Gokarna Tourism & Travel Guide

A small town in the state of Karnataka, Gokarna is about 5 hours away from Goa. The town is considered holy for Hindus as there are some very revered temples here, especially those dedicated to Lord Shiva. The main temples are the Mahabaleshwar and the Ganpati Temple. A mini-Goa or rather Goa's hipster counterpart, Gokarna is a blessing for travellers. Its four main beaches, Om Beach, Kudle Beach, Half Moon Beach and Paradise Beach are all you need after the chaos of the cities. Spend time relaxing on the beach, indulging in one of their luxurious Ayurvedic messages or join a yoga course – everything here is an experience to remember. The shacks near the beach offer delicious continental and Indian food, and have a very relaxed environment. Though there are many wonderful places to visit around Gokarna, space out your days to enjoy the pristine sunsets and radiant sunrises the beach town offers!
Best time to visit

The best time to visit Gokarna is from October until March when the weather is warm and pleasant for travel and sightseeing

Read more >
Budget

Accommodation in hostels and guesthouses: INR 500 - 800

For Mid-range Travellers: INR 1000 to INR 2500 a day

For Luxury Travellers: INR 3000 and upwards

Read more >

Trips and Itineraries for Gokarna

We head to Gokarna!...

View more comments...

I miss you Gokarna and I'll definitely come back :)...

View more comments...

Top Places To Visit in Gokarna 19 Spots

Gokarna
Out of the four pristine beaches here, the Om Beach is also named as the Gokarna Beach. The name 'Om' comes from the fact that the beach makes a perfect symbol of 'Om' here. It is a beautiful place but not fit for swimming as the slope is steep and thus the waves are a bit fierce. You can enjoy a picnic here or walk along the beach admiring the beautiful sceneries filled with greenery. There is also a hill nearby on top of which the famous Om Beach Resort is situated. From on top of this hill you can get clear panoramic views of the whole town.
63 Reviews
South Gokarna, Gokarna 581326
This is one of the four main beaches of the beach town of Gokarna. Not very far away from Bangalore, this place is thus an awesome weekend getaway. The shape of the beach is a perfect 'C' and ne side are coconut trees while on the other there are rocky outcrops. The slope of the sea is high and thus the waves are wild and high too. This makes it a perfect beach for surfing but not very safe for swimming. This is also a very cheerful place with a lot of people but still a certain peacefulness remains. The crowd is mostly of foreigners with a very few Indians and thus you can be assured about decency of people. There are not many accomodation options around this beach but the variety of food here will leave you with no complains for sure.
34 Reviews


Weekend Getaways from Gokarna  

Best time to visit - January,September,October,November,December
About 100kms west of Mysore, the hilly hamlet of Kodagu (formerly known as Coorg) is located in the evergreen highlands of the Western Ghats. This charming district beckons tourists with its spice gardens, cardamom forests and a sea of coffee plantations. Travel to Coorg for the wide array of adventure activities. Raft through the white rapids of the Barapole river, trek across the grasslands of the Kopatty-Kalugundi trail or quad biking through the Chevalara falls. For those seeking a more relaxed experience, fishing at the Valnoor and Bheemeshwari fishing camps or simply wandering through coffee plantations are some of the most sought after things to do in Coorg. The 17th century Madikeri Fort where the revered Tipu Sultan once held court, and the Omkareshwar temple are among the most famous attractions of the district’s headquarters in Madikeri. While you are here, also visit Namdroling Monastery in Bylakuppe, the largest Tibetan settlement of south India. Go here for a pleasant evening intermittent with monastic hymns, prayer bells and a motley of Tibetan handicrafts.

Best Time to Visit Gokarna

 

  • Best time to visit- The best time to visit Gokarna is from October until March when the weather is warm and pleasant.
  • Shoulder Season- Try and avoid the summer months of April and May as there is a lot of humidity around the coastal area.
  • Off-season- The offseason, that is the rainy season, which is not the ideal time to go to the beaches with all of them looking desolate and unkempt with limited food options.

Budget for Gokarna


Accommodation in hostels and guesthouses: INR 550 - 850

  • Food in local cafes and street eateries: INR 50 - 250
  • Public Transport in buses and auto rickshaws: INR 30 - 80
  • Sightseeing: INR 10 - 50.

For Mid-range Travellers: INR 1000 to INR 2500 a day

  • Accommodation in mid-range hotels and resorts: INR 800 - 1000
  • Food in mid-range cafes and restaurants: INR 250 - 500
  • Local transport in local taxis or car rentals: INR 200 - 400
  • Treks and Hiking packages: INR 1000 and upwards.

For Luxury Travellers: INR 3000 and upwards

  • Accommodation in 4* or 5* hotels: INR 3500 and upwards
  • Food in upscale restaurants and bars: INR 700 and upwards
  • Local transport in private taxis: INR 2000 and upwards
  • Guided tours: INR 1500 and upwards.


Gokarna

How To Reach Gokarna

Book Gokarna Tour Package

Your Enquiry has been sent successfully