Top things to do in Gokarna

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…
Top Choice Indian in Gokarna


Always packed, this humble-looking place has a prime location just before the town beach. It offers Western food, but it's best to stick to the South or North Indian classics. Finish your meal with a rose or coconut…
Top Choice Hindu Festival 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

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…
French in Gokarna

Chez Christophe

For a very different vibe, stroll up the shore to this chilled French place, a 10-minute walk north from the main section of beach. You'll find authentic salads, fresh pasta, French desserts and wine by the glass. T…
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…
Indian in Gokarna

Arya Ayurvedic Panchakarma Centre

Modish beachfront restaurant that boasts an open kitchen and a fine menu of vegetarian dishes freshly prepared using ayurvedic principles.
Health & Wellness in Gokarna

Organic & Herbals

A fine selection of natural beauty products, including handmade soaps, health foods, tea and spices. Prices are very fair.