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Don't think twice, just go.
Real feel of peace
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.
I am heading to Gokarna
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 seems to be very popular this season!