Gokarna is a calm and secluded place that is located in the Uttara Kannada district in the state of Karnataka. It is an extremely popular and major tourist hotspot which is known for its beautiful pristine beaches and a temple dedicated to the almighty Lord Shiva.
Gokarna is the name of the place that is derived from two distinct words i.e. Go and Karna, which implies cow’s ear. As per the old mythology goes, it was believed that Lord Shiva appeared from the ear of a cow when he went to the Patal Lok as per the instructions given to him by Lord Brahma. Some people believe that the name of the town came from Agnashini and Gangavali river confluence, that also resembles the shape of a cow’s ear.
Gokarna holds a special place when it comes to performing Hindu rituals. It is referred to as Mukti Stala, where funeral rites are performed by Hindus. The major attraction of this place is the Mahabaleshwar temple that is known for the Atmaling. It was Lord Shiva who himself gave the Atmaling to Ravana.
Gokarna is well known for its pristine beaches and beautiful open spaces. It is located on the Western Ghats and the beaches are clean and there is less crowd. One of the beaches in at Gokarna has been named after the Hindu symbol ‘Om’. The town is at its best during the Mahashivaratri festival and it is during these time when there is maximum footfall. The festival lights up the atmosphere and the town gets a make over that stays for four days. The deity from the temple is also taken out for the procession.
There are numerous budget friendly accommodations that are available in Gokarna. The best way to look out for these budget accommodations is on the Internet. There are mid-range hotels and plenty of beach resorts that are known for their exceptional hospitality and modern facilities. Being one of the major tourists attractions and a renowned temple town, the tourism department of Karnataka has developed all the latest amenities and facilities. There are also locally run lodges and guest houses that are also some of the options for tourists to stay. There are plenty of places to visit in & around the town, all you need is a tour guide who can help you out to go about the place easily. However, at time touts can be a bit of a problem for tourists.
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