Gokarn, also written as Gokarna, is a small village in the West coast of India, in the state of Karnataka, which is a neighboring state to Goa. Gokarn is located some 145km towards South from Goa, and it is a religiously significant place for Hindus, which is why it is very common to see there pilgrims dressed in black.
You can reach Gokarn easily by train, bus or car, from Goa, but of all these 3 the busride will most likely consume most of your energy, though nothing beats the warm wind blowing through the bus windows during sunset time.
Here’s 5 reasons to visit Gokarn –
1. If you are hippy minded missing the good old days of Goa, you can get some of those hippy vibes back from Kudley Beach, Om-beach and especially Paradise Beach in Gokarn. Paradise Beach you can reach by boat and sleep overnight there in some very simple huts by the sea. Sunbathing also allowed.
2. Sunsets by the sea in Gokarn have been a way more beautiful than in many other places in India. One of the best places to enjoy sunset in Gokarn is on top of the hill between Kudley Beach and Gokarn Beach. The wind is very smooth. Just remember to return to the village before it gets too dark.
3. Gokarn will show you the real beautiful India, which is not too modern. It will also show you some incredible things as well, like a man and a woman walking on the same street without a shirt and without any problem from other people. See the attached photo if you don’t believe it.
4. The small streets of Gokarn will give you an idea of the real life of dedicated Hindus.
5. Restaurants in Gokarn are often very spicy for the Western tongue, but one small cafe there used to make really fabulous uttapams. That taste could make the customer come back all the way from Finland. Don’t know if that place exists anymore, but at least in Om Beach there’s one very nice restaurant, namely Namaste Cafe.
The charm of Goa is very much based on its beautiful nature.
Unfortunately roaming around in Indian forests is not safe for a blogging photographer, but luckily they have developed a solution in India for that, which is those tourist friendly spice plantations. In Goa there are several spice plantations, and I went to visit Sahakari Spice Farm in South Goa four years back –
Sahakari Spice Farm is located in Ponda in South of Goa, far from the traditional Goan tourist attractions. You can get there the best and safest by an A/C-taxi, although it is a very expensive way to travel in Goa.
In Sahakari Spice Farm you can see growing, among others, green nature, flowers, pineapples, cashew nuts, pepper corns and other spices , coconuts and bananas in a tree – you can see those in this video attached as well. Bananas and pineapples growing are indeed a very exotic thing to see for a North European traveler, believe it or not. In addition you might also get to see an elephant and buy organic spices for yourself!
If you are wondering what on earth they are pouring with a ladle to a small childs neck in this video, I must reveal that it is water, which cools you nicely when it runs down your back, as the weather in Goa is otherwise tropically sweaty and hot even in February.
Coconut palms do grow everywhere in Goa, but in spice plantation you can see them without hotels and houses.
Elephants are another luxury you don’t get to see every time you visit India.
Here in this video you can see an elephant taking a do-it-yourself-shower in Sahakari Spice Farm!
The roads in Sahakari Spice farm were well maintained in 2014. They had even made good stairs in the jungle!
If you wish to have an Indian lunch as far as the peppercorn grows, then I would recommend Sahakari Spicefarm in Goa, India.
Sahakari Spicefarm is located in Ponda in South-Goa and it is very suitable a sight for a traveller, who wants to get to know Indian nature and Indian plants and spices. Though it is a little bit difficult to reach, and easiest by a taxi. –
The Sahakari Spicefarm restaurant was located in the middle of the forest, nearby the entrance of the Spicefarm.
Back in 2014 the lunch in Sahakari Spicefarm restaurant consisted of rice, lentil sauce and chickpea dal, and the roti was replaced by the traditional Goan pao-bread, baked with wheat and yeast. After the lunch there was also this red ayurvedic types of drink, usually served with Indian thali, and consumed after eating. It is supposed to ease the digestion.
Food in the Sahakari Spicefarm restaurant was tasting fine. There were a few fans in the restaurant cooling the customers during the hot tropical days of February. Overall I would give four stars out of five for this restaurant, since the surroundings were so tropically charming.
Helsinki is well-known as a clean and uncrowded city with a close distance to the sea and nature.
Seurasaari is one of Helsinki’s islands offering lots of natural beauty especially during summertime. For a birdwatcher and a naturelover it is a pearl, within a short bus trip from the center of Helsinki. Seurasaari is a free experience except during Midsummer festivals in June.
Here’s an INDIVUE video of the birds in Seurasaari – enjoy the video attached.