This majestic villa is an unlikely new resident in the peaceful temple town of Gokarna, discovers Andrea Pinto.
Gokarna doesn’t quite conjure up images of plush villas, English breakfasts or swanky marble bathtubs. Frequented by pilgrims, backpackers, and seekers of the spiritual way of life, this coastal town in Karnataka is known for its meditation centers, temples, beaches and hippies. But for luxury? Not so much.
So imagine my surprise when I waltzed through the massive wooden doors of Kahani Paradise, perched on a hilltop overlooking the sparkling sea. It was like nothing I’d ever expected to see in Gokarna—swanky marble bathtub included. The easiest way to get here is to fly to Goa and take a cab for the 3.5-hour drive to the villa. Or, fly by helicopter; the property has a helipad that on most days doubles up as a cricket pitch for friendlies between hotel guests and locals.
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August - September 2019