Karnataka couldn’t have been explored better than a trip with a bunch of friends. Living in Bangalore paints a very different picture of what the interiors of the state are, and this trip to Mangalore, Udupi and parts of Karnataka made me realize just that.
Usually I prefer travelling via train. First because, its cheaper and second, I hate travelling in buses. This time we were travelling in a car. It was a very convenient option, as we had to travel hopping places. Although it was on the expensive side, yet for the sake of convenience and ease of moving around this was comparatively the best option.
Our first stop and anchor for the trip was Mangalore, it was where our hotel was booked. We started late at night and reach early morning while enjoying the Ghats along the way during dusk.
Our first stop after checking in the hotel, was at Diesel Cafe. Breakfast of sandwiches, omelette, Scrambled eggs and Coffee.
Diesel Cafe, Mangalore
Sandwiches, and more Sandwiches
Omelette, garnished with veggies
A decent cup of coffee
Great Egg sandwiches
We moved to the church of St. Aloysious nearby, which is around 130 years old. Carved with intricate pictures explaining the life of Jesus Christ and other saints. It was indeed a wonderful experience. The church is surrounded by college and nusring home in the same premises as well. The chapel is an architectural marvel in itself, built by Italian Antonio Moscheni.
St. Aloysious Church, Mangalore
It was almost time for lunch, but the place we had bookmarked for our lunch was closed. Reason being “Dry day” (2nd Oct) and since the restaurant comes along with a Bar. Instead we ended up having our “lunch” in an ice-cream parlour, called Paabba’s Ice cream, with only Ice-creams. If you ever visit Mangalore, this is a not-to-miss place.
Choco-chip filled Ice-cream
The famous “Gadbad” ice-cream
Ohh, we love licking ice-cream :P
Ice-creams @ Pabba’s.
Evening was reserved for a trip down to the beach and enjoy ourselves.
The Day-2 of the trip involved a lot of travelling as we moved from Mangalore to Udupi, after finishing our breakfast. Again, it was Diesel Cafe and instead of the English breakfast, this was more of a little taste of Mangalorean food. Neer dosa, Rice Rotis were had.
Rice rotis, populaly known as Cheela in many parts of India , with butter on top of it.
Neer dosa: One of the few authentic things we ate.
On our way to Udupi, we stopped at the 1000pillar temple.
The inside view of the temple..
The top-view of the Temple
During the trip, my eyes just turned green with the sight that was before me. All throughout the trip, it was just the green trees spread across everywhere that I could see.
The city is full of greenery. No matter where you go.
The roads were good, made us feel that we are in a hill station though instead of a town which is near the shore
…along the roads
The Neminath Basadi Temple in Karkala, overlooking the Gomateshwara statue and finally climbing the stairs to see the Huge statue.
In the midst of greenery is the temple of Neminath.
The huge statue of Gomateshwara in Karkala, karnataka
No photo effects, the weather made it look this awesome.
In between the visits, our tired group, just posing for yet another picture
The best part of the trip was yet to come, and like every trip you take, there remains that one place which stands out. Malpe beach was that place for me. I’ve never been on a beach with rain for company, but with this visit even that has been accomplished.
Men(err.. Fishermen) at Work
Look closely and you’ll notice those are actually Flamingos
The amazing beach
Just when the rain was over, the buzz was back around the beach
There were cocnuts lying around the beach, and one of my friend even broke it up for us to eat. :P
Coconuts in Malpe beach
Dead fishes were thrown across with the incoming waves and so was garbage.
Dead fish washed down by the waves
But we enjoyed the fishes. No, not those of course, but these. I always prefer the river ones over the Salt water fishes, but these were damn yummy.
The oil-fried fish near Malpe beach
Spicy masaledaar one
While the fish was being fried, we indulged in some Gola and bhutta eating.
They serve the Golas after adding “Milkmaid” , thought would be different, but tasted really aweful.
Although we went to Malpe beach with the hope of going over to St. Mary’s island, but thanks to timing, we just missed the ferry that takes people to the island. Sad part is, we had to watch the ferry leave in front of our eyes. :(
Consoled ourselves with the view of the dockyard and the crazy smell of fishes all over the place :P
The Mighty one!!
Near Malpe beach, fishing nets, fisherman and the place bustling with activity..
The ferry on its way towards the St. Mary’s island.
The evening was just getting started..
Finally it was time to head back to Mangalore and finish of the trip.
For me ,the trip ended here at the beach with the taste of the fish still amalgamated in my mouth.
Must say, although I love travelling alone, this one with friends was very relaxing. Agreed that I missed out on lots of places to visit, authentic food to be tried, getting to know the locals or travelling in public transport while interacting with them. But this had a certain charm in itself.