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The small holy town of Gokarna enjoys a stunning location on the Arabian Sea coast with the dramatic peaks of the Western Ghats behind.

It is an important Hindu pilgrimage destination and its quiet, serene beaches are beginning to attract visitors.


The town’s narrow streets are home to many small temples, including Mahabaleshwar, which is a famous Shiva temple and well worth a visit.

Beaches and relaxation

The surrounding beaches are ideal for soaking up the sun in beautiful and calm surroundings. Om beach is perhaps the most popular and has been visited by a mix of backpackers and hippies for years, whereas Half Moon and Paradise beach nearby are much more secluded.

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