Ranganathittu bird sanctuary:
Birds and crocodiles
Boat ride through Kaveri river.
Nature all around and wilderness.
I reached the place early even before the guy who opens the gates to enter the sanctuary. I looked at the lush green trees and different species of birds. I tried to talk to a guy who was from there but he wasn't quite interested so I went back to wait till it opens and walk the area around. I spotted honey bees surrounding sunflower for food. I went the other way looking at the trees, birds, crops and I felt the real fresh air recharging my body like a new original charger charges the phone it is supposedly used for. I felt at peace, tension less just me being me in the company of myself.
At around 8:30 am, the gates were finally opened and few cars came cruzing in. I was the only one who was there alone and the one who came by walk. I walked to counter took ticket and went straight towards the restaurant. It was not yet opened so I went on my way to walk around the sanctuary. After walking through with the help of direction map I could see the river with fresh water and birds flying and some just sitting on a small island in the middle. Followed by the activities of walking, bird watching and photographs for quite a time enjoying a whole new experience.
There were watch towers present to see and the unique view from the top to spot birds. As I was looking from the top a foreigner came by on to the same tower with a binoculars. He offered me binoculars to see through and I took his offer without any hesitation. It was awesome. I could see birds sitting on a tree faraway. I could see birds flying just above the water and catching fish. I could see birds elegantly flying from one place to another. It was an awesome experience. I thanked him for that after using it for sometime. I walked for sometime looking at birds, river, fishes and there it was silently floating on water like a wooden plank, the crocodile. It was very far but I could see it.
As I was looking at the river I saw a boat was going for a trip and I decided to take the next ride. I went towards the boat ride ticket counter but she said I have to wait until some people turn up. I went where the boats were parked and took photos and sat there for some time. After a 15-20 minutes the boat which went for a ride was coming back. I took photos of the boat coming back with clean transparent water as its support and green trees as its surroundings and people as it companions. After 10-15 minutes some people gathered and we went to take tickets and we got this time.
As I went towards the boat I thought when was the last time I took a boat ride? Ages ago. This was the ride I was waiting to get on for a long time. After a family of Telugu guys and a couple got in and occupied back seats. I and another stranger took the front ones but the seating was arranged by boat rider like a strict teacher during an exam to balance the boat. I got into the middle seat and the family split into two half's. Then the ride began. The serene scenery which brought glow in my eyes, transparent water through which I could see rocks and fishes, the birds which were bringing joy to my ears through their singing and there I was in the middle of a river looking at a distance feeling peace and calmness. Just after passing into the heart of the river the crocodile elegantly swimming across the boat which was very near in front of the boat. Wow. It was huge. It went on its way and we on our way very far into the river. A calm boat ride in a river filled with fresh air surrounded by birds,fishes and crocodiles followed on for some time. The whole experience was awesome which I was craving for. After passing through an island where pelicans were sitting and some flying then and now trying to catch fish. At the same time crocodiles getting nearer to the island for the birds as we were finishing our trip. I got down the boat with a smile on my face, happiness in my heart and with a memory in my brain.
I took a walk around the park spotting butterflies, birds and boats. There was a tree which was making hell lot of a sound. I don't know how many insects were there on that tree but that sound was strong. I went towards the restaurant to have breakfast as I was damn hungry. I had my breakfast and took a bottle and bid an adieu to the worth while visit. I walked towards the place where I had got down the bus to take the bus to my next stop. I waited for the bus to come. This time I had to wait for a while. I spent time looking at the cruzing cars and looking for my rescue.
After an exhilarating wait my turn to rest had come. I got into the bus and jumped on to my seat and I took a deep breathe of relax. I relaxed as the bus passed one stop after the other towards my stop. After 30 minutes or so I got down the bus to visit ranganatha swamy temple. I walked my way crossing through small shops and the vendors asking me to buy the items. I had no intentions of buying anything so I didn't bother looking at them and continued my way to temple. And there the entry was standing tall into the sky with its magnificent architecture.