The sleepy little town, Gokarna lies along the West Coast of India, in the state of Karnataka. The name “Gokarna”, which really means “Cow’s Ear”, was given to this elegant town because it is shaped just like the ear of a cow. However, several natives also believe that the Hindu God, Lord Shiva emerged from a cow’s ear; hence, the name “Gokarna”.
Gokarna, which was originally just a Hindu pilgrimage center, has greatly evolved over the last few years as a tourist attraction in India. This little town is currently one of the most preferred offbeat destinations in Asia and several tourists from all over the world visit this beautiful little Indian town.
The lovely hills, stunning beaches, and beautifully designed temples make Gokarna worth exploring. If you are in search of a different and unique touring experience during your vacation, then you must head straight to the little town of Gokarna. Some of the best things that you can do in Gokarna are as follows.
The best and most popular thing you can do in Gokarna is beach trekking. Trekking on the beaches of Gokarna will be an adventurous and exciting experience and it will make your tour to Gokarna a lot more delightful and unforgettable. A climb and descend along the hilly rocks to different beaches is something you should not miss while you are visiting Gokarna. There are five beaches in this little town and each one of them is worth exploring.
Visit the Temples
As said, Gokarna was originally a temple town, and so, there are plenty of ancient temples in the area. One of the most visited ancient temples in Gokarna is the Mahabaleshwar temple, which is home to the “Shiva linga”. You might be a little bit shocked to hear that the deity in this temple is more than 1500 years old. The serene feeling and calm atmosphere of this temple will make you feel relaxed.
Enjoy a Massage
Most of the beach hotels and budget hotels in Gokarna offer massage services to tourists. The Kerala Ayurvedic treatments offered by some of the Gokarna beach hotels will give a soothing experience after a tiresome day of trekking and sightseeing. The massage centers have more than a few options such as a regular full body massage, head massage, foot massage, and more. So, make sure to try a massage as per your schedule; it will surely give you the energy to do more fun activities the next day.