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Located 170 km from Mangalore, Gokarna is a celebrated Shaivite pilgrim center in Karnataka, as famous as Varanasi and Rameshwaram. This is a coastal town with narrow streets, traditional houses, and temples. It is a favorite haunt of Hindu pilgrims, Sanskrit enthusiasts and beach buffs. Gokarna derives its name from the legend in which Lord Shiva emerged from the ear of a cow. Also, this town is formed by the ear-shaped confluence of two rivers.

Gokarna, renowned for its beaches, is also a major center of Sanskrit learning. It is home to the ancient Mahabaleshwar Temple with its Atmalinga,Venkatramana Temple, Ganapati Temple, and Kotiteertha, a large temple tank where pilgrims perform their ablutions.

Om beach is one of the five famed beaches in Gokarna. It takes the shape of an 'Om', a spiritual symbol. Wedged between gigantic cliffs, other beaches that protrude like delicate fingers into the sea are Gokarna, Kudle and Half-moon and Paradise. Gokarna is a scenic delight with the Western Ghats on one side and the Arabian Sea on the other side.

Gokarna is well-connected to Bangalore and Mysore. There are regular buses from Karwar, Goa and Mangalore.

Updated on 7th June, 2005
District: Uttara Kannada
Location: Gokarna

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