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

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

Gokarna is an excellent place for a vacation if you're not looking to spend too much. Here is Tripoto's list of the best mid-range hotels will come in handy while booking your next stay here.

If you're travelling to Gokarna on a shoestring budget, Tripoto's list of the best budget hotels will definitely come in handy. 

Backpacking through the beaches of Gokarna just got easier with Tripoto's guide of the most interesting hostels with characterful dorms, great crowd and delicious food in the city. 

Homestays are the perfect way to gain insight into the local culture of a place. It is lodging with a personal touch that makes your holiday all the more special. Feel at home in Gokarna with our top homestay picks.

The hidden beach paradise of Gokarna is picking up as a popular tourist destination among travellers who are done with the crowded streets of Goa. If you're planning a trip to Gokarna, check out Tripoto's list of the must-visit places there. 

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Om Beach
Out of the four pristine beaches here, the Om Beach is also named as the Gokarna Beach. The name 'Om' comes from the fac...
Kudle Beach
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 ...
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near Om Beach, Gokarna 581326
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0.5 kilometres from the National Highway 17 and 11 kilometres from Gokarna, Gokarna 581326
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Main Street, Gokarna
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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.

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