Yet again celebrating New Year at a pub, disc or restaurant? Head to Gokarna, a beachside destination away from the hustle and bustle of a city and welcome the year 2018, at the seashore, besides the ruffling sea under the silent starlit sky.
We promise you adventure and fun in the form of beach trek and camping, beach hopping, delicious food, rollicking activities, and tent stay in Gokarna. A Kite Festival awaits you on the last day of 2017 along with music, singing, and dancing. At the stroke of midnight, bid goodbye to 2017 with fireworks and sky lanterns.
Call it a beach paradise, how else would you describe a town with an array of laid-back tropical beaches, each having a distinctive view and landscape.
Around 490 kilometres from Bangalore and 143 kilometres from Goa by road, Gokarna is a coastal town in North of Karnataka nestled between the estuaries of rivers Gangavali and Aghanashini.
Gokarna translates to cow’s ear—it is believed to be the place where Lord Shiva emerged out of the ear of a cow (or Mother Earth), hence the name. Legend says it was here that Ravana, who was carrying the ‘Atma Linga’ provided to him by Lord Shiva was tricked by the Gods to impede him from becoming undefeatable.
The ‘Atma Linga’ is now enshrined at the famous Mahabaleshwar or Shiva temple in the heart of the town.
Gokarna attracts pilgrims and tourists in equal number. Where at one side its beaches, uncluttered and virgin draw in both indigenous and foreign crowd, Gokarna is also one out of the seven pious ‘Mukti Stalas’ in Karnataka that pilgrims visit from far and wide.
Best time to visit Gokarna is between October and March when the weather is cooler and the sun feels pleasantly warm. This New Year offers a perfect excuse for a seaside getaway to Gokarna.