Gokarna, a charming temple town in Karnataka, is a hidden gem that offers a multitude of experiences for travellers. From exploring ancient temples to soaking up the sun on pristine beaches, Gokarna is a destination that won’t disappoint. If you’re planning a trip to this offbeat location with your family, you’ll be amazed by the variety of things to do and places to visit in Gokarna.

Discover the spiritual and cultural heritage of the Mahabaleshwar Temple and Maha Ganapati Temple, take part in thrilling beach sports, shop at the vibrant flea market, embark on a beach trek, camp under the stars, or simply indulge in the laid-back charm of a beach shack stay. No matter what kind of traveller you are, Gokarna has something to offer everyone.

With so many things to do and places to visit in Gokarna, it’s the perfect destination for your next vacation.

  • Explore the Serene Temples of Gokarna

When visiting Gokarna, a trip to its famous temples is an absolute must. This charming coastal town is revered as a sacred site in Hinduism and is home to some of the most visited temples in the country.

The Mahabaleshwar Temple is the most significant and prominent among the temples in Gokarna. It’s dedicated to Lord Shiva and houses the Atma Linga, a sacred linga symbolising the potential for new life. The temple’s architecture is awe-inspiring, featuring intricate carvings and impressive sculptures.

Another temple worth visiting during your stay in Gokarna is the Maha Ganapati Temple. This temple, dedicated to Lord Ganesha, is located on a hill and offers a breathtaking view of the town and its surrounding areas.

Additionally, you can also visit the Murudeshwara Temple, the Koti Theerth, and the Shri Venkataramana Temple on your trip to Gokarna. 

  • Indulge in Beach Sports and Activities in Gokarna

Gokarna is renowned for its pristine beaches and crystal-clear waters, making it the perfect destination for beach sports and activities. Whether you are an adrenaline junkie or prefer a more leisurely pace, Gokarna has something for everyone. Here are some of the top beach sports and activities to try out on your visit: 

  • Surfing 


Gokarna’s beaches are a mecca for surfers, with waves suitable for all skill levels. Kudle Beach is particularly popular with surfers, offering consistent waves throughout the year. Beginners can take lessons from one of the many surf schools in the area, while experienced surfers can rent boards and hit the waves on their own. 

  • Snorkelling 


Explore the underwater world of Gokarna by going snorkelling. With clear waters and an abundance of marine life, snorkelling in Gokarna is an unforgettable experience. Om Beach and Gokarna Beach are great spots for snorkelling, with plenty of colourful fish and coral reefs to discover. 

  • Scuba Diving 

Scuba Diving

Delve into the depths of the sea in Gokarna through scuba diving, where a world of sea flowers and corals awaits your exploration. Plunge into the waters at depths ranging from 15 to 20 feet and witness the breathtaking beauty that lies beneath the surface. Scuba diving in Gokarna offers an opportunity to discover marine life in a truly immersive way. 

  • Jet Skiing 

Jet Skiing

For those looking for an adrenaline rush, jet skiing is a must-try activity in Gokarna. Feel the wind in your hair as you zip across the ocean waves, taking in the stunning scenery as you go. Head to Om Beach, Half Moon Beach, or Kudle Beach to rent a jet ski and hit the water. 

  • Shop for Unique Finds at Gokarna’s Flea Market

Gokarna’s flea market is a must-visit destination that offers a diverse range of unique finds. Indulge in some relaxed flea market shopping and discover rare handicrafts, intricate jewellery, and elegant clothing. With so much on offer, shoppers will find something to suit their taste and budget.

Reasons to Visit the Flea Market:

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  • Discover unique souvenirs to take home
  • Experience Gokarna’s local culture and customs
  • Get great deals on clothing and jewellery
  • Handicrafts made by local artisans
  • Traditional Indian Jewellery
  • Colourful and comfortable clothing


Some Tips for Shopping at the Flea Market:

  • Bring cash as most vendors don’t accept cards
  • Bargain for a better deal, but be polite and respectful while doing so
  • Wear comfortable shoes and clothing, as the flea market can get crowded and hot 
  • Embark on a Beach Trekking or Camping Adventure 

Looking for an adventure in Gokarna? Why not try beach trekking or camping? This is an exciting way to take in the stunning landscapes and panoramic ocean views that Gokarna is famous for. With miles of unspoiled coastline, Gokarna has plenty of trekking trails and camping spots to offer. 

  • Beach Trekking 

Beach Trekking

If you’re an adventure enthusiast seeking a fun yet challenging activity in Gokarna, beach trekking is just what you need. The challenging yet picturesque trekking trail along the Gokarna beaches promises to be a thrilling experience, taking you through the lush greenery and giving you an opportunity to see the lesser-known parts of Gokarna. You may even come across some hidden coves and out-of-the-way beaches that are inaccessible by road.

A must-try trek is the Gokarna Beach trek, which is laden with scenic paths and beautiful sights of nature. Experience trekking through rocky terrains, boulders, and colourful cliffs while admiring the Arabian Sea. Make sure you wear comfortable shoes and bring plenty of water to stay hydrated as the trek can be quite challenging. 

  • Camping on the Beach 

Camping on the Beach

For a unique adventure in Gokarna, try camping on the beach. You can choose a spot on the beach and set up camp for the night, enjoying the sound of waves and a stunning view of the moonlit Arabian Sea with your loved ones. The best camping spots in Gokarna are Kudle Beach, Half Moon Beach, and Paradise Beach, which offer breathtaking sunsets and sunrises by the sea.

Make sure you bring all the necessary equipment including tents, sleeping bags, food, and water. You may also want to bring a portable stove to cook a hot meal while enjoying the cool sea breeze. Camping amidst the natural beauty of Gokarna is an unforgettable experience that is sure to leave you with memories to last a lifetime. 

  • Experience the Charm of Beach Shack Stay

When visiting Gokarna, one of the most unique accommodation options available is a beach shack stay. These cosy and rustic beach shacks offer a laid-back coastal lifestyle, perfect for those looking to escape the hustle and bustle of city life.

Beach shacks are typically made of bamboo and thatch, with basic amenities such as a bed, fan, and mosquito net. Although simple, they provide a comfortable and authentic stay experience for guests.

Staying in a beach shack also means being just a few steps away from Gokarna’s stunning beaches. Wake up to the sound of waves crashing and soak in the beautiful ocean views right from your doorstep. Before booking a beach shack stay, it is important to consider the basic amenities and shared bathroom facilities. It is also important to keep in mind weather conditions, as beach shacks may not be suitable during monsoon season. Privacy concerns should also be taken into account, as the thin walls of beach shacks may not provide complete seclusion.

However, the benefits of a beach shack stay far outweigh the downsides. Not only are they affordable, but they offer a unique and authentic experience unlike any other. The laid-back atmosphere and close proximity to the beach make for a truly memorable stay.

Club Mahindra’s Offerings in Karnataka

If you’re planning a trip to Gokarna, you can extend it by including a stay at Club Mahindra’s resorts in Karnataka. Our resorts in the region offer the perfect balance of comfort and natural beauty. From stunning views of the Arabian Sea to world-class amenities, Club Mahindra has it all.

Our resorts are strategically located in close proximity to popular places to visit in Karnataka. Each resort features spacious rooms and a range of facilities to make your stay comfortable. Whether you want to relax by the pool, enjoy a rejuvenating spa treatment, or savour delectable local cuisine, Club Mahindra has something for everyone.

Each of our resorts has been designed with your comfort in mind. Our staff is dedicated to ensuring that your stay is enjoyable and memorable. We offer a range of activities to keep you engaged, from cultural performances to nature walks.

Club Mahindra Resorts in Karnataka


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Club Mahindra Madikeri



Club Mahindra Virajpet



Vijayshree Resort & Heritage Village



Golden Landmark Resort



Eagleton Golf Resort



 If you’re looking for premium accommodation, consider exploring Club Mahindra’s offerings resorts in Karnataka. And, don’t forget to explore the hidden gems of Gokarna, as there is much more to this destination than meets the eye.

Overall, Gokarna is a must-visit destination for those seeking a mix of spiritual and adventure experiences. Plan your trip today and immerse yourself in the beauty and charm of Gokarna.

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