Gokarna- The Backpacker’s paradise
Craving for a retreat away from the outside world and love picturesque beaches and treks? Gokarna is the place to be! Tucked away in the coasts of Karnataka and a 120kms from the party town that is Goa, Gokarna is a paradise with fewer crowds, good food and budget retreats. Covered by lush green trees and enthralling sunsets, this place will quench all our wanderlust with its serene beaches and a laid back vibe
Gokarna is a remote village. The easiest way would be to reach Mangalore and take a train to Gokarna. It’s better to prebook train tickets so that there’s no last minute hassle. From the station, plenty of autos will be available that will take you to the main town. Hostels are aplenty in Gokarna including Zostel, Trippr, Hostel LaVie etc. If all the hostels are booked, don’t worry there are small shacks lining the Gokarna Main beach where you’ll get easy and cheap accommodation.
The legend of Gokarna
Gokarna has 2 sides to it – The religious and the hippie side. Nearby Gokarna is the famous Murdeeshwar temple dedicated to Shiva and also some temples inside the main town. If you’re religious, you should really check out these temples. The temples in the main town open early in the morning and you can get some holy vibes before setting out on your day. Murdeeshwar is some 80kms from Gokarna and one can get buses to Murdeeshwar from Gokarna almost every day. Murdeeshwar is famous for its huge monolith of Lord Shiva sitting elegantly and looking at all of us with an all knowing smile. Now for the hippie side, Gokarna has around 7 beaches and numerous instagramable cafes and good food with cuisines ranging from Tibetian to Iranian and Italian. There is an old legend that says Gokarna is a place where you cannot spend money even if you have truckloads of it, which makes it perfect for backpackers because let’s face it, if we’re rich we would have gone for Goa and partied ourselves to oblivion.