Gokarna & Why I Go There

This one goes out to all those unfortunate, uninitiated and uninspired individuals. Get off your high horse and read this.

There may be a hundred reasons why a person goes to Gokarna. People looking to get laid, people looking to score and get high, people looking for a nice, secluded beach and people wanting to offer their prayers in India’s most sacred temple. I don’t know if there are any other reasons, and frankly, I don’t really care why people go there.

I go there for a totally different reason, and its none of the above.

I lead a difficult life. I need to balance my passion to work, my unceasing urge to travel and roam aimlessly across the country, my singularly fierce attraction to beaches and my bank account. Juggling these four volatile substances while playing air hockey with the family, the bosses, the peers, the juniors, the friends, the foes, the creditors, the goons, the loons, the whackadoodles, the geniuses, the crap, the stench and the slippery slopes of bankruptcy, unemployment and loneliness around every corner is taking its toll on my nerves.

There are very few things I’m passionate about, and those that I am passionate about, I am so with a vehemence unseen in anyone else, for anything else. I do not go to Gokarna to ‘do drugs’. I do not go to Gokarna to ‘sleep with women’. I do not go to Gokarna to ‘drink drinks’. I do not go to Gokarna to visit the temple and offer my prayers. I do not go to Gokarna for the sea food. I do no go to Gokarna for the rustic beauty of the village. I do not go to Gokarna to ogle at half-naked women lounging in the sun. I do not go to Gokarna because I love beaches and water. I do not go to Gokarna to swim in the ocean. I do not go to Gokarna to live. I do not go to Gokarna to die.

I go to Gokarna once every three months because I need to get away from the Greek tragedy that my life is fast unraveling to be; to clear my head of all thoughts – good and bad; to reboot myself. I go to Gokarna because its the only place on Earth that welcomes me without judging who I am or what I have done. I go to Gokarna because that is the only place on Earth where I am at peace. Completely.

I have a sea rock, which I call my own, ten feet out into the ocean, at Om Beach. Its a bit of a hike to get to the top of the rock, and once I get there, I sit, looking at the waves crashing into me on all sides, rising twenty feet high and spraying me with a mist of cold, salty water. I listen to the rush, the gurgle, the power and the wordless songs of the waves and as I stare out into the horizon, imagining a place beyond comprehension, where the sky kisses the ocean, I realize that I am peaceful, within and without.

Gokarna - kudle beachNothing of what is happening in life matters here. Time stands still for me, for the 48 hours I’m there. I put my feet up at a cafe, sipping sweet tea and reading a good book, or people watching on the burning, golden sands. I take a nice pleasant trek up to Kudle through thick brambles and open moors and I wade in the white sands until the sun starts to set. I walk back amidst the gathering darkness to Om Beach, walk all the way up to Half Moon and back again. As night descends around me, so does the peace, deeper inside me.

I need this. I can’t do without it. For the unfortunate, uninitiated and uninspired individuals, I recommend it. The only thing I get high on, when in Gokarna, is Gokarna itself.

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15 thoughts on “Gokarna & Why I Go There

  1. mirror cracked, i was searching for a blog in wordpress, when i stumbled across yours. i just wanted to state that, we have a place galled ‘gokarna’ in nepal too, and it is a hill with a resort. simply beautiful! and despite having stayed 7 years in India, i did not know such a place with same name existed there too.
    i am glad i stumbled upon your blog, now my next destination in October after goa should be this! πŸ™‚

  2. Everyone needs an Om Rock I believe. I too have such a place that brings me total peace, a secluded beach on the Gulf that is invisible from the highway. Not too many locals know about it, and the tourists…they’re clueless. I wouldn’t survive without my sunrise treks along this shoreline. Thanks for sharing your story, I enjoyed it.

  3. Why have I never gone to Gokarna? 😦
    I will, right before I go to the Andamans.

    Btw, for my share of peace and everything you mentioned that Gokarna gives you, I sit by Pumbaa on my balcony, watching the swaying leaves and the clouds. He doesn’t judge me either πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  4. I think its an important post you have written here. A place that accepts you and offers nothing else but peace is simply beautiful. Thanks for sharing your special place. I too have a place like this here in the UK which really is not accessible easily – more harder in winter than in summer – but once you get there, the environment truly does accepts you – the time stands still – the music of the environment slowly starts taking over, wishing and swooshing around you to clean away all the burden accumulated since the last this special place was visited.

  5. I think Gokarna is not a place its a state of mind which purify your search within your own self to detox from that mind junk. People say “Mediate” don’t do alcohol and other stuffs, but I guess every person has unique bags packed for life journey.

  6. well.. gokarna has eluded me till now.. but now, i need to kiss it.. i’ll start the restoration of my inner peace from here!

  7. Very Nice article. Enjoyed reading. If I were to nitpick I noticed few grammatical mistakes.. for e.g in the para “I lead a difficult life..”, it should end with “takes its toll on my nerves” rather than “is taking its toll on my nerves.” Just my two cents. I could be wrong, though. πŸ™‚ Take care. Keep writing.

  8. @Saswata Debray
    Welcome to MirrorCracked! πŸ™‚
    Thanks for pointing it out, but I’ll hide behind the skirts of literary license. πŸ™‚

  9. I just happened upon your blog a few days back(you may have noticed from the comments in the latest post about two young journalists) and now I am completely in love with it. The fact that I really badly want to be a jounalist and travel, travel, travel made me all the more interested. Now I have ended up reading a whole lot of your older posts. I can only say thank you for I am one who’s life is also turning out to be a Greek tragedy and reading your posts has definitly lightened me up.

    And as for Gokarna, no one else on could have encouraged me in a better way to go and visit.

  10. You echo my thoughts. I go to Gokarna for similar reasons and love the beaches and the dogs and the cafe kittens! Totally dig the way you write . Could you suggest some places I could see this time on in Gokarna? Keep writing πŸ™‚

  11. Hello there. I have been to Gokarna before, but as a student at the time, my experience was limited to the usual tourist stuff. Now, me and the man I love wish to start our life together in an idyllic Indian town, friendly to tourists but also with some scope for sustaining a simple, meagre life. We are architects open to doing pretty much anything (legal and moral) to earn a living. Teaching English, computers, art, music, dance etc. is probably the course we would want to take. I am Indian and my man is Greek. Do you think Gokarna would suit us? Do you think people would accept us, let us build our life among them?

  12. Hello there. I have been to Gokarna before, but as a student at the time, my experience was limited to the usual tourist stuff. Now, me and the man I love wish to start our life together in an idyllic Indian town, friendly to tourists but also with some scope for sustaining a simple, meagre life. We are architects open to doing pretty much anything (legal and moral) to earn a living. Teaching English, computers, art, music, dance etc. is probably the course we would want to take. I am Indian and my man is Greek. Do you think Gokarna would suit us? Do you think people would accept us, let us build our life among them?

  13. Wow, I didn’t think I would find another guy just like me. I go to Gokarna every three-Four months too and for the above mentioned reason only. Stay at Kudle beach everytime at Gokarna Resort. I specially like going there during the rainy seasons as there is nobody around and to tell you the truth its the best time to visit gokarna, with no stupid crowd around specially people who shout a lot or spread dirt or wrappers etc. Its just peace and cleanliness and calm and silence. I stumbled upon your blog and saw what you had written and couldn’t help but comment here.

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