There's hardly anything to do at night in Gokarna, I suppose. Because it just became all quiet after a certain period of time. We had to use our torch light to get back to the hill top. The next day was spent walking in Om beach, drinking buttermilk which was made by a localite(he sold Bhel puri too) , spotting dead fishes in the sand. We also took some time out to go to the main beach, Gokarna Beach. It's a minute away from the Gokarna town and it gave us the opportunity to explore both the beach and town. We stayed the night in a hotel located near the bus stop because our bus for that night got cancelled.(1800 Rs for an AC room, we had to take it or else we would have killed each other because of the rising temperature).
The next day, we started our day with some South Indian meal. Rs.50 for a meal was a blessing when compared to Rs300 in Namaste Café. After the lunch, we did what we enjoyed doing the most. Went up to Namaste Café and ordered some beer, put on our headphones and got lost in our own world.
It was so peaceful watching the boatman trying to lure customers into his Rs300 boat ride, watching that guy with headphones bigger than his ear smoking cigarettes and eating more than anyone while nodding his head to the music, that group of 3 friends who were fighting to decide a perfect place for photo shoot, and that large group of women bullying one man ; I assume that he was with his girlfriend while his girlfriend is with her girlfriends. Not even exaggerating when I say, we spent the entire day in Namaste Café. The main reason for that was, neither of us knew how to ride any vehicle, and if we wanted to go somewhere we would have to spend another 150 bucks, we could have trekked but we were just lazy and decided to drink beer and be in out own thoughts. Well, you always gotta leave something behind so that you come back later, right?
By sunset the Café was almost empty. Only people staying there would go there I guess. Autos stop working after 8. We had to leave. But I really wanted to stay for a bit longer so that I could go more deep into the story of that foreigner couple who were sitting with a bunch of Indian dudes(typical Indian eavesdropping) . They actually seemed like they were having a great time. Our auto ride cost us Rs.200 (night time, you see). To be really honest, we were scared the whole auto journey. It's a hilly place with little to no lights and twist and turns. Unless you have your own vehicle, you'll be scared. On top of which our driver was a rough driver. But everything went smooth and we reached our destination. We took a KSRTC bus back to Bangalore. I was happy that I got a getaway and was going back to snuggle in my bed like a burrito and think about all those days.
- Room-Arnav cottage 1500Rs
- Auto rides-150Rs each way
- Room in the town - 1800Rs for AC
- Average meal-200-300Rs
- Scenic beauty -FREE!!
- Be prepared with cash in hand, no atms unless you go to the main town.
Until next time.
This blog was originally published on 'Everything On My List'