It may not be your usual, popular vacation spot. But Gokarna has slowly made its way to the list of India’s visit-worthy destinations. For the uninitiated, Gokarna is located on the western coast of India in the south Indian state of Karnataka. In case you have not considered visiting it yet, here are 5 reasons that will convince you to visit Gokarna at least once in your lifetime.

Gokarna is like Goa minus the crowd and heavy commercialization

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How many times have you been to Goa and thought that it is amazing but just too crowded? This is one reason why many people head to the quieter yet equally mesmerizing Gokarna instead.

Gokarna has its share of beautiful beaches

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Gokarna

Be it the majestic Om beach named after its shape or the spectacular Kudle beach with clean golden sand and wonderful landscapes, the beaches of Gokarna will take care of your vitamin Sea need.

Gokarna is great to witness Hindu customs and traditions

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Home to the Mahabaleshwar temple and the Koli teertha temple tank, Gokarna is perfect for those who want to witness Indian religion and customs in action.

Gokarna is just a 4-hour drive from Goa

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Gokarna beach

That’s right. 4 hours is all it takes to reach Gokarna from Goa. It is a scenic route and totally worth a road trip.

Gokarna is a delight for backpackers thanks to its affordability

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If budget travel is your thing, then you will be spoilt for choice in Gokarna. Thanks to the number of back[ackers here, there are several options for cheap food and accommodation.

Tempting, isn’t it? So when are you visiting Gokarna?