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iXiGOers Dec 09 2012

Which are the popular places of interest in Gokarna?

Reet Cheema DEC 10 2012
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A paradise for beach lovers, a spiritual retreat for devotees, a haven for backpackers and a place you can call your own. The arresting beauty of Gokarna instantly takes you away from the hustle bustle of cities and offers you respite from the mundaneness of daily life. With umpteen beautiful hideouts to discover, the thought of lazy afternoons at the beach and the delicious local delicacies, Gokarna promises you a memorable holiday.
Here is a look at some of the places you must not miss when in Gokarna.

  •  Om beach

    Resembling the auspicious ‘OM’ symbol, Om beach is one of the most popular beaches in Gokarna. Dotted with numerous cafes and eating joints, the beach is usually abuzz with activity. Considered to be one of the most important places for rejuvenation and spirituality, the beach is an abode of serenity and beauty. Vibrant and bustling, the beach also nestles some quiet spots for relaxation.
    Water skiing, surfing and banana boat rides are some of the things you can try out besides lazing around on the beach. If food is all that is on your mind, buckle up! You’ll find umpteen shacks cooking up delicious seafood and local delicacies here. Sit by the sea in a small, thatched shack and enjoy the untouched beauty of nature.

  • Paradise beach

    Paradise beach also known as Full Moon beach is enveloped in absolute surreal beauty. Raw and untouched, the beach is away from all the hustle bustle. The beach can only be reached by a boat or by trekking through the forest.
    Leisure, warmth and beauty describes Paradise beach at its best. The beach is dotted with umpteen beach shacks serving mouth
     watering seafood and other delicacies. The shacks also host enthralling barbeque evenings along with soothing music. The beach is ideal for swimming and sunbathing by there are no water sports held here.

  • Mahabaleshwar Temple

    Considered to be the Kashi of the South, Mahabaleshwar Temple is held in high reverence by devotees. The temple is said to be one of the seven sacred Muktikshetras in India and is visited by Hindus to perform the death rites for their departed ancestors and to take the blessing of Lord Shiva. The ancient temple is constructed in Dravidian architectural style.
    Situated 1 km away from the bus stand, the temple is abuzz with resonating hymns and prayers during the
    aarti in the evenings. The temple also holds a different aura during the celebration of Shivaratri in the month of February. The magnificent idol of Lord Shiva is mounted on a temple chariot and is driven to the temple from the main bazaar. Soaked in peace and serenity, the temple is bound to rejuvenate your soul.

  • Half Moon beach

    Separated by a cliff from Om beach, Half Moon beach offers stunning views. Dotted with usual Indian village like huts, the beach is the perfect spot for unwinding and relaxation. With umpteen hammocks set amidst trees, you have a splendid reading spot in the midst of nature. The beach also offers some lodging options for people who’d like to stay the night. Though not too grand, the accomodations are decent and not too heavy on the pocket. If camping is on your mind, jump right in. Though camping gear is available here, it is advisable to carry your own rented from the town market.
    There are no water sports on the beach but its absolutely perfect for swimming. You’ll see people enjoying a thrilling game of volleyball and paintball. Think no more and join right in.

Besides these wonderful places, there is a lot to discover in this paradise. Put on those backpacks and simply set out. Traverse through uneven paths down to the pristine stretches of surreal beaches or pay a visit to the enthralling temples in the city. Whatever you may need, Gokarna has it all. Discover, explore and enjoy this little heaven.

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