Go-Karna means a shape that resembles to Cow's ear, which is prolonged outward. There is a Myth that Ravana prayed to God and got a Shivalinga to take back to Srilanka. However, Shive told that if he drops it anywhere, it will become immovable and he won't be able to up-route it from there. When he came to Gokarna, Lord Ganesha appeared there in the guise of a young Brahman lad. Ravana require to go for nature's call and finding the lad asked him to hold the shivalinga until he returns. Ganesha told him that he will count till 3, if he does not come back by then, he will drop it there. Ravana somehow failed to return in time and thus Shivalinga been placed there. In anger, he tried to uproute it, while the shivalinga's top portion took an elongated shape as Cow's ear. That's how the name of the place came. It's a small town, with basic amenities only. Please expect basic accommodation and food only. While returning from the beach and temple, in the middle of the road you will see a very old wooden chariot. Every year on the day of Diwali temple committee take out the chariot and go around the town. There is a smaller version of the chariot too, which goes out every full-moon day. Walk straight from there, and just before the T point you will see a small tea/coffee/fresh juice shop. Mango shake was fresh and awesome there, and costed only rs 34/- each big glass. From the bus stand, if you take a left turn, soon you will see a small bakery shop - make sure to have roasted coconut round biscuits (freshly made), and Misorepa - just heavenly taste.
Gokarna beach was bit dirty, may be because I went during monsoon time. But make sure to trek to Paradise beach and Half-moon beach - which are very peaceful, hardy any tourist there. They are more rocky beach, and small in size. During monsoon, sea comes very close, so be very careful if you visit them.
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