Gokarna is known for its beaches and divine culture. It is a place where you can enjoy all types of beaches and water sports. Sometimes you can see similarities between Goa and Gokarna, and both are situated on the same route.
It is very rare to find beach trekking spots in India. Although, Gokarna is one among them. You can trek from one beach to another which is separated by a mountain. The beaches are situated between small mountains which is a rare feel and view. Most beaches over here are clean and the blue color of the water adds to its beauty. The common route for hiking is from Halfmoon beach to Paradise beach.
Best places to visit in Gokarna
The main attraction is always the beach and another being the temples located nearby. Gokarna is also one of the pilgrim centers in India for those who believe in Hinduism.
Let’s check out the amazing places in Gokarna
1. Om Beach
The beach got its name from its shape. The beach is shaped as the puranic mantra “Ohm”. This is also the starting point of the Gokarna Beach trek.
2. Mahabaleshwar Temple
The place is known as Dakshina Kashi since it is considered as a parallel to the Shiva temple at Varanasi. The temple is different in its classical Dravidian architectural style as it is completely built with stones.
Timings: The temple opens by 6:00 am to 12:30 pm and reopens from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm
3. Mirjan Fort
The historical monument still showcases its original beauty. The fort has been built in the period of Queen Chennabharadevi. The fort was used as the main center for spice trading in the 16th century. The completely stone build fort has its own arrangements to connect with the outer world through underground routes. Monsoon season is preferred period to visit the fort to see the beauty of greenery inside the fort.
4. Kudle Beach
This is a beach where you can enjoy the beauty of sunset by setting on nearby rocks on the shore. Because of its architecture, you can enjoy surfing, swimming and all kind of watersports here. The beach is long in shape from one end to another and two small mountains in the two ends.
5. Halfmoon beach
The beach got this name from its half-moon shape. Rich with scenic beauty and the calm and quiet beach where you can trek to the land area a small forest inside. The other end of the forest is the paradise beach.
6. Paradise Beach
This is a beach you can reach through hiking through half-moon beach which is little adventures to reach out. You can’t enter every part of this beach because of strong waves with high water current. This is a place where you can relax and live with nature since the complete commercial activities are banned here. Camping and hiking are allowed and motorboat facility also available to reach out of the place.
7. Murudeswar Temple
Even the place is not very near to Gokarna this is one of the places that you can cover on your Gokarna trip. This place is famous for its huge statue of Lord Shiva. This is the second tallest Shiva statue in the world. The Arabian sea is beating in the backside and the overview of this statue from nearby Gopura of Murdeshwar Temple. A temple is constructed under this huge statue and the Shiva Linga is kept inside this temple. According to Hindu mythology, Lord Ravana lost this
Atma-Linga which stands for immortality, on the way to Lanka. Atma-Linga is grabbed from Lord Shiva by Ravana’s immense divine and worship towards Lord Shiva.
How to reach Gokarna
From Goa and Banglore you can reach by bus. The nearby airport is Goa. Direct trains are also available to Gokarna.
Best Time to visit
October to March is the best time to visit where the weather will be warm and present.