Luxury holidays in Gokarna
Coast into balmy, palmy Gokarna for ancient culture with beaches to spare. On the shores of the Arabian Sea, Gokarna is a beach-buff favourite thanks to its array of palm-fringed options: the ever-popular Kudle and Om beaches are perfect for bar-hopping, but those in the know will seek sandy sanctuary in the seclusion of the quieter Half Moon and Paradise beaches. Not just a pretty face, Gokarna is also a sacred Hindu pilgrimage spot – dive into the town’s legend-laden past with a stroll through temple-clad streets; catch a glimpse of a deity, so the story goes, and you’ll receive a blessing for your beach-side break.
When to go
Visit Gokarna between October and March for balmy beach-ready weather. April and May tend to be hot and sticky, and monsoon season runs from June to August.
PlanesSeasonal flights touch down at Goa’s Dabolim, the nearest airport, direct from London Gatwick and Manchester. Connecting flights are available year-round from other UK and European cities. From Goa, it’s a 100-mile drive to Gokarna.
TrainsGokarna Road Station is a handy six miles away from the centre of town and is served by regular trains from major cities on the Konkan Railway, including Mumbai and Margao. From there, take a taxi or auto-rickshaw into town. Trains often arrive in the early hours, so be prepared to snooze.
AutomobilesBuses for the brave run regularly to Gokarna from other Indian cities, including Bangalore, Mangalore, Margao, Mumbai, Hubli and Panaji. You can also hop on a privately-operated bus from Hampi or Hospet.