Walking along a narrow street, surrounded by greenery and small village huts, I noticed a bright splash of color . A window here, painted blue. A door there, intricately carved, looked like it once belonged in a palace. I turned around the corner to find walls adorned with quirky graffiti and colorful patterns. A man with a backpack finds his way across the temple to a shack on the beach, stopping to stare at the (almost) rebellious graffiti on the walls, just as a devotee clad in saffron makes his way into the heart of the city to the temple.
Flanked by the western ghats on one side and the Arabian sea on the other, Gokarna - with its sultry skies, delectable food and colorful yet calm demeanor, will definitely have you smitten. This town certainly has two contrasting tonalities, but they blend together seamlessly to give you an experience like no other.
Hiring a bike here was definitely a great idea, the narrow roads winding up the hills and down into the beaches make for very scenic mini-road trips. Om, Kudle, Half Moon, and Paradise are a few of the many beaches that lie on this part of the Western Coast, Om Beach being the most popular of them all, and for good reason.