Our travels are fuelled by our imagination. We visit places that we have some idea about. That is why destinations such as Goa, Rajasthan, Kerala, Nepal and Thailand are popular. It is easier to decide on destinations that we can frame in our heads. But what if I tell you to imagine turtle mating. What comes to your mind?
Honestly, I had no idea that it can be something that I can see. After an overnight train ride from Rayagada (Odisha), I got off in Ganjam, a nondescript town. I walked two miles with my 15kg backpack to Rushikulya Beach. I was aimlessly wandering around the beach when I ran into Mr Ravindranath Sahu, who has been working on wildlife conservation in Odisha for the last 12 years. The travel gods must have been happy that day.