They say that its the Goa before it became GOA. A place quite popular amongst the hippies. Gokarna is well connected to cities like Bangalore and Madgaon(Goa) . So, the usual crowd is from these cities mostly. Well our trip to Gokarna was more sort of unplanned as we decided to go just a day before departure. We took an evening sleeper bus from Pune and after some awesome conversation throughout the journey, we reached Gokarna by pass at 4 am in the morning. Well the night was dark to say the least. We took an eeco car which was the only option at that point of time and reached Ashokvana hotel at 4.30 am. Since our booking was from 11 am, we were given a small room to get fresh that time. We left the hotel at 6 am for a walk and explored the town. We reached the gokarna beach and were mesmerized by the beauty. There was a calmness which is difficult to find in lot of beaches. We spent some time there and on way back had some amazing local breakfast . There was a beverage called kasai that needs special mention as it had quite a unique taste. We came back at around 9.30 to the hotel and we got our room. We got ourselves scooties so that we could explore the place faster, but if you have ample time u can always chose to hike around the beaches. Well Gokarna has 5 beaches - Gokarna, Kudle, Om , Half moon and Paradise.