5 reasons to visit the amazing Gokarn in India

5 reasons to visit the amazing Gokarn in India

Gokarn, also written as Gokarna, is a small village in the West coast of India, in the state of Karnataka, which is a neighboring state to Goa. Gokarn is located some 145km towards South from Goa, and it is a religiously significant place for Hindus, which is why pilgrims dressed in black are common there.

You can reach Gokarn easily by train, bus or car, from Goa, but of all these 3 the busride will most likely consume most of your energy, though nothing beats the warm wind blowing through the bus windows during sunset time.

 

Here’s 5 reasons to visit Gokarn –

 

1. If you are hippy minded missing the good old days of Goa, you can get some of those hippy vibes back from Kudley Beach, Om-beach and especially Paradise Beach in Gokarn. Paradise Beach you can reach by boat and sleep overnight there in some very simple huts by the sea. Sunbathing also allowed.

2. Sunsets by the sea in Gokarn have been a way more beautiful than in many other places in India. One of the best places to enjoy sunset in Gokarn is on top of the hill between Kudley Beach and Gokarn Beach. The wind is very smooth. Just remember to return to the village before it gets too dark.

3. Gokarn will show you the real beautiful India, which is not too modern. It will also show you some incredible things as well, like a man and a woman walking on the same street without a shirt and without any problem from other people. See the attached photo if you don’t believe it.

4. The small streets of Gokarn will give you an idea of the real life of dedicated Hindus.

5. Restaurants in Gokarn are often very spicy for the Western tongue, but one small cafe there used to make really fabulous uttapams. That taste could make the customer come back all the way from Finland. Don’t know if that place exists anymore, but at least in Om Beach there’s one very nice restaurant, namely Namaste Cafe.

 

 

Hill between Kudley and Gokarn beaches
Watching the sunset on the hill between Kudley and Gokarn beaches

 

People swimming during sunset in Gokarn Beach
People swimming during sunset in Gokarn Beach
Religious vehicle in the center of Gokarn
Religious vehicle in the center of Gokarn
Pilgrims in Gokarn dressed in black
Pilgrims in Gokarn dressed in black
Commercial wall paintings in Gokarn
Commercial wall paintings in Gokarn
Religious sight in Gokarn, India
Small religious sight in Gokarn

 

Sunset and sea in Gokarn, India
Sunset and sea in Gokarn, India

 

See also the previous post about Gokarn with videos!

 

 

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From the beaches of Gokarn

From the beaches of Gokarn

It’s been a few years since my last visit to Gokarn. Although Gokarn is more of a place for pilgrims, it is still ok to visit there, if you’re interested in experiencing a more traditional Indian village.

Gokarn is a charming place, because it is not too modern. Some say, it is like a genuine India experience. It is located near Goa, in the neighboring state Karnataka, but it is still totally different from Goa, although you do get to see something similar in the inlands of Goa, far from the touristic areas.

This short video here gives you a short glimpse of the main beach in Gokarn, namely Gokarn Beach. There are the pilgrims and all the locals, tourists and fishermen together on this beach. But don’t expect to see sunbeds nor bikinis. Instead, from the nearby hills you will find three more beaches, namely Kudley Beach, Om Beach and Paradise Beach. These beaches are populated with Western tourists with mostly hippie mindset.

These photos attached here were taken in 2007, and originally published eleven years ago in January 2007 in Indivue’s blog. Back in those days, in 2007, the memory cards of digital cameras were not very big, some 2Mb maybe, and they got full very quickly. I remember there was one small shop in Gokarn, where they shifted your photos to a dvd, so that a traveller could have more space in one’s camera and take more photos. Then again, back in the guesthouse, one had to shift the photos to a computer and from a computer to a memorystick, and then go with the memorystick to an internet cafe in order to blog the photos. That’s how the blogging in India was back in 2007.

Gokarn Beach, India, 2007
Gokarn Beach
Kudley Beach, Gokarn, India
Kudley Beach
Paradise Beach, Gokarn
Paradise Beach

This other Indivue short video from Gokarn village shows the local cows caressing each other and describes well the atmosphere in this village. Gokarn, you know, means “cow’s ear”. Find travel tips for Gokarn from Tripadvisor here and more Indivue photos from Gokarn here in this link.

After this short video more YouTube videos will follow so enjoy your visual adventure and subscribe Indivue for new updates!

 

 

Ice cream on wheels

Ice cream on wheels
Ice cream on wheels

 

Old mopeds

Old mopeds
Pappamopo Suomessa ja Intiassa - Old moped in India and Finland

 

Photos from Gokarn, India, Karnataka

Photos from Gokarn, India, Karnataka
Valokuvia Gokarnasta, Intiasta, 2007 / Photos from Gokarn, India, 2007
Streetview in Gokarn, India, Karnataka

 

Valokuvia Gokarnasta, Intiasta, 2007 / Photos from Gokarn, India, 2007

 

Valokuvia Gokarnasta, Intiasta, 2007 / Photos from Gokarn, India, 2007

 

Valokuvia Gokarnasta, Intiasta, 2007 / Photos from Gokarn, India, 2007

 

Valokuvia Gokarnasta, Intiasta, 2007 / Photos from Gokarn, India, 2007
Streetview in Gokarn, India, Karnataka

 

Valokuvia Gokarnasta, Intiasta, 2007 / Photos from Gokarn, India, 2007

 

Valokuvia Gokarnasta, Intiasta, 2007 / Photos from Gokarn, India, 2007

 

Valokuvia Gokarnasta, Intiasta, 2007 / Photos from Gokarn, India, 2007

 

Valokuvia Gokarnasta, Intiasta, 2007 / Photos from Gokarn, India, 2007

 

Valokuvia Gokarnasta, Intiasta, 2007 / Photos from Gokarn, India, 2007
Gokarn, India, Karnataka

 

Valokuvia Gokarnasta, Intiasta, 2007 / Photos from Gokarn, India, 2007
Main beach in Gokarn, India, Karnataka

 

Valokuvia Gokarnasta, Intiasta, 2007 / Photos from Gokarn, India, 2007

 

Valokuvia Gokarnasta, Intiasta, 2007 / Photos from Gokarn, India, 2007

 

Valokuvia Gokarnasta, Intiasta, 2007 / Photos from Gokarn, India, 2007
Main beach in Gokarn, India, Karnataka

 

Valokuvia Gokarnasta, Intiasta, 2007 / Photos from Gokarn, India, 2007

 

Valokuvia Gokarnasta, Intiasta, 2007 / Photos from Gokarn, India, 2007
Valokuvia Gokarnasta, Intiasta, 2007 / Photos from Gokarn, India, 2007
Gokarn, India, Karnataka