The Gokarna Diaries – Part 1

After the intense exam stress, I decided that as soon as the exams were done, I needed a trip and what better destination than GOKARNA. Beautiful beaches, adventurous treks and a quiet town with temples at every nook and corner. Its a perfect blend of ‘A laid back chilling Destination’ and spirituality!

How I got there?

From Bangalore(Took a bus from Chennai to Bangalore) I took a night bus*VRL Travels*. Its almost a 12-13 hours journey. The road starts off good, but gets a little bumpy and rough towards Gokarna.

Day 1 :

+ Reached around 7:30 and took an auto to the Zostel which is a 10 min ride. (Rs 100-80)

+ As my check in was only at 12 PM, I chilled around the Zostel for a while. Had breakfast from the Mantra cafe, freshened up,Put all my luggage in the common room and decided to start my Trek towards Half Moon(Got too dark for Paradise) 😀 !

+The first beach was Kudle! It was a 1.2Km walk from Zostel. Beautiful and happening, and laden with shacks! Dont forget to try out the pizzerias there!

At Kudle Beach

+ The Second one was a 30min walk(Almost 3 kms and it was too hot)and hence had to take an auto there(Rs 70).The Om beach was more of a people beach, with tourists and locals alike. The Rocky beach had the shape of the symbol Om and hence the name . Jam Packed with many shacks and small beach stores( I got a Shiva tee from there 😁),Om gives us a wide variety for ambience and dining/Chill.

+ The next 2 were the Half moon beach and the Paradise beach. The half moon beach is quite a trek from om beach. Just 2kms, but will take around 15-20 mins to trek through.(The terrain is a bit rough and narrow with shrubs and small trees all around,so make sure to be careful,and also shoes/boots are preferred). But its worth the struggle! It is a Beautiful beach with still water and perfect solitude.I even ended up having a good swim😁. It has 2-3 shacks that serves good food and and a perfect ambience to just sit down and take a moment to appreciate everything around you.
(P.s : Even during the trek, take a minute or 2 to just stop and enjoy the ocean scenery.)

+ It had already become 5pm, and The sunset Kudle wasn’t to be missed. So I started my trek back. But unfortunelty I couldn’t reach Kudle by the time. But Nevertheless, the sunset was still an absolute beauty to watch from the rocky shores of Om ! ( Actually It was the better of the 2)

+ And finally, around 8:30,I got back to the Zostel! Exhausted but with a feeling of accomplishment, I checked in into my Dorm, Arranged up my luggage, Took a nice long Hot water bath and had a Desi Thali dinner from the Mantra cafe, right under the star lit night sky, while breathing in the ocean.
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…... To read about Day 2, make sure to watch out for the second part !

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