Gokarna Tourism

Gokarna is a small idyllic town located in the state of Karnataka in India. This place has seen a significant rise in tourism in the last ten years. Initially this place was mostly visited as a pilgrimage for Indians. They believed that the idol of Lord Shiva which rests in Mahabaleshwar temple is the original lingam amongst the few lingams spread all across the country.

There are many legends from the Hindu mythology that are associated with the town of Gokarna. The most famous being that of Demon king Ravana who got tricked by Lord to abandon the Lingam statue.

But off late, Gokarna’s tourism rests mainly on the foreigners who come here to see the beaches. It has become a sort of the next Goa for beaches since most of them are secluded and clean with less locals visiting it. Since the place has garnered a lot of foreign attention, there are many cafes that have opened up around the town that serve international cuisines.


Essential travel information and Gokarna tips for your visit

  • The Gokarna beach is known for pickpocketing related crimes so beware.
  • Know the pollution level of Gokarna before you plan your visit.

    • Water Pollution 75 (High)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 100 (Very High)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 50 (Moderate)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 75 (High)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 50 (Moderate)
  • How safe is Gokarna for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Gokarna.

    • Corruption and Bribery 25 (Low)
    • Drug offense 25 (Low)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 100 (Very High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 75 (High)
    • Safety Index 95.59 (Very High)
    • Pollution Index 32.76 (Low)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 10.76 (Moderate)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Here's how much it will cost to shop in Gokarna

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.01 USD
    • International Movie per seat 1.4 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 35.03 USD

*Stats and figures mentioned are crowd-sourced ‚Äčand subjected to change without notice.

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