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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

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.

Sightseeing Attractions

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.

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Last updated : January 23, 2016