Om Beach considers itself an entity separate from Gokarna. Just a few kilometres away from Gokarna village, Om Beach is the retreat for those who want to relax on a tranquil beach with no disturbances. The shoreline has the shape of the ‘Om’ symbol, explaining how the beach got its name. A few lodges and shacks run across the stretch of this beach; cheap accommodation that’s not available to everyone: especially during season time, the shacks are let out to foreign tourists and not Indians. The food served at the shacks is similar to the rubbish you get at most places in Goa: poor attempts at Israeli and continental cuisine, pathetic pancakes and half-assed Indian fare. You have to climb down huge rocks to get to the beach, and it’s worth staying there if you want a peaceful beachside holiday.