Let the beautiful beaches of Gokarna wash away all your worries. Surrounded by the greenest green you could find and a mystical Indian-ness that will capture your heart, this quaint temple town in Karnataka is the perfect getaway. Believed to be the spot where Lord Shiva emerged from the ear of a cow, Gokarna is also famous for the temple of its residing deity, Shiva or Mahabaleshwara. Its laid-back character has always attracted holiday-makers to its pristine beaches and the quiet it offers is too appealing to be ignored by those seeking some peace and calm. The people here revere the ancient language Sanskrit and it passed on through generations in Brahmin families. The town also has some of the most important Sanskrit learning centres in the country. Fringed with coconut and banana trees, and blue waters lapping the long stretches of sun-kissed sand, Gokarna is another Goa, only quieter and smaller. So, the next time you’re planning a family vacation, add another mesmerising beach destination to your list that is Gokarna.