Magical sunset enroute Kumta Gokarna beach trek in Karnataka

Beach trek in Karnataka from Kumta to Gokarna – Everything you need to know

Kilometres of pristine, non-touristy beaches, enchanting sunsets, camping by a beach with best friends, trek through small hillocks, forts, lighthouses overlooking the sea and taste delicious seafood – experience them on a beach trek from Kumta to Om beach in Gokarna, Karnataka.

Kumta to Gokarna beach trek in Karnataka
Kumta to Gokarna beach trek in Karnataka

Best time of the year to trek: October to January, after this it gets very hot followed by monsoons

Who can do this trek: Adult/teenage groups (friends, family, work colleagues etc)

Total trek distance: 30-35kms (best to spread this over 2 days with 1-night of camping on the beach)

Best way to reach Kumta: Since the start and finish locations are different – recommend to reach Kumta by bus, train, hired taxi (instead of own car/motorcycle)

Trek difficultly: Moderate (trek terrain has flat beaches, small hillocks, beach-side boulders)

Resting atop a green hillock and savoring the sea breeze enroute the Kumta Gokarna beach trek
Resting atop a green hillock
Not just flat beaches - navigating boulders on the Kumta to Gokarna beach trek in Karnataka
Not just flat beaches!!

Detailed Route:

  • Day 1: Kumta bus stand (either by walk or take a local auto) > Head Bunder beach > Vannalli beach > Mangodlu beach > Kadle beach > Baada beach > Camp/stay at a resort
  • Day 2: Baada beach > Nirvana beach > Kagal > Walk back to main road to Berkodi > bus till Aghanashini Jetty > Ferry from Aghanashini to Tadadi > Tadadi Ferry Service Point
    • From here you have 2 options to reach Gokarna:
      • Option 1: Trek further till Om beach
      • Option 2: Take a bus to Gokarna: walk towards Bharat Petroleum Tadadi bunk > board a KSRTC bus till Gokarna > Gokarna to Om beach (hire an local auto/cab)
Beautiful morning at Nirvana beach Karnataka
Morning Views 🙂
At Baada beach - Enchanting sunset on the Kumta - Gokarna beach trek in Karnataka
Enchanting sunsets <3

Where to camp during the trek:

On most days camping on the beach is fine by the locals, but when we went there were some restrictions to camp – hence we approached a beach resort to camp inside their property and use the restrooms.

We camped at:

  • White heaven sea stay: Located at Baada beach (before Nirvana beach), the resort is run by Mr.Nagraj and his brothers.
  • Extremely hospitable and warm people
  • Clean western toilets
  • Food is absolutely delicious
  • Contact Number: Mr. Nagraj +91 9448611178
  • Google Maps link
  • Note: White Heaven Sea stay is a full-fledged resort with AC and non-AC rooms and NOT a camping site, but they allowed us to camp within their property at a nominal fees of INR 150 per person/night

Best time of the day to camp: setup your tents by 5pm – so that you have time to relish the sunset by the beach

Camping at White Heaven Sea Stay in Baada beach Karnataka
Camping at White Heaven Sea Stay – Baada beach
At Kadle beach - Magical sunsets in the beach trek from Kumta to Gokarna
More sunsets..

Details of Tadadi-Aghanashini Ferry

  • Ferry for people and 2-wheelers only
  • Fixed charge of INR 20 per person and INR 20 for a motorcycle/scooter
  • Mode of payment: cash or UPI only
  • Ferry timings: 7am to 7pm with an operating frequency of 15-30mins (detailed timings – see image)
  • Ferry contact number: +91 7022212857
Tadadi to Aghanashini Ferry in Karnataka
Tadadi to Aghanashini Ferry, Karnataka
Tadadi to Aghanashini Ferry time schedule Gokarna Karnataka
Ferry schedule – Tadadi to Aghanashini

Useful Information:

  • At Kumta: Clean toilets, place to change to trek clothes, and eat breakfast at Govardhan Restaurant Lodge, opposite Kumta bus stand (Google Maps link)
  • We did the entire trek on our own, without a guide or a trekking company and it’s fairly easy and economical too
  • No food or drinking water is available enroute the beach (so carry them)
  • Some popular beaches have shacks to eat a proper meal (but with the pandemic, it’s hard to say how many shacks operate regularly)
  • The sea is rough, so avoid going deep into the sea for a swim (there are no lifeguards around, be responsible and have fun)
  • Essential gear:
    • Rucksack with sleeping bag
    • 3-man tent for 2 people (ensures enough space to keep 2 rucksacks within the tent)
    • Portable changing room from Decathlon
    • Water: at-least 4/5 litres per person for each day
    • Food: snacks and food for the day and night
    • Torchlight
    • Sunglasses + hat + sunscreen
    • Minimal dry fit clothes
    • Garbage bag to carry back the trash
    • Carry oral rehydration salts such as ‘electral’
  • Camping etiquette:
    • Try to setup camp by 5PM – this way you get ample daylight to setup and time to sit back to relish the sunset
    • If you plan to camp on the beach: please check with the locals if it’s safe (but I highly recommend to find a beach resort and camp within their property)
    • Toilets while camping: find a good spot to poop, carry a portable change room to setup as a temporary toilet, after the duties please cover the poop with sand or mud
    • DO NOT LITTER THE BEACH – carry back all the trash food/empty water bottles
  • Where to eat in Gokarna: end the trek in Gokarna with a chilled beer and delicious sea food by the beach at Namaste cafe!!
Kumta to Gokarna Beach trek - best enjoyed with done friends
Beach trek – best enjoyed with friends 🙂

The Kumta-Gokarna beach trek takes you through beautiful, clean, non-touristy beaches – nothing more relaxing than sleeping and waking up to the sound of the sea.
With the entire beach to yourself, let the inner kid out and have fun 🙂

Beach sunset and friends - Kumta to Gokarna beach trek in Karnataka
When an entire beach belongs to us 😀
BESCOM Public Electric Vehicle Charging Station for cars and 2-wheelers in Bengaluru

Electric vehicle (EV) charging stations for public in Bengaluru

The scale of public electric vehicle (EV) charging stations hold the key to mass adoption of EVs in India and across the globe.

In India, public EV charging stations are being setup in the metro cities and the advancement of the charging stations into Tier 2/3 cities, national/state highways is still nascent.
So EVs in the immediate future is likely to be an urban phenomena.

This post would serve as a beginner’s guide to:

  • Types of EV charging and connectors in India
  • Bharat EV charger specifications for AC and DC public chargers in India
  • EV charging stations in Bengaluru
BESCOM Public Electric Vehicle Charging Station for cars and 2-wheelers in Bengaluru
Public Electric Vehicle Charging Station for cars and 2-wheeler in Bengaluru

1) Types of EV charging and connectors in India:
Electric vehicles (cars, motorcycles, scooters, 3-wheeler) support the following types of chargers:
– AC (stands for Alternating Current) Chargers
– DC (stands for Direct Current) Chargers

AC chargers:
AC chargers utilize the AC current to charge the batteries of the EV.
This is used for overnight/full charging at home, work/offices, hotels etc

Why AC chargers are termed Slow ?
EV batteries need DC for recharge, hence the AC input into the EV would be converted to DC by an “on-board charger” in the vehicle.

Most electric 2-wheeler, 3-wheeler and 4-wheeler vehicles in India do not have an on-board charger beyond 2.5 kW or 3 kW (This is likely to save or minimize costs in vehicle)
In Europe/US, EVs have on board chargers with higher power ratings (for example Tesla have a 16 KW on-board charger)

Types of AC connectors:

AC Connector TypeFeatures
Type 15 pins
No locking mechanism
Single phase power only
Type 2
(the most common connector found on Indian cars)
7 pins
In-built locking mechanism
Supports single + three-phase power
AC charger for 2-wheelers at BESCOM Public Electric Vehicle Charging Station in Bengaluru
AC charger for 2-wheeler
Type 2 AC and DC Charger at BESCOM Public Electric Vehicle Charging Station in Bengaluru
Type 2 AC and DC Charger

DC Chargers:
Typically used for rapid charging. DC rapid charging stations will have cables with both a CHAdeMO and CCS connector attached and you will simply have to choose which fits to your vehicle socket.
To protect the battery, DC chargers do not consistently charge at their typical power rating.

Types of DC connectors:

DC connector typeFeatures
CHAdeMOOriginal DC connector
Most common for India public charge points
CCS-2 (Combined Charging System)Supports high power (>50kW)
CCS and CHAdeMO DC charger at BESCOM Public Electric Vehicle Charging Station in Bengaluru
CCS-2 and CHAdeMO DC charger

2) Bharat EV charger specifications for AC and DC public chargers in India:

To standardise the public EV charging infrastructure in India, the Govt of India has set forth the below specifications for public EV charging stations:

  • Bharat EV AC charger (BEVC-AC001)
    • Max power output: 3.3kw
    • Output/Vehicle connector type: IEC 60309 Industrial Blue connectors
  • Bharat EV DC charger (BEVC-DC001)
    • DC Slow charging:
      • Max power output: 15 kW power or a 2-wheeler vehicle charging at 48V with maximum power of 3.3 kW.
      • Output connector type: Type 2
    • DC fast charging:
      • CCS 2, up to 50kW
      • CHAdeMO, up to 50kW or better

3) EV charging stations in Bengaluru:
Currently there are 4 companies that have setup public charging systems in Bengaluru:

  • BESCOM EV Charging stations: The most wide-spread network of public charging stations in Bengaluru.
    • Paid charging via ElectreeFi app
    • Charger type: AC + DC
    • Timings: 24 hours and all days of the week
    • Location: Multiple charging stations located in different parts of Bengaluru city
    • How they work:
      • Locate the nearest station using Google
      • Check for the type of connectors available (also displayed on Google)
      • Scan QR code at the charging station to download the app and make the payment
    • Supported vehicles: 2, 3, 4-wheeler
ElectreeFi App - Scan and pay at BESCOM Public Electric Vehicle Charging Station in Bengaluru
ElectreeFi App – Scan and pay at BESCOM Public Electric Vehicle Charging Station
  • Kirana Charzer: A private startup in Bengaluru – they sell charging units that can be installed at the house, shop, apartment etc. The building owner gets a monthly rental revenue from the charging unit (based on usage)
    • Paid charging via Charzer app
    • Charger Type: AC only
    • Timings: restricted to hours of operation of the establishment (shop/hotel/apartment etc)
    • Location: Multiple charging stations located in different parts of Bengaluru city
    • How they work:
      • locate the nearest station with Charzer app
      • Check for the type of connectors available on the Charzer app
      • Make the payment via the app
    • Supported vehicles: best suited for 2-wheeler (AC charging of cars will take longer)
  • TATA Power EZ: The only major car maker in India to setup these EV charging stations – currently they are very less in number
    • Paid charging
    • Charger Type: AC + DC
    • Timings: restricted to hours of operation of the establishment (cafe/shop/hotel etc)
    • Location: Multiple charging stations located in different parts of Bengaluru city
    • How they work:
      • Locate the nearest station with the Tata Power EZ app
      • Check for the type of connectors available on the Tata Power EZ app
      • Book and make the payment via the app
    • Supported vehicles: 2, 3, 4-wheeler (supports non Tata vehicles too)
  • Ather Energy Grid: One of the early bird to setup an EV charging network in the cities (Bengaluru, Chennai and Pune). Ather Grid is live only in Bengaluru.
    • Free for Ather and other 2-wheeler
    • Charger Type: AC only
    • Timings: restricted to hours of operation of the establishment (cafe/shop/hotel/malls etc)
    • Location: Multiple charging stations located in different parts of Bengaluru city
    • How they work:
      • locate the nearest station
      • Check for the type of connectors on google
      • Scan QR code at the charging station
    • Supported vehicles: 2-wheeler only

Charging Electric bicycles in Bengaluru:
Most of the electric bicycles can be charged with a single-phase/three-phase 3-pin point (used for regular electric appliances).
Hence any of the above public charging stations can help with that.

Happy EVing 🙂

Swedish House Mafia – One Last Tour Bangalore

Woooooooooohooo, was my reaction when I heard that these 3 DJs are performing in Bengaluru – I mean it is Swedish House Mafia –  the top  Electro-trance DJs in the world!!!

No second thoughts – booked 4 concert tickets right away and started counting the days to the concert on Jan 20 2013 –  well I dont recollect much of what happened in-between  apart from the fact that everyday I did get high on their music 🙂

So 2 days before the concert, the ticket vendor announced the opening of about 6 outlets to collect the passes for patrons who booked online and what an absolute chaos it turned out to be and in-spite of waiting for 6 hours – I still couldn’t collect the tickets for the concert next day 🙁

To add to this chaos was the rumor of SHM not playing on the scheduled day (usual thing – before a major concert – generates publicity) but sadly it did turn out to be true – One of the artists couldn’t board the flight from Jakarta to Bengaluru 🙁 🙁

Finally, we got the confirmation that they would perform a day ahead aka Jan 21.

Drama everywhere!!!

Swedish House Mafia - One Last Tour - Bangalore 2013 Tickets

Tickets to Trance Heaven 😀

Swedish House Mafia - Cup Cakes

SHM everywhere 😀

The best concert of my life PERIOD

Swedish House Mafia One Last Tour - Bangalore 2013

Swedish House Mafia – Bangalore 2013

They Came

They Raved

We loved !!!!

Kambala, A Buffalo Racing Sport in Karnataka

Kambala  is the traditional sport of Buffalo racing held across various towns/villages across coastal Karnataka.  Kambala season lasts from November to March and is more of a fair attracting participation from various village teams; although a fair share of betting is involved, the purists race mainly for pride than the money. One of the most famous and renowned Kambala is held at Kadri in Mangalore. I visited the Kambala at Mulki – about 30 kms from Mangalore during the last week of December 2012.

Kambala has been in existence since couple of centuries across various hamlets of coastal Karnataka – In the recent past, most of the kamabalas are held under the supervision of Kamabala Samhiti (Kambala Association).

Kambala is held on a paddy field along two straight parallel tracks of about 200 -400 metres in length filled with slush, water and mud. Two buffalos along with one rider/runner run on each of these mud tracks.

Kambala Buffalo Racing Mulki Mangalore


Apart from the head-to-head racing (similar to an automobile drag racing) in the Kambala, we have the highest splash competition – where the buffalo which splashes the mud to the maximum height is the winner.

Kambala 2012 Mulki Manglaore

Getting Ready to Race

Kambala is organised during the day and at nights as well – although the daytime is a good chance to mix with the locals, listen to the Kambala stories, its heroes, taste those yummy foods in the stalls. It is during the night when this place really comes alive – as much as I don’t want to say it –”You haven’t witnessed the real Kambala if you haven’t seen it under floodlights PERIOD”.

Sweets at Kambala

Sweets at Kambala

Food at Kambala

More Sweets at Kambala

Namkeen food at Kambala

Namkeens at Kambala

I mean its magical – suddenly you are transported to this movie set – with people dressed in colourful clothes, kids adoring these racers in awe , guys with 6-pack abs who run faster than the best athletes in the world, to buffaloes which spew aggression with every breath and yet listen to the kids and come-up with expressions I never expected from such tough looking creatures.The energy and the vibes from this event so out out of the world and addictive.

Kambala Race Track in daylight  Mulki Mangalore

Kambala Track – Day

Kambala racing at night

Magical Venue at Night – Kambala

Shame, it took me so long to see a live Kambala.

How to travel the world without money

I have been a traveler all my life and money to a large extent has determined the duration of my travels. Ever since, I have been researching/scouring across the web on ways to travel which involves least or no money or make money while travelling – this blog-post is the result of this research.

Presenting you the top 10 websites(in no particular order) which can help you sustain travel for a longer duration (beyond 6 months) with minimal to nil spending.

1) CouchSurfing:

One of the best hospitality community website on the internet, with over a million users across the globe. Couchsurfing allows a user (couchsurfer) to offer his/her place up for stay for free for another coachsurfer.

How-to-get-started – A simple free sign-in form to complete your coachsurfing profile for other members to understand who you are.

2)  Hostel World:

A collection of the best and clean, extreme value for money backpackers hostels across the world. I have personally stayed at one of their recommended hostels in Malaysia and it was worth the moolah. I’ve found some great places to stay during peak seasons by exploring page 2 and page 3 of this website.

How-to-get-started – Sign in for free with an email id or you can just browse through the list based on your destination.

3) Escape the City:

I am so glad we live in this current world – couple of years ago, a concept like this would been a joke. Escape the city offers on the go jobs with a difference based on the location of travel across various industry/domains of expertise.

How-to-get-started – Sign in for free with your LinkedIn account.

4) Road-Sharing: (mostly Europe based)

Roadshare is a social community offering carpooling, free car sharing and hitchhiking services. A great way to travel with a companion for a few days while splitting the costs. I haven’t used this one yet, but included this based on user reviews.

How-to-get-started – Free sign-in with an email id


WWOOF stands for Worldwide Opportunities on Organic Farms – an amazing platform to find opportunities to work at an organic farm – live the countryside and see the raw world. Food and accommodation would be take care by your farming host.

How-to-get-started –  There is no single universal WWOOF membership , interested volunteer to join the country-specific WWOOF-listed organization – free and paid (depending on the country)

6) Find a Crew:

How about volunteering on a sailboat? Every boat is different in what it requires, from capable sailors or people with technical expertise or just a few hands to carry out their daily chores and the best part – You DONT need to have prior sailing experience 🙂

How-to-get-started – Free and premium membership to get started based on the duration of your sail (365 days of premium membership costs about 26000 INR)

7) Mind my House:

A global  house sitting matching service – bringing house owners and home sitters together. Get paid as much as $20/hour as a house sitter.

How-to-get-started – Sign-in for free using an email id

8) HouseCarers:

Another house sitting opportunity website with a global audience. One of the highly recommended websites by many globe trotters.

How-to-get-started – Paid and unpaid online registration

9) GlobalFreeLoaders:

Another online community which brings people together to offer you free accommodation all over the world.

How-to-get-started – Fill-out an online registration form for free to create profile

10)  Worldhelplink:

A global platform to find that perfect job program while travelling from volunteering services to internships to teaching opportunities with contact information of the program in order for you to contact them directly.

How-to-get-started – you can just browse the site for opportunities or sign-up for newsletters


Most of the opportunities here are from a global perspective – to my eternal dream of Globe Trotting. They may not be applicable to travelling in India. But if you do find such websites, please feel free to comment.

Not all who wander are lost – J.R.R Tolken

Smitten by a Lamborghini

” There are super cars and then there is a Lamborghini ” I had heard this saying in numerous auto-forums, only yesterday did I understand the meaning of this when I witnessed a Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder  up-close in flesh.

Lamborghini Logo

Wow !!!!

I pinched myself twice and asked my brother at least five times if I am actually witnessing a Lamborghini 😛

Lamborghini Gallardo - Front

Looks awesome from any angle

Lamborghini Gallrado Spyder - Rear

The Rear, uff 😀

Then came the surprise, when I asked the owner if I could click the key, he trusted the key into my hand and walked away talking on the phone, I had goosebumps all over 🙂

Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder's Key

Ticket to the Lamborghini

I knew then that I had done something good in my previous life for this one 🙂

PS: The bad images are courtesy the adrenaline spike from the Lamborghini :

Tigered – My first brush with the big daddy of wild cats

Ever since the famous character of Sher Khan from Jungle Book – the tiger, our national animal has caught my imagination. Its no surprise that I dreamed of witnessing this majestic cat in the wild during my every outing to the jungle.

And boy I did !!! Got a glimpse of the ‘Panthera Tigris’ or the ‘Bengal Tiger’ on new year’s eve (31-Dec-2011) at Kabini, Karnataka; the very first time I saw a tiger in the wild – a moment which lasted for about 3 seconds; one which shall be cherished in my entire life-time.

Those 3 seconds made up for all the time I had spent hoping to witness the elusive tiger.

First Tiger Sighting at Kabini on 31 Dec 2011

My First Tiger Sighting at Kabini on 31 Dec 2011

Little did I know what the first day of 2012 had in-store for me and the boys.A last minute decision to take a safari in Bandipur is by far the most instinctive decisions and it paid,  paid off pretty darn well.

We were blessed with the company of Gowri, a very well-known female tiger near Tavarekere in the Bandipur National Park for over 30 minutes .

Its like a 30 minute video of which I can recollect every single frame and has been running in my head all day and night long ever since.

Gowri - The well know female tiger of Bandipur

Gowri - The well know female tiger of Bandipur

There is an aura surrounding the tiger – just its sheer presence and to share space with this wild cat is out of the world.

Special Thanks for Angad Achappa, Vinay Laksman, Vinay Venugopal and  Vivek Kumar for capturing the undisputed King of Cats.

Special appreciation to Aditya Gunvanthe and Vinay.S.Kumar

For high-resolution and more images, visit:

Vinay Lakshman’s Wildlife Photography

Angad Achappa’s Wildlife Photography

I pray that this majestic cat never run out of forests and prey 🙂

Bicycle Sharing System in Bangalore

One fantastic initiative by BBMP (Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike)  in association with Kerberon Automation Systems is the introduction of the Bicycle Sharing System/Platform or Bike Docking Stations, where one can pay and pick up  a bicycle and drop it back at any other such station across Bangalore. Currently there are 3 docking stations:

1) War Memorial, FM Cariappa Road(near Brigade Road)

2) Utility Building Complex (infront of  Fame Shankarnag)

3) Anil Kumble Circle, MG Road

How to use these cycles?

Currently Kerberon Automation (the company which developed this system) is running this in a Pilot Phase, which means one can just register and avail the cycles for FREE !!!

Anyone with a valid Voter ID or a valid Driving Licence or a Valid Passport  can register online for this service.  Email  a scan of the documents mentioned above along with your full name and valid contact number to

Post verification of your address, a smart card will be sent out and the registered user can start using the cycles between 8am to 8pm

NOTE: The cycle must and should be returned to any of the docking stations on the same day before 8pm

Lets hope that with the Metro chugging up, these Docking Stations will solve the ‘last mile’ commute problem 🙂

Bicycle Sharing System or Bicycle Dock Stations in Bangalore

Bicycle Dock Station on Brigade Road War Memorial, Bangalore