Flanked by the Arabian Sea and Western Ghats, a spectacular drive up the winding path that leads to the small temple town of Gokarna. Less crowded and more unspoiled than Goa, this scenic spot is famous for its beautiful beaches, laid back atmosphere and Hindu pilgrimages.
Wind your way languidly amongst the coconut and banana trees or take a stroll along the glorious coastline.
You’ll find pilgrims taking a dip at Gokarna Beach, inner peace at the Om symbol-shaped Om beach, and the best waves for surfing at Main Beach. Want a quieter bask in the sun? Take a boat trip to Half Moon Beach or Paradise Beach from Om Beach.
The striking Mahabaleshwara Temple (from Maha: great, bal: strength) is a famous Shiva temple well worth a visit, especially to see the intricate engraving of a giant tortoise on the floor of the hall.