Realizing that this would be her last year in her twenties, she had developed cold feet since a month before her birthday. Thereafter, she had completed a maniacal assessment of she should have, must have, done this, bought that, had this, reached here, gone there etc & prepared a to-do list for the coming year. One of the first things on the list was to visit the Bhadra Wild Life Sanctuary, situated midst of the Western Ghats of Chickmaglur district.
21st March being a Monday, we decided to travel on the weekend. We had booked are stay with Jungle Lodges. We started early, by 5.15AM & took the Tumkur- Gubbi-Tiptur-Arsikere- Tarakeri- Lakavalli route to reach the River Tern Lodge. Located at the edge of Bhadra River; adjoining the northern boundaries of the Bhadra Tiger Reserve and Wildlife Sanctuary, the property offered a perfect blend of nature & wildlife.
We checked in at 11 AM & caught up with some lost sleep. By 1.30 PM, we freshened up & headed straight for lunch at the Golghar.
At 4.30 PM we had our first wildlife safari. Bhadra Wild life Sanctuary offers safe haven to a variety of wildlife including spotted deer, tigers, leopards, sambar, wild boar, etc & also houses a rich avian life with birds like the Grey junglefowl, Fish Eagle, Painted bush quail, Emerald dove, Great black woodpecker, Malabar parakeet ,Hill myna, etc. It is also a breeding ground for migrating birds River Tern. The resort gets its name from this. On our two hour drive inside the jungle, we got to see sambar deer, herds of wild boar & spotted deer, barking deer & couple of peacocks. On our way back the b’day gul was lucky to get a glimpse of a leopard. Known for its agility, the leopard swiftly escaped into the thick bushes even before I had turned my face. Our bad luck of not spotting a tiger continued on this jungle jaunt as well.
After the wonderful safari ride the evening was followed by beer, chicken & bonfire. The night ended with a sumptuous dinner.
The next morning started with a boat safari into the back waters of Bhadra reservoir to yield some great wildlife viewing opportunities. We could spot variety of migratory birds like river tern, fish eagle, grey jungle fowl, white ibis & Egret just to name a few. With growling tummies, after the safari, we headed straight for breakfast.
With tummies fully satiated, we went to try our hands at some water based adventures viz. water trampoline & kayaking. Swimming was never our forte, but the joy was jumping off the huge floating donut was super fun!!!!
By the time we finished with the water sports activities, it was 11:30 am & it was time to go back to Bangalore. With fond memories of Priya’s birthday we headed back to Bangalore.