Gokarna, meaning Cow’s Ear in Sanskrit, is a small coastal
temple town in the state of Karnataka, most famous for its temples, beaches,
and scenic trekking. Historically, Gokarna is known as one of the seven most
important Hindu Pilgrimmage Centers.
Today, Gokarna has become less of a pilgrimage site and has turned into
a tourist haven for backpackers and luxury travelers. Either way, Gokarna has
amazing temples, white sand beaches, and treks along the coast that are simply
unforgettable. Whether you are coming for the fantastic temples that Gokarna
has to offer, or you simply want to relax on the beach or try some trekking,
Gokarna has activities that can tame the desire of any traveler.
Rent a car from Zoom and arrive at Gokarna with ease! The best way to get there is via AH47/NH4. Follow this road until you reach Old National Highway, and continue along this road until you reach SH2, Sirsi-Haveri Road. You can then follow this until you reach SH69 and take it to Edapally-Panvel Highway. From there look for Gokarna Kudle Road and follow it to your destination. The entire trip is roughly 484KM and should take about 8 hours, but if you get lost our GPS can guide you the entire way! Get there faster than with a bus or train and stop at your own convenience.
Rent an SUV if you have a big group or rent a sedan such as the Vento or Ford Figo if you have a smaller group or are with your significant other.
If you don't own a car or don't want to take your own car, then Zoom has several options for you to consider:
Hatchback : Take our Ford Figo ZXI for flexibility in your travels. The Figo gives you freedom to explore Gokarna however you want.
Sedans : Zoom with Volkswagen Vento or BMW 320d if you want to ride around Gokarna in style. These cars are great if you have a small group or are with your significant other.
SUV : If trekking is what you crave, the mighty Scorpio is all yours to explore the unexplored. No need to worry about steep uphill climbs or rough terrain, the Scorpio can handle it all. The Scorpio is especially good if you are with a large group of people.
All Zoom cars come with the following: -
- All-inclusive tariff which includes fuel, comprehensive insurance and taxes.
- A 3G enabled tablet, which makes navigation a breeze.
- No deposit required to Zoom off.
order to get the most out of your experience, rent a car from Zoom so that you
have the freedom to explore Gokarna as you please. No need to negotiate with
rickshaw drivers or walk for kilometers, you can drive however and wherever you
Here are some places nearby Gokarna:
Om Beach: The most popular tourist destination in Gokarna is easily Om Beach. Attractive to both those living in India and tourists alike, the beaches here are some of the best in the world. Grab a coconut and sit on the beach or take a dive in the water, regardless of what you decide, there is no wrong decision in Gokarna!
Half Moon Beach: If you are looking for a quieter, more remote beach, this is the place to go. This beach is significantly less developed, and is a more relaxing way to spend your trip in tranquility. If you are with your family or significant other, this is the best place to go.
Mahabaleshwara Temple: Situated at the western end of the main street, this famous Shiva Temple is home to the “Atmalinga”. It is a popular destination for pilgrims and tourists alike, and many will come here to pray to their respective deities.
Insiders Tip: Make sure to negotiate with all prices, as this is a high tourist area!
The best time to visit Gokarna is from October to March