Gokarna is a small and remote holy town, with four of India's most secluded and pristine Gokarna Beach nestled nearby.
It draws both pious pilgrims and hedonistic holiday makers with equal enthusiasm.
Travel to Gokarna Beach to get a feel for what Goa was like in its heyday.
Although time is limited as developers are already seeing the potential of this area Gokarna Beach.
Gokarna is located in the state of Karnataka, an hour south of the Goa border Gokarna Beach Karnataka.
Gokarna Beach Karnataka around 450 kilometers (280 miles) from Bangalore, the state capital.
Getting to Gorkarna
The nearest airport is Dabolim, in Goa. From there it's a four hour drive to Gokarna Beach Karnataka.
Alternatively, trains on the Konkan railway stop at Gokarna Road station, 15 minutes from town.
As well as Kumta and Ankola stations, both around 25 kilometers (16 miles) from Gokarna.
Gokarna Beach in Karnataka is also well connected by bus from major cities such as Madgaon in Goa, and Mangalore and Bangalore in Karnataka .
Gokarna experiences the southwest monsoon from June to August, following which the weather becomes dry and sunny Gokarna Beach in Karnataka.
The best time to visit Gokarna is from October until March.
When the weather is warm and pleasant with temperatures averaging 32 degrees Celsius (90 degrees Fahrenheit) Gokarna Beach in Karnataka.
April and May are hot summer months, and the temperature easily reaches 38 degrees Celsius (100 degrees Fahrenheit) then Gokarna Beach in Karnataka.
Gokarna's main attraction is its beaches, where people come to chill and soak up the sun for months at a time Gokarna Beach in Karnataka.
As Gokarna is one of the most sacred holy towns for Hindus in south India, there are also some important temples to see Gokarna Beach in Karnataka.
Unfortunately, they're off limits to non-Hindus but you can grab a glimpse inside.
The Mahabaleshwar Temple houses a huge lingam (symbol) of Lord Shiva.
Make sure you check out the huge chariots near the Ganpati Temple.
Which carry a Shiva idol through the streets while people throw bananas at it for good luck during the Shivaratri Festival in February/March.
More great destinations can be found in the Explore Beaches in India page.