This post is about day 2 of this trip. You can read the prologue and day 1 of our trip in Bangalore to Goa Road Trip - Day 1.
Day 2 (27th Jan 2018): Bhatkal to Vagator via Murudeshwar and Gokarna
Despite sleeping for over 9 hours, I was feeling very tired when wifey woke me up at 06:30. I had no recollection of where we were and had never loved the bed more than in that moment. I was just very drowsy and wanted to slide back into sweet slumber.
I looked at my wife as if asking, "Why are you bothering me, it's weekend, let me sleep." And she looked at me like: "Get up you idiot, we're going to be late. Don't you remember where we are?"
With barely half the neurons firing, I got this brilliant idea of chucking the plan, having breakfast and going straight back to sleep for another couple of hours. Thankfully, after some prodding by the missus, I got my brain working again and it soon occurred to me, how ridiculous my idea was: the complete Konkan highway lay ahead and I was thinking of sleeping. What a donut.
The plan for the day was to start "early" so that we can spend some time at Murudeshwar, then Gokarna and still reach North Goa by 2-3 PM. Like that was gonna work - read on.
We were already late per our plan - duh. I hastily got ready and we checked out by 07:20AM. We decided to have breakfast before starting the drive for the day. The hotel has 2 restaurants: Royal Olive and Royal Athithya. Only the latter was open, so we went in and ordered all-time classic: masala dosa and tea. Nothing freshens me up like a typical south Indian breakfast.
There were no other customers and the staff was still setting everything up for the day. For a small town, we figured, it was still early for people to be crowding restaurants; not everyone lives in Bangalore you know...
Every once in a while, it feels good to be in such a place and enjoy the simple life. Realize that people around you are not in a hurry, and you don't need to be in either.
We spent a good 40 minutes finishing our breakfast. By 08:10, we came out and settled in the car, got some things arranged - water bottles, camera, snacks etc. and in another 5 minutes we were off after a quick tire pressure check near the hotel.
Our first stop for the day was the Murudeshwar beach and temple, which was a mere 12 KM from our hotel and we reached the entrance in about 15 minutes.