I absolutely hate myself when I keep things till the last moment. And imagine how would the situation be for New Year's Eve! It was too late to book a flight or get availability in hotels. I had already consoled my morose heart to spend a cozy New Year's Eve; holding a glass of wine, all by myself. But my travelling partner had not given up. We booked ourselves a slot for Nature Walker's beach camping and backpacking trip to Gokarna.
I am not a fussy individual, but when it comes to traveling, I do get skeptical, I must say. So, not that I was very sure of a backpacking trip, but having no other option left, I decided to go with the flow. I am glad that I ditched my skeptical self and went ahead with the trip. For the New Year's Eve was one of the best so far and the first morning of 2018, couldn't have been any better.
We started from Bangalore on the evening of 30 th December. As per the opted pick up points, we assembled there. I had my backpack ready with stuffs for two days and the list of mandatory items that Nature Walker had asked us to carry. Having picked up everyone, we started our journey. Hemant and Anupama were our outdoor leaders and they made sure we had a perfect time from the time go. It started with the introduction section. Though initially it seemed boring, but with interesting mentions coming up, the session ended up quite well. With that coming to an end, we stopped by a restaurant for dinner and headed on our way.
We reached Gokarna early morning the next day. From the bus stop, we headed toward the camp site in separate autos. The camp was to be set up at a homestay situated on the main beach of Gokarna; far away from Kudle Beach, Om Beach, Halfmoon Beach, and Paradise Beach. It's the off-beat places that I crave for, and with our camp site situated in one such place, my excitements had no bounds.