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Zostel Gokarna

After relaxing quite well, we headed back to Zostel to have our dinner . The food at Zostel is pretty awesome and you would be pleasantly surprised at the menu they have to offer and the quality of food they have to offer. We had a sumptuous supper and decided to call it a day.Day 2 began with us waking up early. We had our breakfast, and decided to move on to the next step of our journey. We soaked in the mid morning breeze and as the sun was climbing up on the horizon, we bid adieu to Gokarna.
Slowly, we headed to our abode for the day, Zostel at the Kudle beach. Now Zostel is India's first and largest chain of backpackers' hostels. They have 20 or so properties across India, which cater to a "backpackers" need of a bed to rest and a loo to shower. Now since we had just 2 beds booked, we weren’t sure about the other two. Thankfully, they had a 2 bed villa open out, and we took that up. Thank god, else me and Prem were destined to be on the beach for the night, which on after thoughts wouldn't have been bad.We quickly freshened up and planned to hit the beach for sunset and evening. Now this property is located just 500 metres away from the Kudle beach. It is located at a hilly terrain, so you are basically overlooking a beach all the times. In fact there is like a small pathway, which directly leads to the beach as well. However ,since we had come driving and were tired to walk, we decided to take the car and follow the Google maps for direction. Now the maps did show that the beach was only 500 metres away and it was a straight road from the Zostel property.But what the map did not show was the fact that, it was a road which would barely accommodate a three wheeler, one at a time. Something that we did not know until it was too late. We drove a few hundred meters, and noticed that the width of the road was reducing, and within seconds panic struck, when we realised that, our car was going to be stuck, in a road meant for three wheeler autos, with stonewalls on both sides!Whatever little high we were from the beers, it just evaporated within a second! What followed was mayhem of sorts for the next 20 minutes or so. Now I pride myself on being a precision driver. However this scared the crap out of me too. We were in our Ford Figo and we didnt have more than 2 inches on both the sides to give.After some major, screaming and shouting, we reversed some distance to get to a place where I though t we had enough to try and turn. What followed for next 20 minutes was a display in precision backing and moving, which Ross from F.R.I.E.N.D.S would have been proud of, when he got his red convertible wedged in the streets of New York.We managed to get the car out of there, unscathed, back to Zostel. This is when we realised everyone else, who had drove to the property were smart enough to just walk. Another lesson on "when in doubt, ASK". So after we were all out of the shock, we just decided to take the pathway down the hill to the beach.
Vinita Sarda
If you are a solo traveler, check out the Zostel which is near the Gokarna beach at a slight height. So the Arabian sea over the Gokarna cliff is like an abyss of never-ending awesomeness!!
Ankhi Paul
We Stayed at Zostel which is one of the best places for both food and accommodation. It has cottages and shared rooms and a common waiting room where you can read or play games like carrom, foosball, etc.
Rahul Bandekar
After a short stroll through the streets I headed straight to Zostel. Located on the hill top the walk was a 10 mins trek from the main town however the moment I reached Zostel I was mesmerized by the view from this location. The restaurant, sitting area outside the dorm, the common area all had a scenic view of the Gokarna Beach from the top of the hill and with the peace around one could actually hear the sounds of the waves. Mr. Pradeep was a perfect host at Zostel, very welcoming and gave company whenever he was free, be it for Breakfast, lunch or dinner or even a game of fuss-ball. His story of travelling across 18 countries, knowing around 5 languages, quitting a full-time job abroad and settling as the property manager at Zostel for his love for Gokarna was truly inspirational. Zostel at Gokarna is a perfect place if you are looking for a clean bed, good food, good staff, good view, like-minded fellow travelers and a perfect host.
nizam inzi
An awesome place to meet new travelers and share you experiences and culture with them.A hostel concept where you are provided with ac dorms and separate cottages. Excellent location with an amazing view of the Gokarna beach and the surrounding hillocks. The common room has good wall art and couches to where you can read or play board games.Engage in conversation with your fellow travelers and get to know about their stories.