10 Best Places to visit in Gokarna

10 Best Places to visit in Gokarna

Gokarna known for its temples and beaches offers numerous places to visit in and around Gokarna , as thousands of tourists from around the world visit here in search of peace and relaxation. Originally a Hindu pilgrimage has now become a prominent tourist destination, also the name Gokarna, which means cow’s ear is believed that Lord Shiva had emerged from the ear of a cow and thus the name Gokarna was extracted from the Sanskrit etymology. About 140 km from Goa, Gokarna is situated on the coast of Karwar with numerous coconut and palm trees around, which adds to the beauty of the ocean. One can explore various beaches such as Kudle beach, Om beach, Half Moon beach and Gokarna beach here, whereas Gokarna beach is in the main town, which is quite popular amongst the locals and pilgrims. If one wants to be the part of the local culture and ceremonies here then visit Gokarna beach during Shivratri time, as it is celebrated here with grand fervor. Moreover, the exotic options here makes Gokarna the favorite weekend getaway with plenty to explore be it on a religious side or relaxation.   


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1. Kudle Beach

Kudle beach is one of the most popular places to visit in Gokarna, just a few minutes of walk away from Gokarna Beach and Om beach. The Kudle beach is a paradise for those who love to have steer clear views and some own time. The peace and tranquillity offered by Kudle beach make it favorite amongst those who love to have peace and quiet time. Not always crowded with the tourists, Kudle beach only sees a bunch of tourists and backpackers, who especially visits Kudle beach for a peaceful time. Usually, the beach is used by the locals for their morning walks and exercises. So if one wishes to have time with yourself and don’t want to be the part of the touristy crowd. Then Kudle beach is the best places to visit in Gokarna.
 

2. Om Beach

Om beach located in the town of Gokarna is famous amongst the tourists for its naturally being in the shape of Om. The pristine and captivating beach offers great activities for the sports lovers. One of the best places to visit in Gokarna is Om beach if you wish to enjoy the beach activities, food, and water sports all at the same place. 

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3. Half Moon Beach

 

Half Moon beach is a small beach separated from the Om Beach from a cliff but is always found brimming with the tourists, as one of the favorite places to visit in Gokarna for enjoying a myriad of activities and one sunbathe in the afternoon while lying on the hammocks. 
 

4. Gokarna Mahabaleshwar Temple

Gokarna Mahabaleshwar Temple

The famous Gokarna Mahabaleshwar Temple is one of the prominent religious places to visit in Gokarna, the Mahabaleshwar temple is respected as a Shaiva pilgrimage center, it is as important as Kashi and Rameshwaram pilgrimage for Hindus. So devotees from around the country come here to pray, as Gokarna is also respected as "siddhi kshetra" and "Mukti Stala" of Karnataka.
 

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5. Paradise Beach

Paradise Beach also known as Full moon beach, is a complete paradise, with white sand and all rocks surrounding the beach makes it look more than just beautiful. Not much water sports are available here, but one can swim and relax here. It's one of those places to visit in Gokarna, where you can spend time in nature lap and enjoy the serene beauty of the Paradise beach.

6. Maha Ganapati Temple

Located near Mahabaleshwar Temple, the Maha Ganapati Temple is quite popular among the devotees visiting Gokarna. As per the Hindu mythology, visitors are supposed to seek the blessings of Lord Ganesha before visiting the Mahabaleshwar temple. Thus visiting one of the important religious places to visit in Gokarna, that is Maha Ganapati temple is a must. 

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7. Mirjan Fort

Located 22 km from Gokarna on the banks of Aghanashini river,  the Mirjan fort is known for its architectural elegance and grandeur. Mirjan fort has a rich history with various versions and one can get completely delve into the history of Mirjan Fort. Spread over an area of 10 acres, the fort is approached through a series of wide steps.  
 

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10. Kotitirtha

Kotitirtha is one of the prominent religious places to visit in Gokarna, it's a man-made tank that holds great reverence among the local and tourists. The tanks have numerous temples around it and the tank is used for ritual bathing and immersing of idols. 
 

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