Weekly Photo Challenge – Silence

Hey friends,

Here is my submission for this week’s photochallenge – Silence

There is nothing beautiful than the silence of nature. Especially when you live in a city flooded with sound of traffic and people all around you and living life like a robot, these short getaways to the heart of nature where there is no intervention of humans make me feel so good. Its like rebooting myself and filling a fresh energy to push me ahead to prepare for the upcoming routine schedule.

Time stood still in a deep sorrow

My vision blocked by thick fog

Ruling out the parallel life I live

Still I feel I am locked in a cage

Eager to fly like a bird let loose

Wander away to worlds unseen

Move away from all the havocs

Snuggle in the silence of nature

Weekly photo challenge!

I have been going through my gallery searching for a meaningful photo to submit for this week’s photo challenge and got stuck into this capture.

All those who search for the hidden meaning inside this image, I would like to suggest you to read the following poem!

They stood there divided by the river

Struggling hard to be together

Stretching its branches in full length

Leaning towards to feel the touch

Still they feel they are one soul

With the bridge connecting them

Villains are there in all love stories

Here river turned to be one

Still they waited days and months

For that precious moment to come

When their soul and body be one

And remain together forever…

Favourite capture 2017

Scotland of India – Coorg

Hey friends,

After a long break, here I am back with a breathtaking vacation spot which is known as Scotland of India – Coorg. Coorg or Kodagu is a district in Karnataka, India which is known for its natural beauty comprising of beautiful misty hills, acres of coffee plantations, countless streams and lakes, thick forests and magnificent waterfalls.

My search for a peaceful yet beautiful place to explore which contain all essence of Coorg led me to Coffee cadu estate and Mandalpatti hills.

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Coffee Cadu estate stay , Madikeri.

These exotic cottages are located 10 km from Madikeri town in the middle of coffee plantation. I reached Coffee Cadu in the afternoon. After check in formalities and lunch, at 3 pm we started for Mandalpatti hills.

The  lush green Mandalpatti hills are situated 18 km from Madikeri town, at an altitude of 4050 ft and is part of Pushpagiri reserve forest. Only way to reach uphill is by 4 Wheel Drive vehicles. You can hire a bike or can opt trekking too. We hired a Jeep. The drive was bumpy throughout but the effect was nullified by the breathtaking view on either side of the road.

Road to Mandalpatti hills

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View from the hill-top

Mandalpatti is a full-course meal. The magnificent view of the Pushpagiri mountain range along with cool breeze and fog took me to a different world. I dont remember how long I sat there embracing the scenic beauty. I waited till sunset and once the light started fading, the day giving its way to night, I started back to my cottage.

By the time I reached back there was a bonfire awaiting and it was quite a blessing to sit by the fire in that chilled night.IMG_1775

Early morning, I went for a walk through the coffee plantation and was undoubtedly reviving. The whole area was covered with coffee plants with deep red fruits (coffee bean) with orange trees planted in between. Pleasantly cold climate with gentle breeze and mild fog made the walk a memorable experience.

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Coffee beans

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The walkway through the coffee plantation

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coffee plants with beans

Spending some more time exploring the coffee plantation, I went back to the cottage to pack my stuff and have breakfast as it was time to for me to checkout and wind up my small trip.

Theory of life!!!

Entrusting my life on tiny threads

Which are already breaking apart

Wait is long, hunger is strong

All I crave for is a prey in my web

All I can see is darkness ahead

With subtle movements beneath

Waiting to swallow me whole

Trying to figure out my feelings

Fear, hunger, anger or failure

Hope is fading away with time

A home fully ready to collapse

To push me into the deep hole

What awaits there; life or death

Can be answered only by time

I stood there unable to figure out

What exactly is the theory of life!

Weekly Photo Challenge – Rounded

Hey friends,

Here is my entry towards the Weekly Photo Challenge – Rounded

As always I am here with a capture from nature. If you look around you carefully, you can see numerous God created curves and rounds like perfectly shaped trees, curved mountains, the cluster of clouds in the sky and much more.

Though I had many captures of curved roads and other manmade structures, I made my mind to present this before you as I won’t be satisfied from within if I take one of those.

Standing on the hilltop where I grew

Looking down at the life below

The world beneath is full of colours

Smudged into numerous shapes

All I could see is hasty movements

Running straight without deviations

Sailing in vigor in the stream of time

Still the shore is just an imagination

You may say I am looking at the life

Sadly I say I couldn’t see any life…

Twilight Glow…

Hey Friends,

This is my entry towards the Weekly Photo Challenge – Glow

 

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Waves kissed by rays of sun

covering their blushing face

Eager to hold him close

His touch is all she need

Dancing around in glee

winking at the jealous sand

Splashing loudly on rocks

That is  how I express myself

awaiting for that moment

when he dives into my arms

why they call it sunset

its moment of togetherness

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mauritius getaway day-2 (Ile Aux Cerfs)

Hey friends,

Here I am back to share with you my experiences in Mauritius on the second day.  I have been checking out the popular spots in Mauritius and the top in the list was Ile Aux Cerfs island. So I decided to explore this island before other spots. I booked for a whole day tour which started at 10:30 in the morning. There were 2 options to reach the Island. The speedboat which is a faster and less time consuming option and the next one is a Catamaran. As I already did a Catamaran sunset cruise, I opted for speedboat transfer so that I will get more time to explore the Island and indulge in some water sports.

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The pickup pickup point was just 1 Kilometer from Trou d’Eau douce. It took approximately 20 minutes by speedboat to reach Ile Aux Cerfs from Trou d’Eau Douce. Swiftly moving boat tearing apart the water current through the turquoise sea with mountains and greenery on either side was quite a nice experience. Ile Aux cerfs like a queen surrounded by the sea filled with corals. The sea water was so clear, one can see the corals underneath.

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Ile Aux cerfs is famous for all water sports. Being a person who love adventures automatically I went in search of activities list. Considering the time limit, I decided to do tube riding, Undersea walk and parasailing.

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I was taken to a speed boat in which an inflated chair (tube) was connected in the aft. Briefing was given by the friendly guide about the hand signals to be used if feeling uncomfortable and speed controls. The tube was moving to and fro, sometimes shifting sideways according to the movement of the speed boat. Few times I felt that the tube is going to flip upside down. It was a nice experience.

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After tube ride, I was taken in another speedboat to a platform set in the sea for parasailing. A speed boat pulled the person along with the parachute to the sea where one could experience the aerial view of the breathtaking island. From the sky, the whole place looked like a canvas painting.

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I have been informed to reach the main beach at 12 to visit a waterfall nearby. The speedboat to go there was already waiting for me by the time I reached the shore. The waterfall is situated around 15 minutes ride from Aux Cerfs. While nearing the waterfall there was an unbelievable transformation of landscape. It felt like a diversion from sea to a stream surrounded by forests on both sides. Crystal clear water, scattered rocks and the magnificent waterfall stole my heart. The beauty of the place is beyond what I can describe with words.

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After visiting the falls we went back to the main Island where lunch was arranged as part of the package. After having tummy full of tropical delicacies, I spend some time exploring the Island. The last activity for the day was undersea walk. I was taken to a platform in the sea where they have all equipment required for activity. I have been provided with a helmet connected to oxygen cylinder and asked to climb down by stairs to the sea and release the hold and land on legs on the sea bed. It was an amazing experience to walk on the sea bed along with the fishes and surrounded by corals.

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By the time I finished the activity it was already 3:30 and the boat was ready to drop me back to shore. I was already missing Aux Cerfs by the time I reached shore. A stunning Island, fascinating experience and an awesome day thus came to an end.

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Mauritius getaway Day-1

Hey friends,

I have been searching for a vacation spot since 3 months where I can celebrate my birthday and quench my thirst of travel and adventure. You will be wondering why Mauritius? Being an Indian, Visa procedures to visit 80% of the countries around the world includes complicated procedures. Being a Cabin crew, I have another limitation in submitting my passport for visa procedures. Search for those countries where Indians get Visa on Arrival ended up in shortlisting Thailand, Indonesia, Srilanka, Vietnam and Mauritius. Having already applied for 10 days leave beforehand and the first four countries are nearby to India and can be covered in 4-5 days, I finally decided to choose Mauritius. So the country was finalized and I started my research on the places and activities I can cover during my stay.

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My flight was at 6:50 in the morning from Bombay and landed at Mauritius airport located at Plain Magnien at 11:15 in the morning. As already arranged my hotel cab was waiting for me. My stay was arranged at Trou d’Eau Douce which is located 43 kilometers from airport. The journey from airport to hotel was a feast to my eyes. Mauritius was more than what I expected. She stood with pride abundantly blessed by all picturesque wonders of  nature. Turquoise green sea on one side of the road and tall mountains in the opposite side stood there as if they were competing with each other who is more beautiful. Being absorbed in the scenic beauty en route I din’t realize that it took an hour to reach my hotel.

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I had already booked for catamaran sunset cruise at 3:30 in the evening at Grand Baie, 41 kilometres from where I stay. I got fresh and rushed through my lunch so that I shouldn’t be late to reach there. I reached 10 mins before the specified time and was transfered in a small raft to the watercraft ‘Calypso’.

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We were greeted by a spontaneous set of crew and were seated. Once they started sailing they introduced themselves and gave a brief description about the cruise. I chose a spot at the forward edge of the Catamaran to have a better view of lifting the sail. Snacks and drinks were served throughout the cruise.

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Crew were quiet friendly and cheerful. They were singing, dancing and were putting all their effort to entertain us. It was totally an amazing experience. It was difficult to stand as the waves were trying its level best to shake our watercraft. Our captain was efficiently steering and ensuring smooth sail.

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Three hours passed like a second and the sky wore an orange shade. After viewing the beautiful sunset, we headed towards the shore. After saying good bye to those amazing people I started my journey back to hotel.  thus my first day in Mauritius met with an end.

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