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MY SOLO TREK WITH GET BEYOND LIMITS


By: Ramya Balakrishna January 27, 2016 3 Comments
Travelling solo doesn’t always mean your alone, sometimes you meet marvelous people along the way and make connections that last for a lifetime -
Jacqeline boone

I pondered on the thought of going for a solo trip from a long time. I just wanted to kick start this notion. Since I have lot of likeminded friends near home, there is always one or more friends accompanying me for shopping or even a stroll in the neighborhood park, not that I don’t do all this alone sometimes if I want to. So this time after reading a lot of travel diaries of going solo, and I have met a few whom I admire for travelling miles alone just to find the pure bliss, peace and solace with one’s own.

This was my time to getbeyondlimts ;) ;) wink.

I went with Getbeyondlimits organization for a trek to Tadiandamol peak located in Coorg. At the time I was accompanied by my colleague from office. Although when a group of likeminded people go to a trek they are bound to become friends. I found the comfort that I would have, even if I had gone alone. So this time when there was Paradise Island to Gokarna beach circuit trek, I opted to go alone. I wanted to find out for myself about the journey.

So on 21st Nov night, It was time to board the traveller at 8:00 PM Silk Board, Bangalore. Unfortunately my phone was dying without charge and since it was raining, my phone had caught cold (LOL Timing). After several attempts to contact trek leads for details and crossing that 4 way road about 4 times with no luck. Finally one of the trek lead called me and surprisingly call got connected and he directed me towards the traveller. With all that jitters and butterflies I boarded the vehicle.

Gokarna at 9:00 AM. Got refreshed at a decent hotel, had breakfast then dumped our extra bags there and took only the necessities like water and poncho for the trek.

Our trek started from the heavenly Paradise Island.



We walked through the inner pathway and towards the paradise beach. When we reached there we saw the hippies. One of them was sitting in a bench near his hut and playing a slow tune in the guitar. The whole atmosphere felt nice. At first I was against playing in the beach, but these people:



The pure bliss of blue water and clear blue sky was so welcoming, specially being an ocean lover all my life, this is unavoidable:



I floated through paradise.

While walking through this trail there was a branch over a rock where some people holding the branch leaped forward. 

Meanwhile



After all the craziness we walked towards half moon beach. 

We had a 3 point challenge on the way. The idea behind it was to climb this rock with 3 grips during every ascend or descend.



While everybody were waiting for their turn and completing the challenge, others tried doing same challenge from other sides as well.

Meanwhile some photography ;)



we reached Half Moon beach and many agreed to have lunch since it was 3:30 PM already. We divided ourselves into 2 groups and went to 2 very nice cafes in half moon beach serving Indian, Continental, Italian and American cuisine. The best think about these cafes were the food was great no matter which food you choose. Personally scrambled egg there was my favorite. It came first and everybody jumped on it. Sizzlers were also tasty here for a spice relish like me. 

Another fun fact about this place is, from the table we were seated in, one side was the deserted island and the other side were the guys going shirtless taking a stroll after dip and bikini clad skinny women enjoying the view at the beach absolutely intimidating me, But hey a girl's gotta eat.

After a sumptuous meal we took the trail towards Om beach. The best thing of this whole Gokarna circuit trek was here, The sunset and the dolphin spotting from the Rock of Peace.





The terrain was beautiful with the sunset over the vast Om beach one side and the half moon beach towards the other. We got lucky that day as we got to see dolphins there. Although I have seen them before in Kerala, This was still rare.

We then got to Om beach and our trek lead Kush suggested nuttella pancakes with spicy macarony from a cafe there. Both were absolutely delicious. We then walked towards kudle beach and further went to Gokarna beach. 

We reached Gokarna beach at around 11:30 PM. We had collected logs for camp fire.

So we created the camp fire at Gokarna beach:



After enjoying the camp fire for a while we went back to our hotel.

Even though we slept late that night, next day early morning we went to visit the Sunrise near the kudle beach from a small peak. The beautiful view of sun rise at one side and the whole gokarna terrain on the other.  



After this we departed from Gokarna with a heavy heart and a long travel ahead in the traveler to Bangalore.

The whole journey was eventful from sharing the room with a hardcore IISC researcher to talking about Schrodinger’s Cat and Parallel Universe at breakfast making my curious soul excited about all sorts of endless possibilities. We then played Mafia and Dumb charades while travel and departed to our separate ways with good friends to count on.

I would like to end my blog by saying “It feels good to be lost in the right direction”
-
Ramya


Tags: beach trek , gokarna , 3 point contact , solo travel , lost but found

3 Comments


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Divya Narayanayya

Jan 27, 2016 14:55 PM Good info and nicely written Ramya!.Look like you had a blast at Gokarna. I have been to Kunti betta (all women trek) and savandurga night trek with GBL.Both were awesome in their own ways.Never thought of a solo trek. Your write up has inspired me to do so. Thank you :-)...GBL here i come.. :-) Thanks Divya HN
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Ramya Balakrishna

Jan 28, 2016 05:21 AM Hi Divya, Do try going alone once if you want to. Its easy since it GBL :) . Thank you for enjoying the blog. I can imagine the fun you might have had in all women trek. Regards, Ramya
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Ratish Gowda

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