When the sound of the waves crashing at the shores are the lullabies and the chirping of birds and the crowing of cock are your wake-up calls everything seems like a pure bliss. This experience at the Patang Resort in Gokarna City in the Karnataka state of India is inexplicable where the first view of the mornings are the shimmering blue seas rolling over the stretch of white sands.
To escape the touristy crowd of Gokarna city we booked the Patang beach resort located on the outskirts of the city. The resort which is around 7 km from the city center stretches along the secluded Ganga beach. And the route to the resort winds through the lush green farms and rustic landscapes.
As we drove more into the interiors the strong fragrance of the Nilgiri groves (eucalyptus trees) permeated the air. The narrow muddy roads sloped into the farms on both the sides. And the sprawling farms dotted with grass huts made for a perfect rural setting away from the bustling city life.
The entrance to the property was adorned with bright pink bougainvillea blossom. The four-year-old resort is managed by an Ex-politician and his family who reside in the resort premises. Four years back the family moved to their native Gokarna from Karwar to set up this beautiful resort for the travelers looking for some rejuvenating respite in Gokarna with friends and family. There is ample space for parking in the property.
While Chalukya had a brief introduction with the owner I was all agog for one glimpse of the beach. As the caretaker ushered us towards our cottage we sighted a stretch of glinting azure sea in the distance in front of us.
We booked a basic wooden cottage with an attached bathroom which had 24 hrs hot water supply. Though the room was spacious the bathroom seemed a bit cramped.
Our cottage was sea facing with vistas of verdurous farms of ivy gourd punctuated with coconut trees and a splendid view of the blue sea.
There are in total ten wooden cottages all of which are Non-AC and equipped with ceiling fans. Six of the cottages are double occupancy ideal for the couples. For small families or groups there are four-bed and three-bed cottages and for larger ones, there is one with seven bed. Most of these cottages are sea facing.
Stone Cottages and other buildings
There resort also offers with AC/Non-AC stone cottages and deluxe rooms. There is one newly constructed building which accommodates around 20 members ideal for corporate meet-ups.
Sunset at the Beach
We quickly changed and rushed towards the beach to ensure we had ample time to play on the beach before the sun dipped into the horizon. The way to the beach was through the restaurant premises which had a small kid’s play area too.
The long stretch of sandy beach was deserted and all to ourselves. Chhavi had fun gamboling and chasing the waves with no one around to distract. As the rolling waves unfurled the magic of the golden glow and spread it on the shores we couldn’t but lose ourselves to the ethereal beauty of nature.
As the sun disappeared into the horizon bright twinkling stars started adorning the dark sky. On our way back to the cottage we stopped by the restaurant for a refreshing cup of hot tea. The manager at the restaurant asked us to order the dinner so that he could keep it ready by the dinner time. We ordered from a choice of menu available and returned to our cottage to freshen up.
The restaurant is simple with around 20 table and chairs arranged in a small area extending from the kitchen. The restaurant offers Indian cuisine and a wide variety of seafood prepared with the fresh catch as per the order.
When we returned later our dinner was ready arranged on the table. The mouthwatering aroma of the fish fry and the curry wafted through the air. We savored the lip-smacking dishes the taste of which still lingers in our mouth. We were surprised by the rates on the menu which were incredibly cheap.
A delicious hearty meal and exhaustion from playing on the beach were enough to drift us into a deep slumber as soon as our head hit the pillow.
Sunrise at the Beach
At daybreak, we woke up to the cheeping and cooing of birds above our cottage. Chhavi was still fast asleep so Chalukya walked to the beach alone hoping to capture some pictures of the beach at sunrise.
Chalukya – “The rising sun could not be framed as the sun rose on the opposite side of the beach. The sandy beaches and the crashing waves exuded a magical golden radiance spreading through the blue sky. The cool breeze sweeping through the shores revived the senses. Hundreds of seagulls flocked to the shore. While some of the boats lay on the beach ready to be pulled back into the sea, a lone fisherman sailed on the undulating waves amidst the perpetual stretch of sea.”
Later when Chhavi woke up we joined Chalukya on the beach. The green farms along the beach were now more prominent than we could see the previous evening. Apart from Ivy gourd farms, we could also spot green chili and tomato farms.
Back on the beach, we could spot more of the fishing boats and ferries sailing through the sea. It was a pleasant day, warm and bright. We clicked a few more pictures around the beach and headed to back to drive to the city to explore the temple town of Gokarna and its beaches.
Our stay at Patang beach resort was a wonderful experience. Unfortunately, their website is currently not working so you may have to try booking on the spot.
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Disclaimer: Our stay with Patang Beach Resort was not sponsored. All opinions and views are our own.