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

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

Itineraries For Gokarna

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Travel Articles And Blogs On Gokarna

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Trips and Itineraries for Gokarna

Goa, overcrowded? Head to Gokarna instead!

What happens when all plans for Goa fail? When Lakshadweep is too expensive and Bali is way out o...

Kirat S
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It's strange how you become a part of some place instantly. It was the month of September when I ...

Aashish M Pawgi
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Gokarna – A Home Away from Home for the Hippies

#The west coast of India has a small temple town, which draws both pilgrims and beach holidaymake...

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Top Places To Visit in Gokarna

Om Beach
Gokarna
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 ...
Half Moon Beach
near Om Beach, Gokarna 581326
Another one of the four beautiful beaches of the beach town of Gokarna, this is quite a popular one. The name is derived...
Mirjan Fort
0.5 kilometres from the National Highway 17 and 11 kilometres from Gokarna, Gokarna 581326
Mahabaleswara Temple
Main Street, Gokarna
This temple is the main pilgrim attraction of the temple town of Gokarna. This is a Shaiva pilgrimage site and is visite...

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Weekend Getaways from Gokarna

Kodagu
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Panaji
This is the capital of the state of Goa and is probably the smallest state capital. Panaji is also the headquarters of t...
Calangute
    Calangute is the most famous beach here in Goa. This particular beach is more crowded compared to others. As the wav...
Mangalore
Best time to visit - January,February,March,April,May,June,July,August,September,October,November,December
Known as the gateway to Karnataka, the picturesque city of Mangalore is famous for its golden beaches, revered temples a...
Hampi
Best time to visit - January,February,March,October,November,December
Hampi (Hampe) is a village and temple town recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, listed as the Group of Monuments ...
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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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