We quickly freshened up, had our breakfast (Om Shree Ganesh makes really nice hash brown potatoes) and got ready to get on to the beach by around 11 AM. Didn’t want to get into the water yet and just wanted to walk around and get a feel of the place. Also, left the mobile behind to get some good time away from the ‘noise’ that the mobile brings.
We walked from one end of the beach to another, encountering an occasional cow (it’s Gokarna after all, Go is cow) , foreign tourists taking a dip in the beach or sunbathing, hawkers selling necklaces, bracelets and such wares and people offering boat rides to Paradise Beach and Half Moon Beach along with a possible Dolphin sighting. We decided to go for the boat ride and the boatman after much bargaining agreed to take us for a boat ride covering the beachers and the Dolphin sighting place for Rs. 800, having started with Rs. 1,500 earlier. Moreover, it was just the two of us and thought it was quite worth the money we were spending.
The boat ride was a very good one. The other two beaches, Paradise Beach and the Half Moon Beach were very nice with some fantastic views. And we actually saw Dolphins! Not really large ones which jump completely out of water and dive back in, like they show on NGC or Discovery or in tourism ads of South East Asian countries. Nevertheless, more than the actual Dolphin sighting, it’s the anticipation and the lookout for the Dolphins is what’s more fun! It was quite nice of the boat guy to stop near the Dolphin sighting place for some more time.
We then hit the beach. The weather was quite nice, warm enough without being very hot and the waves were quite pleasant as well. The water was quite ok, perhaps wasn’t the cleanest (slightly muddy), but definitely not dirty to not get into the sea.