Gokarna!! A place I heard about 2 years ago. The name itself felt like a story to me. I would randomly Google Gokarna and keep looking for details even at my workplace. I also started following accounts related to Gokarna on Instagram. One day while scrolling Instagram I came across a picture through Lonely Planet. The picture was captioned as “Where two beaches meet”, I made a guess of this place being somewhere out of India, and was astonished to read the location - GOKARNA. Without thinking twice I took a screenshot of it and I updated is as my phone’s wallpaper. I have always believed the phrase “Thought becomes Things” So last year I and my girls planned a week in Goa... This was it when I changed the Itinerary and shifted 2 nights in Gokarna... They had no choice other than accepting.
3 night spent… Goa was done and here it was the 4th day, time to embark on a mysterious journey and wait for its surprises to unfold. On the 28th Of January we started late as one of my friend had to leave our other roommate joined us instead. We left at around 4 pm which was really late as we had no idea about the transports ahead… We had to change 4 buses (Anjuna – Panaji – Mapusa – Ankola - Gokarna) to get to Gokarna only because we missed a direct bus form Mapusa to Gokarna. We reached Gokarna at 9:30 that night. At 4pm Gokarna seemed impossible and now reaching here was like an achievement. However our destination was still 12kms away and we had to take am auto to get there.
Now this is the part I can never forget. We got into an auto to get to our destination and started looking for it on Google maps. At first we were on the exact way getting information about the place from the auto driver. Later to our shock the auto driver had taken a different turn than what it was showing on the Maps. He had entered into a shady place… the way was so shady that there were no lights no other humans nothing also there was no proper way, we tried to tell the drive that this is not the way but he never bothered to listen to us plus now there was a language barrier !!! By now we were hell scared looking at the way… I was continuously calling the hostel contact person but he wasn’t answering. Things were getting worse. Unknown shady place and only 3 girls. All this seemed like an episode of CRIME Patrol. After a while we saw a light driver said this was the spot!!! We were still skeptical about the place just when my phone buzzed, it was Mahesh the hostel contact guy, I answered his call and literary started ranting “Mahesh where is your Hostel..? This way is so shady!! And it’s only us Girls I am so scared!!! And heard him saying the most soothing words, “Don’t worry Ma’am you are In Gokarna the safest place”. This brought me back to life and we walked few steps and reached our Hostel Trippr Gokarna on the Main Beach after 7 hours of travelling and covering 182kms. That night we chilled in the café.