One of the best parts of visiting a town like Gokarna is finding accommodation facing the shorelines of the Arabian Sea. There are plenty of small shacks, lodges, and hotels in and around the environs of the four main beaches in Gokarna namely Om, Kudle, Half-Moon, and Paradise.
What has been a favorite spot for pilgrimage over the years has become one of the popular tourist destinations made famous by the Mahabaleshwar Temple and the beaches. Now that foreigners throng it, Gokarna has become a tourist spot that is equally laidback and less commercial to Goa.
Renting out a budget hotel or a cottage is amongst the two popular choices for finding stay in Gokarna. One can literally listen to the sound of serene waves across the sandy rock formations, feel the wind blow, and engage in beachside activities that provide inner peace when staying in Gokarna beach hotels. Not to mention getting a taste of the seafood, practicing yoga, getting an Ayurvedic massage, setting alight bonfire, or enjoying the nightlife in Gokarna at one’s own comfort. The hippies that came to Gokarna in the past decades find it nothing less than nirvana, so what’s not to like?
Gokarna welcomes the southwest Monsoon starting June until August each year, and after that, the climate turns relatively sunny and dry. The ideal time visit this town in Karnataka’s Uttara Kannada district is following the recession of the South Indian monsoon by October and until March. It is also that time in the year, when the climate in Gokarna stays relatively warm around 30 degree Celsius temperature on an average. The summer vacations in South India starting April until May is often hot and humid than that, with average temperature ranging up to upper thirties.
The demand for beachside shacks in Gokarna tends to increase starting December until February based on where you choose to stay and the seasons of the year you make the trip. It is said that Kudle beach and Om beach have the most number of permanent cottages in Gokarna, while small huts in Half-Moon and Paradise beaches tends to stay open starting November till March or when tourists arrive in large numbers. It is always best to advance book budget Gokarna beach hotels if you are planning to visit the temple town anytime soon.