One of Alexa's "most frequently asked" question is "When is the next long weekend?"???? In this busy lifestyle, one thing that we always look for is a long weekend ! Spot the holidays and see if you can make a long weekend out of it. Independence day is a major contender here!????
In August 2018, we had been to Goa. My daughter who was 1 and a half yrs old at the time, enjoyed herself thoroughly. She loved playing in the beach (well, who doesn't????????? ). We stayed at Cidade De Goa which has a beautiful private beach. (Do check out this place when you are planning to Goa. They have multiple restaurants and the variety and taste is just top notch ! It still remains one of our favourite places in terms of food)
2019 : Independence Day falls on Thursday ! You know what that means☺️ We were planning a trip with our friends (Chaaru and Seema) this time. Destination was not yet finalised. This time too I was looking at a beach place as my daughter loved it the previous time. Was googling about Andaman. Just then, Seema pinged in our group asking if we can go to Andaman !!! Talk about coincidence! ????Our plan was to start early morning on August 15th and go directly to Havelock. Return to Port Blair on 17th, do a bit of sightseeing and return to Bangalore on 18th. We booked Indigo flights, private ferry(Makruzz) to and from Port Blair and a resort for the 2 days at Havelock. Our daughter adores Chaaru-Seema's daughter Tanmayee( 1 and a half at the time) and was super elated when we told her we are going on a trip together to Andaman. I taught her the Kannada song "Andaman Andaman Ooooo..." (Andamaan AndamaanAndamaan · 2014 - In case you are wondering about the song)???? You know how toddlers are ! If they fancy something, they are not going to stop talking about it????All day long, "Andaman" and "Tanmayee" mantra was played at home.????
A fortnight before our flight, we received a message from Indigo saying our onward flight has to be rebooked and they provided an alternate. As that was not a very convenient option, we had to rebook it such that we spent a night in Chennai on 14th ???? The return flight was adjusted too. Surprises started a little early ???? 2 days before the trip started, Chaaru called and informed that Tanmayee was sick and they were doubtful about joining!! We were still hoping that they might join us but we ended up going by ourselves. Our daughter continuously kept asking for Tanmayee ????
August 15th: Having a toddler sit still for hours is an arduous task! As expected, my daughter started to fidget in her seat just a few minutes after boarding So, I pointed to the seat belt sign and told her until that is switched off, we should not be getting out of our seats. Gave her a few books to pass time. When we neared Port Blair, the view was simply breathtaking ! I asked my daughter to take a look. She was so happy, she started calling out to the air hostesses asking them to turn off the seat belt sign as she wanted to get into the pool ! ????????
Reached Port Blair and hired a taxi to cover a few sightseeing places and drop us off at the harbour to board the ferry. Alas, it started to rain! Also, most of the places were closed as it was a government holiday???? A bad start indeed! We had decided on Andaman knowing it was the monsoon season as weather reports predicted rainfall only occasionally, not enough to hamper plans. I was worried if we would spend our holiday inside our rooms!
Boarded our ferry to Havelock. The journey of around 1.5 hrs was nice and comfortable. It was still raining throughout our journey. While looking for something, my husband saw that the return ferry was booked for 18th afternoon instead of 17th !!! Our flight from Port Blair was 18th morning !!!! OMG !!!! This was the first time I had mis-booked something! So,when we reached the Harbour, we headed to the Makruzz office to rebook. We were told it can be rebooked only the day before the travel and availability should not be an issue, so we heaved a sigh of relief and headed to the resort.
The rain had stopped by the time we reached the resort and we were lucky that our rain woes ended here. For the remainder of our trip, it rained through the night and weather was pleasant during the day ☺️☺️ On reaching our resort, we immediately headed to the private beach and spent sometime there.
Can you guess the time???