I still feel very bad that our Papikondalu trip lasted for only 2 days. It was such a relaxing and refreshing one that I seriously thought of settling down there as a Doctor treating the tribes. All those altruistic thoughts made me elated for quite some time when my husband explained other things like ‘No emergency services, no theaters, no restaurants, no internet, no online shopping’. Last thing worked wonderfully and pushed me back to the ground.
The second day of our Papikondalu trip started early for two reasons. One, I can not wait outside the toilets, so I wanted to be the early bird. Two, we were going for a forest walk and water sports in some canal that day. We finished our breakfasts early and started heading the way the guy at the accommodation showed. He said ‘walk for few minutes and you will find a board showing the place’. The few mins turned to be 35 mins. We walked slowly ahead of everyone, contemplating the possibilities of others beating us up if we get lost.( As everyone else was following us not knowing the fact that we were clueless).
We walked through a small tribal village where surprisingly every home(or rather hut) has TATA Sky and solar panels. All the small street lights were solar powered. We spoke to a small kid who told us that they have power supply 24/7.
The farming techniques and practices were also slightly different. The path went along a small canal from the main river Godavari, but mostly the was not accessible. The path finally led to a place which where the bank was wide and the depth of the water was less.
We were the first so we had a chance to click personal pics and we could chose one wonderful place to take bath. We spent some 3hrs in water. We went back in wet clothes. By the time of lunch we had to pack and leave. We got ready and clicked some super crazy pictures. We started by 1 in the afternoon in the blazing sun. The return journey was pleasant as the earlier one. We reached Bhadrachalam by 6 in the evening.
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