Art & Leisure – Gokarna

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 The soul has been given its own ears
to hear things mind does not understand … Rumi

Rumi stated it beautifully and what more when you come down to a small western coast township of Gokarna holds a spiritual and blissful feel.

It was almost evening when we were struggling to find our place to stay at “Kudle Beach”. We happen to park our car on the top of the beach along with many other cars that were parked. May be that was the reason why we had the confidence to park our car too. And then carried our steps down the steps to the place of stay on the beach.

It was dark by the time we reached our place. Well realized that online can be quite deceptive too and we changed our place. A little more expensive but we were fine with that.

Having settled down we could sit on the beach as the stars came out. We had a quite dinner and crashed out. We had a long drive from Kulgi that day.

The next morning, it was a beautiful welcome with the calm waves of the Arabian sea welcomed us to play with it. Had a lazy breakfast at one of the shacks on the beach.

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As we lazed out, one of the hawkers selling all sorts of necklace and key rings. My partner got down and went down to the business of negotiating the price. It was an interesting fun talking to locals. We finally managed to pick a few skull rings.

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No one had any objection with us siting at their shops. By afternoon we headed off to one of the shacks which was artistically painted. We were served by an Indian whose mother happened to be a foreigner.

This place came into life as sun was thinking about setting down… There were people who came down to set up their flea market. Almost all of them were foreigners who were selling one or the other life styles. Some had bangles to some beagles and cakes. There was a buzz of activities that went on happening. People had planted their flags to mark their territory. Some of the things were quite antique too and some relatively new. But, price was the same. Interesting things to see.

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IMG_20181227_183201While the flea market was on, there were a bunch of people who went on showing their skills. Either it was yoga or balancing the stick or playing Frisbee or any other act of their will. They did not hesitate to let us also experiment along with them.

There was an energy that was free will. It is my life and my world. I create what I love painting around. There was no hesitation to share too if you would like to step into it…

Well as if that was not all, someone said, why can we not play a game of beach badminton without any net and rules. The only rule was to return the ball at the same intensity.

We had a splendid time soaking ourselves in the intensity of laughter, fun and high energy of the people on Kudle beach. It was an evening beautifully spent, and not without taking some shots and enjoying the sun set.

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It was one of the best relaxation times when we just lazed around, soaked ourselves into the beauty of what nature and a free will can do. Well that was not all, we also hogged on some “Saksukas” and Pizzas. It is a great place to see food fusion at its best gulped down with Beer or simple water. You have plenty to choose from.

As we wrapped up our blissful stay at Gokarna’s Kudle beach with a lovely early morning bliss, and dip in the Arabian sea, we were simply enthralled.

As though this was not enough, the simple town of Gokarna was equally mesmerizing. The paths are quite narrow and we had to navigate carefully. At some places we closed the mirror panels of the car. Finally managed to park our car and headed for a good and simple breakfast before heading towards the Shiva Temple.

And when we reached the The tranquility and the serenity of the temple will take you to a different level. Picked up some flowers that we offered it to the lord. We also had the chance to touch the broken Shiva Linga which is being prayed there.IMG_20181228_093921

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As we walked out of the temple and till furlong along the outer walls of the temple we reached the Mahaganapathy Temple where the lord is facing the sea and there is a mythology attached to it too. DSC_8834

We then took the narrow lanes to reach the lake where Ravana is supposed to have take a dip.

After all the walking around, we headed back. One could hear the chants which were going feverishly. We just stopped and sat down on one of the varandas. As we did that, one of the elderly ladies walked out and asked, if we needed some water or anything.  That was a beautiful human touch to be with. The city still holds the humanness.

As we walked around, art became a common sight. Graffiti was a common site and they are quite artistic. Loved the air of Gokarna.

As we left such a mesmerizing place, both from religious and from a vacation point of view. This city is not much in news but is absolutely a place that one cannot miss. A must from Karnataka.

The Fish vendors lead by Women

Things to check:

  • Gokarna, is well connected on the main high way.
  • Kudle & OM beach are off the city limits (15 – 20 Kms) and GPS could be tricky.
  • Remember that you have to park your vehicles (If you are on your own)
  • You will have to walk down some 60 odd steps to reach the base of the beach.
  • Do check on your place of stay as the beach has support for any kind of budget and stay.
  • It is quite a tranquil place both the beach and the city. 
  • You can carry your camera bag / camera / cell phone.
  • Explore different kinds of food, you will never regret.
  • Finally, ensure “Swatch Bharat” & say no to plastics. The place is relatively clean and has been maintained by local people.    

Indeed…. Incredible India!!

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