A town in the Uttara Kannada district of Karnataka, Gokarna is located 583 km from Bengaluru, 238 from Mangalore and 59 km from Karwar. This beautiful town is located alongside the Karwar coastline of the Arabian Sea and is situated at the confluence of the rivers Gangavali and Agnashini. Gokarna literally means a ‘cow's ear’, it is said that Lord Shiva known as Mahabhaleshwara emerged from the ear of a cow. The town is surrounded by a number of beaches which are a huge tourist draw.
Budget Hotels in Gokarna
There are good budget hotels in Gokarna. Some of them are Makara Village Resort (Tariff – Rs. 1000 onwards), Namaste Cafe (Tariff – Rs. 700 onwards), Paradise Holiday Cottage (Tariff – Rs. 1200 onwards) and Sea Bird Holiday Resort (Tariff – Rs. 1500 onwards).
The official languages of Gokarna are Kannada and Konkani. The other language spoken here is Marathi.
Events in Gokarna
Other than the pan-India festivals, Mahashivratri and Kartika Mahotsav are the important festivals of Gokarna.
Places to See in Gokarna
There are several places of tourist attraction in Gokarna. Some of the places include Om Beach (7 km) Kudle Beach (6 km), Half Moon beach, Gokarna Beach, Bhadrakali temple, Mahaganpati temple, Mahabhaleshwara temple all at close proximity. Karwar (59 km), Kumta (32 km), Mirjan Fort (11 km) and Yaana (52 km) are some places around Gokarna.
How to Get There
The nearest airports are Dabolim at Goa located at 155 km and Mangalore International Airport at Bajpe located at 232 km.
Gokarna has its own railway station by the name of Gokarna Road located 6 km from the town.
There are daily bus services to Kumta, Ankola, Karwar, Bijjur, Madangere, Panaji, Mangalore and Bengaluru. Some of the best bus operators that offer good experience for passengers include Vijayanand Roadlines, VRL Travels Sugama and Sea Bird Travels. Opt for online bus ticket reservation to renowned tourist places in India by logging on to several bus booking websites.
A hill station in Karnataka, Madikeri also known as Mercara, lies on the Karnataka State Highway 88 that runs from Mysore to Mangalore. Being a hillstation there is no connectivity to rail heads or airports. Road is the only way to get to this town. Endless mountain ranges, coffee plantations and forests make this town a major attraction among tourists.
Places to Stay
There are a good number of hotels in Madikeri. Tourists visiting the place can stay at Hotel Crystal Court and Eshwari Cottagethat offers rooms starting from Rs.1000 onwards.
The MadikeriDasara is a ten-day celebration that has been happening for the last 100years. The other festivals are Kailpodhu, Kaveri Sankramanaand Puttari. The Karaga festival also starts during the same time as Navaratri.
Kodava Takk, Kannada, Byari, Bhashe and Gowda Kannada are spoken in this town.
Places to Visit
The Madikeri Fort, Kote Ganapathitemple (2kms) and the Omkareshwara Temple located in the heart of the town are places to visit here.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is at Mysore (120kms)
The nearest railway station is at Hassan (115kms)
MadikeriBus Stand runs regular bus service to neighbouring towns and villages. There are a great number of bus operators Poornima Tours and Greenline Travels that offer travellers regular bus services to and from the town. Book online bus tickets through Ticketgoose.com and avail of a number of offers and discounts.