"Land of palm trees, blue seas and golden sands"

Gokarna Tourism At A Glance

With its pristine beaches and breathtaking landscapes, Gokarna is a Hindu pilgrimage town and a newly found hub for beach lovers and hippies.

Situated on the coast of Karwar, Gokarna is a small town in Karnataka, primarily known for two reasons - its beaches and temples. Gokarna can be different things to different people. Every year hordes of tourists visit Gokarna in search of sanctity and salvation on one hand and respite and relaxation on the other. The out-of-town beaches are a curious contrast to the life inside the town. Palm clad beaches are dotted with foreign tourists in a majority and very few Indians are seen across. Gokarna is not very conventionally touristy. The beaches are meant for a slow, relaxed holiday and everything on the beach goes at the same relaxed pace. Full of coconut and palm trees, the ocean and clean sands, Gokarna is a 'one of its kind place' in the country.

Hotels in Gokarna

Various options for staying are available to the tourists. Low range to exotic resorts are well spread out over the town. Beach resorts are also highly demanded by the tourists.

What's Great?

Can be visited throughout the year. Best to enjoy the off-beat beauty of beaches.

What's not so Great?

There aren't many things to do apart from sightseeing and visiting temples. Does not have its own airport.

For Whom

Religious people, as it has a number of ancient temples. Also, perfect for the beach lovers.

Since Gokarna is a religious place, the town has a lot of vegetarian- only places. At the same time due to the proximity to the seaside, finding seafood is not at all difficult. Beaches are lined up with small restaurants offering all kinds of exotic cuisines - Mexican, Israeli, English breakfast, Indian etc.
Fresh pineapple juice and Nutella pancakes in the area, are definitely worth a try. You can also find local cuisine of Karnataka and an authentic thali with some of the richest and traditional preparations. Other than this, the favorites of the town include Upma, Prawn Masala, Pomfret, Kingfish as well as some of the most delicious ice-creams to relish.

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Commuting Within Gokarna

Although rickshaws and taxis are available within Gokarna, walking is the best way to explore this small town.

Itinerary

Day 1- Arrive at Dabolim airport or Ankola railway station. Check-in at the hotel. Stay at the hotel.
Day 2- Visit the most famous Om beach of Gokarna, which makes the sign of Om with its shore and hence the name. Afterwards, visit the Kudle beach another attraction of Gokarna. Later visit the famous Mahabaleshwar temple dedicated to Lord Shiva.
Day 3- Visit the Murudeshwar beach and worship at the temple at the beach which hosts a huge silver idol by the sea. Then visit the Maha Ganpati temple and Koti Tirtha a very sacred lake for Hindus. You can also visit Gokarna beach and full moon beach to watch the sunset.

The unexplored beach paradise

Over the past few years, Gokarna has become an important tourist destination owing to its alluring beaches that promise a peaceful vacation leaving behind the tourist rush of Goa. Every year hordes of tourists and hippies visit Gokarna in search of sanctity and salvation, on one hand, respite and relaxation on the other. With a variety of beaches, this city does not lack in a natural beauty. Om Beach, the most famous beach of the city holds a unique property. It forms the holy symbol of Om, it is a wonder for both nature and religion seekers. Coupled with the green cliffs along the shoreline Gokarna beach, Kudle beach, and Full moon are other famous beaches of the city.

The holy Hindu town of temples and beaches

Brimming with the rich history and culture Gokarna is the holy town which houses a number of temples and holds a great importance for Hindu religion. It is the holy land with various temples dedicated to Lord Shiva and hence a huge number of pilgrims visit this town to seek the blessings of Lord Shiva. Gokarna has also some of the Lord Shiva's temple with the original image of the Shiva Lingam. Mahabaleshwar temple, Murudeshwar temple, and Maha Ganpati temple are the must visit temples of the town.

Reviews about Gokarna

Two hours before reaching Gokarna, early in the morning, I wake up to witness the scenic beauty. I have been here twice and ll come again and again. You can relax on any of the beach with variety of delicious food for your palate. If you are planning to visit nearby places, bikes and cars are available for rent. Add it to your wishlist. Good luck.

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Don't forget to carry beach wear, sunscreen, hat, a pair of flip-flops, and sunglasses.

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Visiting the beaches during monsoon is not a good idea since the beaches are desolate and unkempt and the accommodation and food options are very limited.

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The place is ideal for a relaxed holiday. Be prepared for things moving on a slow pace.

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There are no ATMs on the beaches. So carry enough cash along.

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Drinking regular water is not advisable. You should only have bottled water as far as possible.

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Questions about Gokarna

By Pallavi Siddhanta

How safe isGokarnaas a solo womantraveller?

Its safe as much as I know. I have seen a lot of female travellers here. This place is completely based on tourism so any harm to a traveler isn't what they would look forward to. Goodluck.

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