Honeymoon in Gokarna(Karnataka)
When it comes to selecting a destination for your post wedding trip, you might be spoilt for choice as there are an almost countless number of glamorous locales. However, opting for Gokarna will not only lend a touch of extra-ordinariness to your trip but also keep your honeymoon memories shrouded in mysticism. Gokarna is a very ancient and small temple town steeped in religiosity and also a major pilgrimage center for Hindus. Gokarna is also a very sought after tourist spot.
Gokarna attracts tourists and travellers from all over the world, including newlywed couples yearning to spend quality time amidst a setting that is essentially celestial. The town shares a long coastline with the Arabian Sea and has five beaches (Gokarna, Kudlle, Half-Moon, Paradise, and Om) bordering on the shoreline that draws wanderlust travellers from near and far.
The township and its adjacent area is also home to many temples. As a honeymooner you should take your time in seeing about the place as Gokarna has much to offer. The town lined with palm and coconut trees and crystal clear waters of the Arabian Sea washing the beach shores makes for a very nostalgic honeymoon.
Gokarna is located in the Uttara Kannada district in the state of Karnataka. It lies on the confluence of Agnashini and Gangavali Rivers and is basically a coastal town. The nearest town is Karwar. Bangalore and Mangalore are the two major metros that directly connect to Gokarna.
How to Reach
Gokarna can be reached via rail and road from Mysore, Hampi, Bangalore, Karwar, Hubli, Ankola, Mangalore, and Kumta. The closest railhead is Ankola. You can head to Gokarna from Ankola by a cab. You can also proceed to Gokarna from the airports in Goa (Dabolim) or Bangalore.
Ideal Time to Visit
If gets intensely hot and sultry during the summer. It also rains heavily during the monsoons. The best period to visit Gokarna is between October and March when you can enjoy the sightseeing attractions and also participate in the activities popular with tourists.
What to Carry
- Travel Papers
- Travel Insurance Transcripts
- Spare Cash
- Debit/Credit Cards
- Antibacterial wipes
- Sunscreen Creams
- Guide Books and Maps
- Hotel Info
- Emergency telephone numbers
- Addresses of Tourist Information Centres
- First Aid
- Essential Medicines
Where to Stay
Gokarna offers a range of accommodation alternatives. You can make reservations in a hotel, resort, lodge or cottage grouped under the categories of ‘luxury’, ‘budget’, and ‘medium’. Some highly recommended hotels and resorts include ‘Honey Beach Resort’, ‘Hotel Gokarna International’, ‘Om Beach Resort’, ‘Swaswara Resort’, ‘Makara Village Residency’, and Hari Priya Residency.
Things to Do
The beaches in Gokarna offer the best of amenities for a surfeit of water-sports. So if you consider yourself to be a fearless adventurer, you can test your nerves by kayaking or surfing on the high waves. You can recharge your batteries by taking a plunge in the clear blue waters in any of the beaches. Boating is another activity that is a hit with honeymooners.
- Gokarna Beach-Gokarna Beach lies closest to the town and the zigzag path that leads to the beach gives you a bird’s eye view of the panorama all around. Surely take snapshots of yourself and your spouse with the Western Ghats and the Arabian Sea in the background
- Kudle Beach-A 15-20 minutes trek takes you to the Kudle Beach.
- Om Beach-This beach bears a striking resemblance to the sign of ‘OM’ considered sacred by the Hindus. You’re sure to get a spiritual high once you take a stroll along the pristine white sandy beach. You can cross over to the Half Moon Beach by scaling a cliff that separates it from the Om beach.
- Paradise Beach is ideal for swimming and giving yourself a suntan.
Seek blessings for a long and happy conjugal life by seeking blessings at the Mahabaleshwar, Maha Ganapati and Bhadrakali Temples. If you’re planning for an extended vacation, surely visit the coastal towns of Kumta and Yaana.
The markets in Gokarna lying in close proximity to the beaches make for perfect street shopping. The shops near the temples also stock all sorts of knickknacks and curios that you can take back home. Shop for harem pants, flip-flops, zari pouches, embroidered shoes, brass lamps, trishuls, statuettes, idols of Hindu gods and goddesses, and beaded jewelries.