~ Gokarna ~
Still sharing my previous road trip across India yes. After Goa, we drove down south to Gokarna, Karnataka. Gokarna is a religious-centered town on the West Coast of India and is famous for its beaches – Om Beach & Kudle Beach mainly.
We had originally decided to stay at a place called Shastri House, but on reaching Gokarna and calling up the reception AND being spoken to very rudely we thought of looking for another place to stay. While we drove towards the beaches, we coincidentally stumbled across Khushi Farms on the way, swung by to see if there were any vacancies and there were! So that’s where we stayed for 2 nights. That’s our room.
Khushi Farms is on the road that leads to both Om & Kudle Beach. You drive a bit away from the road and literally enter a forest in which the rooms have been constructed. All the rooms are scattered, each with its own little forest path. There is a general seating area in the centre where your meals get served. They make some lovely local fish and have quite a few pet cats that get all the bones and leftovers. You have your basic amenities like running water, attached baths and meals when asked. But no additional fancy facilities. Its a place to sleep at night. You will need to watch out for insects, mosquitoes, etc because of the terrain the rooms are built in. We were even visited by 2 leeches in the bath. Fun stuff.
Here are some visual treats from Gokarna. First visit was to Om Beach, it is slightly more crowded than Kudle beach, it has calm waters and is sort of in the shape of the symbol ‘Om’. This beach gets its fair share of foreign tourists as well as locals who come to spend family time and some to look at the tourists. You have plenty of shacks along the entire beach where alcohol is served.
Eating nutella banana pancake and having some UB Export beer at a shack on Om Beach and watching the sun set from the same shack.
Don’t forget to wear comfortable footwear because both beaches involve a slight climb down a hill to reach to and its not a paved road.
I liked Kudle beach more than Om Beach mostly because it is less crowded as compared to Om Beach and seems cleaner too. Neither of the beaches have shacks that provide sunbeds for sun bathing and there are no facilities of that sort on the beaches so you have to carry your own sheets or sarongs to lay on and loads of sunscreen. This is Kudle beach.
When you reach the point where you need to go down the hill on foot for kudle beach, there is also a sort of hillock which you can climb and it makes for the perfect sunset view point. You can walk quite a bit and find your very own quiet spot. Don’t forget to carry a flashlight if you are going during the evening. And you can even take your car till the top and then explore on foot.
That’s our Toyota Liva and me on the edge of the hill.
And that’s the view from where we are standing.
You can even view the widely popular Gokarna Beach from the hill.