A small town on banks of Arabian sea, Gokarna, literally meaning Cow’s Ear, is a temple town in the Uttara Kannada district of the Karnataka. As per Hindu mythology, Cow has a special religious place as Mother Earth. It is believed that Lord Rudra (another name for Shiva) was sent to Patalaloka by Brahma (the creator) to undergo penance. He eventually emerged from the ear of a cow named Prithvi, synonym for the Mother Earth, and hence the name of Gokarna. Thus this place served Rudra as a womb and so, this place is also known as Rudra Yoni and Adi Gokarna. Gokarna is placed at the ear-shaped confluence of two rivers Gangavali and Aghanashini, a natural picturesque scene anybody can never forget.
Gokarna is town of contrasts as it is a temple town and also a holiday destination. Gokarana is a famous pilgrimage centre as well as a tourist attraction for those who want to explore the cultural heritage and beauty of India. Gokarna finds its reference in a number of Hindu historical literatures.
Gokarna is acclaimed as Mukti Stala, the place where Hindus come to perform their obsequies, after the death of a close relative. Gokarna is also mentioned in the Shrimad Bhagawat Purana as being the home of the two brothers Gokarna and Dhundhakari.
Around the town lie a number of beaches sefving as a major attraction for travelers. This coastline is surrounded by natural beauty of five beaches (Gokarna beach, Kudle beach, Om beach, Half moon beach and Paradise beach) and hills alongside, the traveler can choose his favorites for himself. This is not a place to hurry. One should just drift up the coast, enjoying the scenic beauty of this coastal area and marvelous cultural heritage of India.
Gokarna is full of coconut and palm trees, blue seas and clean sands. It is an attractive town with two main streets with shops and traditional tile roofed brick houses. This beach destination is close to Goa abd various package for Goa are available.
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by Madhav Srinivasan on Sep 13, 2011
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by Akshay Balraj on Apr 28, 2010
Experience the true beauty of nature in Gokarna! Gokarna is a must see place for Krishna devotees and photographers alike.
Travel within city
Gokarna is small town located along the Konkani coast line. There are popular beaches and tourists can use the local transport to travel to the various attractions. Gokarna also has a well connected railway station and auto rickshaws are available from the railway station to the town center. They charge around Rs 100 for the trip.
Due to the compact nature of the town the best way to travel is on foot. There are some other options such as taxis and auto rickshaws.
As with any other town in India auto rickshaws are extensively available and they are a quick and cheap way to get around. Most of them are unmetered and they charge special night fare. Travelers should negotiate the price before they board to avoid being cheated.
Taxis are also an option. However they are expensive and are not ideal for short distances. Taxis can be booked through the hotel, since these are safer.
All four beaches in Gokarna are within 20 minutes of each other on foot. Walking is the best option during the winter months when the heat is less.
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