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A regular nominee among travelers’ favorite beaches in India, Gokarna attracts a crowd for a low-key, chilled-out beach holiday and not for full-scale parties. Most accommodation is in thatched bamboo huts along the town's several stretches of blissful coast.

In fact there are two Gokarnas. For most Indian visitors Gokarna is a sacred pilgrimage town of ancient temples that are the focus of important festivals such as Shivaratri and Ganesh Chaturthi. International travelers flock to the 'other' Gokarna: a succession of ravishing sandy beaches south of town.

Top attractions

These are our favorite local haunts, touristy spots, and hidden gems throughout Gokarna.