Tuesday, 26 March 2013

Travelogue: Of beaches,a beautiful resort and some temples–Part 2

Post the glorious sunset, a sumptuous dinner and a very restful sleep, day two dawned quite early for us. We were up by 5:30 AM and sat in the cottage veranda with steaming mugs of tea. It was still dark outside and the only sounds we could hear were that of the early birds and the resounding ocean roar.  It was a blissful experience to sit under the early morning moonlight with just the sounds of nature for company.

With that soulful start to the day, we set out to watch the sunrise. The sunrise point was a short  trek away and the path that lead to it was a breathtakingly beautiful one. The road lead uphill with a mountain on one side while the other side just dropped to show the ever beautiful ocean, forming a sort of cliff.

View from the cliff
We reached the sunrise point at about 6:10 AM and the sun was still playing hide and seek even after nourishing the world with daylight. The view from the sunrise point was stunning. At one glance, we could see a huge panorama of the expansive ocean and the backwaters beneath us.

The sea overflows to form the backwaters

The Placid backwaters - a complete contrast to its ever tumultous parent
And finally, at about 6:30 AM, the orange fire ball slowly peeped out from beneath a mountain far away and gradually came out. What a beautiful sight it was! I felt a surge of pleasure within myself as I watched this phenomenon. Here are the pictures:








We then climbed down and headed back to get ready for a ride well into the sea in a motorboat. We were told that we could swim in 40 feet deep water and the excitement was palpable. After decking ourselves with life jackets, we were taken and loaded into the boat and zoooooommmm!!! Water, water everywhere shining like diamonds. Watching the expanse around us with the salty air hitting our faces felt simply great. The lifeguards then stopped the boat at a point and the husband was the first brave soul to just jump in without second thought. After taking a few pictures, I followed. With the life jacket on, you could just lie down on your back and relax floating in the water. However I spent very little time in the water for I had a weird fear that some sea animal might come and bite my legs :(

Splash!!!

After all of us got on to the boat, we were taken to another spot where dolphins were expected to show up. But they decided not to! So we headed back to the shore after a short wait. The view as we neared the shore was very beautiful with a thicket of coconut trees for a backdrop.

View of the shore as we moved towards it

The rest of the morning and noon went by in shifting to a different cottage(which was as beautiful and unique as the first one with a stunning view of the sea), lunch, tea and chit chat. For the evening we tried riding an ATV(all terrain vehicle) on a rocky road that lead uphill. I barely managed to drive a kilometer for the vehicle required quite a bit of muscle power to manoeuvre. Our guide cycled faster than me and stopped every now and then waiting for me. Unable to bear the slow motion, he wisely suggested that I turn back and hand it over to the husband who took a ride twice up and down. We spent what remained of the evening by the seashore and post dinner, we called it a day.

9 comments:

  1. I simply love ur pics in this post. Especially the first one and the cliff. It must have been an overcast day, even the sea looks grey but I guess the Arabian sea is never really blue.
    Gosh, India is so beautiful!!! This place looks very serene and not crowded at all. Was it? Looking forward to the next posts.

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    1. Thanks Aparna. Yes, it was an overcast day. We found the mornings were always that way until about 7:30 or 8. And it wasn't crowded at all. It was just the guests in the resort and some villagers in the surrounding areas. Serene is the right word!

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  2. Lovely pics, I am blown away! Am thinking back to the time I last saw a sunrise and it was last July!! Swimming in the sea sounds too good for words!

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    1. Thanks! Credit for the pics goes to my husband. Sunrise last July! I guess the simple yet profound pleasures of life like these is offered only during leisure time like holidays :) Otherwise, even though it's right around us, we do not seem to have the time or minds to see it.

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    2. True, that's totally correct! Though in my case, I guess it's the direction of our house also :) I see sunsets more often!

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  3. I loved the pics..you seemed to have a whale of a time..waiting for the next parts..

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    1. Yes we sure did! I hope to do the last part this weekend.

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