We all have a family in general, once we start studying and grow up, we get friends who are almost like a same family
Later, friends grow up and get married and they have their own families..
So, we start interacting and meeting often that creates a bonding and that's how next generation family evolves i.e. 'Friends family'
In this hectic life, going out ourselves is a big task, then going with family is much bigger (if the family is big) and the most difficult one is going out with friends family !
Last December (2021) luckily we had been to Meghalaya with cousins and their families and after six months in June (2022) we got to go out with friends family
When 5 individuals are planning, its difficult to fix a common place to travel.. now imagine when 5 families are planning (that too with small kids.. gosh!)..
Its always a challenge to agree upon some common places to travel as every ones taste is different (some like beaches, few like treks, others like temples), requirement is different (some wants to just chill, some wants to explore, some wants to just relax) so finally with some compromises and some agreements we decided to keep Mysuru (cultural capital) as common point to halt and plan our itinerary around it.
1. My brother and one of my friend who would join us for trip stays at Mysuru, so accommodation is arranged by default! Major chunk of trip expenses is managed there
2. Three of us were planning to drive to Mysuru in our own vehicles, so transportation is taken care
Since critical part of a trip i.e. transportation and accommodation is arranged it was easy to decide on the places to cover based on everyone's convenience
By the way, I forgot to inform that there were 2 people in the gang celebrating their birthday on 27th June which made this meet even more special to them and all of us also too
So, here goes the plan we sort of finalized
Day 1: Somanathapura, Shivanasamudra (bluff) and Talakadu
Day 2: Camping grounds resort, Mysuru
Day 3: Jungle safari at Kabini (or Nagarahole tiger reserve) Planned by us, there is a twist here
So, we ticked interests and requirements of most people in the group with the above itinerary !