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Asia » India » Karnataka » Gokarna November 29th 2019

It dates back to the Treta Yuga – the age of Ramayana. Ravana was an ardent devotee of Lord Shiva and prayed to Shiva for several years for immortality and invincibility. Shiva being Bholenath (the one who is easy to please) blessed Ravana by giving him the Atma Linga (Soul of Shiva) with a condition that he must not place the Linga on the ground until he reaches Lanka. Ravana was elated and began his journey back to Lanka. Seeing what happened, the Gods realized that if Ravana indeed became immortal and invincible, there would be no end to his atrocities and hence requested Lord Ganesha to help. Ganesha disguised himself as a young Brahmin boy and appeared in front of Ravana. At the same time, Lord Vishnu had blocked the sun’s rays with the help ... read more
The 123-feet Shiva idol
From another angle, in front of the 20 storied Gopuram
Kotitheertha, in the quaint town of Gokarna

Asia » India » Karnataka » Gokarna October 20th 2018

Travel Dates: 15-Oct-2018 to 19-Oct-2018 Places Covered: Murudeshwar and Gokarna Day 1: Myself together with my wife Sujata and Son Rudra reached Thane station at 3:20 p.m. to board Matsyagandha Express scheduled at 3:40 p.m., which was almost on time. One of my friend Saira and her sister Naseem had already boarded from LTT at 3:20. We were not able to get tickets in AC and hence had to opt for Sleeper both for to-and-fro. As we were in sleeper coach, we felt the heat for next 1 to 1.5 hours but later it was better. Spent time talking to each other till 9 and then went to sleep, unfortunately we had got 2 upper and 2 middle berths :(. Day 2 Train was almost on time and in morning at 6:00 a.m. we reached Murudeshwar ... read more

Asia » India » Karnataka » Gokarna January 1st 2017

It was six months ago, at the start of my European trip, that I first heard about Gokarna and Om Beach. It was in Bilbao, Spain, where I met a Czech girl called Eliska who just couldn't stop going on about the place, with its great beach and chilled out vibe. It was her enthusiasm about the place that convinced me that this was a stop I that I just had to make. But you have to get there first and along with Maura, another girl that I had met in Europe, I stood on the platform at Canacona station just outside of Palolem, Goa, waiting for our unfailingly late, Indian train to Gokarna. The train finally arrived about three hours later than scheduled, which was the longest delay I've had on the Indian railways so ... read more
Utsava Ratha Of Lord Mahabaleshwara
Paradise Beach
Pilgrims Bathing

Asia » India » Karnataka » Gokarna April 23rd 2016

Me and Dave have split up for a few days while I go to see a friend, and he goes to see some things that I’ve already seen. I was going from Chennai to Pune, which as one train journey would probably be around 33 hours! So I decided to make two stops on the way to break the journey up, Mysore and Gokarna are where I'm going to stop. When we got back from Andamans I'd arranged to meet Raja in Chennai. It was Thursday when we landed back on the mainland. Dave said he wasn't spending anymore than one night in Chennai, which is fair enough! I wish I'd done the same. I spoke to Raja who's currently in police training, who said his only day off is Sunday. Fair enough, I don't mind ... read more

Asia » India » Karnataka » Gokarna November 17th 2014

So it's another bus ride from Hampi to Gorkarna, luckily I'm making the journey with a friend I've made in Hampi. There was no sleeper tickets available for the bus, so I'm sat upright all night trying to fucking sleep! No chance! We have to change bus at 2AM, and get onto what from the outside was a minivan, inside they'd managed to cram as many seats as a small airplane, goodbye knees. What I didn't realise before starting the journey was that it's only two hours on from this point, so we pay an extra 100rs each to get dropped at Om beach, meant to be really quiet and so named because it's in the shape of the Om symbol. We arrive in Gorkarna around 4/4.30AM, it's still dark and there's no one around. Collectively ... read more

Asia » India » Karnataka » Gokarna August 22nd 2014

March 2008. Sandhya, my batchmate from college paid the Bangalore gang a visit. The plan was to go for a road trip around Bangalore. She really wanted to go to Coorg, but since I was just back from Coorg I insisted we go somewhere else. I did feel bad, later on, about making her change her plans because of me. So the four of us and Rahul (Tipu) decided to head out for Gokarna. But we misplanned the trip and started only late in the evening. We werent able to appreciate the beautiful route to the beach town. But that was made up by the interesting conversations we had on our way. We passed through curvy steep western ghats with dense forests. It would have been great if the journey had been in daytime. We reached ... read more

Asia » India » Karnataka » Gokarna November 30th 2013

So there I was heartbroken and just shy of my birthday. The question was where do I arrive and depart from here? Forty-five minutes later I was rooting for the auto driver as he dodged traffic to get to the bus stand and then before I took stock of things I was on the bus en route to Gokarna with S. It is funny how our weakest moment can set us free to live more bravely and truthfully. I hope Gokarna will take my mind off things but I take my mind along. A rookie mistake. I don’t remember much of the bus journey except for the amourous exchanges between the couple in the berth across mine. Day 1 We get off the bus in Gokarna. We trudge along lost and all we know is we ... read more

Asia » India » Karnataka » Gokarna February 9th 2013

Our journey from Arambol to Gokarna, a sacred seaside town in the state of Karnataka, directly below Goa on India’s west coast, began with a train ride from Pernhem station to Margao. When we arrived in Margao a few hours later, we bought tickets for the “express” train to Gokarna. This train would supposedly arrive sooner and get us to Gokarna faster than the normal train, but, as it turned out, the slower train was on time and left on time, while our train was an hour and a half late! Once we were finally on the train, we had to search for empty seats, as it was rather crowded, and we ended up sitting in one of the last cars alongside a group of beggar children and an elderly man who appeared to be with ... read more
The walk from town to the beach
This lizard loved to pose for the camera!
Our first glimpse of the beach

Asia » India » Karnataka » Gokarna April 15th 2012

Well now Gokarna. It was an interesting place to get to and I met some great people! The overnight 'delux' sleeper bus was supposed to be a special treat really for the journey from hampi to Gokarna. Getting to Hampi on the hard plastic chair of the standard public bus for 10hrs had not been comfortable in any way so i thought it was an investment to get a nights sleep on the trip back to the coast... What I had not counted on was the 'delux' bus being full of cockroaches! And the part where they dumped all the people not headed to Goa (to Gokarna) in the middle of nowhere by the road at 2am to wait for an uncomfortable minibus to come collect us. Of course of the said minibus, the driver was ... read more

Asia » India » Karnataka » Gokarna March 10th 2012

9 Mars 2012, Gokarna, Karnataka Namasté! On a terminé notre semaine à Palolem avec un verre de vin rouge indien. C’était disons… correct. Le clou de ma soirée a plutôt été la comparaison entre notre guide Lonely Planet et celui de nos voisins israéliens, rédigé en hébreu. C’est fascinant comme écriture! Ils écrivent de la droite vers la gauche, sens également dans lequel on tourne les pages. Par conséquent, la page couverture se trouve où le verso de nos livres. Et comme ils écrivent de la droite vers la gauche, leur alphabet semble à l’envers du nôtre, comme un effet miroir. L’effet est d’autant plus saisissant quand il y a des illustrations, leur sens commun contrastant avec notre perception inverse de l’écriture. Une lutte pour le cerveau, je vous jure… Bref, si vous avez la chance ... read more

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