Beaches, Hikes and Chill Vibes- Gokarna, Karnataka.

Gokarna- Beaches, Hikes, Chill Vibes

When I say beaches, you say Goa, Kerala. But I would love to say GOKARNA. The place has got such good vibes that Gokarna can easily be renamed as Nirvana.

Gokarna, Karnataaka
Kudle Beach

Gokarna which originally means cow’s ears resides over the history that says that Lord Shiva emerged from a cow’s ear to redeem Lord Brahma off his curse.  So the place came to be known as Gokarna or ear of the cow.

If you are looking for a short getaway for seeking some time with yourself and to have some time off from the Purlieus of the Teeming Acreages, then get into the laps of this celestial town of Gokarna to experience its glory in gray, its divinity and its gorgeous mural. Dive in!

Gokarna, Karnataka

It was time for the dawn to crack on a lazy Thursday morning when I finally reached Gokarna at around 6 am after a 10 hrs of overnight drive from Bengaluru.

I had not booked any rooms prior to my visit but when in Gokarna I always prefer(also suggest) to stay in the shacks or tents by the beach and I did just the same. As soon as I reached the town of Gokarna, I initiated the early morning toil for hiking to the pristine waters of Kudle Beach which is about 20 minutes from the town’s eminent Gokarna beach.

I have visited this beautiful land of Gokarna a couple of times before. But this time it was a different experience altogether. I have visited this place only during the summers which are actually great. But as it was monsoon this time and a pretty harsh one for it, I found this ‘yet-to-be-commercialized’ town with almost no tourists. Now it was even more isolation in an isolated land. YAY! I’m loving it whatsoever.

I booked a room in one of the many shacks right along the shoreline of kudle beach, treated myself with a hot shower and began my day with a soft and crispy pancake with Nutella(a lot of it, actually).

Gokarna, Karnataka
The English Breakfast!

After the stimulating English breakfast, I thought of doing more English things and hence went on to try my hands at Surfing. But then the waters were extremely rough and the coach alarmed me of my immaturity with boards and waves. So I dropped the plan (much of an Indian thing…!) and chose to pleasantly walk on my own feet on the land rather than shiveringly glide on the chapped waters.

I started my hike from Kudle beach to the OM beach which for me was one of the most beautiful hiking paths I have strolled.

Gokarna, Karnataka
Entrance to OM Beach

These narrow paths will give you some beautiful memories. Walking along these paths flashed me a thought about the end result of a life journey. It made me realize however narrow and jagged your life is, the final destination will always be a spectacular view of a great sunset. 

Gokarna, Karnataka
That Sunset!

I believe happiness is delivered at the most unexpected times. With such dense clouds throughout the day, this sunset made me feel like the sun just set down just for me. The beautiful red shaded scars on the sky and the hue of gold the entire place was gleaming with due to the dusk were just glorious to watch. I could feel the impact of nature’s awe and discerned how this feeling of awe can act as a great fuel for your mind, body, and soul.

Gokarna, Karnataka

Research Says…

 Experiences of awe bring people into the present moment, which underlies awe’s capacity to adjust time perception, influence decisions, and make life feel more satisfying than it would otherwise.”  

After a great sunset, I reached my room, got a little rest and walked out refreshed to get some fresh seaside air!

Gokarna is a melange of culture and so is the food offered in the shacks. You get to experience a variety of savories from across the world. You may as well find a group of hippies barbecuing their own savory right by the beach, and they will be ever ready to welcome you with a beer and lots of stories and sounds from the guitar strings. 

“In the end, folks, we all ain’t nothing but a song… a story.” ~ Joe Lambert

The rest of my tour included more of hiking to the main Gokarna beach which is always huddled with people and to the Paradise Beach, visiting the local town of Gokarna, and more and more of alone time.

“Alone time is when I distance myself from the noise of the world so that I can hear my own and bring it to a still. “

So now if you ask me why Gokarna, I would say, for its laid-back vibes, for its undisturbed waters, for its chastity, for the relaxed slumbers on the cool sand bed, but most importantly  “For YOURSELF”.

Gokarna, Karnataka

So planning for a holiday now?

Just don’t think, swaddle yourself from the brimming cities and the hordes of people to this restrained town between the eminence of the Western Ghats and the vast Arabian Sea, for GOKARNA is that placid tract which has its white sand waiting to be feet-digged.  SO, JUST GO!

Hope this article helps you in preparing your itinerary for visiting this bounded land which I am sure to offer you with infinite experiences, stories and memories! Happy Travelling!

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Inspirational Photography Quotes

It said that a picture is worth a thousand words. Here are some words that describe how beautiful a feeling is it to click a picture.

Here’s a chronicle of some of the most inspiring Photography Quotes to motivate the wannabe shutterbugs to start their journey with their lenses in this endless beautiful world.

Inspirational Photography Quotes

“You don’t take a photograph, you make it.”
— Ansel Adams

“The camera is an instrument that teaches people how to see without a camera.”
— Dorothea Lange

“Photography is a way of feeling, of touching, of loving. What you have caught on film is captured forever… It remembers little things, long after you have forgotten everything.”
— Aaron Siskind

“Which of my photographs is my favorite? The one I’m going to take tomorrow.”
— Imogen Cunningham

“Photography is the story I fail to put into words.”— Destin Sparks


“When words become unclear, I shall focus with photographs. When images become inadequate, I shall be content with silence.”— Ansel Adams


“In photography there is a reality so subtle that it becomes more real than reality.”
— Alfred Stieglitz

“There is one thing the photograph must contain, the humanity of the moment.”
— Robert Frank

“Taking an image, freezing a moment, reveals how rich reality truly is.”
— Anonymous

“We are making photographs to understand what our lives mean to us.”
— Ralph Hattersley

“A thing that you see in my pictures is that I was not afraid to fall in love with these people.”
— Annie Leibovitz

“You don’t take a photograph. You ask quietly to borrow it.”
— Unknown

“Photography for me is not looking, it’s feeling. If you can’t feel what you’re looking at, then you’re never going to get others to feel anything when they look at your pictures.”
— Don McCullin

“A portrait is not made in the camera but on either side of it.”
— Edward Steichen

“It’s one thing to make a picture of what a person looks like, it’s another thing to make a portrait of who they are.”
— Paul Caponigro

“The best thing about a picture is that it never changes, even when the people in it do.”
— Andy Warhol

“Taking pictures is like tiptoeing into the kitchen late at night and stealing Oreo cookies.”
— Diane Arbus

“To me, photography is an art of observation. It’s about finding something interesting in an ordinary place… I’ve found it has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them.”
— Elliott Erwitt

“The picture that you took with your camera is the imagination you want to create with reality.”
— Scott Lorenzo

“If the photographer is interested in the people in front of his lens, and if he is compassionate, it’s already a lot. The instrument is not the camera but the photographer.”
— Eve Arnold

“A tear contains an ocean. A photographer is aware of the tiny moments in a persons life that reveal greater truths.”
— Anonymous

“Essentially what photography is is life lit up.”
— Sam Abell

“I don’t trust words. I trust pictures.”
— Gilles Peress

“I really believe there are things nobody would see if I didn’t photograph them.”
— Diane Arbus

“Taking pictures is savoring life intensely, every hundredth of a second.”
— Marc Riboud

“Once you learn to care, you can record images with your mind or on film. There is no difference between the two.”
— Anonymous

“Photograph: a picture painted by the sun without instruction in art.”
— Ambrose Bierce

“Photography is truth.”
— Jean-Luc Godard

“The camera makes you forget you’re there. It’s not like you are hiding but you forget, you are just looking so much.”
— Annie Leibovitz

“If you see something that moves you, and then snap it, you keep a moment.”
— Linda McCartney

“There are always two people in every picture: the photographer and the viewer.”
— Ansel Adams

“A photograph is a secret about a secret. The more it tells you the less you know.”
— Diane Arbus

“The whole point of taking pictures is so that you don’t have to explain things with words.”
— Elliott Erwitt

“One doesn’t stop seeing. One doesn’t stop framing. It doesn’t turn off and turn on. It’s on all the time.”
— Annie Leibovitz

“What I like about photographs is that they capture a moment that’s gone forever, impossible to reproduce.”
— Karl Lagerfeld

“A good photograph is one that communicates a fact, touches the heart and leaves the viewer a changed person for having seen it. It is, in a word, effective.”
— Irving Penn

“Beauty can be seen in all things, seeing and composing the beauty is what separates the snapshot from the photograph.”
— Matt Hardy

“To me, photography is an art of observation. It’s about finding something interesting an ordinary place… I’ve found it has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them.”
— Elliott Erwitt

“When people ask me what equipment I use – I tell them my eyes.”
— Anonymous

“I wish that all of nature’s magnificence, the emotion of the land, the living energy of place could be photographed.”
— Annie Leibovitz

“I never have taken a picture I’ve intended. They’re always better or worse.”
— Diane Arbus

“All photographs are accurate. None of them is the truth.”
— Richard Avedon

“Today everything exists to end in a photograph.”
— Susan Sontag

“I think good dreaming is what leads to good photographs.”
— Wayne Miller

“I love the people I photograph. I mean, they’re my friends. I’ve never met most of them or I don’t know them at all, yet through my images I live with them.”
— Bruce Gilden

“If you want to be a better photographer, stand in front of more interesting stuff.”
— Jim Richardson

“When I say I want to photograph someone, what it really means is that I’d like to know them. Anyone I know I photograph.”
— Annie Leibovitz

“My life is shaped by the urgent need to wander and observe, and my camera is my passport.”
— Steve McCurry

“Look and think before opening the shutter. The heart and mind are the true lens of the camera.”
— Yousuf Karsh

“The camera is an excuse to be someplace you otherwise don’t belong. It gives me both a point of connection and a point of separation.”
— Susan Meiselas

“Most things in life are moments of pleasure and a lifetime of embarrassment; photography is a moment of embarrassment and a lifetime of pleasure.”
— Tony Benn

“It is more important to click with people than to click the shutter.”
— Alfred Eisenstaedt

“I like to photograph anyone before they know what their best angles are.”
— Ellen Von Unwerth

“Great photography is about depth of feeling, not depth of field.”
— Peter Adams

“Life is like a camera. Just focus on what’s important and capture the good times, develop from the negatives and if things don’t work out, just take another shot.”
— Unknown

“Only photograph what you love.”
— Tim Walker

“In photography there are no shadows that cannot be illuminated.”
— August Sander

“When I photograph, what I’m really doing is seeking answers to things.”
— Wynn Bullock

“Character, like a photograph, develops in darkness.”
— Yousuf Karsh

“It’s weird that photographers spend years or even a whole lifetime, trying to capture moments that added together, don’t even amount to a couple of hours.”
— James Lalropui Keivom

“Once photography enters your bloodstream, it is like a disease.”
— Anonymous


Hope these best inspirational photography quotes has given you a new perspective towards the art of photography and has motivated you to take your first big leap into clicking various elements on this beautiful planet.

Get, set, CLICK!