Sleeping in the sand till ants and crabs started crawling near and on our body; running from one cliff to another, trying to find out a secluded but so so beautiful Paradise beach; sitting in a shack trying to figure out if to stay at this crowded but lazy beach - there goes the flashback on my first morning in Paradise beach, near Gokarna.
A couple of weeks back, a friend of mine said he is going to Gokarna with a couple of his friends. He said that they are planning to hike and trek from Om beach to some beach which is not accessible by road. I said, heck, I can't take so much running and climbing on a holiday. However, a week later I joined them for the trip.
We reach Gokarna in the morning, roamed around the small village centre, then started to Kudle beach around noon. We reached the beach, had a swim and then proceeded to the next stop – Om Beach. I was getting tired, indeed.
Om Beach was a short stop and personally I so did not want to go to the next place, but didn't want to be a spoilsport. We started hiking trekking (again) - all short treks, but then again I am no fan of physical labour especially during holidays. We reach a small cove, the half moon beach as it is called. We didn't stop there thout, we proceeded to our ultimate stop – Paradise beach. We jumped from one cliff to the other, it was getting dark and there was no beach to be found. At one point we reached a high cliff with no way forward. I suggested since there is no way forward, we can put up our tent here. No said the rest and we backtracked, found some trails and marched forward...
....and we reached the Paradise beach. But what we found was the remains of couple or more shacks and no way forward and it's already dark. While we were pondering over what to do now, we saw someone flashing a torch light in our direction. We found that was the owner of one of those erstwhile shacks and his friends.
So we camped some where on the remains of a shack - when the torch flashing dude ordered food for his gang, he was sweet enough to bring some for us too.
We had a bonfire, we had songs, we had the beach and we had the moon.
(And we had the ants and the crabs, as I mentioned before.)