Gokarna is a village in Uttara Kannada district near Karwar in Karnataka which is famous for its Beaches and temples which makes it a very well known tourist spot in India, Gokarna means cow’s ear legend has it that lord Shiva emerged from the ear of the cow in Gokarna
Gokarna is a village that is about 150 km from Goa and 238 km from Mangalore, it is about 1923 ft above sea level, Gokarna is considered as one among the seven mukthi Kshetras in India, the Mahabaleshwara temple here is very popular and it is visited by pilgrims and tourists all over the world apart from the temple Gokarna is known for its beaches namely Om beach, Gokarna beach and the Kudle beach which makes Gokarna a hot tourist attraction in India.
Places to visit in Gokarna:
The Mahabaleshwara temple
Mahabaleshwara temple is a Hindu temple which is considered as very sacred temple for the devotees of lord Shiva which enshrines the Aatma Lingam of lord Shiva which was given by lord Shiva to srilankan king Ravana to make him and his kingdom invincible. Special abhishekam’s are performed in this temple under special requests from the devotees, this temple is a must watch when visiting Gokarna.
Om beach which is around 1 km long which is occupied by restaurants, beach huts and resorts. The natural rocks around the beach are pretty artistic to look at the aerial view of the beach resembles the shape of OM from which the Om beach derived its name there are also other beaches like the Gokarna Beach,
Kudlebeach, Half moon and Paradise beach.
Nearest cities to Gokarna
Goa and Mangalore are the nearest cities to Gokarna, the nearest airport to Gokarna is the Dabolim airport in Goa which is about 140 km from Gokarna, there are plenty of KSRTC buses connecting to Gokarna and places around it, the nearest major railway station to Gokarna is the Ankola railway station(20 km away) it takes about 45 minutes from Ankola railway station to reach Gokarna.
Some amazing pics of Gokarna.
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