A Day’s Journey to Arabian Sea
Malpi, Karnataka, India
|In Kaup Beach|
As the day approached, all of us were excited. Preparations went on for group games, room allocation and all other activities that accompany such team outings.
We were supposed to leave on Friday night at 20h30. We experienced the first rule of travel – be ready for change of plans! Due to chaotic traffic, dinner arrived later than our departure time. By the time we were on the bus it was already 22h00. Still, the enthusiasm was so great that everyone was dancing in bus until midnight and little after midnight slowly they fell asleep.
Next day, we woke up to an entirely different environment – A warm sun welcomed us and backwaters on both sides of road cheered us. We reached ‘Paradise Isle Beach Resort’. Was the hotel a paradise? Well, it wasn’t and it didn’t matter.
|Fun in Kaup Beach|
Lunch refreshed the team for another play in water. As Malpe beach was dirty, we headed to Kaup beach. It was another time for water games. Again, almost every one got into water. However, I found another pleasure: walking on unspoiled, soft beach sand is a treat for your feet.
There is an old 100 foot tall lighthouse built on a rock. Sure, from the top of lighthouse it would’ve been a fantastic view, but it wasn’t opened. So I had to be satisfied with the view from the rock, which is not that bad. Backwaters, sea and the sight of other islands make a spectacular all-round view from the rock. Sitting on the serene rock and letting sea-breeze play on your body will quieten any soul. As if it wasn’t enough, sun was setting into the Arabian Sea. While I was intoxicated with the nature, the team had beach volleyball, tug-of-war and so on. We kissed good-bye to the lovely beach and proceeded to our resort.
|Team Playing in Kaup Beach|
We had a well spent day. But we had to return. We returned with lots of memories – both personal and digital.
After our return, there were prizes on various categories. One was ‘Best Swimmer’. Apparently, I was the only one who didn’t get into water and I got the award.