Gokarna attractions

Top Choice Beach in Gokarna

Om Beach

One of Karnataka's best beaches, Gokarna has a famous stretch of sand that twists and turns over several kilometres to resemble the outline of an Om symbol. The beach comprises several gorgeous coves, with wide stre…
Top Choice Hindu Temple in Gokarna

Mahaganapati Temple

Deeply atmospheric temple complex, encircled by lanes but peaceful inside. Here there's a (rare) stone statue of an upright, standing Ganesh, said to be over 1500 years old, who is depicted with a flat head – said t…
Top Choice Hindu Temple in Gokarna

Mahabaleshwara Temple

This is a profoundly spiritual temple, built of granite by Mayurasharma of the Kadamba dynasty and said to date to the 4th century. It's dedicated to Lord Shiva. Hindus believe it brings blessings to pilgrims who ev…
Beach in Gokarna

Paradise Beach

Lovely, isolated Paradise Beach is a mix of sand and rocks, and a haven for the long-term ‘turn on, tune in, drop out’ crowd. It's around a 45-minute walk from the southern end of Om Beach (the coastal path here pas…
Beach in Gokarna

Kudle Beach

This lovely wide cove, backed by wooded headlands, offers plenty of room to stretch out on along its attractive sands. Restaurants, guesthouses and yoga camps are dotted around the rear of the beach, but they're wel…
Beach in Gokarna

Half Moon Bay

Small, attractive cove with a lovely sweep of powdery sand and basic hut accommodation. There's no road to this beach, only a path. It's about a 20-minute hike from Om Beach (itself 5km from Gokarna town); boats fro…
Hindu Site in Gokarna

Koorti Teertha

A large temple tank where locals, pilgrims and immaculately dressed Brahmins perform their ablutions.
Beach in Gokarna

Gokarna Beach

Gokarna’s main town beach isn’t clean and isn't good for casual bathing. The main section is popular with domestic tourists, but if you walk away from here to the north you’ll find a long stretch of sand that seems …