Until five years ago or so, almost everyone between the ages of 20–30 simply packed their bags and headed to Goa for the winter season. And why won’t they? Goa has beaches, a fun tourist crowd, late-night parties, shacks with cheap beer and fresh golden-fried prawns. Then there’s the other part of Goa with churches and imposingly beautiful Portuguese and Gothic architecture. But it’s time to move on from Goa. It’s crowded and loud and has achieved a monotony of events that happen. The next beach destination to head this winter in India is the quaint town of Gokarna in Karnataka.
Gokarna is a small temple town on the coast of Karnataka, known for its holiness and several temples. Millions of tourists visit this little beach town every year, especially devotees of Lord Shiva. The main temple and deity are called Mahabaleshwara and it is said to house the original image of Shiva’s lingam, known as the Atmalinga. It is said that this was even to Ravana by Lord Shiva himself.
How to Reach?
Gokarna is located in Karnataka just a few hours from Goa and Bangalore. Although it does not have an airport, it is well-connected by road to all major cities. Dabolim airport in Goa is the nearest airport about 140 km away. The airport is well connected by flights to Indian and international cities. From the airport, taxi services are available. The nearest railway station is at Ankola, about 20 km from Gokarna. Trains from several cities including Mangalore, Mumbai, Thiruvananthapuram, Veraval halt at the station.
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