Gokarna is a small temple town on the west coast of India’s south-western state of Karnataka. The numerous temples at Gokarna attract Hindu pilgrims throughout the year.
The place is also well-known as a ‘Mukti Sthala’ (the place of deliverance), where Hindus perform funeral rites.
Scenic Gokarna, bounded by the majestic Western Ghats in the east and the Arabian Sea in the west, is resplendent with five sandy white beaches that rival those of Goa in their pristine beauty.
Gokarna in Sanskrit means cow’s ear. It has gained that name because of the shape of the confluence of Gangavali and Agnashini rivers at the town resembling that of a cow’s ear.
How to Reach Gokarna
Places to Visit
Places and Activities of Interest for European Travellers
While Gokarna beach is popular with the pilgrims, the tourists mostly throng to Kudle and Om beaches. The Yoga School at Kudle offers yoga classes from November till March.
The Half Moon beach, resembling the shape of a half moon, can be reached within a twenty-minute walk from Om beach after maneuvering a small hillock.
The Paradise beach is a beautiful and secluded place. Hence it has earned its name. This rocky beach is not ideal for swimming as the furious waves from the sea lash violently on the rocky shores.
Food and Lodging
Gokarna has several mid-range hotels and beach resorts that provide modern amenities, but you may not find lavish food options there.
The restaurants are simple enough but serve scrumptious meals, especially the all-inclusive vegetarian ‘thali’ dishes.
Best Time to Visit
The moderately cool winter months between October and February are best suited Gokarna visit. It is the ideal period to bask in the sunny and sandy beaches of Gokarna.
The colourful Mahashivratri festival is celebrated with great fanfare usually during the month of February.
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