GOKARNA

The Konkan Coast boasts kilometres of unspoiled beaches and quaint coastal towns, as well as rugged sand dunes. Gokarna, is set behind a broad white-sand beach, with the forest-covered foothills of the Western Ghats forming a backdrop. It  is home to numerous temples and monuments and Goarkana’s beaches, of which Om Beach is one of the most well-known, are off the beaten tourist track, making them an ideal spot for travellers looking to get away from it all.   Think Goa, 35 years ago, the palm-fringed beaches are still crowd free and the beach shacks have still to make an appearance.