It was since few days that I have been thinking about going solo for a trip. I was in Pune and searching an apt place for solo travel nearby and then I chanced upon this place which is not very much far. Yes I decided to go to Gokarna for my first full-fledged solo trip.
I took a semi-sleeper bus from Pune on Oct 20 at 22.00 hours and reached Gokarna Cross the next day at 08.00 hours. Since this was my first time there so I didn't know what to do next. After getting down at Gokarna cross I asked a few localites about the location of the town and the famous Kudle and Om beaches. I was advised to take a local bus to Gokarna bus stand since it was a good 10 kms away from that place. Avoid the autowallahs there as they charge you exorbitant fares.
After reaching Gokarna bus stand, I took an auto to the world-famous Om beach since it is a good 8 kms away. I reached at the beach around 1000 hours and after enjoying the light breeze there went to the famous Namaste Cafe for some paet-pooja. After killing my hunger I walked on the beach for sometime and enquired about the beachfront shacks. Sadly, the shacks were not there and are to come up after Diwali. I could also see people of foreign origin coming with their own stuff to setup camps.
After that I went to Kudle Beach to check whether shacks are available there. It was a 20 minute trek and after reaching there I heard the same after-Diwali shack story. Nevertheless, l checked rooms in 2-3 lodges and finally settled for one. It was around 1130 hours and I was feeling tired like anything. So I jumped onto the bed and slept for 2 hours.
I was at a cafe for lunch at 1500 hours, had Chinese cuisine with beer.
At 1600 hours, I left for Om beach as I wanted to capture its shape. It is so named as it is in the form of Om. I walked through the Om beach from one end to the other. A lot of foreigners were relaxing, playing Frisbee, etc. I trekked for a short while to reach an elevated place from where I could take the photo of the beach. I finally could take a few. Next I got down and enjoyed playing Kabaddi with the waves (This line taken from the teaser of the movie Dear Zindagi). Finally enjoyed the sun set from the famous Dolphin Cafe. Trekked back to Kudle Beach and had dinner there with ale.