Explore Gokarna in 24 hours!

Gokarna is a small town situated in the western coast of India in the state of Karnataka. Well known as a spiritual hub, Gokarna also boasts of beautiful serene beaches. I was lucky to have been able to make a short trip to this beautiful town. Before we start with the itinerary, let me brief you on how to get there.

Travel – How to get there:

Gokarna is accessible by Bus and train. The travel time is same for both the bus and train from Pune/Mumbai. Nearest airport is Dabolim, Goa. I had traveled by bus to Gokarna and returned by train.

You could book private busses from popular bus booking sites which have a halt at either ‘Gokarna Cross’ or ‘Madangeri’. We were traveling from Pune and the bus fare for Air conditioned sleeper bus till Gokarna Cross came upto INR 3000.

Another way of travelling would be taking the train which is much cheaper in comparison to a bus or flight. You will have to take a train to Margao, Goa and from there take another train ride to Gokarna which takes about an hour from Goa. Together the train travel would cost around INR 450 for Non AC.

Travel Plan:

Gokarna Main Beach:

Gokarna beach

At the break of Dawn from Gokarna Main Beach.

We started our bus journey at 7 pm from Pune and reached Gokarna Cross next day at 5:15 am. We took a local auto rickshaw that costs INR 350 for entire vehicle to the main Gokarna beach. It sits three people at a time. It was a 20 minutes ride. The public bath and washrooms had opened at the beach around 5:45 am. We freshened up and waited at the shore to experience the break of dawn at the beach. What a beautiful site ‘twas to watch the sky lit the entire shoreline. The beach isn’t lonely at this hour and there are plenty of locals and tourists who are already relaxing on the beach.

Mahabaleshwar Temple:

After spending an hour at the beach we visited the famous century’s old Mahabaleshwar temple which is situated right in front of the beach and is at walk-able distance. Most temples here don’t allow you entry if you’re not a Hindu. We admired its beauty from the outside and watched the priests and locals worshiping in good faith.

Kudle Beach:

Kudle Beach

Kudle beach front view

You could take a local ride to Kudle beach. We wanted to explore the streets so we decided to cover it on foot. The walk to Kudle beach from Gokarna beach is about 25 minutes and can be easily navigated using Google Maps. Kudle beach had multiple shacks and though we were keen to reach there for breakfast at the famous Shiva café we had breakfast at Om shanti Shack right next to it as Shiva Café was shut for the season. The food was good and there are both local cuisines and continental food available here at affordable prices.

Om Beach:

Om Beach

Om Beach view point

If you check the maps, it will navigate you to a route that takes about an hour to reach Om beach by foot. However there is a pathway that has been built from Kudle that connects to Om beach directly in around 25 minutes by foot. You could ask the locals and they will direct you to a route that starts at the end of the Kudle beach shoreline that leads to the Gokarna cliff. From there downhill is a path to Om beach. If you’re not up for the walk then you could easily avail a local transport directly to Om beach.

We reached Om beach by foot and dropped our luggage at Namaste Café as we were to stay there the night. There was still some time left for our check-in at the hotel, so we decided to check the ferry time for Nirvana beach from the ferry point. We missed Nirvana as no boats were available that day to Nirvana. You could try your luck to get there by boat ride costing INR 350 per head. We relaxed for a few hours at Om beach until our rooms were ready.

Namaste Café:


Namaste Cafe Room

Namaste Café is a popular lunch place and might have a little waiting. The food is amazing and the stay is really cheap and comfortable too! The café opens right at the front of Om beach. Must try the sea food delicacies here.

Om beach-Half moon beach-Small Hell Beach-Paradise Beach trek

  • Om Beach View Point:

    Post lunch time we decided to relax and start our trek to the famous Paradise beach. We started the trek around 4:30 pm. The trek from Om beach to the Om beach view point is easy and can be trekked with slippers on. The view of the entire Om beach from the view point is breath taking.

  • Half-Moon Beach:

    It is a 15 minute trek to Half Moon beach if you get the trail right else it might take about 20-30 minutes depending on how good you are at navigating. To finish the trek faster it would be best to have a word with the locals so you avoid reaching dead ends. The half-moon beach is not very big and has very few tourists. There are ferry service available here to take you to paradise beach directly or even to take you back to Om beach by boat.

  • Small Hell Beach:

    Small hell beach is a little difficult to reach by slippers and I would suggest to carry shoes as you have to do a little bit of rock climbing to reach this beach. It is the tiniest of the beaches in Gokarna and is quite secluded.

  • Paradise Beach:

    One has to cross the Hell’s cliff from Small hell beach to reach here. It is a bit of a task if you’re not wearing the right shoes. Once you cross over the cliff, paradise beach is just 2 mins walk from there. You will see tourists camping at Paradise beach. We took a ride back by boat to Om beach after reaching Paradise beach. The trek was tiring as we had already covered half of Gokarna on foot. The last ferry is at 6 pm so we didn’t want to miss it out!

The boat ride was serene and peaceful as we watched the sunset. If you do not wish to trek you could instead take boat rides that are available at Om beach ferry point that take you to all the nearby beaches priced at INR 250-350 per head. Depending on the rush they may or may not stop at the beaches for pictures. There are also boats that start from Gokarna main beach as well.

view from boat ride

view from boat ride

In all we covered all the main beaches in the entire Gokarna coast in 24 Hours! There is a famous cave, ‘Yana caves’ that can be visited in Gokarna as well. It is a 45 minute drive from Om beach and takes about a day to cover. This could be covered the next day.

Gokarna Road Station

Gokarna Road Station

I would say you could plan a stay of 3 nights if you want to take it slow and relax. You could cover a few more temples and Yana caves. Alcohol is not served here, however you can carry your own liquor. My favorite beach was Kudle beach.

Gokarna is a very peaceful place with very few commercial areas and indeed gives a break from the hustle and bustle of city life!


Movie Review: Logan (2017) *spoiler alert*

The world’s been buzzing about the movie Logan ever since it was speculated that this would be the last movie Hugh Jackman would be playing the X-Men favorite clawed mutant – Wolverine. The movie released in India on the 3rd of March 2017 and a mutant fanatic like me couldn’t wait to watch it.

The movie is a must watch for every Mutant lover and watching Hugh Jackman play Wolverine can never stop amusing you. He’ll take you back to your teenage years where you’ll be clasping your hands together, biting your nails and murmuring to yourself as he destroys every ‘bad guy’ on his way. It breaks your heart knowing that you will not be seeing him on the big screen playing the iconic mutant again. Also you will be taken aback by an outstanding performance by the kiddo – child artist Dafne Keen and of course Sir Patrick Stewart, the professor and headmaster we wish we had in real life –Charles Xavier aka Professor X. For parental advice the movie has a lot of violence and gore. If you were here just for the review, I’d say stop scrolling further to avoid any spoilers!

The movie starts with a bunch of goons trying to rob what looks like some machine parts (tire maybe) of a luxury limousine. We see a drunk/sleepy head Logan getting off the car and warning the gentlemen to go back and no harm would be caused. But as predicted the buttheads shoot him and continue what they were doing anyway. Struggling to stand up Logan manages to get up and walk towards them and requests them to stop. Things take a different turn and we see wolverine alive killing everyone leaving their corpses lying limbless and headless.

It is here we realize that Logan is a taxi driver in New Mexico and looks rather old, grumpy and is struggling to heal back.

The corpses attract a cyborg – Donald Pierce to track Logan who warns him that someone may come looking for him and it would be kind if he would report to him whenever that happens.

We get introduced to Caliban – a mutant tracker and a mutant himself talking about another mutant going out of control, trying to make contact. We see Logan carry medicines and injection to a deserted hiding wherein an old man supposedly suffering from Alzheimer’s disease was talking to himself. This is none other than our Professor Charles Xavier. With a brain that dangerous and a disease of the mind making him rather volatile and more dangerous than ever. He would get seizures often that would affect everyone around him, making it difficult to move. Charles keeps talking about communicating to some mutants and Logan only shuts him up saying that the world has changed and our kind are very few.


A Mexican nurse Gabriella with a kid tracks Logan and requests him for help. Realizing that he’s a taxi driver, she even manages to book his cab. Logan agrees after she offers him $ 50k which he needs to take care of Charles and himself. The next day he finds the woman dead in her apartment and the child missing. He takes her phone and goes back to their hiding. Caliban insists that there is someone or something that Logan has got back in his car. They find a bag pack and a ball in the trunk leading their eyes to the kid from that night – Laura. Laura X23Pierce tracks Logan to the hideout and they put up a fight to find Laura and Professor X. The professor insists Logan that he should save the kid and she is special. During the fight we see that Laura had been genetically created using Logan’s gene and is the ‘daughter’ of wolverine. Pierce manages to take Caliban as prisoner while the trio escape him. In Gabriella’s phone they learn more about Laura and other kids like her. She had wanted him to take Laura to a place called Eden from where all the children that escaped from the company run by Dr. Rice where they were genetically created using X-Men and other mutants’ genes, will be crossing the border.

Along their journey to a safe house, they encounter a family whose horses run off the highway. Professor X helps them with his mind control and the family offers them to stay the night for dinner. Post dinner the water supply was shut, so Logan and the man go to the fields to fix the water supply. Meanwhile Pierce sends out his men to capture the girl. They track them by torturing Caliban and send a genetically engineered mutant to kill them. This mutant does not have a conscious of his own and is controlled by the Doctor. He attacks Charles and destroys the entire family. This mutant is an exact replica of Logan himself! While Laura is been carried by him, Logan and the man manage to reach the house. It’s an awe to watch two wolverines fight each other. Though he manages to save the kid, Charles lost his life and Caliban sets himself on fire by bursting the entire truck in flames in an attempt to save Laura.

Wolverine is dying and he is not healing. The kid manages to take him to a doctor after they bury Charles in the woods near a lake. Adamant Logan only keeps yelling at Laura till he sleeps off due to tiredness. Laura drives the vehicle to Eden where she meets all the escaped children. They treat Logan and tell him about their plan of crossing the border. During the night Logan and Laura have a conversation where he explains to her about adamantium in their bodies that is killing him and which eventually after years would kill her too. He shows her a bullet made of adamantium that he holds to remind himself of his weakness. At Dawn when the kids make an escape, Logan wakes up to the sound of militant vehicles. Knowing the kids are in danger he makes his way out to the woods to help the children. He takes an injection that temporarily cures him and makes his way to the woods. After putting a tough fight, he instructs Laura to free the kids and escape while he distracts the enemy.


Logan kills Dr. Rice, this angers the wolverine lookalike mutant against him and they have a tough fight. Meanwhile Laura frees the kids, killing most of the militants and the children manage to kill Pierce. Logan gets defeated by his lookalike, yells at Laura to take the children and escape. Angered by the lookalike Wolverine, Laura uses the adamantium bullet and shoots his head off, killing him. Teary eyed Laura holds Logan as he says his last words and calls him daddy. The children bury him, as a tearful Laura gives a eulogy and make an escape.

Logan: Nature made me a freak. Man made me a weapon. And God made it last too long.

The movie was heart wrenching and the only thing I did not like in the movie was the death of my two favorite X-Men.  It would have been easier to see Logan dying had they shown him dying gradually though last few movies than suddenly killing him off. Hope you enjoy the movie like I did!


‘Dream. And your Dreams will Come True…’

Everybody has reveries: dreams about the distant future, near future and a thousand other things. The disappointing results of my senior year and the still unnerving mark of JEE shattered many a dream of mine. Yet the hopes of getting admission in my “dream college” were far from getting extinguished. While attending the selection process for minority students, my dream was getting soured with each candidate choosing their college of choice. XIE was a disappointing distant choice as I never wanted to get admission through any quota.

I remember walking out with my parents after my admission to the Xavier Institute of Engineering through minority quota, when reverend Fr. John Rose called out to us and told me not to be disappointed and that I should work hard and make my parents proud for they have sweated out their hard earned money for my education. It has almost been four years since that day but I can’t recall any occasion when my parents showed any disappointment in me.

I had only heard about XIE when a few school friends spoke about some far off engineering college that existed next to St. Michael’s Church in Mahim. Today I spend an average of almost four hours daily, travelling to and fro from college, sometimes physically hurting but always energetic. As tiring as it may be, I’d still say XIE has been one of the best experiences of my life.

Meeting plenty of like-minded individuals and being nurtured by a hardworking and kind staff, I’ve grown from being a first year floundering Junior to being a final year exemplary Senior. Building relationships – be it with students (juniors or seniors), professors or with non-teaching staff – played a huge role in XIE as much as being engrossed in books did. It isn’t important how many of the relationships lasted or got lost but what mattered was how it shaped us to become what we are.

What many colleges fail to understand is the importance of nurturing the growth of students from their own comfort zones without burdening them with excessive stress by pressurizing them to fit pre-fixed moulds. At the same time it is necessary to ensure that students don’t take the Institute for granted. XIE created such an atmosphere for me that I could manage to keep calm and focused on my goals in tune with my abilities without letting lethargy overtake me, thereby bringing the best out of me.

Those long lasting moments of friendship, attending routine lectures to bunking a few, holding serious as well as funny conversations in the canteen, cheering and playing games at the ground, the never ending submissions and viva phase, loud and bright festive events and activities, fun filled picnics, post exam stress to nail biting result days are memories that I will cherish for life.

True, my dream wasn’t fulfilled in terms of getting admission in the college of my choice, but all my dreams came true exponentially in terms of what I wanted to achieve during my college life.

Pretty little liars Grave New World – Halloween special *spoiler alert!*

I watched the long awaited Halloween special episode of pretty little liars season 4 yesterday. Must say I enjoyed every minute that passed by it. I love how they had made the theme song graphics for this particular episode! You can view the opening theme below –

Halloween opening theme song video

The liars looked stunning in their pretty gowns.

They notice a man in the soldier suite suspiciously talking to a girl which A was to wear that night

They notice a man in the soldier suite suspiciously talking to a girl which A was to wear that night

I loved Aria’s gown the most. The colour and the design made it look very rich and gothic.



Hanna was a hottie among the rest of them.

hanna's look for pll halloween speacial

hanna’s look for pll halloween speacial

Here is a gist of the episode (spoiler ALERT!)

At the party, the girls notice a man dressed up as a soldier and talking to girl. He looked like he was harassing her so the girls assume he probably is A and plan on following the girl to find out more about this man. They soon realise that he cannot be A.

On their search for Alison the girls find a secret underground passage at the cemetery. They enter the passage and lose Hanna in the passage. This passage leads them to a mansion door. Hanna, separated from the rest, first reaches this door as she scuttles away with fear from rats. Inside Ezra is shown to be stalking her who also locks her up in a dialing booth of the mansion.

Hanna locked in the phone booth

Hanna locked in the phone booth

When the rest of the girls enter the mansion, they hear ally’s voice and rush through the doors, losing track of each other. Spencer goes missing while Aria and Em are together.

The mansion looks haunted and belongs to Miranda’s uncle – a girl that Caleb meets in the bus who is come in search for her family to Ravenswood. (She is pretty isn’t she? 😉 )

Miranda Collins

Miranda frees Hanna and leave the mansion. Miranda reunites Hanna with Caleb who had apparently told Miranda he was here in search for his girlfriend, Hanna. Caleb and Hanna part ways because Hanna convinces Caleb to stay back and help Miranda find her family.

Towards the end of the episode the girls finally meet the girl they had been madly searching for and are now bewildered as Alison reveals to them how desperate her situation is and that no place is safe, after which she disappears again.

Alison meets up with the girls

As if this shock wasn’t enough for the PLL fans, the episode ends with Caleb and Miranda discovering graves under their names in Ravenswood! This closing made me watch Ravenswood episode 1 as well. 😛

Caleb's grave

Caleb’s grave

The next episode of PLL now airs in January! There is a Long time for that day to come. I hate how they release episodes in such long gaps. 😐

Let me now your views about PLL Halloween special episode. Do you hate Ezra as much as I do? Or are you still hoping he is just being another Toby? Was the girl they met really Ally or was it her twin as read in the books?

I feel Ezra surely ain’t the innocent guy like he always was portrayed in the show. Either the girl who died was Alison’s twin and the one that meets the girls is the real Alison or vice versa.

I Hope all those who couldn’t watch PLL enjoyed this recap!

Movie Review: Pacific Rim (2013) *no spoilers*

There are things you can’t fight – acts of God. You see a hurricane coming, you get out of the way. But when you’re in a Jaeger, you can finally fight the hurricane. You can win. – Raleigh Becket

I watched Pacific Rim today all alone at home. I’m glad I watched it alone and didn’t force my dad to watch it with me (like I always do) because if I’d done that, I would have got to hear him snore while I struggle to stay up and watch it. Didn’t get me yet? Well, the movie was boring. -_- It put me to sleep.

The only reason I watched the whole movie is because of the visuals and the sound. The graphics of the movie are amazing! Though I didn’t like the fact that the Jaegars resembled so much of a transformer (from the movie Transformers) only that they were robots being controlled by two military pilots.

The movie is set in future where giant alien dinosaurs called the Kaijus attack the Earth. They enter onto Earth through a bridge created from a different dimension in the pacific ocean. (Hence the name– ‘Pacific’ rim!) These sea monsters want to take over the Earth and begin their existence here. With the help of a panel of the most efficient scientists and military forces, the army develops Jaegars to fight with these horrid looking creatures. Of all the encounters with the kaijus, most of them fail resulting in loss of pilots or injure them badly.

The movie is very superficial and keeps juggling from one end to the other making it messy. The script sucked badly. I wish they had a better story line. All you enjoy is watching a jaegar fight a monster.

As for the acting, most famous TV series actors have been cast such as Idris Elba, Charlie Day, Burn Gorman, Charlie Hunman and Diego Klattenhoff. I enjoyed watching Charlie Day and Burn Gorman playing the comic scientists and they both have played their characters really well. As per the rest of the actors I’m just assuming they didn’t do that great because of the script.

If you are a fan of fantasy comics and watch action movies only to watch the armed fights, then this movie is worth one time watch. Without the high tech graphics this movie wouldn’t have got the rating it has. (7.8/10 IMDB charts)

I guess I’ll have a short nap now. Zzz.

Movie Review: Gravity 3D (2013) *no spoilers*

You have to learn to let go. – Matt Kowalski

    My friend and I had been planning for a movie together since yesterday. We both were extremely confused between ‘Gravity’, starring Sandra Bullock, George Clooney and ‘Captain Phillips’ starring Tom Hanks. Both were doing good at the box office and both movies had a story line which you cannot compare with the other. Thanks to waking up late we ended up watching Gravity in 3D and must say this movie made my day! *_*

“The Fight for Survival”

    I read through many reviews both negative and positive on this movie before shortlisting it among the movies to be watched. Most people have mentioned how beautiful the visuals of this movie were but found the story line boring and unreal.

    When the movie began with three astronauts working on a satellite who are also in constant touch with the NASA station at Houston, I was starting to feel like I’m not going to like this movie. Right when this thought hit me, the screen blew up with debris of the satellite and I went blank for a moment. The three astronauts were separated from each other, Dr. Ryan Stone played by Sandra Bullock is twisting, turning, rotating and floating in space losing out on oxygen and communication with the rest of them. Helpless and lost, she is later tracked down by veteran astronaut Matt Kowalsky played by George Clooney, who was in command in this mission which was his last before retiring. The duo with help of the MMU (Manned Maneuvering Unit) – similar to a jetpack Matt had, they traveled through space to find their Shuttle and their crew. When they reach their shuttle they realize that they are the sole survivors of the disaster. The movie then unfolds the struggle the two undergo to survive the IMPOSSIBLE. The story line is slow but you will be lost into the movie because the script is wonderfully done!

    Unlike most 3D movies that I have watched, this movie made me feel like I was in real experiencing all that I was watching. The movie has its own bit of humor and drama and has portrayed what exactly a normal human would do in such a panic situation. Sandra bullock has done a great job in this movie. I felt like i was going through every bit of emotion she acted Dr. Stone to have gone through.

This movie reminded me of ‘Life of Pi’ since here too Ryan is left all alone in a place where all you see is your death. Must say I’m pretty much convinced that space is a horror land.  😛

I loved the movie. Without the 3D effects and the visuals, I’m not sure how well the movie would have run. I say this because the movie is slow and catches up later in the end. But trust me, YOU HAVE to watch this movie in 3D no matter what! It’s a real space adventure and you will have a story to tell! 😉

I hope you’ll enjoy the movie. 🙂

“Clear skies with a chance of satellite debris.”as quoted by Dr. Ryan Stone – That is exactly how unpredictable life is. When everything is bright and beautiful, you may find yourself in trouble with the most unexpected torturing and learning experiences in life.