Gokarna - Karnataka
Gokarna situated in coastal region of Karnataka about 55 kms from Karwar. It is described as a Shiva Centre, as important as Kashi and Rameshwar. History has it that the Atmalinga brought by Ravana got struck here and his efforts to extricate it resulted in his throwing the coverings of the Linga to Dhareshwar, Gunavanteshwara, Murdeshwar and Shejjeshwar temples.
The Mahabaleshwara is one of the major temples here. The deity here is two-armed, standing, and atleast 1500 years old. The Bhadrakali and Venkataramana temples, Kotiteertha tank etc., are other holy places here. Gokarna is also famous for its beautiful virgin beaches and breathtaking landscapes.
How to Reach Gokarna Temple:
By Air : The nearest airport is in Dabolim airport in Goa. It is nearly 140 kms.
By Rail : Nearest major railway station is Ankola 20 kms away.
By Road : KSRTC buses are plenty connecting Gokarna to various cities around. Madgaon (125 km), Mangalore (225 km), Dabolim (140 km) and Bangalore (475 km) are all well connected to Gokarna by KSRTC.