At 5 pm we reached Gokarna. From there we went to Kudle hilltop where we had booked a stay at GreenFeet: Halfway Home. A campsite set under a canopy of green foliage and amidst the chirpings of birds. Tents pitched on a dedicated elevated platform with all the necessary amenities. The tents built around a mango tree which is lit ambiently during the night. They have an in-house veg restaurant where they serve delicious food.
Kudle beach is 5 mins away from the halfway home. In the evening we all got ready and visited a beautiful Kudle beach. You have to climb down the hill to reach the beach. It's a beautiful, clean and well-maintained beach. In the middle of tranquillity, if you are looking for some entertainment and booze, you have come to the right place. Kudle welcomes everyone. The only beach which has many shacks and great music. Its couple of kilometers from OM beach. We enjoyed a gorgeous sunset here, played in the water and clicked many photos.
Next day after breakfast at halfway home we headed for the famous Gokarna temple, around 4-5 km from Kudle hilltop. The main deity is Lord Shiva is also known as Mahabaleshwar. We all reached the temple to find a long queue, after half an hour we took darshan of the Atmalinga we were hearing about it all these years. It is also one of the main Hindu pilgrimage sites, and the temple has the Atmalinga which Ravana received from Lord Shiva and the legend everyone aware of. Right behind the temple is the Gokarna beach.
Next attraction was OM beach, here also you have to climb down toward the beach. Here we strolled in the sands and clicked photos we all were lost in its serene beauty. The shape of the beach naturally shapes as OM, therefore, its known as the OM beach.
At the evening, we headed to catch a bus. Our minds full of temples and beaches, of calmness and serenity, of happiness and peace. This was the best singles vacation of my life, with memories carved into my soul for years to come.
With the 2019 long weekend list of India, If you are in Pune, Mumbai I suggest you Udupi, Murudeshwar, and Gokarna in Karnataka. These offbeat places are one of the best places to go.
"A journey is best measured in friends, rather than miles." - Tim Cahill
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