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“A New dimension to Gokarna and Around in 07 days” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Gokarna Beach

Gokarna Beach
Gorkana Village | Ankola, Gokarna, India
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Ranked #7 of 10 Attractions in Gokarna
Type: Beaches, Outdoors
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“A New dimension to Gokarna and Around in 07 days”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2013

Hi ,

I was in the general area in and around Gokarna again ( this time between 9 - 14 Jan 2013). You can find my other reviews on Gokarna which I had focused around the Om Beach. This time I give an overview of the Gokarna town and all the beaches nearby like the Gokarna beach, the Kudle Beach , the Om Beach and the Butterfly beach. Gokarna is a revered temple town of South Western coastal India and the main deity of Gokarna is Shiva who is shown as coiled around by a snake. Gokarna town is a small quaint town with the majority of shops and eateries in and around the car ( ratha ) street . It is much cheaper that the beaches around and is a beautiful place to see the local daily life of the people. You can stay in the town for as little as 12 dollars a day while a stay in any of the beaches will be much more comparatively. Gokarna is a nice place to settle in first for three to four days and then go to the three beaches nearby as day excursions and then decide which beach you like the most and then finally stay in the beach of your choice for a few days. My personal favourite is the Om Beach. I was here in the monsoons of 2012 and observed very pleasantly that the laterite hills around Gokarna specially on the way towards the Om Beach had become much greener and the newly planted trees had taken roots , grown up and really greened the area. It is even more beautiful now.

However, the food costs as well as the cost of beer have gone up nearly 10 % since Dec 2011. Goa rates have gone up even more right from Arambol in the North of Goa , to Bogmalo in the Centre to Palolem in the extreme south of Goa. Gokarna and its beaches around to me beat Goa in terms of value for money. Having said that expect the crowd to swell on weekends when a lot of locals come to visit the temple and then double up to visit the Om Beach. If you want the same serenity on weekends try shifting to either Kudle or Butterfly as they are a little more difficult to reach. Expect a lot of young professionals from IT companies in Bangalore on a weekend. There are direct sleeper buses running between Bangalore and Gokarna. An unusual but tasty cool drink on the Om Beach is the ginger, lemon and mint drink at Sunset Cafe at the Southern end of the Om Beach. There is another cafe which serves it as well. If you are ready to go for a 30 minute walk further south across the hills from the Sunset Cafe you can go to the Butterfly beach. You can also reach it by taking a boat there from the North End of the OM beach where the Namaste Cafe is situated. More about other interesting areas within 100 - 150 km from Gokarna where one can get to see the highest waterfall of India, the tallest statue of Lord Shiva, a famous temple with elephants, a jungle resort , a river with a backwater feel of KERALA and the only tiger and lion safari of India . You can also see the salt pans a few kilometres short of the Gokarna town. Go on and enjoy Gokarna and the beaches around.

Visited January 2013
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“Not the best beach”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2013 via mobile

This is the main beach but is really full of litter. Mostly locals who come on pilgrimage to Gokarna. Rather head south to Kudle or Om Beaches

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“Dirty and crowded”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2013

Gokarna is primarily a piligrimage centre that has caught the attention of foreign tourists as well. The beach is dirty and crowded with pilgrims. he neighbouring om beach (6 kms away down a hill) is much better

Visited January 2013
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“Nice”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2013

Although it is the biggest beach in the area, its not the most sought after in terms of staying or crowd. I would suggest going only if you exhausted other options.

Visited December 2012
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“Easily Approachable but not so clean”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2013

This beach is located right there near the Mahabaleswara Temple - only few metres. This means, everyone coming to the temple shall definitely visit this beach - so, polluted and unclean sands. Easily approachable for everyone at any time. Vehicles can go so close to the beach as well.

Visited December 2012
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