Gokarna is about 200km north of Mangalore (7 hr by bus) and 56km southwest of Karwar on the seashore. According to the Gokarna Purana, “By mere entrance into this Ksetra (holy place), one becomes liberated from hundreds of sins, including even brahma-hatya (the killing of a Brahmin).” Moreover, it is said that one becomes free from rebirth by just looking at the Atma-linga, by hearing the roar of the sea, or by taking birth in Koti-tirtha.

Many long-term foreign visitors come to Gokarna, as there are nice secluded beaches nearby. A half-hour walk south of Gokarna are four good, secluded beaches popular with long-term travelers. The most popular time to visit is between January and February. Many people come from Goa after New Years, especially for the full moon.

Money can be exchanged at the Om Hotel.

Four of the most beautiful beaches in India are located south of Gokarna, in the jungle. The first beach is called Kudle Beach, and it is about a twenty-minute walk from Gokarna. To get to Kudle, take the path that starts on the south side of the Ganapati Temple. The path goes uphill and then drops down to Kudle Beach, a beautiful, kilometre-long white sand beach surrounded by palm trees. At this beach there are simple huts and beachside eating places. You need to bring your own bedding. There is fresh water here.

The next beach is OM Beach, thirty-minutes further south. The beach got its name because it is shaped like the auspicious Om sign. There are some really basic huts and some chai shops to eat at. Many Indian pilgrims visit OM Beach on Sundays by bus and holidays to see the sites. Best to come here on the weekdays

Location info:

District:Uttara Kannada
Nearest City:Karwar
Best time to visit: January-February, October-December


Summer 40 (max) & 22 (min) Degrees Celsius
Winter 32 (max) & 10 (min) Degrees Celsius



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Nearest Railway Station:The Konkan Railway passes close to Gokarna. Express trains stop at Karwar,
Nearest Airport:135 Km away and you are at the Dabolim airport in Goa.
Road Transport:Gokarna can be reached by road from Karwar, Ankola, Hubli, Mangalore, Kumta, Bangalore, Hampi and Mysore. Konkan Railway passes though Gokarna and NH 17 is just about 9 Km from the town

Nearest Visiting places:

Panaji (Goa)-(105 Kms) Capital of Goa. Famous for its beaches and ancient churches.

Dandeli-(117 Kms) White water rafting at River Kali & wild life Santuary.

Murdeshwar - ( 120 Kms) Coastal Town. Worlds largest Shiva Statue.

Jog Falls- (150 Kms) Largest waterfalls in Karnataka, Cascades of the Sharavathi River.

Udupi - (200 Kms) Coastal town. Famous Krishna Temple with golden Chariot. The ever-popular Masala Dosa has its origin here.

Hampi - (220 Kms) Magnificent ruins & Historical monuments of the bygone Vijayanagar Kingdom ( World Heritage Centre

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Om beach Resort

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Police Station:100
Nearest Hospital:Hospital:As it is the capital of Uttara Kannada there many hospital available.
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