What to See
Gokarna beach: Surrounded by the rugged Western Ghats on one side and the Arabian Sea on the other, Gokarna beach is a paradise for those who want to get away from the hustle-bustle of city life. It’s a great place to while away your afternoon just relaxing on a hammock or enjoying the waves in the evening. Many shacks at the beach offer a delectable multi-cuisine fare that will make your time at Gokarna beach all the more special.
Kudle beach: Pronounced 'kudlee', Kudle beach is a little slice of heaven that offers you much-needed serenity and beauty on your time away from home. Situated to the south of Gokarna beach, Kudle is a sparkling stretch of sand and clear blue waters that are a sight for sore eyes. Not only does this beach allow you to just be and unwind, it also has something for the adventurers! Water sports and volleyball games are a regular sight for those looking to have some fun. One of the most famous shacks here is Sunset Cafe and is a must-visit for its delicious food and warm hospitality.
Half Moon beach: Said to be the most beautiful beach in Gokarna, Half Moon beach offers you the most picturesque views of the sea. Speckled with Indian style huts and shacks, Half Moon beach has countless hammocks where you can just relax with a book in hand. Also available are reasonably priced accommodation options for people who want to stay the night. Several shacks here are known for their delectable and authentic sea food dishes that you must try. Other activities you can indulge in at Half Moon beach are swimming in the pristine waters and camping.
Om beach: Resembling the auspicious Om symbol, Om beach offers some lovely cafes and food joints where you can relax and binge on some authentic local food. Om beach is an excellent option if you want to treat yourself to some adventurous activities like banana boat rides, surfing and water skiing.
Paradise beach: This untouched piece of beach can only be reached by boat or trekking through the forest. But once you get there, you will realise it was worth all your time and effort. For those who want to actually indulge in some serious beach time sunbathing and swimming, Paradise beach is the perfect option in Gokarna.
Mahabaleshwara temple: This temple is one of the most sacred sites for Hindus in India. Devotees flock this temple to take the blessings of Lord Shiva and also to perform the last rites of their loved ones. The Mahabaleshwara temple features beautiful Dravidian architecture and a 1,500-year old Shiva idol. All through the day, and especially the evenings, the temple resonates with activity and prayers and aartis dedicated to Shiva.
Maha Ganpati temple: According to a local legend, it is necessary to visit the Maha Ganpati temple before you visit the Mahabaleshwara temple. This is because, according to the legend, Lord Ganesha succeeded to take the Atmalinga from Ravana, and thus, Lord Shiva bestowed on him the honour of the first worship.
Murudeshwar: A little way away from Gokarna, Murudeshwar is a town that is home to the second-tallest statue of Lord Shiva in India. Overlooking the marvellous Arabian Sea, the tower of the Murudeshwar temple rises to 249 ft, possibly the tallest in the world. The temple’s presiding deity is Sri Murudeshwara, a manifestation of Lord Shiva.