In search of lust of green, woods, chirping of birds we set our journey on Friday evening to a faraway place from crowd and traffic, it is late evening, in fact we thought this time is idle to skip the ironic traffic on outer ring road. I set out with 8 other friends for a “coast trip of Karnataka “. A beautiful all 10 hours drive from Bangalore. A wonderful sight of empty NH roads with travel freaks on Royal Enfield bikes and heavy bags on back gave us a perfect welcome. Traveling on a weekend is a definite inevitable joy especially for a banglurian to escape to a rather quiet and calm place from horns and cars. With mellow music on and a perfect lonely NH travel journey was quite pleasant start. Being March 1st week, soaring sun scared us a bit and humidity on coast was another added fear factor, yet every one of us were definitely pretty excited for the tidal welcome.
Our halt on very first day morning was midst of Gokarna and Yana. We stayed in a cottage called “Makara village” a cozy, individual and comfortable cottages, which is definitely far away from main Gokarna station but makes sense for a usual 1- 2 day trip with an own vehicle. Yana was our very first hit!, destination is a road way of 27km from the cottage, all green and surrounded by thick forests, never make you feel long and distant traveling in those places. Here and there small and individual homes leave you in surprise, how do these people commute and socialize at all? Nevertheless these homes are like tiny sculptures with small sized farms next to them with fullest of the natural comfort in most modest way. The sight of school kids walk on bare foot in mornings to reach the schools which is far off made us feel disgust about rural development issues.
Yana, is not so renowned, probably you find no such a tourist crowd neither so much like neither resort business nor home stays business. It seems like local folks come there for worship. Yana temple is in built inside a natural open cave with pitch black rock formation in a very unusual form, you being inside temple, it is very nice experience of limestone caves in vivid forms, Two big hills more like two huge, massive broken pieces of burnt charcoal is a strange view placed beautifully and the temple is built on one of the rock foot.