I thoroughly enjoyed lotus eating in Goa for a day. Kings beer is an iconic brand, which is found only in Goa
And red snapper! Yum
One of the coolest things I found in Goa was the drum circle. Every evening all sorts of people would come to the beach with their drums, sit in a circle and play haunting rhythms. They didnt know each other, had not practised together, had never even met before - but they would get together and play. Everyone was welcome.
Bharathi told me to get off my ass and go and explore unseen roads - so I went off to explore NH 17. The wonders of solo travel - whenever you see anything interesting, you can just go and see it. No conferring with others, no trying to get agreement - you can make split second decision calls.
Magod falls was a pleasant surprise. I had never even heard of it, but it turned out to be a massive system of falls.
The famous Om beach of Gokarna. It's fame has sealed its fate though...and it has become a touristy hellhole
I really loved the nearby Kudle beach.
You have to walk down this steep slope to get there, so it doesnt have too many casual visitors
The amazing rock temple of Yana. It looks either like an old volcano or a meteorite.
Murdeshwar must have been a lovely place before this yuge statue was built.
It's a religious tourism hell hole. Interesting, but in a horrifying kind of way
My bike broke down in the middle of the forest. No cell signal, no traffic, nothing.
But I was touched at the amount of people who stopped to help. It was most humbling. India is a wonderful place, where people will go out of their way to help you.
Journeys end at Mangalore. I sent the bike back by courier and flew back. What an awesome solo ride it turned out to be - especially fun because it was totally unplanned and off-the-cuff.