Gokarna is a pilgrimage site located in the northern Kannada district of Karnataka and this place is getting famous for its beautiful beaches among the tourists. This place is located at the confluence of two rivers, Agnini and Gangavali. This place is occupied an area of rivers that looks like the shape of the cow's ear, and perhaps this is why this place has been named Gokarna, which means the cow's ears. Mahabaleshwar Shiva Temple, located in Gokarna is the most prominent pilgrim center, which is a major attraction for all tourists visiting here. This place came under the rule of Kadambas, after which there was the dominion of the Vijayanagar kings and then the Portuguese conquered it here. History of Gokarna ,the Mahabaleshwar Temple of Gokarna and its Shivaling is very popular among the tourists. It is believed that this Shivalinga was brought here by Ravana. In addition to the Mahabaleshwar Temple, there are many other temples in Gokarna, among which Maha Ganapati temple, Bhadrakali temple, Varadaraja temple, and Venkatraman temple are the main ones. Other top tourist sites located around Gokarna - Gokarna, the city of beaches and sand, is emerging as a famous tourist destination nowadays and there are many beautiful beaches that look like the beaches of Goa. Here are the five major beaches which include Kudle beach, Gokarna beach, Half Moon beach, Paradise beach and Om beach which attract tourists. Gokarna beach is one of the main beaches of the city and Kudle beach is considered as the biggest of all the beaches here which receive the highest number of tourists from November to February. It must be kept in mind that this coast is not safe for swimming. The beautiful coastal line is located on Om beach, which looks like the symbol of Hindu religion, Om. This symbol is made in the form of a pool, it is very easy to swim here, those who do not get swimming can also swim easily here. The Half Moon beach located here resembles half of the Moon, due to which it is called Half Moon. To go to this coast, you have to go through a hill. The Paradise coast of Gokarna is a rocky coast but it is very beautiful and is situated in a secluded spot. This rocky beach is not safe for swimming because sea waves always collide here. Gokarna is one of the rarest places where all pilgrims come to visit the temples and take a walk on the coastal banks.
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Nearest airport to Gokarna is Dabolim airport in Goa which 140 KM away from Gokarna city. The airport is well connected by flights to Indian and international cities. From the airport, taxi services are available.
Gokarna is well-connected by road with the nearby cities of Goa and cities of Karnataka. KSRTC buses provide regular bus service from Bengaluru, Mangalore, Hubli, other cities of Karnataka. One can also board a bus from Madgaon and other cities of Goa for Gokarna.
Ankola, railway station at a distance of 20 km from Gokarna, is considered as the nearest station to Gokarna which is well-connected to all the major cities of India. Trains from many cities including Bangalore, Mangalore, Mumbai, Thiruvananthapuram has stoppage at this station.