Want to see and experience a Phuket-like scenic beauty in South India? Head to this village in Karnataka located in the Uttar Kannada district. The area is reputed for its temples. The literal translation of Gokarna comes down to cow’s ear, referring to the supposed emergence of Lord Shiva from the ear-shaped meeting point of the rivers - Gangavali and Aghanashini.
Places to Stay
The nearest major accessible place available for lodging is Hubli (147 km north-east). Some of the budget hotels worth giving a try are Ayodhya Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 800), Naveen Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 500), Akshay Basant Residency Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 800), Trupti International Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 800) and others.
The official language of the area is Kannada. Konkani is also spoken due to the area’s proximity with Goa.
The important festivals of the region are Ugadi in March-April, Ganesh Chathurthi in August-September and Diwali in October-November.
Places of Interest
The village is rich and abundant in terms of its landscape. The coast with the surrounding Western Ghats is a treat to watch. Some of the places which are worth a visit are Gokarna Beach, Mahabaleshwar Temple, Maha Ganapathi Temple, Bhadrakali Temple, Venkataramana Temple, Kotitheertha tank and others.
How to Get There
Hubli Airport is the nearest airport at a distance of 149 km.
The Hubli Junction Railway Station is located around 147 km away.
Direct as well as via buses to the town are available from nearby towns and cities. It is mostly state-transport buses which cater to the needs of people. Buses to the village are available from Hubli as well as Udupi. It is easy to get online bus tickets due to the increase in the number of travel websites.