Ancient Temple Town In India & Center For Sanskrit Studies
Located in Uttara Kannada district of Karnataka State, Gokarna is an ancient temple town and centre for Sanskrit studies. To obtain peace of mind and cleanse the soul, Gokarna is the ideal stop-over for the devout. Apart from it being a pilgrimage center, Gokarna also boasts of cloistral and pristine beaches that offers the most scenic views possible. The beautiful temples and the attractive beaches make Gokarna a prominent tourist destination.
Situated at the junction of the rivers Gangavali and Aghanashini, Gokarna is a serene temple town. The meeting point of these two rivers is in the shape of an ear, and that is the reason why the town got its name.
This holy town Gokarna, features beautiful beaches which are the chief tourist attractions. Having considerable mythological reverence, Gokarna is visited by part of a largely Hindu domain, pay homage to the famous Mahabaleswara temple, which is a renowned Shiva temple. The other prominent temples in Gokarna are the Maha Ganapathi Temple, the Varadaraja temple, the Bhadrakali Temple and the Venkataramana temple.
Gokarna is a destination where leisure tourists and pilgrims can peacefully coexist in its laidback nature, beautiful scenery and religious significance. It is fast becoming a preferred tourist destination as it possesses several alluring beaches that could rival the beaches of Goa.
The five main seaside attractions here are The Kudle Beach, Gokarna Beach, Half Moon Beach, Paradise Beach and Om Beach.
Gokarna Beach is the town’s main beach in Gokarna and pilgrims mostly gather after visiting the Mahabaleshwar Temple. The Kudle Beach is the largest of the five beaches. The most famous is Om Beach with beautiful coastline forming the shape of the Hindu symbol Om.
Each beach in Gokarna has its own significant beauty fills your mind and soul with undefinable peace.
The constantly violent waves crashing on the rocky shores, miles of white sand greeting the avid beach-goer and the entire serene beauty is full of temptation.
These beaches are also the center for several water sport activities such as surfing, water-skiing, parasailing, and banana boat rides.
Close to the beach, multiple places offer you dine and stay overnight facilities depending upon your budget.
How to Get to Gokarna
By Air: The nearest airport is Goa.
By Rail: The Gokarna Train station is around 8 km from the town. It is well connected by railways with the nearest stations being Kumta and Ankola, 35km and 20 km away respectively. Other stations that offer better connectivity with Gokarna include Mangalore, Margao, Hubli and Karwar.
By Road: Gokarna can be reached by road from places such as Mangalore, Banglore and Karwar. There are regular buses that ply between these cities that connect Gokarna.