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Introducing Gokarna

Heading south out of Goa and into the neighbouring state of Karnataka, a major stopping-off point for travellers and Indian pilgrims alike is Gokarna, which sits on a secluded seaside spot around 90km south of Palolem. A mix of Hindu rituals and a medieval way of life is on show at this village, whose ambience is heightened during festivals such as Shivaratri and Ganesh Chaturthi. While the main village is conservative in its outlook, a few out-of-town beaches are custom-made for carefree sunbaking.