By the time I woke up it was noon. I headed to the shack inside the hostel and had a scrumptious lunch and thought I’d relax till evening, afterall what could you do on a sunny afternoon on the coastline, I definitely did not need a tan. But the manager of Zostel, Gokarna, Pradeep, managed to convince me to come along for the Gokarna leg of the Golden Beach Trail. I met a few interesting people on the trek. We trekked through a thick cover of trees and plants to reach our first destination, Paradise Beach. And true to it’s name it truly was a paradise, it wasn’t the regular tourist attraction and there were very few people there. After crossing Paradise Beach, we traversed through rocks to reach our next destination, Half Moon Beach.
It got the name Half Moon, because it was shaped in the form of a half moon, now most regular tourists don’t even know that this beach exists, so when Pradeep told us about how this beach would be the most secluded beach in Gokarna, we underestimated him, including the six of us who were trekking, there were no more than 15 people on the beach, and the best part was that it was shallow for quite some distance, we spent a good one and half hours on the beach relaxing, some of us went swimming, while a few other sat on the shore sipping on some beer. After the much needed swim, we replenished our supplies and headed towards a cliff connecting Half Moon Beach to Kudle Beach, to catch the sunset. I was already awestruck by the sunrise I’d seen in the morning, so I was expecting something similar to the sunrise. Boy, was I wrong, the setting sun, the fishermen returning home on their boats after their day’s catch, the orange hues, all of them came together so beautifully that I was numb for a few moments.
Two eyes were not enough to take in the beauty. I wanted to relive this moment for eternity, I managed to capture this moment on my camera and to this day, when I look at it, I get goosebumps.