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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…
Top Choice Indian in Gokarna


Always packed, this humble-looking place has a prime location just before the beach. Offers Western food but it's best to stick to the South Indian classics. They accept cards for payments.
Top Choice Religious in Gokarna


A chariot bearing a statue of Lord Shiva and his lingam is pulled through the streets by hundreds of pilgrims to conclude this nine-day festival.
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 …
Indian in Gokarna

Arya Ayurvedic Panchakarma Centre

An elegantly presented beachfront restaurant that boasts a sparkling open kitchen and a fine menu of freshly prepared vegetarian dishes prepared using ayurvedic principles.
Multicuisine in Gokarna

Namaste Cafe

The only 'proper' restaurant on Om Beach, this attractive double-deck affair has dreamy, romantic sea views, cold beer and good seafood, pasta and Indian dishes.