Earlier a place for pilgrims in India now has turned into a paradise for vacation lovers. It is abundantly surrounded by beaches that make for a terrific weekend getaway for people living close to this heaven. It is a place that serves your dual need of meeting salvation and chilling with friends at the same time. You just can’t compare this beauty of Southern India with any place in the country. It is a bliss to be in this city with so many palm trees that enhance the beauty.
The city is located in Karnataka and a popular city among the devotees. It has the famous Mahabaleshwar temple that is dedicated to the worship of Lord Shiva. It also calls for an excellent family trip. Most people have started to go on an adventure trip to Gokarna for the kind of activities it offers to the tourists. Not a crowded place but has been getting more attention off late for the unconventional beaches. If you are looking for some time off your daily routine with fresh air and less people around, Gokarna is waiting to make you experience that. Wait no further and plan a vacay now!
Some of the best holiday destinations are close to Gokarna. Goa, Mangalore, Amboli, and Mumbai are some of the cities that in close vicinity and you can plan a Weekend getaway with friends, family and even your loved one. Goa is located is at a distance of 131 kilometers approximately. Mangalore is at a distance of 240 kilometers from Gokarna, Amboli is at a distance of 252 kilometers and Mumbai is at a distance of 687 kilometers. The capital of the country, Delhi is located at a distance of 1977 kilometers. If you are in the nearby places, you can plan a quick weekend getaway whereas distant places, you can plan a proper vacation.
You should have a budget of Rs 4000 for a two days trip if you are travelling from the nearby places. The budget again is a subjective topic and varies from one person to another depending upon variables like mode of transportation, hotel, and places and activities you cover. Additionally, your adventure trip cost may be different from the cost you pay for your family trip. The budget varies accordingly.
Things to do in Gokarna
1. Mahabaleshwar Temple
Already mentioned, this temple is not just famous in Gokarna but all over India. Dedicated to Lord Shiva, this temple attracts pilgrims from every nook and corner of the country. The architecture that you get to see here is Dravidian. It is quite unusual when compared to other temples that we generally see. A family trip traveler definitely visits this temple and you must too.
2. Om Beach
Talking of Gokarna, one can’t miss the beaches they have. Om beach is one of those beaches that is an attraction for every traveler. The beach is in the shape of the auspicious word “Om”. Hence, the beach got its name. Apart from being a favorite of the locals, this beach is peaceful and rocky and has plenty of water sports to offer.
3. Kudle Beach
Another beach that is site to not miss is Kudle beach. The beach is not too far. People prefer walking to this beach. The beach’s sand is white and that makes it look even more divine. The look of the beach makes this one of the most visited beaches in Gokarna.
4. Gokarna Beach
The city has a beach with its name. That definitely makes it a must visit. This beach is at a close distance from the popular Mahabaleshwar Temple. People visiting this temple prefer going to the beach and relaxing at the same time. This beach offers some of the most stunning views of the ocean along with the surrounding hillocks.
5. Paradise Beach
Also called as the “Full Moon Beach”, a lot many families like to visit this beach as it truly represents a paradise. The panoramic view is heavenly and can attract anyone in this world. It is not a beach that is easily accessible to everyone as one have to take a motorboat to reach the beach from Om Beach. If you are an adventure trip traveler and have been to Gokarna for trekking or hiking, you may come across this beach. You can also take a boat ride to reach this blissful beach.
6. Koti Tirtha
Hindus don’t mind washing away their sins in holy water. Koti tirtha is one of those places that religious Hindus like to visit. It is a man-made tank but have been used to immerse and wash away the sins of their past. The tank has temples around it making it a beautiful place in the morning and in the evening.
7. Maha Ganpati Temple
Another temple for devotees from all around the country is this Maha Ganpati Temple. Dedicated to Lord Ganesha, this temple is again close to Mahabaleshwar Temple. It is said that a devotee must visit this temple and take Lord Ganesha’s belssings before going to the Mahabaleshawar Temple. Also, we noticed that most temples are close to each other in Gokarna.
8. Namaste Café
Whenever one goes on a tour, they like to check new things and new food items. Namaste Café in Gokarna is one unconventional café that offers finger licking snacks and food at a reasonable price. When you are at Om Beach, famished after long walks and adventure, you must hop on to this café.
If you are on an adventure trip with friends, ensure that you enjoy banana boat ride, beach trekking, shopping, camping by the beach, beach Yoga, candlelight dinner with your partner and water sports such as Jet Ski ride. There are also spas that you will find of your interest if you are looking for some Nirvana.
Being a place of pilgrimage, you will find people celebrating festivals such as Mahashivratri, Kartik Mahotsav in the fullest spirit. The festivals make the city even more vibrant and colorful with the presence of people. If you are planning for a family trip, February to March for Mahashivratri and November for Kartik Mahotsav are the months to visit.
How to Reach Gokarna?
Gokaran is connected by direct buses from cities Mysore, Goa, Hyderabad, Kochi, and Bangalore. You can also take a taxi from these places for a wonderful road trip with friends.
The nearest airport is Vasco Da Gama Airport, Goa, which is 154 kilometers away from Gokarana.
The nearest railway station is Gokarna railway station which is only 9 kilometers away from the city.
Choose what suits you the best and go on a joy ride to this city of beaches and temples.
Best Time to Visit Gokarna
As the place is full of beaches, avoid rainy season as it won’t be idle to roam around. The best time to visit Gokarna is in the season October to March.