Spellbindingly beautiful – Gokarna

WE TRAVEL NOT TO ESCAPE LIFE, BUT FOR LIFE NOT TO ESCAPE US

– Anonymous

Along the western coast lies a beachy little settlement called Gokarna. Being a Manipal University student, I was blessed with scores of beautiful places all within a few hours of reach. Gokarna was one such place.

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The Sun was on our head

The earliest history of Gokarna is not known. Though some Tamil texts dating back to 550 AD refer to this place. By the 16th century, the Portuguese had taken over this place (along with Goa). In 1714, the Portuguese destroyed many temples which were later rebuilt in the late 18th century.

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The Sky, the Sea, the Land…

Gokarna falls on the way from Manipal to Goa. It is about 180 km from Manipal and 143 km from Goa (by road). It is historically known as one of the seven important Hindu pilgrimage centres and is located on what was once unspoiled beach near the estuary of river Aghanashini with its palm trees, other colourful tropical fruit and flower trees. Of late, due to the numbers of tourists, the character of this town has changed. This town is no longer just a centre of pilgrimage, though massive numbers of devotees still visit the town for the purposes of offering prayers and worship to Lord Shiva.

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Om Beach

Om beach is the most famous beach in Gokarna. It is the only beach in the world which is naturally shaped like the Hindu religious symbol (OM) and hence the name.

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Exploring the cliffs, from one beach to another

Due to Gokarna’s proximity to the western ghats, trekking is common and offers a mesmerizing view of cliffs, jungles and coasts.

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Rocky shore, watch your step

Western travellers though, mainly know Gokarna for the beautiful beaches. For people who prefer calm and peaceful beaches, Gokarna is an ideal place.

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Ah, the beauty of the setting sun! 

Gokarna is indeed a piece of heaven. It is definitely worth your time. Have a great time exploring!

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19 Comments Add yours

  1. tahira says:

    Beautiful..

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    1. Neha Sakuja says:

      Thanks, Tahira!

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  2. ortensia says:

    Beautiful indeed😍🤩

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  3. Prashantt says:

    I’ve been to Gokarna to write an article assignment, the place is beautiful & unexplored that i ended up with four articles.
    I hope you discovered the nearby mesmerising falls alongwith beaches & temples.Your post reminded me of beautiful journey.😇

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    1. Neha Sakuja says:

      It’s one of the most beautiful places I have ever had the fortune to visit. 🙂

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      1. Prashantt says:

        Indeed it is beautiful as the beaches are not much popular among tourists and the less footfall has procured the beauty of the place.

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  4. Anjali Roy says:

    Those moments 😁

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  5. Awesome nature walk!! and really great quote
    WE TRAVEL NOT TO ESCAPE LIFE, BUT FOR LIFE NOT TO ESCAPE US.

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  6. jmsabbagh says:

    Exceptional post , enjoyed the reading.Jalal

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    1. Neha Sakuja says:

      I’m glad you liked the post.

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  7. Zakia Khanum says:

    Gokarna truly seems spellbindingly beautiful. Waiting to read more travel stories of yours. Keep them coming.
    Much love ❤

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    1. Neha Sakuja says:

      I will surely share more of my travel stories soon 🙂

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  8. farawayland says:

    Ah! Seems beautiful.

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  9. you have an Amazing blog dear and kindly follow my blog too if you like it 😊🙏

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    1. Neha Sakuja says:

      Thank you 🙂

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      1. you are always welcome 🙄

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