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Old 1st February 2007, 19:27   #1
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Thumbs up Seaside Solitude !

Destination : Gokarna
Length of stay : 5 days
Accomodation type : Absolutely basic - Thatched roof hut, mattress but sea facing

This post comes a bit late, I took this holiday in November last year. Better late than never ? It involved no motoring as we did the journey to & fro by KSRTC. And a hell of a lot of daily walking in the sun !

Our journey from B'lore was delayed by about an hour due to a puncture. Luckily for us it happened at around 7AM at a junction where there was a small service station and this was a positive. Knowing the work would take a while the 2 of us took a longish walk and came back envying the local residents. Clean crisp air, natural symphony (birds + a nearby stream) and just the occasional disturbance froma bus or lorry. The kids who were on thier way to school seemed to be in a world of their own. They walked a few KM's everyday to school and back !! Talk about mileage Anyway with the bus tyre back we got to Gokarna in about 2 hours.

Once we hit the town and finished our shopping for the basics we started our mini-trek towards Kudle beach. This beach is only accesible by boat or the short trek. As of now there is no motorable road (well for the most part of it). The place is not new to me, as I have visited a number of times but I was going back after an interval of 2.5 years.

Deciding to test our cardio fitness, we chose the longer, more "scenic" route to Kudle. 20mins into the climb the distinct sound of 2 panting males could be heard



Anyway got to Kudle and picked one of the numerous shacks along the beach. Very basic facilities (shared loo which is a 5 min walk from the hut...good fun in the middle of the night. hehe). Rs 60/day.

How could I have stayed away from the Sun , Sand , Sea & solitude for so long??



Sunset at Kudle beach. Lack of clarity due to digital zoom.



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Adjoining Kudle beach is OM beach which has recently gotten a tar road and a KSTDC luxury resort. Commercialization has set in :(

The Sumos/Qualis stuffed with the pilgrims are making their way to the beach to oggle the "foriegn girls". When I first came to OM beach a few years ago there was only a treacherous n\mud road and mostly people did the 1 - 1.5 hour trek or took a boat here.

I got a shock as we descended from one hill to the other. Bang in the middle of the green was this monstrous structure and the tarred road!!



Nice and sunny day, this shot is from the infamous "OM" beach. Notice the mountains in the background.





Nothingness !

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s0uljah - those pics are amazing. Very delictable eye-candy. If you guys are into nature activities, you could join our group which goes trekking regularly to Kumara Parvata
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Length of stay : 5 days
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Your Lucky man.... Hope I could get 5 days.. I am even willing to stay in my Car or my Tent.

Nice to see so many Bhpian's recently enjoying Sea beaches..
Keep travelling....
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The path that cuts onto the hill separating OM and Kudle. Daily walk for us!



The path leads up to here... Clear blue skies... Karwar port(i assume) in the distance but it isnt too clear.



OM Beach. Invert the picture and you will know how it got the name !



On the way to the next beach, ahead of OM Beach lies a small cove, called "Half Moon Beach"

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Single lane highway
To my right, the path from OM Beach.



In front of me - Bliss !



To my left, path to Half Moon Beach and Paradise Beach.



Finally down to Halfmoon beach... Its hardly 60-70metres long !

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Fantastic! Great shots. I can almost feel the place.

Question: How's hot it was?
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Decided to go upto the temple besides Kudle Beach. This is the view from the temple. I also tried some crazy settings on the camera



Bright BLUE Skies!! Again fiddling with the camera settings.



Sunset at Kudle...



The sun goes down behind a huge cloud. Interesting show of colours and shapes.

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My last glimpses of Kudle Beach... Weird picture due to my experiments with the settings/colour.



Lovers on the beach



My friend left 2 days earlier. So I trekked back alone from Kudle to main Gokarna beach... took the shorter route around this time.

View of the main gokarna beach stretch.



Bylanes of Gokarna town.

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Great stuff man! You have a very good eye. What kind of equipment you use?
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The Gokarna KOTITHEERTHA



Check out those pillars on the building !



Looks like im missing a spectacular sunset while I wait for my bus.
Goodbye Gokarna !!!

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Your Lucky man.... Hope I could get 5 days.. I am even willing to stay in my Car or my Tent.
Lucky definately to esacpe from the chaotic city life!! The day my study holidays began I ran off to the beach! Hehe.

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Great stuff man! You have a very good eye. What kind of equipment you use?
Dear sirs you have made my day, month, year !!!
Coming from both of you that is a serious compliment.

Rudra sir I remember when I first signed up on the forum and I saw some of the Car pictorials (especially Samurai's Baleno) I was blown away with your skill and ability with the lense. Thank you !!!

These pics were taken with a Canon Powershot a620. I consider digital camera's as "cheating". Always been interested in photography and have been told to pursue it but I never got around to it. One day I hope I can get proficient with regular film/SLRs.

Some pics of my Goa/Kodai holidays can be viewed at PhotoBlogging !. The pics on there were taken with a Canon Powershot a310 (very basic camera, but fantastic for the price). My dear friend Gayaz was generous enough to lend me this when I didnt have one of my own!!


p.s : I dont remember the temperatures from when I went(early november) but it does get extremely hot in the afternoons. I came back with a fantastic tan and some burn as wel l

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Fantastic pics, Anirudh. Gokarna is lovely. I stayed at the top of some hill, and the new tar road that goes down to Om beach is a perfect winding drive through the hills.

Damn, now I want to go back.
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Bylanes of Gokarna town is really interesting. Need to make a trip fast....
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Rudra sir I remember when I first signed up on the forum and I saw some of the Car pictorials (especially Samurai's Baleno) I was blown away with your skill and ability with the lense. Thank you !!!
Car pictorial involving my car, which is this?

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These pics were taken with a Canon Powershot a620. I consider digital camera's as "cheating".
Well, there was a time when stage coach drivers considered early automobiles as cheating. You have to get on with time, and adopt to newer stuff. I have used film SLRs since 1989, but I can't think of one reason to give up my dSLR and move back to film SLRs.
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