On the banks of the Arabian Sea lies the small pilgrim town of Karnataka. Gokarna literally means cow’s ear in Sanskrit. Gokarna is a Hindu pilgrimage center and also commonly known as the temple town of Karnataka. The town of Gokarna can be easily accessed by multiple modes of transport. The most affordable and also the best way to get to Gokarna is by train. Gokarna Road is the town railway station but only a few trains halt at this railway station. Kumta is the next closest railway station which is about 36 km away from Gokarna, all major trains stop at Kumta. There are two options of getting to Gokarna from the respective railway station, the faster and hence more expensive way is to take a taxi and the other more economical one is to board a KSRTC bus.The other option of getting to Gokarna is by boarding a bus, which is a preferred option form Bangalore since there is no direct trains. The local language spoken by the people in Gokarna like the rest of Karnataka is Kannada. Many of them speak and understand English but will refrain from speaking in Hindi. Avoid speaking to a local in Hindi since it is considered as an insult to many, it is a better option for one to speak in English. People from Gokarna have still kept their culture intact and that is evident not only from their language but also from the way they dress and their way of life. The men still dress in lungis and shirts, while the women all in saris with flowers tied to their hair. Most of the houses in Gokarna are still the traditional ones which have mud walls and tiled roofs. The unique feature of these houses is the latch on the main door which is about a good 12 inches in length or more. Most of the houses are also painted in bright and colorful colours. In the town of Gokarna there are plenty of accommodation options to cater to the needs of every traveller visiting the town, from backpacker guest houses and hostels to splurge hotels to meet the needs of family travellers. Since Gokarna is known as the temple town it attracts a lot of tourists both Indian and as well as a lot of foreign travellers who come to learn about the Indian culture. While in Gokarna one will immediately get a feel for the culture and religion of the place with plenty of holy men like Sadhus and Bhatts roaming around town all day long. There are two famous temples which attract the entire crowd the first being the Mahabaleshvara Temple at the western end towards the beach which is one of the most famous temples in Gokarna. The other is the Maha Ganapati which is just meters away from a Shiva Temple and made in honor of Lord Ganesha. The town of Gokarna is also famous for its beaches, Gokarna beach which is the only beach that is easily accessible by road is the most crowded of them all. One should be there at either sunrise or sunset. The sky displays multiple shades of the colours red and orange and even pictures can’t do enough justice to the actual sight. For food again there are multiple options in the form of idli, wadas and dosas for breakfast. While for lunch and dinner there is a option of opting for a vegetarian thali. The vegetarian food served in Gokarna is very tasty and also very affordable. There are also a few non-vegetarian restaurants in the town of Gokarana but one is advised to avoid eating at these places since the non- vegetarian food served is very bad and in most cases inedible. At every nook and corner one will find plenty of coconut vendors, the coconut water is a real energizer epically when the sun is out at its peak. The town has a flea market that is a must visit, one will find a host of things ranging from junkie kurtas and t-shirts to Aladdin pants, there are also a couple of shops selling various kinds of musical instruments. There are plenty of shops also selling various hand crafted wooden gift items and ornaments. Bargaining is a skill that will come very handy while shopping in the flea market. Owing to the fact that Gokarna has become a backpacker hub in the past few years one will find weed a form of cannabis i.e. marijuana being sold on the quite in this town but keep in mind that smoking such stuff is illegal in India. Since there is a huge demand for weed from both the Indian and foreign backpackers’ there are plenty of shops in the flea market selling chillums and bongs of various types. The best way of getting around Gokarna is by foot since the town is very small and everything is within walking distance, There are also various shops where cycles and bikes can be rented. The ideal time to visit Gokarna is from end of October to mid-March since during this time of the year the weather is perfect to just laze around all day and the trek to the three remote beaches is best attempted during this season. Gokarna is a perfect place for those who want to explore the cultural heritage and beauty of India. Beaches near Gokarna: Kudle beach, Om beach, Half-Moon beach and Paradise beach Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading... 18 Responses Backpacker's Travel Guide around Gokarna - The Land Of Wanderlust July 19, 2016 […] is a blue print to help you plan a backpacking trip to the temple town of Gokarna in the state of Karnataka and the beautiful beaches that are in close […] Reply Top 10 places to backpack across India - The Land Of Wanderlust July 14, 2016 […] hiking and chilling is what you backpack for then few other places will rival the town of Gokarna. Four beaches along a short 20 minute hike from each other and you can reach from Kudlee to […] Reply 21 off beat things to do in Gokarna - The Land Out There March 24, 2016 […] best way of getting around the beaches in this temple town is by hiking and one can get from Gokarna town of Paradise Beach in under an hour. The hikes are very easy and the trails are very well marked. […] Reply Backpackers Blueprint around Hampi, African village & Gokarna | The Land Out There August 29, 2015 […] a backpacking trip/tour around Hampi–Yellapur– Murudeshwar– Gokarna in the South Indian State of […] Reply Top 10 places to backpack across India | The Land Out There August 29, 2014 […] If hiking and chilling is what you backpack for then few other places will rival the town of Gokarna. 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This village of Dhevarna is en route to the pilgrim town of Gokarna and hence access to this village is […] Reply A Hippie Heaven lost: Paradise Beach, Karnataka | The Land Out There June 1, 2013 […] fourth and final beach along the coast of Gokarna town in the state of Karnataka is Paradise Beach which is also known as Full Moon Beach. This beach can […] Reply The Beach away from Civilization: Half Moon beach, Karnataka | The Land Out There June 1, 2013 […] third beach on the Gokarna town coast line is the Half Moon beach. This beach is not connected by road and hence can only be […] Reply The 365 day Hippie Home: Om beach, Karnataka | The Land Out There June 1, 2013 […] second of the beaches on the coast of Gokarna town is Om beach. This beach gets its name from its shape which is very similar to the Hindu religious […] Reply Charming like Goan beaches of the 80’s: Kudle Beach, Karnataka | The Land Out There June 1, 2013 […] first of the four beaches on the cost line of Gokarna town is the beach named Kudle. There are two ways of getting to Kudle beach. The first and the […] Reply Mike Warner May 4, 2013 This place Gokarna that you have written about seems to be the ideal place to get a feel of the culture of India and also relax and chill out on the beaches and live life as a hippe, like how they did it back in the day. Reply Hollis Mccann February 25, 2013 You have very nice blog here. Very good information about places and also i love the pictures they go hand in hand with the place. Keep up the good work Reply Anisha Bangera January 21, 2013 Wow I have been to Gokarna last December and I must say reading your post and going through the pictures bring back some really good memories to mind from that place. I also love the tag line of this site. Reply Roger Gomez January 21, 2013 I have been travelling through India since August of 2012 and I am lucky to have come across this article. I’m currently in Hampi and people here tell me that I’m not too far from Gokarna. I would love to learn more about the Indian culture that I have been chasing from the time I arrived in your country. Keep up the good work. This post has been a real life saver for me Reply Bernard Muller January 21, 2013 I really like this web page has a lot of unique information about different places around India. I like the pictures a lot. This really looks like a place that I should visit when I come to India this summer. I would love to learn more about the culture of this place that is explained so beautifully in this write up. Thanks a lot for helping me. Reply Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. 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