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    Best time to Visit Gokarna: Jan,Feb,Nov,dec

    Category : Adventure: Adventure.,Hiking,Paragliding,Parasailing,Sailing,Trekking
    Leisure: Leisure,Beaches,Family Holiday

    Duration(days) : 3 Days

    Description

    Gokarna is a small temple town in Karnataka, famous for its pristine beaches, breathtaking landscapes and numerous temples.

    The prime attraction of the Gokarna is the Mahabaleshwar Temple which houses the Atmalinga. According to legends, the Atmalinga was given to Ravana by Lord Shiva himself. Atmalinga was a powerful weapon and devatas did not want Ravana to get such a powerful weapon, fearing destruction.
    Ravana had been instructed by Lord Shiva not to keep the Atmalinga on the ground, since it would be fixed wherever it touched ground. 
    Ravana had stopped near Gokarna, for his evening prayers while going back to Lanka. Lord Ganesh took the avatar of a boy and offered Ravana to hold the Atmalinga during his prayer. Ganesha then kept the linga on ground before Ravana comes back from prayer. Ravana, in extreme anger, tried to pull out the Atmalinga from the ground, breaking it in the process. These pieces then resulted in the establishment of various temples in Karnataka. 

    Besides Mahabaleshwara temple, there are other prominent temples in Gokarna including Maha Ganapathi temple, Bhadrakali Temple, Varadaraja temple and Venkataramana temple.

     

    This Hindu pilgrimage town, is now a newly found hub for beach lovers. Some of the best beaches near Gokarna are: 
    •  Om Beach
    •  Kundle Beach
    •  Gokarna beach
    •  Half moon beach
    •  Paradise beach

     

    Gokarna derives its name from the Hindi word for a cow’s ear (Gau and Karna) and is located at the confluence of the two rivers Gangavali and Aghanashini which is shaped like the ear of the cow. 

     

    Cuisine:
    Gokarna has plenty of delicious sea food options.

     

    Festivals:
    Mahashivratri is the celebrated in great pomp and the place witness huge tourist during this festival time.


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    Mahabaleshwar temple

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    The Mahabaleshwara Temple is one of major Shiva Temples in India. This temple is regarded second only to the Kashi Vishwanatha Temple in Varanasi and is often called the Dakshina Kashi. This temple is very ancient and enhanced through several centuries. The Shiva temple contains two lingams, namely the Paralingam and the Atmalingam. The temple was built by the Kadamba King Mauryasharma and displays a vibrant Dravidian style of architecture and has been constructed using white granite stones. The temple is said to be one of the seven sacred Muktikshetras and is visited by Hindus to perform the death rites for their ancestors.
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      Om Beach

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      Om beach is the most popular beach in the area. It got its name, as it is naturally shaped like the auspicious Om symbol. The beach has water activities like jet-skiing, surfing, skiing, banana boat cruises, dolphin spotting etc. The beach is well maintained and the area has plenty of palm trees dotting its coastline.
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        Kudle Beach

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        The Kudle beach is one of the most visited beaches in Gokarna. The beach is lined with several cafes and restaurants. It is a white sandy gorgeous beach bordered by palm trees. It is a twenty minute walk from Gokarna.
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          Gokarna beach

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          Gokarna beach is a scenic beach and is the closet beach to the town. It is one of the most popular sightseeing spots in Gokarna. This beach is mainly used by Indian pilgrims because it is located right behind the Mahabaleshwar Temple. As per the religious customs, pilgrims usually visit the temple after a dip in the waters of this beach (not mandatory though). This beach is also known for surfing. There is lot of litter at the beach, but you can watch the beautiful sunset from a distance.
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            Paradise beach

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            Paradise beach is one of the most scenic but uninhabited beaches. It is accessible only by boat or by trekking through the forest. It is great for sunbathing and swimming though no water sports are available.
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              Half moon beach

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              It is quite a beautiful beach, precisely because it is smaller, less popular, less crowded beach. It is separated from the Om beach by a cliff.
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                Ganapati temple / Maha Ganapati Temple

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                Maha Ganapati Temple is located near Mahabaleshwara temple. The temple marks the incident when lord Ganesha tricked Ravana and took the Atmalingam from him. This temple is usually visited before visiting the Mahabaleshwar temple.
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                  Koti Teertha / Kotitirtha

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                  Koti Teertha is an artificial water tank located at a short distance from the Mahabaleshwara temple. Koti Tirtha literally means a thousand springs and is considered to be an immensely sacred spot for the Hindus. Koti is considered extremely sacred and is utilized for immersing and bathing idols.
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                    Bhadrakali Temple

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                    Bhadrakali Temple was built in honour of Goddess Uma. According to the legends, Lord Vishnu requested Uma to reside in Gokarna after she was abandoned by Ravana. Today she is worshipped as Goddess Bhadrakali and draws large number of devotees.
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                      Mirjan Fort

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                      Mirjan Fort is at a distance of 22 km from Gokarna. The fort is known for its architectural elegance and is located on the banks of Aganashini River (tributary of Sharavathi River)
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                        Kumta

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                        Kumta is a small sea coast town, at a distance of 32 kms from Gokarna. It is famous for its beach, temples, banana cultivation and sandalwood carvings.
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                          Yaana

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                          Yana, 55 kms from Gokarna, is famous for the unusual rock formations in its vicinity. It is located in Shayadri mountain range in the midst of thick woods of the western Ghats, it is indeed a delightful location for the trekkers. It is approachable only by walking 3 kms of thick forests from the nearest road head.
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                            Karwar

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                            Karwar is a quite beach town located at a distance of 60 kms from Gokarna.
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                              Murudeshwara

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                              Murudeshwara is a small beach town, 85 km from Gokarna, lying on the coast of Arabian Sea. Murudeshwara is famous for world‘s second tallest Shiva statue (123 feet) and Murudeshwara temple. Murudeshwara temple is built on the Kanduka hill and is surrounded on 3 sides by Arabian Sea.
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                                By Air:
                                Goa is the nearest airport

                                 

                                By Train:
                                Nearest Train Station is Gokarna Road Railway Station (9 Kms).
                                Karwar Railway Station is situated at a distance of 58 Kms.

                                 

                                By Road
                                Some important distances to note from Gokarna are:
                                Karwar -  58 kms
                                Murdeshwar - 78 kms
                                Goa - 143 kms
                                Mangalore - 232 kms
                                Bangalore - 485 kms