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Written by Vijay on July 17, 2020 Share on

Top Places to visit in Gokarna

Goa is one of the most famous tourist destinations in India but what people miss out is the beauty of Gokarna. Soon after the movie Dil Chahta hai in Bollywood released, it just drove the younger generation of India to plan a trip to Goa with their friends. The craze for Goa did overshadow Gokarna for quite some time now. It is from the past few years that people have started to realise how beautiful Gokarna is. If you are someone who is not a fan of overcrowded beaches and Gokarna is definitely the place to visit. Gokarna is always that budget trip we always wanted to go. let me help you with top places to visit in Gokarna to make your budget trip a fabulous one.

Here are the top places to visit in Gokarna:

  • Om Beach
  • Mahabaleshwar temple
  • Kudle Beach
  • Half Moon Beach
  • Flea market shopping
  • Paradise beach
Beaches are few of the best places to visit in Gokarna
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1. Om Beach

Om beach got its name from its geographical appearance and hence has a spiritual significance associated with it. This beach resembles the Symbol ‘OM’, and therefore the locals consider it highly auspicious. You can behold the joining of two semi-crescent sections of land here, and this is why and how the beach derived its present name. Watching the sunrise and sunset here is surreal. This place is almost a dream come true for photographers. The sight of fishermen busy in their daily chores and birds chirping over the boats with the sun behind them is something that beholds your breath. This is the very reason why this place is considered to be one of the top places to visit in Gokarna. Apart from this, you can also get involved in water sports like the Banana ride, dolphin spotting, bumper boat rides, jet skiing, fishing, trekking, and speed boating while on the beach.

Om beach in Gokarna
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2. Mahabaleshwara temple

Like any temple down south, Mahabaleshwar temple is a prime example of Classic Dravidian culture. This temple was built in the 4th Century and a spiritual retreat to tourists. The glimpse of Lord Shiva idol which was carved out of stone 1500 years ago bestows his blessings on anyone who visits this temple. This idol of Lord Shiva is called as Aatma linga and is also known as Varanasi of the south as it is locally known as Dakshin Kashi. For all those who are interested in art, this temple is a delight at the sight. It is open from 6:00 am to 12:30 pm in the morning and then from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm in the evenings.

3.Kudle Beach

Kudle beach is best known for its sunset views and trust me you will get the most instagrammable pictures here. The sunset views will bring out the photographer in you for sure. To behold this sight, all you have to do take a small trek from OM beach. You will be astonished by the sheer beauty of this beach. This calm and serene beach offers you the best evening walks one can take with their loved ones. Alternatively, you can just lay back and relax while watching the never-ending waves crash in front of your eyes. In case if you are not satisfied with just a walk or stroll on the beach, you can always rent one of the shacks by the sea to wake up to this beautiful view of waves crashing on the beach. This beach is usually crowded between November to February, which is when you will get a chance to interact with other travellers.

Kudle beach in Gokarna
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4. Half Moon Beach

Listed as one of the best places to visit in Gokarna, Half moon beach steals the show because of its beautiful surroundings. The name is derived from the shape of the beach which resembles half-moon. To reach this beach, you will have to trek from Om beach, which is definitely entertaining. After the small trek, you will find this quiet beach away from crowds. Even though this beach secluded from people, you will find quite a few shacks on the beach offering finger-licking food. The best part of this beach is when you in the water and you look around, all you will be able to see the vast ocean in front and lush green forest behind you. This is surreal to behold. You can also keep yourself occupied with fun activities like canoeing, paddle boats, paintball and camping by the beach.

5. Flea market shopping

Very similar to Goa, Visiting the flea market is one of the best places to visit in Gokarna. You should be able to find a lot of stalls of jewellery and decorative items made of shells. These items are usually hand made and have a personalised touch in each of them, thus differentiating themselves for the commercialised stores. There are other stores which sell antique pieces and hand made musical instruments. The variety of stalls this place has will bring out the shopaholic in you. To get the best price, ensure that you put your bargaining skills at use to reach rock bottom prices for these souvenirs. Also, make sure that you try the locally made sugar candy named Kallusakkare.

6. Paradise beach

This beach was quite famous among foreign travellers especially the Hippies. The location of this beach is quite convenient for the hippies to spend their

Paradise beach in Gokarna
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These top places to visit in Gokarna will certainly mesmerize you with its beauty. Book your Gokarna packages through Pickyourtrail to enjoy a hassle-free trip. For more information, you can now look into some of our fresh deals and offers on our Pickyourtravel travel app – India’s best travel app.
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