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Gokarna, Holy Pilgrimage Town and Popular Beach Destination

Gokarna Gokarna is an ancient small town in Karnataka, 3 hours of bus journey away from Goa, and this town is 60 km south of Karwar and 7 hours from the city of Mangalore. Gokarna town is a major pilgrimage site for Hindus and is famous for the Gokarnanatha Shiva Temple and its beautiful beaches.
This place is one of the major excursion venues form Goa as it is a famous holy center for Hindus and also holds the tag for being a popular beach destination. Go-karna means 'cow's ears' in Sanskrit. According to legends, Lord Shiva emerged from a cow's ear and so the name. Gokarna is situated along the Karwar coast, in northern Karnataka. It is located at the meeting point of the two rivers Gangavali and Agnashini, which is shaped like an ear.

There are many temples in this region and this place is regarded as a sacred place by the Hindus for performing the last rites of their loved ones. It is believed that last rites performed here is same as those performed at Kashi or Varanasi. The temples here are;

  • Mahabaleshwara Temple: Also called the Kashi of South. Hindus perform the last rites here .Here the Maha Shivrathri is celebrated with great fervor in February.
  • Shri Maha Ganapati Temple : Dedicated to Lord Ganesha.
  • Koti-tirtha Kund : It is believed to be created by Garuda.
  • Krishan Temple : Here it is said that Lord Krishna went for penance.
  • Ram-Tirtha : Dedicated to Lord Venkataeswara, it is over a hill which has a splendid view of the sea.
  • Bhadrakali Temple : Dedicated to Goddess Kali.

Apart of being a holy city Gokarna also has in its vicinity four serene beaches which are famous for their picturesque beauty and tranquil surroundings. These beaches are Kudle – a 1 km long stretch of white sand fringed by palm trees – is the nearest – just about 20 minutes' walk from Gokarna. Half an hour further from Kudle is the Om beach, so named because it's shaped like the auspicious ‘Om’ symbol. Gokarna's other beaches- Paradise and Half-Moon- are smaller and lesser known, but equally great for sunbathing and swimming.

There is no such time as the best time to visit Gokarna, as it is pretty much a round-the-year destination. However, you could well give the monsoons a miss. Between February and March, festivities mark Maha Shivratri, and along with other celebrations, there's a colorful procession in Gokarna. The Shivaratri – also called Mahashivaratri (meaning the night of Shiva) – is a grand occasion celebrated on the moonless night of the Indian month of Phalguna which corresponds with the months of February and March, and is dedicated to the Hindu God Shiva, the destroyer. Gokarna is still fairly undiscovered as far as the beach crowd goes. There are pilgrim hotels which are mainly budget or mid-range- hotels, guesthouses and beach huts are also available, but quality can vary considerably.
 
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Hotel In Gokarna

Om Beach Resort    
Om Beach Resort The Resort has 12 Palatial colonial English type Suite rooms over looking golden stretch of Beach and verdant green hills in Gokarna on the way to the famous OM Beach, one of the Gokarna's five acclaimed beaches.
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USD 42.68
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