Located 1 kilometer away from Gokarna, Bhadrakali Temple is a religious site dedicated to Goddess Uma. Legends say that Lord Vishnu requested goddess Uma to settle in Gokarna after she was abandoned by Ravana. Goddess Uma, who is now worshipped as Goddess Bhadrakali in Gokarna, is thronged by many devotees.
Maha Ganapati Temple
Located in proximity to Mahabaleshwar Temple, Mahaganapati Temple is a famous religious shrine in Gokarna. Dedicated to Lord Ganesha, the sanctum sanctorum features a 1.3 meter high black stone idol. As per mythology, Lord Shiva was pleased with Lord Ganesha, who succeeded in bringing Atmalinga back from Ravana, the king of demons. Therefore, pilgrims first come here to offer prayers to Lord Ganesha before heading towards Mahabaleshwara Temple.
Next only to the Kashi Vishwanath Temple, in terms of holiness, Mahabaleshwara Temple is often dubbed as the ‘Kashi of the South’. On the occasion of Shivaratri, a major Hindu festival is conducted here. During the Shivaratri Festival, a stunning idol of Lord Shiva is mounted on the Mammoth temple chariot and is driven to the temple from the end of the bazaar near the Maha Ganpati Temple.
A sea coast town near Gokarna, Kumta was a part of the North Kanara district during the British era. Now-a-days, Kumta Town is more famous for the temples. The town has beautiful attractions such as Kumta Beach, Baada Beach, Dhareshwar Beach and Mirja Fort. The view of a long stretched Kumta beach is a wonderful sight filled with thousands of sea birds.
Nestled in the heart of the Western Ghats, amidst the picturesque forest of the Sahyadri Mountains, Yaana is a pilgrim center as well as a tourist destination. A commercial center and a small coastal town, Yaana is known for its magnificent mountains, cascading waterfalls and the most sacred temples. Yaana is a must visit for hikers and trekkers.