Gokarna -Goa toned down

Tripoto
21st Nov 2013

Beach please

Photo of Gokarna -Goa toned down by Sagnik Basu

Paradise? or maybe OM resort

Photo of Gokarna -Goa toned down by Sagnik Basu

Snorkeling at OM beach

Photo of Gokarna -Goa toned down by Sagnik Basu

Kuddle beach sanity.

Photo of Gokarna -Goa toned down by Sagnik Basu

OM beach Campfire

Photo of Gokarna -Goa toned down by Sagnik Basu

Agenda: Sea food

Photo of Gokarna -Goa toned down by Sagnik Basu

Detour : Mahabaleshwar temple

Photo of Gokarna -Goa toned down by Sagnik Basu

This paid for the trip.

Photo of Gokarna -Goa toned down by Sagnik Basu

South India is where engineers, to be engineers and (dare we talk about) Silicon Valley slaves reside. They die for a weekend’s pass, but when in hand, Facebook, movies and sleep are shameful decisions.

Heading south out of Goa and into the neighboring state of Karnataka, a major stopping-off point for travelers and Indian pilgrims alike is Gokarna, which sits on a secluded seaside spot around 90km south of Palolem. A mix of Hindu rituals and a medieval way of life is on show at this village, whose ambience is heightened during festivals such as Shivaratri and Ganesh Chaturthi. While the main village is conservative in its outlook, a few out-of-town beaches are custom-made for carefree sunbaking.


There is no guide nor fliers dragging you to hotels, just you, your people and a never ending beach. But if you expect to expect nothing but a chill out, you are dead wrong. You will find your sand infested feet inside temples, undisclosed treks, licked by turtles and ultimately on surfboards. People here actually do believe in the eternal beauty of this place

Love the idea of backpacking and new experiences?
Gokarna is your place.

A resort which will lure you with every possible attraction in their arsenal to turn your trip into a indoor one. After a long day on the beach, proper food and hospitality is what you deserve and it is what you have reserved. As the dusk struck we stepped out with our torch and tacos(bring your own, you wont' get then there) and walked till we could see nothing but campfires after every twenty minutes. Which is what we did on the second day. Good food, beverages, new people, sound of waves crashing and the moonlight will make your stay remarkable. During the morning we explored the local markets and snorkeled in the crystal clear water of OM beach. You can try hard but every penny would be bound to be worth every second of your stay.
Photo of Om Beach Resort, Mandrem, Goa, India by Sagnik Basu
Photo of Om Beach Resort, Mandrem, Goa, India by Sagnik Basu
Photo of Om Beach Resort, Mandrem, Goa, India by Sagnik Basu
You can dream big while you step towards Kuddle beach because you can self- assist yourself too almost every beach amusement there. You can question your fear factor and experience any water sport of your choice. We went for the vintage speed boat races and went for a hike on the hills which flawlessly sandwich the beach. There are also multiple number of restaurants which would serve you with your desired delicacy. Every food stall at Gokarna breaks the south Indian stereotype of serving idli-dosa day in and day out. Kuddle Beach would take good care of your taste buds.
Photo of Kudle Beach, Uttara Kannada, Karnataka, India by Sagnik Basu
Photo of Kudle Beach, Uttara Kannada, Karnataka, India by Sagnik Basu
Have sea food on your mind? This is the place to be. Every bite would do justice to each penny you spend enjoying these delicacies. But don't fill up. You are recharging , this ain't no detour !
Photo of Namaste Cafe, Uttara Kannada, Karnataka, India by Sagnik Basu
But detour was what we took. We decided to sit down and recheck our schedules and listings. So instead of crouching under a coconut tree we checked the map and boarded a bus for Mahabaleshwar. As water drizzled down the mysterious Shivalinga, we took a few minutes breathing in the purity of tulip scented air. The detour was successful as we were able to chalk out our agendas and sort out our remaining cash. Believe in God ? Doesn't really matter. The air will recharge you for the following Monday.
Photo of Mahabaleshwara Temple, Dandebagh, Gokarn, Karnataka, India by Sagnik Basu
We needed to end the trip, with exams ready to knock our doors after a couple of weeks. So to vitalize our minds and to shrug off every grain of sand we took a jeep for Jog falls. People we clinging to the fence as they clicked pictures of mother nature. But we kept walking as we found the calmest spot with every possible bite of nature we demanded for. The breeze cooled our veins, the grass met the sandstruck foot, our eyes met sun rising and the dawn said," It's monday! Back to school".
Photo of Jog Falls, Karnataka, India by Sagnik Basu
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