The day dawned bright and sunny and surprisingly, both of us decided to catch the sunrise at the beach. Ok…Ok.. It was not exactly sunrise time but it was early in comparison with our waking time on holidays. The Arien was a lil worried that we may end up seeing stuff that may forever spoil the beach in our eyes as this was not exactly a private beach – and lots of fishermen lived next to the Resort – Thankfully, nothing untoward had happened, or was happening when we reached the beach. We were the only ones on the beach. The first thing, we noticed was a huge net that was spread across the entire beach. I think the fishermen had finished their first fishing visit already. The beach looked soothing, calm, and so we decided to spend the evening at the beach again.
The plan was to proceed to Malpe beach after breakfast at our Resort. We came down to the common area for breakfast a good hour later – to find a hungry cat that kept mewing while walking under the dining table. I have a horror of any moving thing that is under my chair – I usually shriek, scream, and jump out of chair and generally end up creating a scene. Not wanting to embarrass myself or the Arien, I kept an eye out for the cat. The breakfast was cup Idli which resemble Sannas. Sannas are like idlis, only fatter, and are a favorite snack item for mangaloreans – Progrm has brought this for lunch many a time and I have always said “Oh this is Idli” and she wud b like “No – they are called sannas”. Anyways, this guy called it a cup idli. While I was distracted by the cup idli, the hungry cat decided it wanted to eat too and while it thought it was making itself a la puss in boots – I was shocked out and pushed the table with the cup idlis, sambhar dish, and chutney, away frm me so I could get up. The Arien was faster and caught the table so there was no mishap – the cat ran away and I sat down amidst rude stares frm others. I murmurmed a “Sorry” to the table in general and a “Thanks” to the Arien while he was wolfing down the cup Idlis. Was I mad? You bet I was… When I make Idlis at home – they are largely ignored or eaten “naam ke vaasthe” types (I’ll have 1 – Ok I’ll have 2 b’cos you made it -blaaaaah) and here he was gobbling away. The mystery was soon solved – the hungry cat was being fed by the Arien – two birds with one stone!!
The whole malpe thing was an amazing fiasco – surprising but true! B’cos of morning drama – we left at 11 a.m. and it was pretty warm – by the time we reached Malpe beach – I did not honestly want to step out of AC vehicle at all. We decided to visit the Paradise Isles Resort that is a sister organization of the Palm Grove Resort – the look was so different – Palm Grove wud b a country cousin in comparison. We had an interesting 1.5 hr roam as we chked their facilities including the rooms, resturants, etc. etc. The young manager was very obliging and this inspite of his knowing that we did not plan to stay at their resort. When we came out of the resort, we realized that both of us were tempted to shift to Paradise Isles – well, we were already off-budget – I did not want us going overboard with this trip and so we convinced ourselves it was ok to guz this tempting offer and go on to St. Mary’s Isles. This picture was taken from the Malpe beach. When we reached the destination where boat rides were arranged, we were told that there was no way we could go to St. Mary’s Isles as the boat would move only at capacity (arnd 60 ppl) or we pay as much so we can go there. Plus, being a weekday, there won’t b so many ppl going on tht ride at this point of time, the ticket checker happily informed us – making it clear that waiting was not going to help. I remember a comment made by a dear friend, who had been there almost a year ago, the essence of which was – missing the St. Mary’s Isles was no beeg deal- and so that is the only snap of that location.
We decided to head to Udipi and have lunch at Mitra Samaj. Another Kela – most of the places were shut today – we were totally taken aback. We had our lunch at Woodlands. The food was ok – cud have been better – no complaints really – after a heavy oota – we decided we were going to Manipal which was pretty close to Udipi and check out some tourist hot spots. We went around hunting for a place known as the Heritage Village – which was supposed to be a tourist spot and the Hasth Shilpa. Beeeg Kela! Some of the locals had no clue where the two places where – some even had difficulty pronouncing the names – we drove arnd – got lost – went round and round till the Arien was ready to burst a blood vessel. I quickly dropped the plan. We finally went back to the resort. The resort owner was a lil displeased with us as we had all our meals outside and sent his boy to ask us if we wanted dinner and we said “No” in unison. We decided to have tea/coffee to appease him and totally regretted the decision – if tht was tea – I am so glad I had so far eaten out – the Arien refused to take the second sip – he is wht most ppl consider fussy 😛
After taking rest, we went to the beach again – it was a 5 mt walk. We had decided to carry sm snacks in a bag so we did not have to cut short the beach time and instead be there until late evening. The first thing that surprised us was the number of crows… they seemed happy and not too worried ’bout us which was curious but was fine by us. After playing in the water for a while – we noticed that the crows were poking at our bag – apparently, for food. This was getting crazy and so we opened the snacks, shared it with them, and generally took a nice chat break while we stared at the endless water. The Arien enjoyed his role as a giver of snacks and took it the nxt level – forgot tht the snacks were actually meant for us and not for the crows… Grrr 😦 After the snacks were gobbled up by our new-found feathered frends – they left – we continued playing in the water, collected sea shells, walked along the beach, took a stick and started writing in sand, … and soon it was late evening and then nite. The moon looked totally romantic – I guess it was a full moon day – or nearing that anyways – it was glowing and kept us enraptured – not 4 loong tho’. The Arien is practical at all times and he announced that it was time for dinner – right in the middle of my loong talk on the lovely moon and how beautiful it was looking etc etc. I burst out laughing 😀
Our plan was to head to Woodlands at Udipi again – I was tempted to suggest eating at the resort so we didn’t have to drive to Udipi but knowing the Arien – I knew it was well and truly a wasted initiative – it wud be best if I drop all plans of lazing and got dressed for dinner at Woodlands.
The entrance to Udipi was totally lit up and looked awe-inspiring yet again. We decided to visit the temple this time. First surprise was to see the A/C inside the temple. Both of us were pleasantly surprised at that. I was sure that was new. My memories had indeed served me right – there was an in-house kolam inside the temple – I can still recall how we were pushed, pulled, dragged, and shoved when I had been here with my family, a loong time ago. The experience was distinctly different this time around – maybe b’cos I was a lot older or maybe b’cos it wasn’t as crowded. Whtever the reason – I felt calm.
The place was lit up like day before and there was this balloon man who was claiming all the attention of the kids. He appeared impressed that we were taking his snap and struck a nonchalant pose.
Udipi looked lovely and I was jes thinking that I would have missed this, had I decided to stay back at the resort and I was really thnkful to the Arien for this visit.
Dinner at Woodlands was ok – did not damage our budget – but did not help it either – the place was xtremely popular by the number of ppl waiting and the quick service – it reminded me of Shanthi Saagar during the weekends. We had a quick dinner and the Arien looked pretty tired too and so we decided to get back to the resort – we were going to Belur, Halebid tomorrow – if all goes well and according to plan. As we left Udipi, the one thing that stayed with us was the festive look.
When we reached the resort, we were totally tired out and ready to crash. We planned to leave post breakfast so we could cover quite a few places of interest on the way rather than move from Point A to Point B. End of Day 5!