It isn't a surprise that whenever someone mentions a beach holiday to you, all you can visualise is Goa. But that precisely is the problem with Goa – it is too popular. This has taken away the laid-back charm of the place completely in the last decade or so, and it's impossible to actually "relax" on any beach in Goa anymore. But there is no need to be disheartened, for there is still a hippie paradise waiting for you to discover within our country. I'm talking about the places and things to do in Gokarna – a very able alternative to Goa.