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#4 of 5 Places to Visit in Gokarna

At a distance of 11 km from Kumta, 22 km from Gokarna, 31 km from Honavar, 59 km from Karwar and 56 km from Murudeshwar, Mirjan Fort is a beautiful fort located in the village of Mirjan on the west coast of the Uttara Kannada district in Karnataka.

The Mirjan Fort has rich history and there are many versions on the origin of the fort. According to one version, the fort was built in 16th century by Chennabhairav Devi, Queen of Gersoppa, a subordinate of Vijayanagar kings. Rani Chennabhairav Devi was also known as the Pepper Queen. Her reign was one of the longest in the history of female domination in Indian history, from 1552 - 1606. The strong hold of her territory was centered on North and South Kanara districts and south Goa. After the battle of Tallikota in 1565, the territory was attacked by Bijapur Sultans. She shifted the base from Mirjan Fort to a safe location in an island .....

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Heritage

#5 of 5 Places to Visit in Gokarna

At a distance of 1 km from Pavinakurva village, 12 km from Honnavar, 48 km from Gokarna and 36 km from Murudeshwar, Basavaraja Durga Fort was an island fortress situated in the Arabian Sea off the coast of Honnavar Taluk in Uttara Kannada District of Karnataka.

The fort was constructed in 16th century during Vijayanagara rule. Shivappa Nayaka, the Keladi ruler captured the fort and gave it the name of Basavaraja Durga in memory of Keladi Prince Basavaraj. This fort is surrounded by a strong fortification raised by gigantic laterite blocks also this fort has eight ruined mounted guns. Basavaraja Durga Fort is built at a height of 50 m above sea level and the island covers a total area of 19 hectares. The inner section of the fort is almost empty and only the external part is survived today.

The top of the island is a plateau covered with dry grass and trees. The island has .....

Distance (From Gokarna): 48 Kms
Trip Duration (From Gokarna - Including Travel): 2-3 Hours
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Most Asked Questions on Gokarna


  • What is the best season to visit Gokarna?

    Winter from October to February is the best time to visit Gokarna. December is also the busiest season and hotels are usually very expensive in this season. Summer would be quite hot and humid but the evenings are pleasant with cool breeze.

  • How many days are required to visit Gokarna?

    Gokarna usually requires complete one full day to visit the most important attractions. Several tourists usually prefer visiting Gokarna along with Murudeshwar which requires an additional day. There are several wonderful places near Gokarna like Udupi, Mangalore, Murudeshwar & Jog Falls that can be visited with additional day for each place.

  • What is the budget required to visit Gokarna?

    Budget of Gokarna trip depends on the trip duration and category of hotel you choose for your stay along with the kind of vehicle you prefer. Gokarna tour packages offered by Trawell.in start from as low as INR 8000 per person for a 3D/2N trip and from INR 10750 per person for 4D/3N vacation.

  • What are some must visit places in Gokarna?

    Ensure to cover most important places to visit in Gokarna like Sri Mahabaleshwar Temple, Om Beach, Gokarna Beach, Mirjan Fort and Basavaraja Durga Fort. Murudeshwar which is around 75 km from Gokarna and can be visited along with Gokarna.

  • Any water sports available in Gokarna Beach?

    Gokarna is an ideal destination for adventure seekers as well those want a break from the chaos of everyday life. Travellers have the option of simply strolling down the beautiful serene beaches or participating in the myriad water sports like parasailing, banana boat ride, surfing and jet-skiing that it has to offer. Parasailing at OM beach is the most suggested activity you can indulge in Gokarna. Kudle beach is one of the hotspots for snorkeling and scuba diving.


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