Gokarna Tourism

Gokarna Tourism

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Gokarna Info

  • 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.

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Gokarna Traveller Reviews

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Rohit Basu

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  • Rohit Basu
  • Lives in Hyderabad
  • 6 Reviews
  •  48 readers

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

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 3 days ago
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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Srinivas inakoti

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  • Srinivas inakoti
  • 3 Reviews
  •  73 readers

"Beautiful place to visit" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
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
  •  2 helpful votes
  •  1841 readers

"My favourite escape." new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
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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Kamal kishore

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  • Kamal kishore
  • 2 Reviews
  •  190 readers

"Fantablous" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
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
  •  871 readers

"A nice experience for an adventure enthusiast"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
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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Priyanka Agarwal

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  • Priyanka Agarwal
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 3 Reviews
  •  1 helpful vote
  •  2171 readers

"The Perfect beach destination!"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted Jul 4, 2016
Gokarna has 5 popular beaches: Om Beach, Kudle beach, Half moon beach, Paradise Beach and Gokarna beach. Since I visited Gokarna in June, it was an off-season period and I could only visit Om beach and Kudle beach. The ferries that take you to the other beaches were not operational because of the monsoon waves.
In spite of this, I had an absolutely brilliant time at Gokarna. The first day was spent lazying around Om beach. Namaste cafe is the most popular cafe there. It is situated right at the beach, and the food is really good. It's a nice place to chill, eat and drink while looking at the sea.
Kudle beach was a totally different beach altogether. We trekked up to cafe 1987 and it was a great find! I loved the graffiti done all over and the entire cafe gives you a very positive and different vibe altogether. The food at Cafe 1987 was delicious! The best in Gokarna I would say. The best part of the trip was the Clifftop, just a few meters above the cafe. You can see the entire sea from atop, and the view is truly mesmerising! It was the most beautiful sight I had seen in a long time. You can see the entire Kudle beach and Gokarna beach as well from top, and you can easily spend 4 to 5 hours at the clifftop.
I will definitely come back to Gokarna during the peak season, and explore the other beaches as well. Overall, it was a beautiful trip and you'll definitely want to come back to Gokarna once you've been there.
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Ashish Gupta

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  • Ashish Gupta
  • Lives in New Delhi
  • 1 Review
  •  981 readers

"Awesome place for a lazy vacation"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Jul 4, 2016
One of the best place ever visited, amazing food from every cuisine, cheap beer and lazy beaches. Wonderful shacks at very reasonable prices. Best place to visit with friends. Best time to visit in between October to March. Jog falls in the way so a must go there too.
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  • Bikash
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  • 5 Reviews
  •  1939 readers

"Away from the madding crowd"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Jun 15, 2016
This is by far the best beach in India if you are in a mood to hang out with your loved ones. Quiet and simple is the only word I can assure you. The food available in the local eateries are too good. Wanna feel like home.. There's a homestay too.. The people don't stare at you as it happens in other beaches... Go as you like...
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Atira .

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  • Atira .
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 2 Reviews
  •  1624 readers

"Beautiful place"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted May 11, 2016
Had a great experience staying in this place with my friends. Every thing was totally good. A great place to stay with friends and family either. Service was good except at reception. Food was kinda fine and night life in the beach watching the stars was beyond words.
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Sulav Kumar

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  • Sulav Kumar
  • Lives in Bangalore
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  • 38 Reviews
  •  35 helpful votes
  •  40328 readers

"If its not Goa, then its Gokarna"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Apr 27, 2016
Look at the map of India and locate the Om symbol near the coastlines of Karnataka, and that's how you identify Gokarna. The destination has multiple things to offer you - babes, beaches and booze. The best of the beaches would be the OM beach. Plan it so that you don't miss the below:

1. Rent a cottage on the Kudle beach, which is as cheap as 500/ night and lenders the feeling of private beach but not an option if you're on Your own vehicle as the cottages are not motorable.

2. Trek from Kudle beach to Om beach (3 km approx) - The Autos will charge 150 for the same 3 km.

3. Swim/sunbath at the OM beach.

4. A beer/coffee is mandatory in Namaste cafe at the OM beach.

5. Moon light walk on the Kudle beach.

6. Don't miss the Cafe 1987 at the Kudle beach.

Other sites includes Gokarna beach - city beach and is too crowded. Paradise beach is a better choice over the city beach. Bargain for some hippie like dresses in the city market.

All in all a complete package that can offer you everything you need to chillax on a 2 day/night outing.
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