Top 10 Places To Visit In Gokarna

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Om Beach

This beach is famous for being naturally shaped like the auspicious symbol Om. It attracts tourists of all kinds who enjoy the scenic beauty and the water sports activities.

Om beach, Gokarna | Shutterstock

Kudle Beach

This beach is one of the most popular tourist spots in Gokarna, located a short walk away from the town. It offers a long stretch of white sand, palm trees, and a serene atmosphere.

Kudle Beach | Shutterstock

Paradise Beach

This beach is also known as Full Moon Beach and is accessible only by boat or trekking. It is a secluded and pristine beach that offers a tranquil escape from the crowds. It is ideal for camping, swimming, and relaxing.

Paradise Beach | Shutterstock

Gokarna Beach

This beach is located close to the Mahabaleshwara Temple and is mostly visited by pilgrims who come to take a dip in the holy waters. It is also a good spot to witness the annual Rath Yatra festival, when a huge chariot is pulled by devotees along the beach.

Gokarna Beach | Shutterstock

Yana Caves

These caves are located about 60 km from Gokarna and are a natural wonder. They are formed by the erosion of black limestone rocks and have two massive peaks, known as Bhairaveshwara Shikhara and Mohini Shikhara.

Yana Caves | Shutterstock

Mirjan Fort

This fort is located about 11 km from Gokarna and is a historical monument. It was built by the Queen Chennabhairadevi of Gersoppa in the 16th century and was later captured by the Portuguese, the Marathas, and the British.

Mirjan fort located in Northern Karnataka | Shutterstock

Half Moon Beach

This beach is named after its crescent shape and is located between Om Beach and Paradise Beach. It is a small and secluded beach that can be reached by boat or trekking. It has a few shacks and huts where visitors can stay overnight.

Half Moon Beach | Shutterstock

Maha Ganpati Temple

This temple is dedicated to Lord Ganesha and is situated near the Mahabaleshwara Temple. It is believed that Ganesha tricked Ravana into placing the Atmalinga on the ground here, thus preventing him from taking it to Lanka.

Shree Maha Ganapati Dev Temple, Gokarna | Shutterstock

Koti Tirtha

This is a sacred pond located in the heart of Gokarna town. It is surrounded by temples and is considered to be the origin of a thousand springs. It is also used for performing rituals and immersing idols during festivals.

Koti Tirtha | Shutterstock

Mahabaleshwara Temple

This temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and houses the Atmalinga, a sacred linga that was brought by Ravana from Mount Kailash. It is a classic example of Dravidian architecture and a popular pilgrimage site.

Mahabaleshwara Temple | Shutterstock

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