Mercifully due to the ideas of leaves lapsing, we are forced into unexpected vacations occasionally. This time it lead us to Goa.
After going round and round a roundabout we managed to spot and eat at an unassuming ‘Preethi canteen’ that was supposedly famous for Anand’s favourite item on any menu – dosa! We then drove ahead. And while I assumed we were going towards Gokarna, we came to a diversion after which he opened up the maps and stubbornly refused to let me look at it to my increased suspicion. This diversion went on and on for a long time.
And there it was. A still lake reflecting the small hills and trees lining its edges. We spent a while there watching a couple of kids’ antics on their cycles in the water and a group of older guys learning to ride bikes.
It was called “Madagadakere” – a lake that never dries up and is quite a lovely spot completely bereft of crowds to spend a lovely morning. After a while there, we set off further towards Gokarna. There are a lot of boards on the way indicating tourist places of interest and it would be fun some day to go on a trip just to see all of them, we, however, decided to stop at a temple called Ikkeri.
It’s strange why some of these temples are famous and some not-so-much. Because this was as pretty as the Halebidu temple. My favourite part were the engraved ornaments on the shiny Nandi at the entrance and the window-like structures reminiscent of the havelis in Rajasthan.
We considered visiting the Jog falls on the way back but it was already late in the day and were content just stopping by at one of the bridges over the riverside and an unassuming viewpoint by the road that overlooked a pretty scene too. We finally took a suspicious looking road and in the pitch darkness and reached the cottage we had planned to stay at for the night near Kudle beach. The day’s fatigue led us early to bed after having the simple food cooked by the chef+ caretaker+ gardener of the location.
The next morning we awoke to a pretty scene of a small garden, from the edge of which, we could see the ocean rushing at the rocky hill. We settled on the swing and waited for our breakfast while watching 2 little kids playing with the sprinkler and having the time of their lives. We then walked down the rocky path to the beach and spent some time in the café there. From there we headed onward to Om beach via a not-so-long walk that still had me exhausted since I wasn’t in the best of health. I was however quickly cheered up by a couple of cats that instantly took a liking to the 2 of us and purred away at our cuddles. Unfortunately, we had to leave the 2 behind to walk further on until we reached the lovely Om beach. The beach was admittedly smaller than I’d expected. But it was hot and it had a lovely beachside restaurant ‘Namaste Café’ where we had a perfect afternoon just lounging with food and a view of the sea.
We finally managed to extract ourselves out of our comfy perches to pack and head to Goa. On the way, we stopped at a point at the Karwar port just to see boats coming back in and curious fisher folk wondering why we touristy people were hanging around there. Further on the way was an invitingly named ‘Warship museum‘ that we stopped on a whim.
It was interesting and fun. The entire ‘museum’ was a single warship INS Chapal that was actually used in the Indo-Pak war of 1971. It was complete with the missile holding areas, but was one where visitors could walk into all its chambers and imagine for oneself the working life and living conditions of those at sea. It would be an excellent place to visit for any child/adult who is considering/has ever considered a job at sea. Tall people would have second thoughts, though newer ships used today supposedly allow for more vertical height. Anand had to duck in most of the areas and the living spaces were optimised for minimal space too.
We reached Palolem and confirmed that there were no shacks available to stay. They had all been dismantled for the rains and would be put up the next season.After a check on a couple of hotels that seemed either pricey or unavailable, we found a nice place 2 doors away from them called ‘Palolem delights’. We couldn’t see much of the surroundings having reached later in the evening, but the room seemed nice enough. After dinner at a restaurant near the beach called Olive garden, we called it a night.
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