This was the most unforgettable trip of my life.” I said, as I took 2 minutes extra while limping my way up to my friend’s duplex house. (If you’re so rich, might as well get an escalator) My friend stared at me with astonishment and asked me for the 5th time now whether my nascent wound was still hurting and I told her for the 5th time, I’m fine.
The above conversation took place after I returned from my trip to Gokarna. If I had to put a definition to Gokarna, here’s how it would look like,
Goa finally decided to give up on the materialism and live a good life. It’s now called Gokarna.
Okay, I promise no more comparisons. Gokarna is the most beautiful irony you will ever come across. One part of this town is touted as a pilgrimage for Hindus and the other part of this town is what a beach bag packer’s sweet dream is made of. If I could go back in time and thank somebody, I would thank the person who discovered these beautiful and quiet beaches nestled in Karnataka. Focusing on the details here, Gokarna comprises of 5 main beaches. Gokarna beach – The one that is frequented by pilgrims, Kudle beach – one of the main tourist beaches in town, Om Beach – The more laid-back beach with cafes serving the most comforting meals from across the globe. As you move forward and trek towards the remaining two beaches, namely, Half-Moon beach and Paradise beach, the population keeps getting scarce. These two beaches will make you want to check your phone to confirm that the location you’re in, is India.
Those Goa trips which died in the course of planning on Whatsapp groups still haunt us right? Well Gokarna had a different fate. A few articles here and there about this less-explored beach and I was convinced that Gokarna would be my next mini-getaway. As a cherry on the top, the estimated trip cost even complied with my budgetary sentiments.
I went on this trip along with two of my guy friends. Yes, I committed the sin of disrupting an all-boys backpacking trip.