The coastal area is rife with plenty of beaches lined up with beachside cottages in Gokarna, and tourists often find themselves confused with the plethora of shacks situated in and around Kudle beach. There is a perception among visitors that Half Moon beach, Om beach, and Paradise beach are trendier than the Kudle. It is most likely because of Kudle beach in Gokarna is easier to reach, or that there are only little things to do when it comes to nightlife there. However, what works in favor of visitors to Kudle is that the joints there still have the most number of beach bums.
If you can find a café in around the said beach selling Nutella pancakes, it is worth the try, especially for those who remain concerned about excess sugar intake. If you are non-vegetarian, though, it is best to seek out beach bum joints in Gokarna selling Prawns Chilli recipe and calamari rings.
The temple town is not only a small knot on top of the hillside, but also a spiritual delight. When you visit Gokarna during the Maha Shivaratri Festival, for instance, you can see a sight of hundreds of men with a dreadlock hairstyle and ochre color dhotis leading a chariot procession or a ‘ratha yatra’ along the premises of the Mahabaleshwar Temple, and waiting for several others to draw ropes for the chariot to move forward. It is also that time of the year, when the street sellers in Gokarna get the most sales of the religious paraphernalia including everything from ‘Om’ printed bags to graffiti arts and prayer beads.
If you spot a sales stop in the markets in this town offering permanent tattoos, pants for practice yoga, and so forth, it will come in handy when you choose to occupy a beachside cottage in Gokarna. This way, no one will be able to tell apart the difference between a hippie with religious beliefs and the anonymous tourist to have fallen in love with Gokarna and its traditions.
Another customary practice in the town is spending nights around the bonfire, and that allows tourists to meet and communicate with different people from different countries, cultures, and races. In short, staying at one of the beachside cottages in Gokarna opens a whole new chapter of ways to relax and rejuvenate.