So we got the rooms, freshened up a bit, rented bikes and left for Mirjan fort. Although no reference to the construction of the fort is found, contemporary writings reveal that this fort played a dominant role in the Vijayanagara period.
The fort is in a pretty good condition with mostly all the turrets and walls intact. There were huge wells on the fort that really caught everyone’s eyes but except that there was nothing much to see. So without spending much time there, we left for Paradise beach.
To reach Paradise beach you have to do a little trek and at first, I thought okay let’s start but the interesting thing about the trek was that we weren’t sure if we are going right because there was nobody else except us and the paths were too narrow to be thought right of. So I started leading the trek even not knowing myself I told my friends to follow. After a series of ‘let’s go back’, ‘this isn’t the right way’, ‘we will be lost here’, the sun is setting it’s dangerous’, we still kept going through that jungle and finally saw a most delighting and picturesque view. That scene, the infinite sea, the horizon, the sound of tides heating the rocks, the peace in that air was the reward anybody will ask for.
THE ABILITY TO KEEP GOING WHEN YOU FEEL LIKE QUITTING WILL TAKE YOU TO THE PLACES YOU NEVER IMAGINED.
And I just literally experienced this. The sea from up above the hill looked soothing to my soul. It goes the same in our daily lives I guess, we have to keep going in something even if it is not giving us the results we expected to reach the places only we know are there.
From there we went to kudle beach chilled there for some time, had dinner on the beach shack, some of us left early as they needed some things and markets in Gokarna close early. It was past 10 when we left for the hostel, It was already dark, nobody on the roads, no street lights, dense forests by our side, only noise there was off my bike.
So we were leaving for the hostel and a man stopped me and asked for help, confused me wasn’t able to understand a thing. I looked around and there was a family waiting by the side of the road. So he started to explain the situation, actually, that family parked the car somewhere and walked to the beach by an unpaved road and due to high tides that dirt road went under water in just a matter of 2 to 3 hours. So one of them asked if I can help find his car, It was a pretty scary situation considering the conditions we were in. I was hesitant to take a stranger with me on those roads.
One thing I firmly believe that there are no such things as ghosts and monsters in the dark, the only monsters that exist are in humans and it’s very hard to believe somebody in those kinds of situations But still, I decided to help him. My friends stayed there with his family and we started the search. Eventually, after just 15 to 20 minutes of searching on those dark roads, we were able to find his car. He thanked me a lot and I felt really good that I helped someone today in spite of my scary thoughts and distrust towards other humans.