The temple town of Gokarna in Kumta taluk of Uttara Kannada once a popular pilgrimage centre is now also a bustling beach destination. Beautiful shorelines, ancient temples, fabulous food & the laid-back vibe characterise Gokarna today. 

The name Gokarna translates to "cow's ear" & it is called so because Gokarna is located where rivers Aghanashini & Gangavali merge together forming the shape of a cow's ear.


Mahabaleshwar is the deity worshipped in the main temple here & the legend says that the linga here is the atma-linga from kailaasa which the demon king Raavana intended to carry to Lanka & he was tricked to place the Linga in Gokarna itself by Lord Ganesha. There are also several other smaller temples like Mahaganapathi temple, Varadaraja temple, Bhadrakali temple & Venkataramana temple spread across the town. 

The coastline of Gokarna has  5 main beaches & each is beautiful in its own way. The 5 beaches are Gokarna beach, Kudle beach, Om beach, Half-moon beach & Paradise beach. 

Places to visit in Gokarna

  • Gokarna Beach

  • Kudle Beach

  • Om Beach

  • Half-moon Beach

  • Paradise Beach

  • Mahabaleshwar temple

  • Mahaganapathi temple

  • Jatayuthirtha

  • Kotithirtha

  • Shiva cave

Things to do in Gokarna

  • Visit the famous Namaste Cafe at Om beach

  • Taste Kombucha tea in Prema Hotel at Gokarna beach

  • Meditate or do yoga in one of the beaches at the time of sunrise

  • Go on a beach trek from Paradise beach to Gokarna beach

  • Go for a banana boat ride in Om beach

  • Go for a walk along Kudle beach in the evening & watch the sun set over the horizon in Arabian sea

  • Go shopping on the main street of Gokarna

Ready to explore Gokarna? Check out Wanderophile's Gokarna Discovery trip here.

Essential Info

Best time to visit- October to February is the best time to visit Gokarna.

How to reach-

  • From Bangalore

Bangalore-Tumkuru-Tipturu-Arasikere-Kadur-Tariker​e-Shivamogga-Sagara-Honnavara-Kumta-Gokarna (Total Distance- 497 km)

Nearest major towns- Kumta & Ankola

Nearest major city- Karwara

Other places to visit near Gokarna- 

  • Yaana Caves (Distance from Gokarna- 47.8 km)

  • Vibhooti Falls (Distance from Gokarna- 41.9 km)

  • Apsarakonda falls & beach (Distance from Gokarna- 58.7 km)

  • Murudeshwara (Distance from Gokarna- 77.9 km)

  • Tilimati beach (Karwara) (Distance from Gokarna- 70.1 km)



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