Seeing too much of drab and dreary arid land and dusty roads for the past days has enervated my senses and spirit. The long hauls and moving from one town or district everyday, changing hotels just for an overnight stay, and the exotic and unfamiliar cuisine were beginning to take its toll on me--physically. Save for the reviving greener roads from Hassan to Dharmasthala, then Ujire, before we took a 2-hour road trip to Udupi.
Udupi is a coastal town west of South India and, definitely, a beach scene would be a welcome change! Early morning the next day, we headed further about 6-7 kilometers Northwest of Udupi to to Malpe Beach to have a glimpse of the Arabian Sea. As one enters this public beach, a familiar Indian figure greets the traveler--Mahatma Ghandi's bronze statue.
We arrived at Malpe beach as soon as the sun rose in the East. It would have been perfect had we arrived at sundown the day before because I was aching for photographing sunset in India--by the beach. I think I had to reserve that in the coming days. Not a sunset by the beach but somewhere else--if luck strikes. The past sunsets had been drab despite the fact that the sun shone brightly the whole day. I still didn't have an idea where. Regardless, one quiet morning at Malpe beach was all I could get. I had to live with this limitation, and always had to remind myself that I was not here on a holiday. So, on a hurried pace, I had to scour the shore for interesting photography subjects.
It is a very ordinary beach compared to what I have seen in the Philippines. However, what makes it memorable is the fact that I have reached this far in this side of the world--and I had a glimpse of the Arabian Sea! Alas, I did not have much time to take a dip, because I was also busy doing my photography.
The beach was not yet crowded when we arrived, but people slowly trickled in when we were about to leave. There were couples doing their early-morning meditations, a woman sweeping the beach, fishermen fixing their net in a boat, a man testing his jet ski, some locals walking on the beach and lots of crows and eagles hovering above us and occasionally darting towards the water for their prey of fish, before they would take some rest on the caramel-colored sand.
There was barely noise around. Only the waves, a cacophony of the sea's sighs and heaves, crashing onto the shore and the crows' caw filled the misty morning air. One can only feel nature and people connecting with it. It was perfect enough for some time to be lazy, or catch some quiet time for meditation and prayer. If I had my way, I would linger here even just for half a day, but we needed to move on.
Be that as it may, this short trip to the beach revived my senses. It was definitely a delightful and gratifying break from the tiring long road trips. It was also a time away a bit from my companions--to be alone and engrossed in my passion of capturing the world in my lenses. Lastly, it was a novel experience watching those one to many crows and eagles lingering on the sand and hovering above us.
Finally, I was glad to tell, The Pinoy Explorer was here!
More photos at MALPE BEACH in Flickr.
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