Beaches & Diving – Gokarna/Netrani Island

Gokarna is a small town located on the west coast of India, within the state of Karnataka. Still relatively obscure, Gokarna attracts far less tourists than nearby Goa, leaving its 4 beaches pristine and beautiful. A handful of shacks line the beachfront and popular Om beach (shaped like the Hindu Om sign) offers a few cafes and beach bars. Not a party town, visitors here prefer to spend their days exploring the different beaches and their nights chatting with fellow travelers around a bonfire. I visited Gokarna after a quick stop to scuba dive near Netrani Island (off the coast of Murudeshwar), and was quickly wooed by its laid back vibe. Quick tip: Be sure to go for a dip in the sea at night on Om beach – if you disturb the water enough, you’ll see sparks from ocean phosphorescence ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  1. journeycount says:

    This sounds heavenly! I’ve read a lot about Goa and was beginning to wonder how big and bustling it must be being so popular, so it’s great to know it has more peaceful neighbours!

    1. I think you’d really love Gokarna…it’s the more laid-back, hippie version of Goa ๐Ÿ™‚ Definitely look into a quick stop there when you’re in India!

  2. First time reading your blog and loving it completely……And most important cannot forget ur company in Nethrani…whenever you are planning for Bangalore…pls let me know will catch up…:-)))…God bless you….

    1. Hi Anamika!! Wow, so good to hear from you! Had so much fun on our dive trip – please do keep in touch and yes, let’s try and meet in Bangalore – I should be back by October! Thanks for reading ๐Ÿ™‚

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