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About Gokarna

Ideal Trip Duration: Full Day
Nearest City to Gokarna: Hubli (165 Kms)
Peak Season: November to February
State: Karnataka | District: Uttara Kannada.

At a distance of 75 km from Murudeshwar, 58 km from Karwar, 21 km from Ankola, 163 km from Panjim, 165 km from Hubli, 58 km from Karwar and 514 km from Bangalore, Gokarna, a small pilgrimage town in Karnataka has grown into a tourist destination over the years, thanks to its stretch of beautiful, sandy beaches. The prime attraction of the Gokarna is the Mahabaleshwar Temple which houses the Atmalinga. Divine Lord Shiva gives Atmalinga to Ravana himself. Ravana stoped at Gokarna to finish his evening prayer. According to another story, the reason for naming this place Gokarna is because it is at the confluence of two rivers Gangavati and Aghanashini and this looks like a cow's ear. Gokarna has many mythological tales associated with it.

Important Tips

Internet Availability: Poor
STD Code: 08386
Languages Spoken: Kannada, Hindi, English
Major Festivals: Mahashivratri (February / March), Kartika mahotsava (November)
Notes/Tips: Foreigners and non-Hindus are not allowed inside Gokarna's temples.


Sightseeing places in Gokarna are a mix of pristine beaches and temples with mythological stories associated with them. These beaches are one of the best in the country as they aren't as commercial as the ones and some of them are still a bit secluded without too many stalls and shops.

5 Most Amazing Things you do in Gokarna

1.Visit to Mahabaleshwara Temple

A Shiva Linga known as the Atmalinga is worshipped in this Mahabaleshwar temple.Built using white granite, it is a classic example of the beauty of Dravidian architecture. A 1500 years old carved stone Lord Shiva idol in the standing position represents the main deity.

2. Om Beach

The beach gets its name from its shape that resembles the religious symbol 'Om'. It is a popular one among the locals and tourists who come here to unwind. It can be reached by a riskshaw unlike a few other beaches in Gokarna. Due to this, you will find many locals also here and it can get crowded on weekends. Om Beach has places to eat and shop on the beach and there are hotels and shacks as well due to its accessibility by road. The cool breeze in the evening is refreshing but don't stay out for too long as roads are usually deserted by late evening.

3. Paradise Beach, Gokarna Overview

The Paradise beach is accessible only by boat or after some trekking. No water sports are available here but swimming in the calm waters can be fun.

4.Beach trekking

When we hear about treks, we assume that there would be lofty mountains or lush green hills to welcome us. Well, if you want to try something different, then here's a chance to join us for the Gokarna Beach Trek.
Gokarna, a temple town about 484 km's from Bangalore, is on the Western coast of India. Located in the Kumta taluk of Uttara Karnataka, the main deity is Lord Shiva, also known as Mahabhaleshwara. This temple houses what is believed to be an original image of Lord Shiva's lingam (Atmalinga).

5. Become a foodie

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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