Hyderabad International Airport 1/1 by Tripoto
Subhrajyoti Parida
This time a place beaconed more than 1000 kms away from the Indian mainland, in the middle of Bay of Bengal surrounded by beautiful coral reefs and blue turquoise sea, arising out of millions of years of tectonic distrurbances beneath the sea bed & volcanic eruptions, and we (I & my dear wifey) could not resist the overwhelming urge to visit this 'blue paradise' on earth - the Andamans. Like any other trip of mine, Bangalore was the starting point of the trip but I preferred to keep it as Hyderabad since my dear wifey came on board from Bidar only (a place 14 hours by road from Bangalore located at the northernmost tip of Karnataka & just 3 hours from Hyderabad). From Bidar, we boarded a KSRTC Volvo A/C bus to Hyderabad at about 5 in the evening, which took around 3-4 hours to Hyderbad where in turn we had a night halt till 3: 45 am of next day. We boarded a flight from Hyderabad on 14/12/2014 at 5: 45 am which was a turbo propeller powered small aircraft, to Chennai. Upon reaching Chennai at about 7 am, we had to go through a layover time of 2 hours in the airport during which we had a nice Tamilian breakfast- Masala Dosa, Sambhar, Idli and Upma. It was a sumptuous meal. Our flight took off at 10 am from Chennai and after flying for 3 hours over the vast expanse of Bay of Bengal, we landed at Port Blair at about 1 pm. It was our first experience flying for such a long time over the sea. So we were quite excited for this flight right from the beginning. The bird's eye view of the tiny to big islands covered with tropical vegetation as seen from the tiny windows of the aircraft was an astounding experience for both of us.