Mahaganapati Temple is another popular temple backed by various legends, in
Gokarna. This temple is situated in the east of Mahabalesvara Temple. In its sanctum,
the black stone idol stands about 1.3m in height.
It is a sacred tank that is supposed to contain waters of 'one crore (koti) sacred
springs (tirtha)'. On the southern edge of the tank is the Vara-deshvara linga, which
was installed by Sage Agasthya. This holy water tank is located in the south-east of
Five Stunning Beaches:
Gokarna Beach, Om Beach, Paradise Beach, Half-Moon Beach and Kudle Beach are
the five beaches that offer an ideal atmosphere for a vacation. The tranquility of these
beaches is very soothing and just enough to fulfill your Gokarna travel purpose.
Best Time for Holidaying in Gokarna
The best time to visit Gokarna is between October and March, when you can enjoy
sightseeing of temples and witness the biggest festivities of the festival of Shivarathri
(during February – March). It is also a cool time have some beach fun and enjoy
activities. So, make your Gokarna trip accordingly.
Must Buy Things from Gokarna
You might not find branded stores in Gokarna but the local street shopping is a fun
experience for all kind of shoppers. The market of Gokarna is a street with all sorts
of colorful shops, selling souvenirs such as brass lamps and trishuls. In addition, you
can also get to buy some exclusive souvenirs and home decoration items made of
seashells. Don't miss to buy loads of 'Kallusakkare', which is a special kind of sugar
candy and a specialty of this place.
Explore Options to Reach Gokarna
Prior booking your Gokarna holiday package, you must be aware of the ways to reach
this beautiful temple town. Read on to know more details:
The nearest airport to Gokarna is Goa Airport which is around 160 KM away. You can
hire taxis or ride buses to reach Gokarna from Goa.
This place has its own railway station, Gokarna Road train station. Otherwise, several
express trains stop at Ankola and Kumta stations, both about 25 KM from Gokarna and
easily accessible by local buses.
Gokarna is connected to other cities via a network of highways and roads. You can use
ordinary and deluxe buses that regularly ply between Bangalore and Gokarna. Other
buses also run from Mangalore, Goa and Hubli. So, choose any of the traveling modes
and enjoy an outstanding Gokarna tour.