The picturesque natural surroundings, the pristine unpopulated beaches, and the elegantly designed temples and other religious structures in Gokarna make it an ideal travel destination for tourists who prefer to stay away from crowded and busy tourist landmarks in the country. In fact, the little town of Gokarna is one of the most visited and popular tourist destinations in India. In addition to that, Gokarna is a major pilgrim center and is considered as one of the seven major pilgrim centers in the Hindu scriptures.
Several tourists who visit Gokarna are not aware of the fact that the name of the town is actually derived from a Hindi word and it means ‘cow’s ear’. You might be a little bit surprised to know that this little town, which is situated between the rivers Aghanashini and Gangavali, is shaped exactly like a cow’s name, hence, the name “go-karna”.
Many visitors who are planning a trip to Gokarna often ask what the must-visit places in Gokarna are. If you are one among them, then below is a list of top three places that you should certainly visit while you are touring Gokarna with your friends or family members.
One of the most visited and best tourist spots in Gokarna is undoubtedly the Kudle beach, which sits on the southern side of the Gokarna beach. The grin cliffs on both sides of the beach, white sands, and the greenish blue water of Kudle beach makes it one of the best tourist landmarks in the town.
The Om beach in Gokarna is actually split by a rocky island; it is the sister beach of Kudle beach when it comes to popularity. One-half of the Om beach is lined up with a number of luxurious cafes and restaurants, while the other half contains vast sandy shores with sand and clean waters.
As you might know, the Mahabaleshwar Temple in Gokarna is one of the most popular Shiva temples in India. This famous Shiva temple contains two lingams, which are named as the Atmalingam and the Paralingam. The Mahabaleshwar Temple, which was built by Kadamba King Mauryasharma, features an elegant Dravidian architecture style, and is truly a relaxing site to visit when in Gokarna.