Goa being too popular, Andamans being ticked off the bucket list already and Lakshadweep being super expensive, we were looking for super & budgeted beach holiday. With its unspoiled beaches and spectacular landscapes, Gokarna is one breathtaking piece of heaven in Karnataka for beach hippies like us.
With its land of palm trees, blue seas and golden sands around, where eternity begins and ends with the ocean's tides, Gokarna is a town of contrasts. Not only known as a temple town but also a perfect beach holiday destination and great place to go for trek lovers.
Why Gokarna over Goa?
Trip to Gokarna was pending for a while. During Christmas vacay, we were looking to go to a secluded place to relax and spend some quality time with ourselves away from hustle bustle of city life and enjoy chilled-out beach holiday and not so full-scale parties' destination. Though, Goa being one of the finest beach destination to head to during Christmas with all its beach parties, we chose Gokarna over it, just because it is too touristy these days of the year.
Located on the coast of Karwar, Gokarna is a small town in Karnataka, mainly known for two reasons - its pristine and clean beaches and blissful temples. Gokarna is not very touristy destination. The beaches are meant for a leisurely holiday and the temples holds rich history. Every beach here will provide you immense relaxation and time with yourself. With the beauty of coconut and palm trees, the blue ocean and clean sands in toes, Gokarna is a "Unique" destination to unwind from your busy life.
How to reach Gokarna?
By Air: Gokarna doesn't have its own airport. Dabolim Airport is the nearest airport which is about 140 Kms (approx. 3.5 hours) away. You can also reach gokarna from Mangalore by air which is around 235 kms away from the Gokarna town.
By Railways: The nearest rail head is Gokarna Road which is about 6 km away from the town. You can also reach Gokarna from other railway stations like Ankola, Kumta, Karwar and Madgaon.
By Road: If you plan to take the road, you have several buses to take you to Gokarna. KSRTC has buses running from Bangalore, Mangalore, Panjim, Hubli, etc.
When is the best time to visit to Gokarna?
The best time to visit Gokarna is from October until March, when the weather is warm and pleasant in daytime and cold during nights. Avoid, April and May months, as you might face hot summers.
Where to stay in Gokarna?
Numerous options for staying are available to the tourists at Gokarna. From Low range to exotic resorts are well spread out over the town. Beach resorts are also highly demanded by the tourists. We booked our stay in Sanskruti Resort, which stood out to be a good choice . Zostel, Kudle beach resort, Gokarna international resort are few of the recommended stay options.
== Our 3 days excursion in Gokarna ==