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If whiling away time at a balmy beach destinatio­n is your idea of spending quality time while you're travelling across India, head to Gokarna in southern Karnataka state. A relatively offbeat destinatio­n, Gokarna is blessed with a string of beaches—Om Beach, Kudle Beach, Gokarna Beach, Paradise Beach, and Belekan Beach. Beach trekking is among the popular activities here. Don’t be surprised if you’ve the beach to yourself since holidaying crowd seldom visit the coast during monsoons. Walk around the markets and shop for silver jewellery, brass lamps, prayer beads, wall decor made of seashell as gifts for friends back home. The place also has several restaurant­s serving world cuisine— from Mexican, to Israeli, and Iranian.

Chez Christophe ( CHEZCHRIST­OFF) offers authentic French dishes and desserts, along with live music on some nights.


The nearest airport is in Goa (160 km). Goa is connected with major internatio­nal cities, besides New Delhi and Mumbai through various flights. Hire prepaid taxi at the airport for onward journey.


The Arthigamya Spa & Resort offers spacious rooms and facilities, such as spa and pool (starts from `4,460/US$64,


June to August


Half Moon Bay is located 5 km from the main town. There are no roads, and the place is only accessible via a 20-minute hike from the Om Beach, or occasional boat rides from Gokarna.

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