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Shivam Doshi

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9 reviewsPosted 2 years ago

Don't think twice, just go.

Gokarna, A place so calm and tranquil(on weekdays only) you won't believe. The best time is of course during winter when the weather is bearable but during peak summer months too this place is pure magic. If you have the time on weekdays then this should be the first place on your list. The crowd is 95% foreigners mostly coming from Israel, Russia, Europe and they are super friendly. I spent two weeks in Gokarna alone and I didn't get bored even once. Apart from the main Gokarna beach (not worth it), Kudle, Om, Half moon and Paradise beaches are worth dying for. You can reach these beaches easily through boats or if your adventurous side is up, you can trek through the little hills all over, just don't forget a water bottle. An amazing experience that I had at the top of the hill overlooking the Paradise beach is watching a group of dolphins swimming and jumping as they sailed into the sunset, Pure bliss. Apart from that, if you are lazy (like me) you can just chill at one beach, go to play something in the evening like Frisbee, racket ball, football, cricket, volleyball as you'll find people playing everywhere in the evening. The beaches are lined up with cafes, which have extremely amazing food that you wouldn't expect at such an underrated destination. They have tons of different cuisines and I've tried almost all of them over my 3 trips to Gokarna, almost everything I tried was magic. And of course, eating in front of the Arabian sea in so much peace can't be compared by even your best restaurants in cities. At night the shacks shut off their lights and the clear skies make up for an amazing view of stars that would put the city lights to shame. Accommodation on these beaches in not an issue as almost every restaurant has a lot of rooms just behind them. The price range varies from 250-2500 depending on the rooms. 250 being the price of a bamboo hut which I don't mind. All in all its a perfect place to getaway from the hectic city life or the maddening crowd that India has to offer almost everywhere.

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Saurabh Maheshwari

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35 reviewsPosted 4 years ago

Real feel of peace

Gokarna, its not a very big place, but a small town with religious sentiments as well as beautiful beaches. There is an old Shiva temple in the city, and the Shiva Lingham can't be seen but can be touched and felt, as its beneath the earth. Other side of the town is of tourist who come here for relaxation and fun. This is different from all the beaches at least which I have seen, you have to climb a mountain and then trek down to reach the beaches, don't worry you can take a auto or your own cab to reach the top of mountain and from there you can climb down using the stairs, which are not so many.

Basically, there are 4-5 beaches close to each other but to cross each beach to reach the other you need to climb the hill and cross over. Gokarna Beach, which is the biggest and the main beach, is close to town and you don't need to climb the hill for this one only. This is good to watch sunset but for playing in water not recommended.

Ohm beach, this is how I know Gokarna. One of the most famous beach, its beautiful one, you have a islet where you can sit, watch tides hitting stones. There is a very nice well built restaurant on the beach side (Namaste cafe), you get good food there. Nice sandwiches.

Kuddle Beach, Half moon Beach, and Paradise Beach, these are like small small beaches but beautiful. People might say this one was more beautiful than that but I would say all are equally beautiful. Season generally starts post Diwali, so if go during November, December and January month you can get sports activity but other times you can just relax and enjoy the waves.

The cost of living in the town is very low, so don't need to worry about the expenditure, it won't hit your pocket. One more recommendation, you must visit Murdeshwar along with this place. It is again a Shiva Temple but one of its own kind. Its equally beautiful place.

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Gokarna Overview

History of Gokarna

A small town tucked in North Karnataka, the history of Gokarna goes back to the times of Ravana and Shiva. It is believed that Ravana performed Tapas on Mount Kailash to receive blessings from Lord Shiva. Ravana was looking for a blessing in the form of Atmalinga. Impressed by the devotion, Shiva granted the Atmalinga but put forth restrictions to avoid any misuse and took help of Lord Ganesha in the process. In the current day, the linga is established in Mahabaleshwara temple, which is now a Gokarna attraction.

People And Culture of Gokarna

Initially, Gokarna was visited for its religious importance. The story of the legends, the beautiful temples of Gokarna are all held great in the eyes of the devotees. But off late, Gokarna has turned into a beautiful holiday destination. Kannada is the main language spoken in Gokarna, followed by Konkani and English. With traditional tiled roofing, Gokarna is a pretty laid back town with two main streets filled with all shops. Gokarna places to visit hold up the culture very well.

Things To Do in Gokarna

Places to visit in Gokarna are mainly beaches and temples. Kudle beach, Om beach, half moon beach, Paradise beach are a must go to when in Gokarna. The beautiful beaches are perfect for a relaxed break, a massage and also yoga retreats. Apart from that one can also hit the Gokarna tourist places by visiting the Anshi National Park, Kotitirtha, Lalguli Falls, Karwar, to enjoy stunning scenic beauty and nature’s creations. Gokarna sightseeing for the religious ones is not a disappointed as they can head to the famous Mahabaleshwar temple where the Atmalinga is placed. Murdeshwara temple and Badrakali temple are always the famous places to see in Gokarna one should not miss when in Gokarna.

Food And Shopping in Gokarna

There are so many things to do in Gokarna apart from sightseeing. From cafes to beach side restaurants, hotels to luxury dining, all kinds of food can be enjoyed in Gokarna. Gokarna tour is incomplete without Namaste Cafe, a famous hot spot to go to which serves western food like shakes, burgers and pizzas. Mahalaxmi restaurant is another must go to, owing to its amazing food and relaxing ambience. Prema and Pai restaurants are a few other to mention. Shopping in Gokarna is all about souvenirs, brass lamps, decorative items and jewellery made out of sea shell. Kallusakkare is very famous in Gokarna, which is a must to take back home. Street shopping in Gokarna is highly reasonable, famous amongst the tourists for their hippie dresses.

Accommodation in Gokarna

There are many options to choose from on how to reach Gokarna. Goa is the nearest airport to Gokarna, which is well connected to all cities. If a traveller chooses to take the train, Ankola railway station is the nearest. Trains to Ankola run from Mangalore and Mumbai as well. There is very good connectivity by bus to Gokarna from Bangalore, Mangalore, Mumbai, Madagaon, Kochi.

Sightseeing in Gokarna can be made easier by making the right choice to stay. From beach resorts to shacks, hotels in Gokarna have a huge variety. Om Beach resort, Sanskruti resort, Gokarna International beach resort are a few to mention.