When the gang asked us if we can make a new year’s eve memorable at Uttara Kannada, it was a challenge of sorts for us. Not withstanding how new year’s eve party’s are held in the city:( how would one make such a thing memorable in a eco location like Uttara Kannada, in a eco friendly fashion by a eco tourism firm, for the CITY crowd.
A challenge indeed:)
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.
I could not wait to get done with my exams and head out. As you could relate, exams are perhaps the most stressful time for any student, I am no different. I therefore jumped at the idea of making good our previous plan (of riding up to the fort) the very next day we finished our university exams.
If Interpreting Zen on 2 wheels was the title of my previous post, “Be One With Nature” could well be the title for this post – you will see why as we go along. As you would recall, our objective last time was to bicycle up to Mirjaan fort and back in which we failed – thus resorting to interpreting Zen:). We were much more determined, better equipped and chose a better time to make it all the way up to Mirjan Fort and back, this time however.
It was an unusually warm, bright October AM when we thought of our Bicycling Escape…. A rather elongated set of preparations later (breakfast, getting the bicycles ready et al) we set off to reach Mirjaan Fort via Hegde where one could hop on to a boat for a short ride across the banks of Aghanashini and ride on NH 17 to the fort. As one would often have it in life, the unusually hot October day and our delayed start ensured, we stopped well short of this goal:(
None that disappointing however. Actually, we accidentally discovered a destination for a short break, amidst busy tourist schedules:) A 2 hour bicycling escape would be a welcome break amidst sight seeing:)