Gokarna is situated at western coast in Uttara Kannada, district of Karnataka. Lord Shiva who is also referred as Mahabhaleshwara is the chief deity worshipped in the town. It is believed that the town houses the original image of Lord Shiva's lingam. There are also many beautiful towns slumped in this region.
Historically, Gokarna is also counted amongst the seven Hindu pilgrimage centres. It is situated on the once unsullied beach, which is situated in near proximity to estuary of river Aghanashini. Though throughout the year, the town is flocked by the devotees of Lord Shiva but the travellers wishing to take a vacation can also visit the town. One can enjoy a laid back attitude in the unspoiled and rustic terrains overwhelmingly.
It is the western tourists who made the beaches stashed in the land popular, otherwise these were abandoned by the natives. Eventually; many restaurants, stores and resorts also opened up near the shores.
10.9 km2 (4.2 sq mi)
25,851 according to 2001 Census
Kannada is official language of the region
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October to March