Om beach about 8 Kms from Gokarna gets its name from the two semi-circular coves that join to form an inverted symbol of OM. This beach is known for its spiritual hippies – with ash smeared on their foreheads, tattoos all over their body, long hair, beard and beads all over. Om Beach is the most popular beach in Gokarna.
Om Beach with its characteristic 'Om' shape created by two semi circular coves is amongst the most popular beaches amongst the Gokarna beaches. A very popular beach amongst foreign tourist Om Beach offers a delightful alternative to the beaches of Goa. With many secluded isolated beaches near Om Beach which can be reached only on foot Om Beach is known for the occassional impromptu rave parties that happen in the adjacent beaches of Om Beach.
Half Moon Beach
Half moon beach - a crescent shaped cove is a rocky stretch and a very small stretch of beach on the way to full moon beach or Paradise beach. Half moon beach is also inaccessible by road and only means to reach other than on foot is by boat!
Paradise beach the farthest amongst the four popular beach destinations in Gokarna is also called the full moon beach. With rocky stretches interspread with sandy stretches Paradise beach is just the perfect place to enjoy a secluded holiday away from everything. Paradise beach is also a great stretch to camp out. The sea here is calm and the beach very clean. Open restaurant with seafood specialties and Barbeque are available in this beach. Paradise beach is accessible only by boat or trekking across the hillocks from Om Beach.
The Mahabaleshwar temple is built in dravidian architectural style, with granite stones. The temple has the Atmalinga enshrined in it on a "square Saligrama Peetha". It has a small hole at its centre from where devotees can see the top of the Atmalinga. The deity, a 1500 yrs old carved stone image of Lord Shiva, is deified here in a standing position with two arms.