Gokarna is located in a religiously pious area between the Gangavali and Agnashini and is well known for performing important rituals due to its history and belief. The city has derived its name from a crucial holy animal in the Hindu religion and means ‘ears of the sacred cow’. It attracts a lot of tourists because it is a beautiful beach city and witnesses a lot of religious Hindus coming in every year, owing to the importance it holds to perform rituals. Temples thus constitute a big part of the city. Some famous temples to visit in Gokarna are:

10 Best Temples In Gokarna

Gokarna is home to a number of ancient temples, may of them being atleast 1500 years old.  Though time has worn out most of the structures of the temples, their reverence still remain strong. Here are some of the most popular temples in Gokarna: 

  • Sri Mahabaleshwara Swamy Temple Gokarna
  • Maha Ganapathi Temple
  • Sri Bhadrakali Temple
  • Mallikarjuna Temple – Sri Ramachandrapura Math
  • Shree Someshwara Temple
  • Mahalasa Temple
  • Kotiteertha Temple
  • Shree Pattevinayak Temple
  • Shree Uma Maheshwar Temple
  • Shree Kalbhairav Temple

1. Sri Mahabaleshwara Swamy Temple Gokarna

religious pilgrimage spot, Uttarakhand

This temple is one of the most famous temples in Gokarna in lieu of its religious importance in the Hindu scripture. It is considered one of the seven places of salvation, i.e., Mukti Kshetras in Karnataka. Many Hindus perform obsequies, i.e., death rites, for their dearly departed here and is therefore named such so as to give them salvage from what they believe are the tangles of the outer world.

It is one of the most beautiful temples in Karnataka, and is believed to be surreal and appealing to the extent that it defies Pranalinga, which means ‘the reality of God can’t be captured by the mind.’ Legend says that Pranalinga, also known as Atmaling or Shiva Linga, was perforce placed in Gokarna by demon King of Lanka, Ravana, who carried it from Mount Kailash in the Himalayas. The Mahabaleshwar Temple Gokarna timings are quite stringent, so visiting in the below mentioned hours is essential.

Location: Kotiteertha Road, Kotiteertha, Dandebagh, Gokarna, Karnataka- 581326

Timings: 6:00 a.m.- 12:30 p.m. and then 5:00 p.m.- 8:00 p.m.

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2. Maha Ganapathi Temple

Shree Sharavu Mahaganapathi Temple

It is located near the famous Mahabaleshwar temple and caters to a massive number of visitors every day. It is dedicated to Lord Ganesha, and the legend says that He tricked Ravana, who was carrying a Shiva Lingam, to drop it there where the temple now stands.

It is known for its spiritual, calming ambiance and a scenic backdrop where its located. It is one of the Gokarna mandir that witness a great Dravidian architecture.

Location: Gokarna Beach Road, Car Street Road, Dandebagh, Gokarna, Karnataka- 581326

Time to visit: 5:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m. and then 4:00 p.m.- 9:00 p.m.

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3. Sri Bhadrakali Temple

one of the forms of the Goddess Kali

It is believed that the holy trinity of Gods, Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva created a feminine warrior called Durge to defeat the all-powerful demon Vetrasur, who had conquered all the three lokas. She was re-christened as Bhadrakali to protect the town of Gokarna with the blessings and powers gifted to her by various Gods.

The Gorkana mandir is known to be made in tribute to the Goddess and stands tall, depicting the power and influence still on the people. It is within a walking distance from the town center and Shree Shankara Narayana Temple, which makes several visitors come every day and make it one of the most famous temples in Gokarna.

Location: Main Road, Gokarna, Karnataka- 581326

Time to visit: 5:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m. and then 4:00 p.m.- 9:00 p.m.

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4. Mallikarjuna Temple – Sri Ramachandrapura Math

Mallikarjuna Temple


What makes this one of the must-visit temples among all Gokarna temple Karnataka is the history it traces back to. The stone inside the temple states that the temple was donated by Kind Jayakesh in 1144. It has a brilliant architecture that is bound to leave you awestruck, especially considering that it was built so long ago. It is one of the grandest temples in Gokarna that has such a beautiful and robust structure. Its is one of the popular places to visit in Gokarna

Location: Ashokavana Road, Gokarna, Karnataka- 581326

Time to visit: 6:00 am to 7:00 pm

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5. Shree Someshwara Temple

Chaya Someshwara Temple in Telangana

Considered by ASI as a national treasure, this is another Gokarna Shiva temple built by the Cholas and expanded by the Chalukya kings and thus has the 14th-century structure. It resembles the Somesvara temples in Bangalore to a considerable extent, but the detailing is more refined here. With a massive structure and pillared building, it has ‘Garbhagriha’ and ‘Kalyana Mandapa’ inside, and the general style of carving and other intricacies is that of mammoths, elephants, lions, and dwarfs.

Location: 15, Dandebagh, Gokarna, Karnataka- 581326

Time to visit: 6:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and again from 5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

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6. Mahalasa Temple

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Also known as Shri Mahalasa Siddhivinayak Temple, this 150 years old temple was built with a small idol of Sri Siddhivinayak. The temple was later dedicated to the Kuladevata and reconstructed entirely in 2000. Located within close proximity to the main city bus stand, the temple sees a large number of devotees from nearby cities. 

This beautiful temple come to life during festivals with vibrant decorations and rituals and is the best time to visit this Gorkana temple. 

Location: Gokarna Road, Madangeri, Karnataka

Time to visit: 6:00 am to 9:00 pm

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7. Kotiteertha  Temple

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Kotiteertha, also known as the Temple Pond is one of the unique temples in Gokarna wherein colorful temples are surrounded around a holy pond and devotees take a dip into the pond before heading to the temples. 

Spreading across 6 acres of land,  this beautiful pond is surrounded by temples on one side and residences and monasteries on the other; all lined up along the narrow lanes and the tall coconut trees create a picturesque view.  

Location: Kotiteertha, Gokarn, Karnataka 

Time to visit: 12:00 am to 12:00 pm

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8. Shree Pattevinayak Temple

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This offbeat temple in Gorkana is located in south-east Kotiteertha facing the Shree Vishweshwar Vittal Temple. Though the temple sees very few visitors, most of them being devotees of Lord Ganesha who come here to seek blessings and spend some spiritual time.  

The temple is similar to Maha Ganapati temple but is slightly smaller in size. The temple features an idol of Lord Ganesha with 4 hands which were installed by the monks. Lord Ganesha is also called the ‘Chintamani Vinayaka’ and is believed to ease out our worries and sorrow. 

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9. Shree Uma Maheshwar Temple

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Shree Uma Maheshwar shrine is located on the top of Shatashrunga Mountain and is guarded by Kudle Beach and Om beaches in Gokarna from both sides. It is one of the popular attractions near Gokarna and is dedicated to Lord Shiva and his wife Goddess Parvati. 

The best way to reach the temple is to do a 15 min hike to the top of the mountain or a trek from the Gokarna town.  The temple offers a stunning view of the Indian Ocean which is one of the highlights of this  Gokarna temple Karnataka.

Location: Near Om beach, Gokarna

Time to Visit: NA

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10. Shree Kalbhairav Temple

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Shree Kalbhairav Temple is among the few Kalbhairav temples in India and is located on the southern banks of river Kotiteertha.  Going by the legends, Bhairava in a fit of rage disembodied Lord Bhrama but soon fell into repentance and came to Gokarna to find solace and settled here. 

The temple marks this anecdote and houses a statue of Bhairava seated on a granite platform with a figure of a snake and a footprint below it. 

Location: Kotiteertha, Gokarn, Karnataka

Time to Visit: NA

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With the promise of religious fulfillment, it is indeed imperative that you visit these temple in Gokarna, which is why is an important city in terms of religion in regard to Lord Shiva and Ganesha, specifically. Being located between two river mouths, it is also a picturesque place with a lot more to admire than just a spiritual and religious experience on your blissful vacation in Gokarna.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Temples In Gokarna

Are there other things to do in Gokarna?

There are five beaches, namely Gokarna beach (filled with pilgrims mostly), Kudle beach, Om beach, Half-moon beach, and Paradise beach. Kudle and Om Beach are known to hold the most tourists on a regular basis.

Why are Kudle Beach and Om beach in Gokarna famous?

Kudle is in the shape of a perfect C while and is known for yoga, trekking, and surfing. Om, on the other hand, is shaped like the religious symbol Om. Both beaches claim to peak the best view at the sunset time.

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