religious sites, rich cuisine, and a horde of nature and adventure activities.
If you’re looking to explore this vibrant state on foot, the best areas for a walking tour in Karnataka are:
If we talk about Karnataka, this state is blessed with outstanding landscapes and shorelines and much more. A cycling tour in Karnataka is one of the best ways to behold the spectacular scenery created by heritage structures and nature in the state. Once you take on any ride by cycle to the distant and the beautiful territories of Mysore, Bangalore, Coorg etc., you know you are in bliss.
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Tadiandamol trek is one of the most beautiful, though less known treks in Karnataka. Tadiandamol is the highest peak in Coorg/Kodagu district with an elevation of 5740 ft and the trail takes you through the vast expanse of the Shola forests making it an unforgettable experience.
The best time to go for Tadiandomal trek is from October to February. However, it’s not wrong to say that all seasons have their own charm for tourists going in Tadiandomal trek. The Tadiandamol trek offers adventurers an opportunity to explore the stunning vegetation, rare mountain birds and pretty butterflies flitting from tree to tree.
Karnataka, especially, is a home to several destinations boasting beautiful temples that are epitomes of sacredness. Karnataka has its deep roots in spirituality and divinity with some of the most important pilgrimages centres in India.
Thousands of people come to Karnataka from all over the world seeking spiritual enlightenment. Embark on a spiritual tour to Karnataka through the magnificent temple and stone built statues.
Here are the best areas for a spiritual experience in Karnataka:
Karnataka is an ideal spot for all adventure activities, one of which includes paragliding. It is a paradise for every adventure or sports enthusiast. The experience of viewing the spectacular natural landscapes and the enchanting surroundings is breath-taking in Karnataka.
To enjoy paragliding, one can tour the following places in Karnataka:
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There are some beautiful trails in Karnataka blessed natural grandeur that makes it a complete delight to go on a jeep safari tour in Karnataka. Visiting the wildlife parks in Karnataka can be a good idea if you are looking for an exhilarating and unique jeep safari in Karnataka.
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On the heritage cultural tour to Karnataka, it is an exciting opportunity for tourists to learn more about the art, architecture and craftsmanship of the Hoysalas, Cholas, Chalukyas, etc. From ancient ruins and temples that are spotted in small towns to pulsating forts embracing the sea, a trip to Karnataka reveals one the beauty of age's old medieval town.
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The surge of voluminous water thundering from awesome statures in the midst of rich green magnificence characterize the wonder of the waterfalls in Karnataka. A considerable lot of these waterfalls are a hypnotizing and incredible sight throughout the year while a few are seasonal splendours that come alive during the monsoons.
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