September 7, 2013
For those who love rains exploring some of the interior parts of coastal districts of Udupi and Mangalore during the rainy season could be a good option to try something new out of the ordinary. Mangalore unit of Youth Hostel conducts trekking every month rain or shine and after exploring some of the interiors in Kinnigoli and Farangipet in the last two months of rainy season, a beach walk from Padubidri to Kaup beach of approximately 12 kms and another 4 kms of approach roads, was in the itinerary for this month’s trekking.
A group of 25 enthusiastic trekkers started off from Mangalore Lalbagh bus stand on a rainy morning of 25th August and set off to Padubidri. By then it had started raining heavily and we thought it is going to be sheer fun in rain on the beach. After a sumptuous breakfast at Vijay Bhavan at Padubidri we walked more than a km to reach Padubidri beach, some drenched, some with raincoats and umbrellas. The very sight of the clean and meandering beach with its roaring milky waves hitting the shores was a feast to the eyes and music to the ears. Our beach trekking started after the photo session and introduction of members participating in the trek.
We were waling carefully trying to avoid soft cakes but luckily we did not come across many. We came across a few uprooted coconut trees inviting us to climb them and have fun and that is exactly what many of us did. Some climbed the trees and tried to balance on the cylindrical tree in an effort to reach the top of the horizontal tree. Of course a few pranksters were bent upon pulling us down. It being Sunday we also came across some men catching fish for a sumptuous Sunday lunch. All through the walk we jumped, skipped and skylarked and even played antyakshari.
While we continued with our trek the roaring sea was busy with its usual chores except on one occasion when it decided to give us a real scare. My friend Lydia (who comes on an annual holiday from gulf) and her daughter Shefali were almost swept off by a roaring wave which caught them unawares. The huge wave splashed over them and when it receded they almost lost the balance and fell. In the melee Lydia lost the two umbrellas and one of the raincoats she was holding. Though one of Shefali’s sandals was washed off along with the wave it came back after a few minutes. The incident was like a bolt from the blue not only to Lydia and Shefali but also to the entire troupe. But fortunately, nothing untoward occurred except that Lydia had a nightmarish experience for the next two days. This incident has not dampened her spirits and she in keenly looking forward to her trekking trip in Mangalore.
Just before reaching Kaup we came across a fishing boat which had returned with a huge load of variety of fish. The fishermen were unloading the boat we could see some fishermen carrying the fish basket with a wooden stick on their shoulder to load it to a nearby tempo. This fish goes to Kaup fish market to be sold to the public.
By 1.30 pm we had reached Kaup beach and we were really famished. Organizers had arranged a simple lice rice, sambar, pallya and after relishing it we headed to the lighthouse. From the rock atop we could see the magnificence of the sea with gentle breeze caressing us taking us to an altogether new world. There were also a few rain drops and cloudy sky made it a delight to spend a few moments with nature. Kaup beach was filled with children playing in the sand and water, visitors who had come to enjoy the seashore on a Sunday afternoon and also a few lovebirds. A few fishermen were busy trying to catch fish standing on the rocks trying to entice the fish with small balls of meat or bread tied to the end of their string. One has to salute them for their persistence and perseverance.
By three we decided to return from Kaup and walked another 2 kms towards the bus stop. Though we wished more rains we were not completely disappointed as the walk began with rain.
After a week as Youth Hostel members have joined hands with Rotary club and others in cleaning the Tannirbavi beach this Sunday the memories of last week’s beach walk keep flooding me and many others who were part of that group.
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