Friday, June 30, 2017

By The River Kaveri : 27 to 29 May 2017

This KSTDC resort on the banks of the Kaveri called Hotel Mayura River View is my favorite of many years. Something I wanted my husband to experience. The wetness of the rain the lush greenery and the Kaveri river flowing silently, is something that is so calming. The pitter patter of the rain on the water was the only sound we heard there and watched the river swell up.

This location has better food than the Nandi hill location. We were able to enjoy the beauty of the river and surrounding greenery both from the room as well as the open air restaurant. I could sit there for hours. See the video below that captures all of this but only a fraction of the real beauty.

This time I decided to go to Ranganathittu bird sanctuary as I had never been there before. It was a wonderful boat ride for 30 mins. We floated around in paddle boats as our boatman showed us birds nests and crocodiles. There were many egrets, Black headed Ibises and storks.It was a delight to watch these birds in various actions. Some fluttering and a fine halo of water surrounded them, feeding babies in the nest, some in various stages of flight. A sight to behold.

On a large rock in the middle of the river we spotted a crocodile. The boatman decided to go around it so that we got a closer look. We were terrified to say the least. Then suddenly the crocodile that looked dead came alive and opened its mouth to show us its fangs. The pale pink mouth did not look that fierce just the teeth spelt death for anything that came between them.

On my insistence my husband agreed to take a look at the monuments relating to Tipu Sultan, the summer palace, gumbaz etc. We went to the Sriranganath temple one evening and got a long que. He did not want to go to the temple and I am not so religious too but I love the old temples and the satisfaction of seeing the face of the residing diety.  

The next day we were off to Pollibetta in Coorg to our luxury stay on the plantation, a bespoke experience.

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