On the eve of 17th July, 2015, panting profusely, we finally reached Majestic Bus Station after experiencing many travails on the way. Our auto rickshaw broke down on the middle of the Diary Circle flyover and we were made to catch a local bus that would take us to the bus station. Due to the infamous Bengaluru traffic that was sure to make us late, we were checking the time repeatedly, panicking and cursing ourselves for not having left earlier. Thankfully, we made it just in time to board the KSRTC bus and our 11 hours overnight journey began.
The next morning, we finally reached our much-awaited destination Gokarna that is a small temple town located on the western coast of India in the Uttara Kannada district of the Indian state of Karnataka. Main temple and deity is Lord Shiva and it is also located at the ear-shaped confluence of two rivers Gangavali and Aghanashini.
We checked into the Gokarna International Resort placed right on the Kudle Beach and we couldn’t have asked for a better view from our balcony. Starving, we ordered breakfast in the shack but were disappointed to find the food not decedent. Not being able to resist the call of the waters, we quickly finished off a couple of sandwiches and jumped into the high tide.
In the mood to explore and feeling adventurous, our group of five girls decided to visit the neighbouring well-known Om Beach by trekking 8000 steps up and down a hill instead of taking the rickshaw.
The Om Beach gets its name from the Om shape and has particular religious significance. Elated, we had an early lunch in Namaste Cafe situated on the beach and ate some yummy Squid Pasta and Italian Creamy Pasta coupled with some drinks.
That night, we blared music from our speakers and had a mini party on the promenade concluding the day on a merry note.
Next morning, we had to vacate our rooms and decided to avoid the bad breakfast in our shack and so, made the same journey again to Namaste Cafe with our luggage but it was worth the delicious food.:P After spending some quality time walking on the beach, we finally went to board our bus back to the city.
From our personal experience, we would like to recommend that Gokarna is the perfect holiday locale that one could go to on weekends to escape the buzz of the city but our suggestion is not to make the trip for more than a day as there is little to see. This trip that we made was just what we needed in between our hectic college schedules and we will cherish our memories for a long time to come.