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iXiGOers Dec 09 2012

What tips does one need to keep in mind while visiting Gokarna?

Shikha Gautam DEC 10 2012
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With confirmed travel tickets, room reservations and a fully packed bag, you are all set for your trip to Gokarna. The excitement and anticipation of discovering a new place surpasses all the little details that you may miss. To avoid any untoward circumstances and emergency situations, here is a little reminder of some tips and guidelines that may help.

  • Reservations

    The beautiful city of Gokarna is slowly gaining popularity as an important tourist destination. It would be advisable to make your reservations a little in advance to get good rates and avoid peak tourist rush. The months from October to March are considered to be the best time to visit Gokarna. Also carry a printed confirmation of your accommodation booking and reconfirm your booking once before you begin your journey.

  • Cash

    Money managing is also another aspect of planning a trip. Keep some amount of hard money with you all the time, but don't carry too much. There are plenty of ATM's all across the city which allow you to withdraw cash as you need it. Most of the beach shacks, restaurants, watersports vendors and shops at flea markets do not accept credit cards, so be sure to carry sufficient cash before heading out to the beach.

  • Driving

    If you're planning to hire scooties or bikes in Gokarna, make sure you hire from reputed agencies. Fuel stations are few and far between, so make sure to tank up before taking one of those beautiful long drives. For those of you travelling from bigger cities, you'll find the roads to be quite narrow, though largely well-maintained. Make sure to stick to your lanes and avoid overtaking too much.

    Parking is usually available easily at most beaches, but its best to lock the fuel compartment, as it is quite likely for the fuel to get stolen.

  • Clothing

    Light cotton clothes will largely sail you through most of the seasons in Gokarna. If you travel during December and January, you might need a few full-sleeved clothes to ward off the slight nip in the air.
    Sunscreen lotions are a total must if you don't want to end up with your skin having golden-brown tint. Use a broad-spectrum one to avoid sunburns and rashes, especially if you're heading out to the beach during the day. Usually,
    SPF 50 is ideal for the face and around SPF 80 or 100 is sufficient for the rest of your body. For your specific SPF requirements, consulting a dermatologist will be ideal.

    Make sure to carry light slippers or sandals for walking on the beach. Unless you plan to go for a jog, shoes are not a great idea as you might be spending a lot of time getting the sand out of them later.

    Nudity is prohibited on all beaches and at public areas and is punishable under the state law.

  • Water and Adventure Sports

    If adrenaline is on your mind and you're planning to indulge in some thrilling water and adventure sports, ensure your safety before anything else. Lifejackets are a must for all watersports and boating, no matter how well you can swim. It is advisable to take one of the instructors with you as a matter of precaution and unless you're very sure, don't venture out alone. Reaching earlier in the day, say around 11am or so, will allow you to get good deals for water sports at beaches, so be sure to bargain. If you opt for a number of activities at the same time, the operators tend to give you a good deal. Also try and speak to 2 or 3 operators at the beach before settling on a price.

    It would be a good idea to tell the watersports' operator if you don't know how to swim, so that they're a little more vigilant about any unfortunate accidents.

    If one of you can't stay back at the beach to take care of your belongings, you can leave them safely with the operators themselves. They're usually reliable, but it would be better to speak to them beforehand and get an assurance from them about the safety of your belongings.

  • General Guidelines

    The state and central laws governing the region must be kept in mind to avoid any untoward incident and stay safe. The legal age for consuming alcohol is 18 years and though drinking in public and at beaches is allowed, any public nuisance is frowned upon by the locals and the police.
    Unlike beaches in other countries, nudity is prohibited under law at the beach or in public areas.
    The people of Gokarna are usually very warm and welcoming and may even join you in your party spirits. But it is advisable not to get into any tiffs with the locals as they consider it to be a disrespect to their hospitality.


With these tips in mind, you can plonk on a beach bed, leave your worries behind and let the sea make your heart soar. Are you ready to have the vacation of a lifetime?


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