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Sightseeing in Gokarna

There are many options for sightseeing in Gokarna and that includes beaches and religious places to explore.

Half Moon beach is a striking beach near Gokarna located at a distance of 6 kms from Gokarna. This lesser known beach retains the Classical Indian touch in its village like huts that are covering a small area. Adding to the ambience is a well on this beach. Enjoy star-gazing, or just relax in a hammock. You may also enjoy canoeing, boating, camping or play volleyball or paintball here.

Not to miss is the Om Beach, which is in the shape of the auspicious Hindu Om sign. Some of the activities you may enjoy here include surfing, diving, water-skiing, and parasailing and banana boat riding among others.

The Mahabaleshwara Temple that houses the idol of Lord Shiva is called the Kashi of the South. The temple dons a festive look on Mahashivratri. A huge idol of Lord Shiva is mounted on the chariot that is pulled from the market near the Maha Ganapati Temple to the Mahabaleshwara Temple. As per the tradition one has to pay homage at the Maha Ganapati Temple before visiting Mahabaleshwara Temple.

Another interesting place worth seeing in Gokarna is Taamragowri – a renowned pilgrimage centre in this region. Taamragowri is popular for the Shiva lingam (idol of Lord Shiva). The idol can be seen once in 40 years, when the 'Ashta Bandana Kumbhabhishekam' is performed.

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