One Day Gokarna Local Sightseeing Trip by Cab

Imagine yourself listening to the sound of gushing waves hitting the shore while walking on the beach. Fresh sea air takes out all the tiredness from you. And you’re experiencing a heavenly sunrise.

This imagination can be a reality of yours if you visit Gokarna. India’s mini Goa, Gokarna, is a paradise tucked in the Uttara Kannada district of Karnataka. The town is home to some of the famous beaches and sacred temples that attract tourists in large numbers. Gokarna is known as the mini Goa for its five pristine beaches Gokarna Main Beach, Om Beach, Kudle Beach, Paradise Beach, and Belekan Beach.

The beaches and trekking spots of this place make it a great destination for youth, solo travellers, and adventure lovers. However, the history of this place goes back to the eras of Mahabharat and Ramayana. It is believed that God Shiva and Vishnu bless the town. Till today, all the ancient temples in Gokarna tell the story of Indian myths and legends.

Below we’ve listed some top attractions to visit on two day Gokarna trip:

Gokarna Places to Visit in 2 days
Day 1 Gokarna Places to Visit
  • Om Beach
  • Kudle Beach
  • Shiva Cave
  • Mahabaleshwara Temple
Day 2 Gokarna Places to Visit
  • Gokarna Beach
  • Half Moon Beach
  • Mirjan Fort
  • Maha Ganapati Temple
1. Om Beach
Places to Visit Om Beach, Gokarna

One of the most scenic attractions in Gokarna is Om Beach. Whether you want to enjoy an early morning scenery or a late evening walk, the beauty of this place won’t disappoint you. You’ll forever cherish the view of the rocky terrain, splashing waves, and glittering sands of Om beach. The shape of the beach closely resembles the symbol ‘Om’(sacred invocation in Hinduism). And this is how the beach derived its name. More than its beauty, Om beach is popular for its spiritual significance among the locals. That’s why pilgrims take a dip into the sea before visiting the temples.

Om beach is a great spot if you’re looking for some fun activities to do in Gokarna. The beach is known for offering activities like Banana Boat Rides, Jet Skiing, Speed Boating, Parasailing, Surfing, and many more. A boat ride in the splashing waves of Om Beach is everything you need for an adrenaline boost.

If you’re not into adventures and want to enjoy the calm beauty of the beach, take a walk along the seashore and drench your feet in the gushing waves. At the beach, you can spot several fishermen boats busy with their daily fishing activities. You can capture these moments or approach them to know the local lifestyle of Gokarna. You can sit at the beach, observe their daily lives and capture these precious moments with your camera. There are also plenty of Cafes available near the beach. You can enjoy the ambience and local cuisines of these cafes to complete your trip.

Om beach is well connected to the main Gokarna city. You can take any local taxi or rent a cab from the top car rental companies in Gokarna to reach the beach in no time.

2. Mahabaleswara Temple
Places to Visit Mahabaleswara Temple, Gokarna

One among the seven sacred Muktiksetras in Karnataka, the Mahabaleshwara temple is one of the must-visit places to visit in Gokarna in 2 days. The temple is famous for housing a stone-carved idol of Lord Shiva (Atma Linga), which is around 1500 years old. The locals believe that if someone catches a glimpse of the idol, Lord Shiva blesses them. For Indian devotees, the Mahabaleshwara Temple is considered as holy as the Varanasi Temple in North India. That’s why the temple is widely known as Dakshin Kashi.

According to history, Mahabaleshwar Temple was constructed by King Mayurasharma of the Kadamba dynasty. Later, during the Vijayanagar dynasty, the temple went through some major embellishments.

When you’re in Gokarna, you can visit the Mahabaleshwara Temple at any time of the day to witness the daily rituals or Puja. Inside the temple, you can witness various religious activities such as worship of Atma Linga, Abhishekha of Lord Shiva or Atma Linga, Mangal Aarti, and Sparsha Darshana. Also, you can enjoy the Prasada or free food in the temple, which is served during lunch and dinner times.

3. Gokarna Beach
Places to Visit Gokarna Beach, Gokarna

As you can guess by the name, Gokarna Beach is the main beach of this temple town in Karnataka and is one of the popular places to visit in Gokarna in 2 days. This popular white sand beach attracts many tourists for its beauty, stretches of white sand, and green scenery. It’s an ideal spot for picnics, water surfing, boating, and clicking pictures. Apart from surfing and boating, you can also participate in Yoga classes on the beach. There are hundreds of resorts in Gokarna offering Yoga Classes as an activity for your relaxation.

However, the main significance of Gokarna Beach is its association with the Mahabaleshwara Temple. According to local customs, devotees need to bathe in its water before entering the temple.

Not only for its natural beauty, but Gokarna Beach is also famous for offering several adventurous activities. Here you can go for a hike on the uphill roads surrounded by forests. If you’re seeking to refresh your mind, simply sit and enjoy the animals and birds around the pristine beach.

Because this beach is a tourist hotspot, there are plenty of shops, cafes, and stores available. From these shops, you can take home some amazing souvenirs like purses, idols, clothes, jewellery, and many more.

Gokarna Beach is located within walking distance of the Mahabaleshwara Temple. The bus stand is also located close to the beach. So, getting rickshaws, or buses to reach here won’t be much hassle.

4. Kudle Beach
Places to Visit Kudle Beach, Gokarna

Watching the stunning landscapes while walking along the coastline of Kudle Beach is the perfect way to enjoy your trip to Gokarna. If you don’t like a crowded tourist hotspot like Gokarna Beach, Kudle Beach can be a perfect escape for you. Located near Main Gokarna Beach and Om Beach, Kudle Beach offers the most serene and peaceful atmosphere. As the place is relatively not crowded with tourists, you can witness lots of locals spending their leisure time or practising yoga.

However, from November to February, the beach welcomes thousands of foreign backpackers. So, if you’re seeking some privacy and calmness, avoid visiting the beach in peak months. As Kudle Beach is relatively secluded than Om or Gokarna Main Beach, most people come here simply to enjoy the scenery. Many tourists come here to take a morning or evening walk. And many prefer the silence of the beach for meditation and yoga.

Kudle Beach is also great for swimming because its waves are gentle. However, you must remain cautious as this place is not too crowded, and there can be fewer lifeguards. Unless you’re an expert, you should be extremely careful.

Kudle Beach is situated near Gokarna Main Beach and Om Beach. You can get autos to reach the beach from here. The Om Beach is also located nearby, at around 10 minutes' walking distance. You can take boats and ferries from Om Beach to reach Kudle Beach.

5. Mirjan Fort
Places to Visit Mirjan Fort, Gokarna

The remnants of Mirjan Fort, covered in lush and bright greenery, are a sight to behold for a lifetime. Located beside the river banks of Aghanashini, the fort is spread across an area of 4.1 hectares. There are multiple versions of stories behind the origin of Mirjan Fort. However, as per the most popular origin story, the fort was constructed in the 16th century by Chennabhairav Devi or Pepper Queen of Gersoppa (Subordinate of Vijayanagar Kings). Other versions of the fort’s origin narrate that it was either built by Nawayath Sultanates or by Bijapur noble Sherif-ul Mulk.

Mirjan Fort was built in an Indian architectural style. You can also witness some major influence of Islamic and Portuguese culture on the walls and towers of the fort. The fort was constructed keeping all the battles in mind. You can see several interlinked wells inside the fort. Back in the 16th century, these wells were used to preserve water for battle use. Apart from the wells, multiple canals, escape gates, secret passageways, moats, and watch towers are available inside the fort. All these remarkable architectures were constructed using local laterite stones.

Mirjan Fort is located at a distance of 22 km from Gokarna. You can rent a private cab or local bus to visit the fort without any hassle.

6. Shiva Cave
Places to Visit Shiva Cave, Gokarna

A hidden gem and lesser-known tourist spot, Shiva Cave is a mysterious place to explore in Gokarna. This sacred cave is an abode of Lord Shiva. You can witness a Shiva Lingam inside the cave temple, which is worshipped greatly by the locals. The locals also call the Shiva Cave Gogarbha (cow’s womb). Indians and foreigners who know about this place come here to sit and meditate for hours.

The dim lights, various rock formations, and narrow pathways inside the cave create a mysterious yet fascinating atmosphere. Because of the dark atmosphere, make sure to carry a torch light when visiting the cave. According to local legends, the cave has three tunnels connecting to Koti Tirtha, Adi Gokarna, and UttarKashi.

The Shiva Cave is located only at a distance of 1.5 km from Mahabaleshwar Temple, on the way to Om Beach and Kudle Beach. If you wish to visit a great historical and natural sight in Gokarna, Shiva Cave is the right choice.

7. Half Moon Beach
Places to Visit Half Moon Beach, Gokarna

Another less explored, secluded, but amazingly picturesque beach in Gokarna is Half Moon Beach . Separated from the popular Om Beach by a cliff, Half Moon Beach offers a serene view of the Arabian Sea. The name of the beach is derived from its half-moon-like shape. As the beach is a little less commercialised than the Gokarna Main Beach or Paradise Beach, there are only a few shacks and cafes available. However, you can witness several village huts lined up on the beach, giving you a traditional south Indian vibe.

Away from the regular crowds, the Half Moon Beach is a perfect place to relieve your stress and relax under the sun. Amid the dense forest, high cliffs, and endless ocean of the beach, you can set up a camp. The beach is also great for activities like playing volleyball, canoeing, and boating. However, if you aren’t an expert, we recommend you avoid swimming activities because the waves are too harsh. Lastly, you can sleep on a hammock and warm yourself up under the sun to have a perfect trip to Gokarna.

Half Moon Beach is not connected to the roads directly. So, you can’t access any cab or bus to get there. The best option is to hike from Om Beach to get here. You can also rent a boat from Om Beach to reach Half Moon Beach.

8. Maha Ganapati Temple
Places to Visit Maha Ganapati Temple, Gokarna

Maha Ganapati Temple is one of the most popular temples to visit in the temple town of Gokarna in 2 days. The Ganapati Temple has a lot of religious significance among the locals. It is said that before paying a visit to the Mahabaleshwar Temple, devotees or pilgrims must seek blessings from the Lord Ganesha of Maha Ganapati Temple.

As per myths and legends, Lord Ganesha tricked Ravana into dropping a Shiva Lingam here, which he was carrying. Later, a temple was built on the place it dropped. The Maha Ganapati Temple is situated near Mahabaleshwar temple. It has a beautiful setting and marvellous architecture that resembles the Dravidian architectural style.

If you’re visiting Gokarna for some spiritual awakening or seeking peace, the Maha Ganapati Temple is one of the best places to be.

So, if you’re visiting Gokarna for 2 days, these are some amazing places to explore. The beautiful town of Karnataka offers two different attractions- beaches and temples. It’s up to you which one you’ll choose for a wholesome trip.

However, if you’re thinking about extending your visit to Gokarna for 3 days, we also have a list of places to visit in Gokarna for 3 days for you. The tour packages are customised according to your convenience so that you can enjoy the best of Gokarna in a short time.