After suggested by my local colleagues of Goa Office, I decided to head to the Gokarna and Murudeshwara with my family as I was told that it's a Hindu pilgrim of Lord Shiva, having mythological importance. I booked hotel online in Gokarna Market and visited temple and Gokarna main beach. This beach has a long coast line and its populated mainly with locals and devotees. Same time I made some online search through which I got to know about other beaches. We caught a rickshaw and head to Om beach. What I imagined was non commercialised beach with local crowd where people come to enjoy nature, what I found was a twin culture of Goa where people were sipping bear enjoying music in minimum clothes. I was not wanting to get scolded and to escape the situation worst, I headed back with the determination to come back with my friends. But it didn't happen because they said they not interested in temples.
Lucky to get Sameer as husband, who also became my travel partner and one who always led me to plan trips and believe in my plans. When I told him about Gokarna he got ready and this is how we planned....
So Sam ( Sameers nickname ) firstly came to Goa from Mumbai where I was living in rented house because of my job. As his train was late, we miss the another train we were about to board for Murudeshwara and from there we had decided to go to Gokarna. But as plan messed, after our breakfast we boarded a bus of Karwar as there was no direct bus for Gokarna. It was around 11.00 a.m. at that time. By 1.00 p.m. we were at Karwar. From there we caught another bus for Honawar and from there another one for Gokarna. I thought now this guy will beat me up but he was too calm.
When we reached Gokarna, we enquired about two wheeler but price was too much. The lady told - for one day it was Rs. 800/- So, Sam asked me to drop that idea and we looked for Rickshaw. Now it was not decided where we gonna live. I read in travelogues that it's Kudle beach where accomodations are available on the beach in budget but with bathroom on sharing basis. We asked Rickshaw wala about availability of Beach huts on Kudle as well as on Om beach. He suggested us that stay on Om beach would be more pleasant. For Kudle beach he said Rs. 100/- and for Om beach on same route further, he told us Rs. 150/- We decided to stick with Om beach. We had to climb down the steps to reach the Om beach. There was a happening restaurant "Namaste Cafe" which was giving a feel of Goa. We had to walk far on the beach to search a better stay option. We asked in 3-4 reception counters. One we liked was full. Another we found was not even breathable. Finally we found our abode in Rs. 800/- with an attached bathroom, mosquito net and hamlock.