Monthly Archives: March 2013

Ranganthittu Bird Sanctuary

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Bird watching trip it was going to be. I really was not sure what to expect from it. I had not had much time to search the net about the place to get much detail about it. I was just told that it was a bird sanctuary and going by my previous experiences with all kinds of sanctuaries, I did not expect much from the place. In any case since all of the others were excited to go, I too teamed in.

It was decided that we go there on a Saturday so that we could take rest on Sunday before another hectic week started at office. So we started quite early in the Saturday morning.

Ranganthittu Bird Sanctuary is the largest bird sanctuary in the State of Karnataka. It is situated at a distance of 125 Km from Bangalore. It lies on the banks of the Kaveri river and comprises six islets. It is located in the Mandya district of Karnataka.

After taking quite a few breaks on the way we finally reached our destination. I was quite taken aback at the sight of so many different varieties of birds. The entry charges to this place were Rs 50 for Indian Nationals and Rs 50 fir the boating charges.

The islands host numerous mammals and migratory birds. The most common being the Marsh Crocodile also called the Mugger Crocodile. Migratory water birds include Painted Stork, Asian Open bill Stork, Common Spoonbill, Woolly-necked Stork, Black-headed Ibis, White Ibis, Lesser Whistling Duck, Indian Shag, Stork-billed Kingfisher and other common birds like egrets, cormorants, Oriental Darter, and herons. The Great Stone Plover and River Tern also nest here. It is home to a large flock of Streak-throated Swallows.

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We hired a ranger guided boat from the main gate itself. These small boats are the best way you to check out the birds and crocks from a close range. It was quite amazing to see so many birds at the same time.

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My hubby was having a blast of a time shooting wildlife to his heart’s content. Often he would go missing from the group and we would be left wondering where he had been.

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There are a few watch towers that have been set up near the river side for the visitors to watch the birds from the bank itself.

After sending quite some time walking by the river side we were quite hungry, so we moved towards the only restaurant that was available. The food was pretty basic with not much fancy items on the menu. But since we were super hungry all we concentrated on was food and not on what kind of food was available.

After spends a few more hours lazing on the bench by the river side, it was time for us to start our journey back home.

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Manchanabele Escapade

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After spending quite a few days researching on which place to visit for a days outing, we figured that Manchanabele Dam would be the best option that would suit all the four of us who were looking out for a day’s retreat. We had quite a few of conditions that needed to be satisfied before we selected a place. Condition 1: not very far from Bangalore, courtesy Mr. S. Condition 2: Not a rough terrain that required trekking, courtesy Mrs. S. Condition 3:  Should be a place where you get birds and should be nice for photography, courtesy hubby dear. And as for me I was just super elated at the very thought of travelling. So all was set for a day trip.

We decided to start early on the Saturday morning, but me being me could not drag myself out of the bed before 7. So a fuming Mr. S was all that I had to handle early in the morning. Out came the GPS system from Mr. S’s bag. But wait he had more to irritate him than just a late riser travel mate. His beloved GPS refused to assist him in finding the directions to the place. So out came my hubby’s newly bought Sony Experia. And thanks to the inbuilt GPS, Mr. S could be tamed. And off we went to Manchanabele Dam, all happy and gay.

Manchanabele Dam, 50KM from the city of Bangalore is a nature lover’s paradise. Situated in the remote surrounding, this reservoir is built across the river Arkavathi. A drive through the remote parts of the country drove us to this pristine place. The place is also a bird watchers paradise. We did manage to spot a few Barbet, Bee Eater, White eagle and Indian roller.

This place is a beautiful place for a spending a lazy day by the lake having a picnic. We settled ourselves by the lake on a mat. The place was very windy so our umbrellas could provide us with no protection against the sunny day. To top it all up, my dear umbrella, a long time travel companion, could not fight against the mighty winds and had to lay down his life fighting the gusty winds. Oh how badly I am going to miss my rainbow colored family umbrella.

The water was very tempting but our research on the place restrained us from jumping right in. The lake has had had its share of a few accidents. The lake bed is supposed to have quick sand resulting in a few accidents. So we had to control our emotions and be content at just sitting by the lake and dipping our feet in the cold water.

After spending a few hours lazing by the lake, posing for snaps and chit chatting we made our way back to Bangalore. But we did make up our mind to revisit this place soon…

P.S: Make sure you carry your food and drinking water since there are no restaurants nearby.

 

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In Search of Birds…

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My Beloved Rainbow Umbrella living its last few breath:(

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