It was one of those Bandh days in Bengaluru, over a game of Poker that the gang reminisced the trek to VoF, Uttarakhand and popped the question where next? After serious discussions over locations, the choice was narrowed to either Bhutan or Andaman (yes, contrasts of illustrious proportions) and the fact that Bhutan would be COLD during our time of visit as well as the last major travel was to another Himalayan destination, Andaman won with a thumping majority:)
It was a rainy day, one after almost 3 days of continuous rain, when we started out towards Kaas from Kedige. The long road trip had well and truly begun as we wound through the Western Ghats from Madangeri on NH 17, as we took a short cut towards the Karwar/ Hubli road. Since the start was an early AM affair, we stopped by at Yellapur for a sumptuous breakfast which also served as a good strategy to avoid climbing up the ghats full stomach for some of the co passengers.
The last time we traveled to one of the national parks for a photo tour was in 2012 when we got lucky to sight 3 tigers. Its been a while since we traveled to only a national park and decided to do so this animal sighting season – typically during summer. That’s enough for the wife to take over and complete the logistics – itinerary, bookings all finished in a jiffy.
We start off on a cloudy AM early May, up until which day, it was unbearably hot and we were pretty happy with it as that would mean more animal visits to the water holes. Alas that was not to be. More on that later.
Scenic, Serene, Sublime….
It was all of it and more. We have been planning to travel Odisha for a long time now. The last time around, the plans were truncated due to 26/11 and it took this long to get back at it.
Boy, are we glad….. The smiles on our faces are still intact, even after almost a week post return (one can argue its due to the overdose of selfies perhaps:))
We have been here several times before for watching the sunrise, from up the high viewpoint and later by the river, but this one was special. It was on a house boat (yes, ones similar to those from Kerala – in fact this one is built in Kerala:)) and boy was it spectacular?
The sunrise during this time of the year (post Shankranthi, pre summer time) is really beautiful. Earth begins to move towards the sun making the days longer and the sun rise earlier and the process spectacular to say the least.