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A Walk on the Beach on a Rainy Sunday
By Florine Roche

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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grace pinto, Thursday, September 12, 2013
It depends on what one looks for while on holiday. We have had no problems. We got what we were looking for. A search on the Net will get what one wants. Anyway I was not recommending anything. I was just sharing my experience of a rainy day in Goa.
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P.Sheela Shenoy, BangaloreThursday, September 12, 2013
Goa has no authentic local food in its shacks. It is corrupted by north Indian food. Why go to Goa and eat tandoori stuff ? Even their tea is mixed with masala. Karwar has beautiful resorts. check out this website www.thegreatoutdoors.com . It is owned and managed by Mr.Suresh Mathias of Bangalore / Mangalore. This resort is on an island half an hour motor boat ride from the Karwar mainland and can be seen from Karwar's Kali River bridge. It has an old fortress ringing the island and probably of the Vijayanagar or Kadamba times. There is also a Temple and a huge Cannon on the Island. The resort is situated atleast 200 hundred feet above the sea water level and atop the hill. Hence I could say firmly that this resort is 'tsunami proof' ! Coastal Karnataka is very beautiful.
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Grace Pinto, Tuesday, September 10, 2013
Great pictures.

This reminds me of what I witnessed in Goa where we were holidaying in the rains. Goa is a sight to behold with lush green surroundings and the beaches washed clean.

We were relaxing in one of the tea stalls by the beach sipping hot tea when there was a sudden heavy downpour. The revellers on the beach welcomed the rains and soaked themselves. Watching them having fun was the climax of our holiday.
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Alwyn Noronha, MumbaiTuesday, September 10, 2013
To boost Tourism in Karnataka, CRZ rules should be modified / amended or scrapped. But pollution / degrading the environment should be strictly checked.
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Desmond D'silva, BangaloreMonday, September 09, 2013
People should put up shacks on the beach like in Goa for local food and drink. This will boost tourism.We are just wasting our pristine beaches and travelling to Goa.You could hardly get authentic Goan food in any shack in Goa. Everywhere it is North Indian stuff.
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Lydia Lobo, KadriSunday, September 08, 2013
Wish there was more rain, wish the sea was more roaring, wish the winds were much generous and wish the watch had not hurried up.

Long live mother earth, her worshiper YHAI and of-course Florine Roch ! Look forward for more events, more write-ups and more experiences.
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vittal, padubidriSaturday, September 07, 2013

The snaps brought back the memories of my childhood in padubidri and kapu. We knew each and every corner of both the rocks where the Kaup lighthouse is situated. We used to spend our entire school vacation days on the rocks and used to rest there till late in the evening. Sometimes, during the high tide we were not able to cross the river and our elderly people used to come to fetch us. We used to sleep under the coconut trees and fell asleep and then our elders used to come and wake us up. We used to steal fish from the nets when the "rampani" season was on, and on several occasions we used to get soft slaps from the fishermen.


Sometimes fishermen used to call us the children and give fish and tell "sari onus malpodu, sari shaleg povodu". People were so non-greedy and humble and understanding then. And in Padubidri, Vijay Bhavan was very famous then for snacks. There used to be a back door gate for ladies. I had seen many times, when some elderly and poor people used to come for any tea/snacks, any of their known friends used to pay their bills without asking them. People used to enjoy the tea / snacks in the hotel those days. Times have changed now.

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Ronald Pinto, MangaloreSaturday, September 07, 2013
The best / clean and least populated beaches around Mangalore are Hosabettu and Sasihitlu ( Mukka ). The best Hotels in the Surathkal area for sea food are Hotel Sadanand and Surya International.
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R.Bhandarkar, M'loreSaturday, September 07, 2013
No wonder ..I saw Flo at her Tailor's, 'City Girl',with the same denim pant the other day!
Good jumpin' Flo! Think you tore sorry broke a record without knowing it!!
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