Gokarna : Temples and Beaches
The beautiful town of Gokarna lies on the shores of the Arabian Sea. It is widely known as a pilgrimage site for Hindus but contains spectacular beaches as well.The temples of Gokarna are incredible in their beauty. They are filled with artistic treasures and their sculptures have been fantastically created. The temple dedicated to Lord Mahabhaleshwara, an avatar of Lord Shiva. The rich beauty of Gokarna however lies in its natural vistas. Here, the two rivers, Aghanashini and Gangavali have their confluences. As they flow towards their respective confluences, they create the shape of a cow’s ear. This has given rise to the name Gokarna, which means cow’s ears in the native tongue.
The shorelines of Gokarna have been blessed by a number of spectacular beaches. These beaches are filled with the glorious sight of golden sands being greeted by the azure waters of the Arabian Sea. Some of the more beautiful beaches here are the Om Beach, Paradise Beach and the Nirvana Beach.
How to Get There
Dabolim airport in Goa is the nearest airport about 140 km from Gokarna. The airport is well connected by flights to Indian and international cities
The nearest railway station is at Ankola, about 20 km from Gokarna.
Gokarna is connected to other cities through a network of roads and highways. KSRTC buses service regularly from Bengaluru, Mangalore, Hubli, other cities of Karnataka.