Gokarna Tourism

Gokarna Tourism

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  • State: Karnataka
  • Famous for/as: Pilgrimage
  • District: Uttara Kannada

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.

Gokarna is one of the weekend getaway options for travelers living in Panjim and Mangalore.

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Kudle Beach, Gokarna

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  • Akshay
  • Lives in Pathanamthitta
  • 36 photos
  • 14 Reviews
  •  3 helpful votes
  •  6252 readers

"One of the best beaches in India"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Om beach in Gokarna was one of the best beaches I have ever visited.
It was clean and the waves were one of the best a best that any beach can offer. There is no wonder that it is called a mini Goa.
With all its charm it remains of the best places to spent once day by the beaches of Gokarna.
It takes away all of one's pain and give them a relaxed time for himself
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Shreya Dey

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  • Shreya Dey
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 3 Reviews
  •  6 helpful votes
  •  2184 readers

"Superb holiday place Gokarna"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Went there in the month of october'16, during durga puja and dussera time. Not able to visit my hometown to celebrate durga puja. That was a bike trip and its not possible to directly ride 500+ km in one day. So the first hault was Devangiri and 2nd day afternoon we reach Gokarna. Gokarna is the best holiday destination for couples. As we know Karnataka's weather is really very good. Gokarna is the perfect combo of mountain and sea. The beaches are really very awesome. However finding of good hotel or lodge is really bit difficult. But still I love that place, that scenic beauty, that weather. Go for it, go for Gokarna if you really want to go somewhere, where no one can disturb you.
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Prasanna Rs

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  • Prasanna Rs
  • 187 photos
  • 72 Reviews
  •  33 helpful votes
  •  71195 readers

"Relax and Meditate. Beaches and Temples."

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted May 7, 2017
Gokarna is perfect Weekend getaway. Beaches, Temples and a calm place. It is situated on Mangalore Mumbai Rail line. There are many trains and buses to reach Gokarna. 450 kms from Bangalore. 250 kms from Mangalore. 120 kms from Hubli, 50 kms from Karwar. Yesvantpur-Karwar express, Mathysagandha express, Poorna express, Marusagar express are few important trains stopping at Gokarna.
Beaches in Gokarna are just calm and clean. Just go and relax on the beach shore. Gokarna is one of the pilgrimage place. Visit Mahabaleshwara temple and there are many other temples. Kudle beach and Om beach are two main beaches of Gokarna.
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Girish Krishna

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  • Girish Krishna
  • Lives in Bangalore
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  • 3 Reviews
  •  5 helpful votes
  •  12248 readers

"Gokarna - A soulful retreat"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Apr 15, 2017
I'm not sure of the exact count but I'm guessing to have visited Gokarna about 7 times in the last decade. I visit Gokarna every now and then as it just about 10 hours’ drive from Bangalore. A night journey in train or bus probably.
The last time I visited Gokarna was November 2016, and resided in Namaste café - Om beach for 4 days and one day in town to visit the Mahabaleshwar temple on the 5th day.
Tourists from all over the world visit Gokarna as it is one of the best offbeat shores on the western coast of southern India. Gokarna is located in state of Karnataka in India and lies just below Goa longitudinally. It is a seasonal destination and the season here begins in October and lasts until February.
There are three known beaches in Gokarna, namely:
1. Kudle beach- The most popular one in Gokarna
2. Om beach – The best of them all
3. Half-moon beach- Redefines privacy with hardly any inhabitants (My personal favorite)
While the above mentioned are the most location’s most popular ones, there are also some unknown beaches. You can choose to either explore if you are an adventurous soul or just relax and rejuvenate yourself on the shores with some yoga or healing therapies. There are a few ‘themed beach shacks’ and also a few rooms available by the beach side, on all of the three beaches. I've never had to complain about food as the restaurants there serve most categories of global cusines and also some delicious local sea food.
Gokarna, to me is rejuvenation filled with adventure. It involves small treks to other beaches or maybe sails away on ferry rides to spot some dolphins and say ‘hi’ to them.
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  • Ganesh Manjaguni
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  • 5 Reviews
  •  4 helpful votes
  •  1425 readers

"An excellent place to visit if you are looking for a combination of solitude and excitement"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Apr 7, 2017
Gokarna(cow's ear) is a holy place located on the western coast of Karnataka. One of the pieces of Lord Shiva's linga is located here. Nearby beaches are Kudle beach and the more famous OM beach.
Best place to visit is between November to January when the weather is pleasant.
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Rohit Basu

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  • Rohit Basu
  • Lives in Hyderabad
  • 6 Reviews
  •  7 helpful votes
  •  2361 readers

"Good experience as a combination of sea beach and temple."

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Oct 23, 2016
Sea beach is good. Temple is very religious. For beach no need to go to Goa. Food is not that costly again sea food you can get here easily. Again you can do marketing of clothes near sea beach. Is easily accessible from Bangalore by bus and can be a weekend tour. Book the bus early to get good price.
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  • 7 votes

Srinivas inakoti

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  • Srinivas inakoti
  • 3 Reviews
  •  1851 readers

"Beautiful place to visit"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Oct 18, 2016
I strongly recommend this place for couples. Also people from the corporate can plan their occasions over here. Nice beach resorts are available. Please go here instead of Goa. It's not so crowded and can have your time with your friends or partners.
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Millo Ankha

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  • Millo Ankha
  • 9 Reviews
  •  11 helpful votes
  •  9131 readers

"My favourite escape."

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Oct 5, 2016
Gokarna has been my go to Paradise for 5-6 times so far. Yet I cannot tell which one of them was best, all of them were.
Travelers looking for good food and good time, a sea person or not must have this place on their list of travels.
Gokarna main town is a mystical world that is in transition of both ancient and a modern world. Kudle beach has been my favourite beach, apart from om beach, paradise beach and moon beach. There is a lesser known cave that is really secluded and well hidden.
Beach sports kept us busy, playing frisbee, running in the sea, playing in the water, boating, eating was exactly how one spends their time in Gokarna
Best time to travel is Onset of monsoons and winters. Board a train, bus, or reach by car. The drive is equally fascinating.
Bring your shorts, sun block, torch and wallet. That should do.
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  • 9 votes

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  • Kamal kishore
  • 2 Reviews
  •  5 helpful votes
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  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Oct 5, 2016
Its a place to just relax and roam around the town. City is full of temple and beaches and serve the purpose of both the audience(young and religious)
Many Beaches to roam around. Quite a sunset to see from various hill top.
City sleep very early in night and wake up very early in morning.
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  • Balasubramanian
  • Lives in Chennai
  • 2 Reviews
  •  2625 readers

"A nice experience for an adventure enthusiast"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Jul 15, 2016
A beautiful place to ride & have fun and especially the sunset was amazing. Beaches could have been maintained better without plastics and wastes washing ashore. Overall a nice experience for an adventure enthusiast like me. I would certainly recommend this place to all my friends who would like to have fun.
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