We took the a bus from JP Nagar, Bangalore that left on 4th April night, costing us a very pocket-friendly INR 500. On the 5th morning, I woke up feeling nauseous from all the sharp turns the bus took that tossed me around the bunk bed like a rag doll. After throwing up and sipping on a chilled Coca Cola, me and my 7 friends took the auto to Kudle beach where they drop you off at the top of the hill which you have to climb down to reach to the beach and the hotels. I was glad that even though I had pre-booked a hotel, we cancelled that and found a hotel that met our budget and all our conveniences right by the beach.
The first day went by just unwinding from the journey and soaking in the weather. It was beautiful. Being on the weekdays also meant there are hardly any tourist, leaving the beach pretty much to ourselves and a few foreigners who sunbathed to get that perfect tan,
The next day we woke up early morning and left our sheds by 5:30 and started the trek to Om beach. The sun was just peeping through the clouds when we reached the top and the peacocks and peahens were heading back home. The view was breathtaking. The horizon was hardly visible because the sea and the sky felt like one stroke of blue paint. We lit a joint, sat on the road and watched the sunrise. After a while we had to leave since the temperature was rising and so was our hunger. So we trekked our way to Namaste Cafe, and man was the breakfast worth every penny! From there we took a boat that took us from OM beach and went along the shore lines of Half-Moon beach to Paradise beach and back to Kudle beach costing INR400 each person. Oh! And in between the boat ride along the shores, we stopped by a few times to mesmerize on the few dolphins you can spot swimming in synchronization.
The next day we headed to the Shiva temple at the heart of the city. The experience was a blend of cultural shock (the men had to take off their shirts!) and spiritual serenity. After the little puja in the temple, we walked around the street markets and bought ourselves some souvenirs to take back home. Before heading back to Kudle beach we stopped by Gokarna beach only to be disappointed by the number of visitors and how poorly the beach was maintained.
The next day was heartbreaking every time it dawned on us that we'll be heading home in a few hours. So we did our best to not think about it, lit a joint and trekked back to Namaste Cafe for lunch. Given it was weekend by then, the place was crammed with people and you could hardly catch a break. We had to leave right after lunch, because we still had to pack and leave to catch our bus. And so we did, still having our soul craving the beach for a little bit more.