Gokarna in north Karnataka is one of the premiere beach destinations in Karnataka. With many secluded beaches and some of the most revered temples in Karnataka Gokarna has two shades about it. The tranquility of the temples is on one side and the vibrancy and youth of the tourist destination on the other and its prudent not to mix the two!
Kudle beach is a beautiful stretch of beach between main Gokarna beach and Om beach. Walks along the coastline to the adjoining beaches over the small hillocks offering breathtaking panoramic views of the sea is an absolute must do during a holiday in Kudle beach however these walks can get quite tiring as its one hillock after the other here with small coves of beaches nestled coyly between them. Paradise beach is the farthest amongst the four beaches in this stretch.
Half Moon Beach
Half moon beach - a crescent shaped cove is a rocky stretch and a very small stretch of beach on the way to full moon beach or Paradise beach. Half moon beach is also inaccessible by road and only means to reach other than on foot is by boat!
Paradise beach the farthest amongst the four popular beach destinations in Gokarna is also called the full moon beach. With rocky stretches interspread with sandy stretches Paradise beach is just the perfect place to enjoy a secluded holiday away from everything. Paradise beach is also a great stretch to camp out. The sea here is calm and the beach very clean. Open restaurant with seafood specialties and Barbeque are available in this beach. Paradise beach is accessible only by boat or trekking across the hillocks.
The Mahabaleshwar temple is built in dravidian architectural style, with granite stones. The temple has the Atmalinga enshrined in it on a "square Saligrama Peetha". It has a small hole at its centre from where devotees can see the top of the Atmalinga. The deity, a 1500 yrs old carved stone image of Lord Shiva, is deified here in a standing position with two arms.