Attractions

Top Choice Beach in Gokarna

Om Beach

One of Karnataka's best beaches, Gokarna’s most famous stretch of sand twists and turns over several kilometres in a form that resembles the outline of an Om symbol. It comprises several gorgeous coves, with wide st…
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 …
Top Choice Hindu Temple in Gokarna

Mahabaleshwara Temple

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

Paradise Beach

Paradise Beach is a mix of sand and rocks, and a haven for the long-term ‘turn-on-tune-in-drop-out’ crowd. Unfortunately, the government routinely destroys all the huts out this way, leaving it in a ramshackle state…
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, only a path to this beach. It's about a 30-minute hike from Om Beach (itself 5km from Gokarna town), or boats …
Beach in Gokarna

Gokarna Beach

Gokarna’s main town beach isn’t clean and is not 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 …
Hindu Site in Gokarna

Koorti Teertha

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