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Published: January 6th 2010
Our first night on paradise beach was spent in a small room, one of three in a hut made out of woven palm tree leaves. It had no bed, just a roll mat, which we wrapped our mossy net around and the door was just a door shaped woven palm tree leaf propped infront of the entrance and attached with string and that was it! The beach consists of several huts like this and about 5 cafes and the only light at night is from the 3 cafes which have solar panels to give them power, the rest is candel light and torches and a bonfire that is lit at the central cafe everynight. This fire is the gathering point where everyone comes at night to play drums, digeredooos, guitars and other strange eastern instruments, its also the only part that is high enough to not get covered in the sea, which comes right up to the rock edge at high tide.
Everyone smokes chillums here too, a long kind of tube which is filled with charras ( strong hash) and smoked through a piece of muslin, lots of real shanti with nature type hippees who wear loin cloths have loong
dreads beautiful tatoos and at peace with life! I guess its because beer is pretty expensive here as Gokarna is a holy town there for they have to get the beer from another town and the shipped to the beach, it might also be because there is absoluly nothing else to do!
Jamey and Luke turned up a the day after we did and found a nice little robinson cruiso type hut on the hill. We managed to get a better hut, well actually probably the best hut around on our second night. Its the only concrete hut going and its right on the hill top with a balcony that has a risen platform with a matress on so we can just veg out on it and watch paradise, it also only cost 2 quid a night!
Having no electricity is pretty funny and you have to just get by with the dark, you go to the toilet in the dark, there's hardly any running water, its mainly from a well apart from one spring water tap in the central cafe, no showers or plugs and you can't charge your phone or camara or use a shaver or anything else.
Russ has got better after his chest infection thing..and I now have it too, its most likely down to the pollution and dust from being on the bike for hours but this is the best place so far to be as you pretty much have nothing to do but lie around eat and swim!
There are hardly any stray animals here as it is really isolated, just 3 dogs and 2 litters of puppies which you often find asleep in you room when you get home or running around in the waves when you go for a swim, its lush to see them looked after instead of full of mange and starving.
Today we came into Gokarna to drop Luke off at the train station as he has to fly home to his girlfreind who is 6 months pregnant. On the way we stopped at Om beach and I found 3 litters of puppies all sleeping together under a bush, about 15 of them all pilled ontop of each other...soooo cute! We climbed up the cliff to get our bike after leaving it for 3 days, only to find some one had fiddeled with it!
Some little bugger had stolen
most of our petrol and taken off our spark plug and the nut which attatched it, luckily we have a reserve fuel tank and you can kind just wedge the wires back in until we could get them fixed!
We treid to ask around to get to the train station and ended up in the most ridiculous places. We got told by 3 people to go this one way which took us down a rockey path, across a river and up a steep rocky path that came to a dead end after a 10 minute drive! When we went back the same way the guys were all laughing so I think it was a joke, little buggers. We lost Jamey and Luke at some point and carried on trying to find the station, we finally came across a rail line and went just passed it, asked for directions again to check if that was it and then got magically directed to the highway when the station was just left of the rail line we had passed, I think we might quit asking Inians for directions!
We got there litterllay just in time to wave Luke off and then me Jamey
and Russ headed into town. We tried to get money out and use the internet and photo copy passports etc, but nothing was working due to a power cut..India has alot so you'de think they'de have a backup for the ATM's! Found some internet to write this as Jamey is frantically trying to get through to England to change his flights and contact his insurance but most call centres are closed due to bad weather..what's going on.. more snow??!!
So we will be leaving paradise in a few days to head to Kerela..or maybe Hampi, not sure yet, but more photos will be up soon. We both miss everyone lots, hope your all well and thank you all for messages they make us smile 😊
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