• Karnataka,  Travel Bag

    Trip to Gokarna – Last Day

    We woke up to another breakfast of toast and omelets, downed with a tall glass of chai. Ankit wanted to go to a temple in Gokarna, and after bidding adieu to Om beach, we took a rickshaw which got us to Gokarna town (pretty far from Om beach – be prepared to spend around 140 bucks) in around half an hour. The town is famous for its temples and has quite a few temples which you can visit. Outside the temple are small shops from which religious souvenirs can be bought at cheap rates. Also, two chariots can be seen which lead a procession during the Shivratri festival, a time…

  • Karnataka,  Travel Bag

    Trip to Gokarna – Day 2

    Gokarna consists of 4-5 beaches and we had planned to explore Om, Half-moon and Paradise beach on the second day. I woke up at about 8 to the sounds of the sea, washed and got ready. The others came around slowly too. After a leisurely breakfast of eggs and toast, it was time to bid Kudle beach goodbye. Om and Kudle beaches are separated by a hill and it is a 20-30 minute trek. It would be good to make this trek early, as it can get quite hot on the hill in the afternoon. Somewhere on top of it, is hidden a gem of a spot that offers a …

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    Trip to Gokarna – Day 1

    A long weekend at the start of the third term, here at IIM Kozhikode, saw me set off with 3 friends for a trip to the beach side town of Gokarna in North Karnataka, India. Tickets were booked by Ankit for a train that departed from Kozhikode at 0220 (odd time, you say ?) on Friday – on the Ernakulam LTT Express. Once we found our births, it was time to hit the snooze button, but for some damn reason, I found (find, rather) it pretty difficult to doze off on a train. The railway line snakes its way through some very picturesque places on the western coast of India…