The journey began amidst the 13° cold in the state and the car had to run on heater to keep us warm all through the 500+ km mark.
It was indeed a shivering journey as long as my hands were not on the steering wheel.
After following a strict speed limit of 140 kmph we reached Belgaum at around 9 in the morning and were due to meet a friend who stays in the locality. We met some mutual friends who were actually more helpful than our sole friend in the locality as they helped us about the secret and some of the most sensitive areas of ecosystem in the woods of Belgaum.
Home to hundreds of vulnerable flora and fauna the Jamboti forest area is a beautiful plain sight in it's own ways.
Piped into the canopy of the trees that have reached the heights more than 50+ feet and huge girths to support the weight even though it was 12 pm with sun in a 90° vertical line above your head, we had to turn on the heater until we escaped the canopy of trees that stretches 10s of Kilometers.
The road through the forest is too narrow and equally dangerous and also risky as you can never say what each turning has to offer you!
Another speeding oncoming vehicle or a Wild animal or a slow moving goods vehicle.
Finally after the highway part of the journey ended, here comes the actual mountanous journey.
Forest officials have an Old school jeep to keep a track of the activities in the jungle as its a versatile zone. But any other vehicle that should travel this path needs an extra set of safety gear to keep it from physical damage, fortunately about which we were very very careful about.
Once the journey to the destination is complete, you will encounter tens and hundreds of natural music with your mind and soul which you would have never heard among the headers and boosters and screeching wheel sounds in the traffic of a city like Bangalore.
It was like feeding the soul with a natural medicine which it was long waiting for.
Uninhabited lands, elevated places, footprints of some of the wild creatures like bison made a terrific day in the place where you could find none but us.
The place is like a peninsula.
Consider you are in the Southern most tip of India, i.e., Kanyakumari,
Then towards Sri Lanka is Goa, towards India is Karnataka and towards bay of Bengal is Maharashtra.
You will see your cell phone going rave with continuos roaming texts from the network of each state when you just keep walking around.
A kid's chat about the funny network messages reminder about the prices they're stealing for setting foot on a different area divided in the name of State😂