Situated at a distance of 200km from Mangalore and 56km from Karwar lies the Gokarna which is formed between the confluence of River Gangavali and Agnashini .There are many temples in this region and this place is regarded as a sacred place by the Hindus.
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It is believed if one takes a bath here one is liberated from one's sins. Gokarna is also famous for its picturesque beauty . There are four serene beaches near Gokarna of which the most famous is Om beach. Others are Kudle Half Moon,Paradise,all these are noted for their picturesque beauty and tranquil surroundings.
Excursion to Gokarna and Om Beach got its name for its shape like the Hindu auspicious sign OM.The beaches are still
untouched and far removed from the humdrums of the city.
Excursions From Goa - Gokarna is most often visited by Hindus for performing the last rites of their loved ones. It is believed that last rites performed here is same as those performed at Kashi or Varanasi.
Gokarna is shaped like the cow's ear , thus it has earned the name and is considered auspicious.It is also known as Rudra Yoni and Adi Gokarna.
The temples here are
- Mahabaleshwara Temple , also called the Kashi of South.Hindus perform the last rites here .Here the Maha Shivrathri is celebrated with great fervour in February.
- Shri Maha Ganapati Temple : Dedicated to Lord Ganesha.
- Koti-tirtha Kund: It is believed to be created by Garuda.
- Krishan Temple: Here it is said that Lord Krishna went for penance .
- Ram-tirtha: It is dedicated to Lord Venkataeswara nestled atop a hill this has a splendid view of the sea.
- Bhadrakali Temple: Dedicated to Goddess Kali.
The tranquil surroundings with the scenic beauty as well as the temples which are all dotted here makes Gokarna and OM beach a perfect getaway if you want solitude and bliss .
You will get here a lots of hotels,lodges etc so accommodation is not a problem at all.The places where you can stay here are OM lodge ,Rama Gardens,New Prasad Nilaya,Vaibhav Niwas, Kinara Hotel,Nimmu House,KSTDC Hotel Samudra etc.Come and visit Gokarna an OM beach , you can see the festive spirits during Maha Shivrathri , though this place can be visited any time.
Goa-Travel.com conducts excursion tour from Goa to Gokarna and OM beach.