First Time Tourists Guide in Gokarna

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Gokarna is a city located in Karnataka, India.

It's originally a Hindu pilhrimage centre, but the city also boasts lovely rocky beaches.

Gokana Main beach is the most popular beach visited by tourist.

Moreover, the historical sites are spread in several spots in the city.

One of the stunning attraction is Mahabaleshwara Temple.

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SIGHTSEEING

Head to one of the most well known tourist spot, Kudle Beach. It's located around 20 minutes walking from Gokarna city centre. This is absolutely a nice destination to relax on a number of simple huts. You can also have a beach-side eating place. Explore the pure sandy beach that surrounded by many palm trees.

Kudle Beach View Resort & Spa

Awesome place with scenic view of ocean from balcony.

Rooms have all basic plus extra amenities like dental and shaving kits, iron, hair dryer and cloth chappals.

Foods are delicious specially the South Indian cuisine.

. The staff is well behaved and understand the value of customers.

Address : 365kw, Kudle Beach Rd, Gokarna, Karnataka 581326, India

DOWNTOWN

The heart of Gokarna is a busy area. It consists of restaurants, business buildings, and shopping stores. The closest destination to go near downtown is Om beach. Here, you can do plenty fun activities like sun bathing, speed boating, surfing and many more. Waiting for the sunset's coming while lying on the sand is truly unforgettable moment.

Om Beach View Point (ಓಂ ಕಡಲತೀರ)

Best place to relax and feel the nature at the far end of Om beach.

Om beach itself is a beautiful beach in the town of Gokarna.

Fine sand and rock creation attract a lot of traveller especially foreigners.

This place is heaven for shutterbugs with some mind-blowing sceneries amidst the rocky terrain.

Address : Unnamed Road, 581326, Gokarna, Karnataka 581326, India

SHOPPING

Hunting for local specialities and taking back souvenirs is truly most things to do. Shopping in Gokarna is all about buying gifts like brass lamps, prayer beads, incense sticks, and other local handicraft. The paradise for shopping is centered at Car street. You can visit Mahabalagourp or other shops along the street.

mahabalagourp

This is one of traditional shopping stores.

This shop offers you many local crafts such as brass lamp.

You can stroll its surroundings to find more about gifts.

It allows you to bargain for the best price.

Address : Car St, Car Street, Dandebagh, Gokarna, Karnataka 581326, India

FOOD & DRINK

Located in Karnataka, Gokarna is famous for their tangy seafood. The local delicacies takes influence from its neighbors like Kerala, Andhra Pradesh, and Tamil Nadu. You can try Neer dosa, lacy crepes made with ground rice batter. Another one is Korri Gassi, a Mangalore Chicken curry.

CULTURE

The city of Gokarna offers insightful history and culture from its destination. It also has enthralling historical legend from Hindu customs and traditions. The popular festivals are held annually such as Mahasivratri that celebrated on February or March. In addition, Kannada is the main language spoken here.

BEST TIME TO VISIT

The best time to visit Gokarna is between October and March. The weather is warm and pleasant, so you will get more fun exploring the beaches.

HOTEL

Experience a relaxing stay at Kudle Beach View Resort & Spa. This is a 3 star beachfront hotel. Among the facilities are WIFI, private bathroom, swimming pool, and restaurant with continental breakfast. The location allows you to explore other popular destination like Half moon beach. Gokarna International Beach Resort is another recommendation. The hotel offers you luxury amenities such as pool, yoga room and restaurant. Staying in the hotel gives you peaceful atmosphere since it has green tropical surrounding.

Kudle Beach View Resort & Spa

Awesome place with scenic view of ocean from balcony.

Rooms have all basic plus extra amenities like dental and shaving kits, iron, hair dryer and cloth chappals.

Foods are delicious specially the South Indian cuisine.

. The staff is well behaved and understand the value of customers.

Address : 365kw, Kudle Beach Rd, Gokarna, Karnataka 581326, India

Gokarna International Beach Resort

Possibly the best place to stay at when in Gokarna.

Rooms are comfortable and serviced regularly.

The hotel has a central pool which is clean and well maintained.

Would definitely recommend coming here during the summer.

Address : Kudle Beach Rd, Gokarna, Karnataka 581326, India

RESTAURANT

The Little Paradise Inn is one of local and tourists favorite to have variety of seafood menu. The restaurant is located close to the sea, offering you a nice view while eating. Moreover, there are also local cuisines you should try and some Thai food menu. Mantra Cafe is another worth visit restaurant. Located near popular Zostel hotel, the restaurant offers amazing vibe of beach and greenery view. Variety of dishes are served here ranging from local food to pizza.

The Little Paradise Inn

A great restaurant with lots of options for seafood.

Great ambience and delicious food specially chicken dishes.

The roof top seating area is phenomenal cooks breeze and cosy pillows.

This place is good for low light dinners.

Address : Kudle Beach, Gokarna, Karnataka 581326, India

Mantra Cafe

This place is great to enjoy your food with cool wind blowing pass.

They have some pretty good continental and italian dishes in their menu.

This place is all about chilling with friends with beer and a view.

Address : Zostel, Kudle Beach Rd, Dandebagh, Gokarna, Karnataka 581326, India

CAFE

Head to Chez Christophe 2010 to get a different cafe vibe. Bringing the garden cafe concept, it's a nice place to relax after playing in the beach. Do not forget to enjoy a cup of coffee in a different sensation near the beach. You must go to Ganga Café, a beach front cafe that has few coffee selection and some food menu.

Chez Christophe 2010

This restaurant is one of the best restaurants in Gokarna.

It’s a French cafe, by the beach side with good menu options and desserts.

The waiters here are very courteous and ready to help all time.

A must visit if you are a foodie.

Address : Midle Beach, Belehittal Rd, Gokarna, Karnataka 581326, India

Ganga Café

The best cafe to dine and relax with delightful views.

The cafe serves mouth watering dishes and the view from the cafe is mesmerising.

The seafood fried rice and noodles are good too.

Sitting by beach side having some chilled drinks makes the place more pleasant.

Address : Kudle Road, Gokarna, Karnataka 581326, India

BAR AND NIGHTLIFE

Being a small town, Gokarna doesn't have usual nightclubs, bar, or disco. Yet you can still get a fun nightlife xperience in the city. It may good for you to go Golden Wines, one of the largest bar offering huge selection of drinks. Even though it doesn't reflect party bar vibe, but it's a nice place to make a new friends, especially with locals. Om D.s CAFE (5 1) is another option to enjoy beer and cocktail. You will get different sensation by spending your night in this beach front bar.

Golden Wines

The one and only superb place in Gokarna where will get all variety of liquor brands.

They do have good stock unlike typical wine shops in small towns.

Address : Gokarna, Karnataka 581326, India

Om D.s CAFE (5 1)

Awesome place for having a meal or drink with beautiful views.

There are many choice of dishes and they are delicious.

The waiters are also great.

Address : Kudle Beach Rd, facing cafe, Gokarna, Karnataka 581326, India

INTERESTING PLACE

Take a spiritual tour to Maha Ganapathi Temple. It's a family temple that was constructed about 400 years ago. Besides has rich history behind this temple, it also become a place for festivals and other Hindus tradition. Gokarna Main Beach should also be listed in your itinerary. It is the longest beach in the city and located near temples.

Maha Ganapathi Temple

Maha Ganapathi temple in gokarna is an amazing temple, this temple has very positive vibes.

It has a Ganesha deity in standing position and is auspicious as well.

It draws mythological importance dating back to Ramayana times.

You need to visit this temple first before you visit another temple.

Address : Gokarna Beach Road, Car Street, Dandebagh, Gokarna, Karnataka 581326, India

Gokarna Main Beach

A beach which you can spend time by sun bathing and get into shallow waters and have fun.

You can watch beautiful sunset at this beach.

Sand area is wide hence camel/horse ride possible.

A must for family crowd and there is ample parking space for 4 wheels.

Address : Belehittal Rd, Dandebagh, Gokarna, Karnataka 581326, India

INSTAGRAMMABLE SPOT

A 4th century Mahabaleshwar Temple is a worth visiting destination to capture. The place boasts many photograpic spot and 's a Hindu tempe built with classical Dravidian architecture style. historical side. It's a man made tank, Koti Teertha is a sacred place that usually used for ritual bathing. This tank is surrounded by small temples on all sides. There are many to capture from this area like unique architecture and surrounding view.

Mahabaleshwar Temple

Temple with ancient architecture and mythological history related to it.

But more importantly, it is situated in the small village / town of gokarna.

It has positive vibes which you can feel it.

If you love heritage places and construction this place will not upset you.

Address : Koti Teertha Rd, Kotiteertha, Dandebagh, Gokarna, Karnataka 581326, India

Koti Teertha

This is a sacred place for Hindus.

It usually used for ritual bathing.

This tank is surrounded by small temples on all sides.

here are many to capture from this area like unique architecture.

Address : Koti Teertha, Kotiteertha, Gokarna, Karnataka 581326