Temple Town With A Blessing Of Beaches.
A sleepy Brahmin Temple Town, blessed with serene beaches, Gokarna is a mixed bag of religious rendezvou and a hippie abode. Attracting thousands of national and international tourists, both piligrims and backpackers, Gokarna is dream destination for so many different reasons.
On the western coast of India in the Kumta taluk of Northern Karnataka region, Gokarna is the new and emerging favourite in beach towns. Open beaches, undiscovered caves, mesmerising sunsets, rough cliffs and quaint temples, this place brings together the best of both worlds. Sun, sand and surf is what one usually goes to Gokarna for but the solitude it offers through its beautiful temples is an expirence one would not want to miss.
Yoga is a popular activity here. You can spot a number of foreigners learning and practicing yoga at the beaches every morning. There are yoga centers as well as resorts which organizes yoga classes. Namaste Yoga Farm is famous for yoga
Boat rides are organized by locals, they usually cover the four beaches within 30-40 minutes. You will have to wait until the required number of passengers are there or will have to pay for empty seats.
Surf lessons and water sports are also organized in Kudle beach and Om beach.
Paragliding is organized near the main entrance of Kudlee beach.
Where to Eat
There are numerous cafes near beaches in Gokarna which serve great food. The town has got a few restaurants and dhabas one of the very famous one being:
It is a beach-side cafe at om beach which is very popular among Indian as well as Foreign tourists. The cafe has a perfect view of the beach and serves fresh and delicious food.
Officially liquor is prohibited here due to its religious significance but cafes at beaches serve beer.
Top things do in Gokarna
How to reach
Gokarna is easily accesible through air, rail, and road.
How to Reach by Flight
Dabolim airport in Goa is the nearest airport about 140 km away. The airport is well connected by flights to Indian and international cities such as Mumbai and Bangalore. From the airport, taxi services are available.
How to Reach by Train
The nearest railway station is at Gokarna road, about 10 km from Gokarna town center. Trains from several cities including Mangalore, Mumbai, Thiruvananthapuram, Veraval halt at the station. From the station, taxi services are available for Gokarna. Kumta is also an option as the number of trains that stop at Kumta is more. Kumta to Gokarna by taxi will take about 30-45 minutes.
How to Reach by Bus
KSRTC ply its frequent bus service in the region. There are plenty of buses which connect Gokarna to major and minor cities in the country which will make how to reach Gokarana easy for the travelers. Various destinations such as Madgaon (125 km), Mangalore (225 km), Dabolim (140 km) and Bangalore (475 km) are all well linked to Gokarna by KSRTC buses.
How to Reach by Road
Gokarna is just 10 km off the NH 17 connecting Mumbai and Kochi. It is 480km away from Bangalore and 700km from Mumbai.
How to travel within
Gokarna is a very small town, walking is recommended while rickshaws and taxis are available.
Beaches are open at night to the public. Restaurants and cafes at Kudlee beach stay open until late night. There aren't many pubs or bars but cafes near beaches serves alcohol.
Where to Stay
There are few resorts and hotels in town but it is recommended to find accommodation at the beaches. It is nearly impossible to find rooms during peak season so it is advised to book in advance. Beach Shacks will be available during the season, it will be cheaper and will be close to the beach.
Luggage will be checked at the police checkpoint, police might visit guest rooms.
Swimming can be dangerous sometimes, ask for the help of locals.
Sunscreen should be applied as the temperature is usually high during the daytime.
The beaches will have a lot of stray dogs, usually harmless.
Auto-Rickshaws quote higher rates, try bargaining.
- Start off by visiting Om beach.
- Continue by visiting Half Moon beach which is separated by a small cliff from Om beach.
- Break for lunch.
- End day 1 by relaxing at either Om beach or Half Moon beach.
DAY 2 :
- Cover the temples on day 2
- Begin by going to Maha Ganapati Temple
- Move on to the next temple that is Bhadrakali temple
- Break for lunch
- End the day by visiting the Mahabaleshwara temple and enjoy the sunset at the Gokarna beach
DAY 3 :
- Begin the day by going to the Paradise beach or also called the Full Moon beach
- One can either break for lunch at the Paradise beach or
- Go to Kudle beach, have lunch and end the trip by watching a beautiful sunset.