After finishing the beach trek (shall post my beach trek adventure later) and taking a quick shower, I decided to hike around the hills close to my shack. My host Mahesh had told me about the breathtaking views of the ocean from these hills.
I gradually moved uphill and the imposing view of the sea was mesmerizing. The wind was strong and it started drizzling. The air was cool and damp but soothing. The sounds of the ocean were comforting; the musical beating of the waves subdued all my worries.
As I moved ahead Gokarna beach was visible far below. I walked further and I saw a gentleman with pony-tailed hair and lively eyes walking uphill. With a broad smile he wished me Hari Om. I reciprocated the wish. He was Varun Lulla – the Eco-evangelist from Mumbai. He had all the traits of a typical mumabikar- cheerful, friendly and enterprising. He was living in Gokarna for the last 6 years and is setting up an eco village here. Soon his parents too will be moving down to Gokarna
Varun who wants to increase India’s green cover, quit advertising for the pursuit of sustainable living, plans to introduce forest insurance in India and make concept playgrounds.
Our friendly chat lasted for a couple of minutes more. He shared his knowledge on the mystical village of Gokarna. He was wandering around the hills looking for flora and fauna unique to Gokarna. We exchanged our contact details and he promised to visit Wayanad, my hometown soon. We parted again wishing Hari Om.
The hills close to to Ram temple looked heavenly. Meeting people here is destiny. It was here I met the Eco-evangelist Varun, French couple Jonathan and Jeane, and Swiss nomad Stephanie. The night spent with Jonathan, Jeane and Stephanie in the moonlit hills was memorable.