Trekking has always been a widespread disease among backpackers. Rough terrains, Rocky mountains, turbulent jetstreams are something we expect in a trekking. What if this whole concept is changed, this is what Gokarna offered us. These cliffshores offers the best and unique trekking experience you will ever get.
We left for Gokarna from Calicut in bhavnagar express which cost just 130rs/-. It will be a bit tiring untill you leave our state. Taking a general ticket is the best option for a budget traveller for such overnight journeys. We arrived at Kumta by 8 30 in the morning. Kumta- Gokarna buses are frequently available from the local bus station. After having some snacks for breakfast we left for Gokarna on a Karnataka transport bus which cost just 20rs/-. It merely took us an hour to get there.
Well here we are, amidst the loud and busy local bus station stood a group of five, who had no idea about what they were going to see. About half an hour into reaching Gokarna we were able to get a room which was the cheapest in the town. Prices of rooms can vary from 200-2000/- per night here. We only knew they were beaches and Gokarna was more like a mini Goa. It was already 1 pm and we had to find a good place to have lunch. Next up we set out on foot to the main beach of Gokarna hoping to find some nice hotels nearby. To be frank the main beach did not meet our expectations, lot of plastic wastes and leftouts were to be seen around and also stray dogs/cows are never a pleasing watch in a beach. Finally the half starved gang entered a shack located near the main beach. We were so hungry that we didn't take a look at the rate and it turned out to be the most expensive set of chapati and dhal I ever had. The food was great but it's not worth the money they put on it. Lesson learned-Never expect to get cheap food from the beach premises. After tasting the local cuisine we headed on to the next spot -The kudle beach. It took us about half an hour to get there as we had to hike through the rocky mountains along the coast. Kudle beach was completely opposite to what we saw at the main beach. Nestled in between the cliffs, this long beach offers us the true beauty of Gokarna. Numerous shacks and restaurants covered the entire length of the beach. Slowly reality was starting to keep up with our expectations. Only a handful of tourists were around as it was not the hour of the day. We walked around vividly grasping the essence of mother nature. Almost an hour passed by without notice, and it was time that we moved on.
Time elapsed quickly and we had to keep our butt moving so as to explore the next sand shore - The Om beach. The most unique and touristy among the
five, Om beach offers the best beach activities including paragliding, jet skiing and scuba diving.
This beach as its name suggest is Om shaped, which is something unusual to have for a beach, and that is exactly why this place turned out to be a major attraction. Since trying out the beach activities were way out of our league, we had to improvise our own sport and guess what, we started up with beach volleyball and played until the sun kissed the floor. In the end all of us were forced to leave the beach by the cost gaurds. It was getting dark and we had to get back to our room to freshen up.
The day has been a turmoil of events, it started on a low key and ended on a high note. From the deserted not so popular main beach to the dynamic and buzzing Om beach the scenarios kept changing.
We had already covered three among the five and our expectations had sky rocketed for the next two
waterfronts, and the real adventure was yet to come.