A regular nominee among travelers? favorite beaches in India, Gokarna is a more laid-back and less commercialized version of Goa. It attracts a crowd for a low-key, chilled-out beach holiday and not for full-scale parties. Most accommodation is in thatched bamboo huts along its several stretches of blissful coast. In fact, there are two Gokarna; adjacent to the beaches is the sacred Hindu pilgrim town of Gokarna, full of ancient temples that come to life during important festivals such as Shivaratri and Ganesh Chaturthi. While its lively bazaar is an interesting place to visit, most foreign tourists don?t hang around overnight, instead of making a bee-line straight to the adjoining beaches.