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Monsoon Months at Gokarna

by Madhav Srinivasan 5 year, 7 months ago

If you like enjoying some quiet moments on the beach in solitude, taking up a monsoon trip to a beach is an ideal thing that you could try out. There’s no better monsoon destination than Gokarna for beach lovers – here’s why…

Gokarna, in the state of Karnataka, is a temple town and also a tourist destination that’s well known for its many beautiful beaches and tranquil locales. The Mahabaleshwara temple in Gokarna makes the town an important pilgrimage center for Hindus and is a must visit for those planning a holiday in Karnataka.

Bare Basics on Gokarna
Gokarna is a coastal town in the Uttara Kannada district of Karnataka. Gokarna is a Sanskrit word that roughly translates to cow’s ear. The town gets its name because the confluence of two rivers that surround this town, Aghanashini and Gangavati that forms a shape like that of a cow’s ear.

This town is a pilgrimage center for Hindus because of the many temples in this region, especially the Mahabaleshwar Shiva Temple. You can visit the site if you’re religious inclined or just plain curious as during the monsoon months the pilgrim crowd will be quite low. 

Take a Temple Trip
The revered Atmalinga in the Mahabaleshwara temple is said to have been brought here by Ravana. It is said that Ravana did penance to obtain the Atmalinga, the possession of which would have made him invincible. Lord Shiva gave him the Atmalinga but told him that if he ever placed it on the ground before he got to Lanka; he would not be able to lift it again.

As the Devas did not want Ravana become even more powerful and extend his tyranny across more worlds, they prayed to Lord Ganesha who tricked Ravana into placing the Atmalinga down on the ground at Gokarna.

As he was not able to lift it up again, Ravana had to leave without it. A temple was built to house this powerful Atmalinga - the Mahabaleshwara Temple.

There are many other temples in Gokarna and surrounding areas like the Maha Ganapathy Temple, the Uma Maheshwari Temple, and the Bhadrakali Temple, Varadaraja Temple, Tamragauri Temple and the Venkataramana Temple.

Burrow in the Sands of Beaches

Gokarna is a prime destination for vacationers because of its five beautiful beaches. This coastal town, surrounded by beaches and the blue sea and coconut groves, is an enchanting place for beach lovers. There are five beaches in Gokarna - Kudlee Beach, Gokarna Beach, Om Beach, Half-Moon Beach and Paradise Beach.

The Gokarna Beach lies near the temple and it is a place where pilgrims gather in huge numbers. Kudlee Beach is the largest of the five beaches, but it is a dangerous spot for taking a swim. Om Beach is unique and it is shaped like the holy symbol of Om.

This beach forms a sort of natural pool where it is safe to take bath and it is the most popular tourist spot, surrounded by many resorts that tourists can stay in. The Half-Moon Beach and Paradise Beach are more difficult to reach.

Monsoon trip to Gokarna
If you are planning a visit to Gokarna during the monsoon, it would be better to stick to visiting the many wonderful temples around this town and the easily accessible beaches. If you do not plan on any activities like swimming during your stay and just want to enjoy the beauty of the place, you can get an off-season discount in the many resorts in Gokarna on your Gokarna tours from Bangalore.

Gokarna is a charming place with its white sands, the sea and the surrounding fields and temples. Just plan your monsoon trip well to avoid the hazards posed by the rain and enjoy a wonderful vacation.

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