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“This is a temple town - beach is an additional attraction”
Review of Gokarna Beach

Gokarna Beach
Ranked #7 of 12 things to do in Gokarna
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Gurugram (Gurgaon), India
Level 5 Contributor
68 reviews
38 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 126 helpful votes
“This is a temple town - beach is an additional attraction”
Reviewed September 4, 2013

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.

Visited August 2013
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Indore, India
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“not recommend for bath”
Reviewed August 23, 2013

The beach is very close to the Gokarna town. But, it is very dirty and it is not recommended to take bath. Better to go to Om beach, if you wish to enjoy the sea shore.

Visited August 2013
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Kolkata (Calcutta), India
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“Gokarna beach visit”
Reviewed August 19, 2013

We were on our way from Jog falls to Karwar along NH 206 along the lush greenery of the hills and the journey was really soothing after the hum drum of the city life. We had time in our hand before reaching our final destination for the day Dev Bagh Beach Resort a JLR property at Karwar. We decided to rough it out to the Om Beach Gokarna. The experience at the Shiva Temple was good. However we were a bit disappointed at the beach as it was unclean. However the toilet was clean. The place was crowded.

Visited August 2013
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raipur
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“Pilgrims destination after temple visit”
Reviewed May 29, 2013

This beach has all that you need to be. Shops, toilets, parking area and restaurants. After temple visit pilgrims don't mind soaking themselves in the sea. The beach is very crowded and nasty.

Visited May 2013
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Gokarna, India
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“Recommended very cheap holiday”
Reviewed April 23, 2013

very nice property.
Here we have made many friends and met new ones.
There were also German guests here, they were very friendly to us.
The owner Vinayak is also a good cook and has invited us to dinner.
Many thanks to him.

Visited November 2012
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