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iXiGOers Dec 09 2012

What are the top activities that one can do in Gokarna?

Ravinder Malik DEC 10 2012
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The small town of Gokarna may be a lazy, laid back hamlet, but its certainly not boring. Amidst long stretches of surreal beaches, bustling beach shacks, quiet trekking trails and serene temples, you’ll be spoilt for choice. Indulge and pamper your sense under the warmth of the sun, take a dive into the inviting waters or set on an adventurous trekking spree.

Here are a few things that will definitely keep you busy in Gokarna.

  • Spiritual retreat

    Primarily known as a popular religious town, Gokarna is crowded with a number of temples. Enveloped in a rich history and holding much mythological reverence, these temples are visited by devotees from all over the country. The Mahabaleshwar Temple is believed to be one of the seven Muktikshetras in India. People visit the temple to perform death rites for their departed ancestors and to take the blessing of Lord Shiva. Besides the Mahabaleshwar Temple, the Bhadrakali Temple and Maha Ganapati Temple are some of the important temples in the city. Soaked in peace and tranquility, the temples offer you a few moments away from the realms of daily life.

  • Beach hopping

    If you are imagining the warmth of the sun, the comfort of cool waters and amazing food, you are in the right place. The gorgeous town of Gokarna is bestowed with numerous beautiful beaches bustling with activity. The swaying palm trees, the birds dotting the sky and the sand at your feet, yes the makings of a perfect holiday. From the popular
    Om beach to the quiet Paradise beach, Gokarna is your playground. Traverse through rocky trails as all the beaches are connected or hop onto a beach taxi and reach your next destination. Take a break and settle in for a grand feast of scrumptious food and chilling beverages at any of the cafes.

  • Adventure calls

    Taking the direct route has never been your style, a strong dose of adrenaline keeps you going, well Gokarna is your playground. The beaches in town being connected to each other through craggy rocky paths offer an exciting opportunity to trek your way through. Chart out your trekking route from anywhere to anywhere! The beaches have their own distinct charm and aura, yet will behold you with their sheer beauty.
    If the nights are suddenly dull, pick up your torch and set out on a night trek. If its a full moon night, you are in luck. Trekking under the light of the full moon has its own charm along with the splendid sight of the beaches soaked in the silvery moonlight.
    With its own do’s and don'ts, it is advisable to set out on the trek with experienced trekkers and take mandatory precautions. Carry your supply of basic necessities for a comfortable experience, from water bottles, light snacks to a first aid kit.
    With your trekking plan charted, set out on this exhilarating journey.

  • Shopaholics unite

    The bustling streets of Gokarna call out to you. Hippie pants, floral dresses, colourful beads, religious articles and a plethora of unique knick knacks adorn the shops of Gokarna. With enough to take back home, shopping in Gokarna is certainly a delight. Your skills of bargaining will be tested to the maximum here with haggling shopkeepers, so prepare to bargain your way through some great deals.


Too much on your platter, isn’t it? Well, think no more and head to Gokarna. You are bound to be surprised by its sheer beauty, colourful culture and easy way of life.

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