9 things to do in your Papikondalu trip

Hello friends!!!! This post is most probably my last post from the Papikondalu series…When i was reading the previous posts. I realized that I did not mention few things that we did. So, I wanted to compile things which you should not forget to do, if you are going to visit Papikondalu.

1.Eat Bamboo chicken

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Bamboo chicken got its name from the process of making it. The  raw flesh of chicken, is pushed into the hollow parts  bamboo sticks after all the ingredients are applied to it. Then the bamboo sticks are cooked on burning coals.  I can not comment on taste as I am a vegetarian. But, They say the whole process gives it a wonderful and special taste.

2. Get religious:

The trips to Papikondalu are either from Bhadrachalam or from Rajamandry. Either way you can plan a visit to the temple in Bhadrachalam. There is a very famous temple for Lord Sri Rama in Bhadrachalam. There is also  an interesting story associated with the temple. Visit the temple and learn the story.

3. Learn Mythology

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There is a place near Bhadrachalam called Parnashala where the episodes of Ramayana are depicted through colorful sculptures. They replicated few of the scenes from Ramayana. You can get  autos easily to get to this place.

4. Take a holy dip.

River Godavari is considered as one of the holy rivers in India.  Enjoy your dip here. Forget about holiness, you can simply have fun while taking bath in river.

5. Enjoy ‘River food’

You get various special types of fresh water fishes and other things cooked with a tribal touch.

6. Forget everything.

Put your head in your lap and simply relax. World will not stop working, if you stop thinking for two days.

7. Leave social media to others.

Life has become sooo meaningless without facebook and waatsapp. Go to this place, You will never get a damn signal, even if you want to post a selfie diving into the water.

8. Learn to live basic

You won’t get fast food, even soft drinks are rarely available. Forget about A.C, you won’t get a fan here in the accommodation. ( Read my experience here). Once in a while it is needed to learn to live with basics.

9. Buy Handicrafts and encourage them

Tribal  people here make  beautiful handmade things with bamboo. They are pretty cheap. Buy them at least to help those people.

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Night In the Cozy Hut: Papikondalu trip

I suddenly realized, to my dismay,  that the hut has no door.

                 It was just an elevated  bamboo platform from the ground, with bamboo walls and roof; there was a small opening in one wall for entry an exit.

It has infinite clefts or cervices which can allow entry of snake or any other crawling thing. Don’t forget about the leopard threat as we were almost in the forest.

I had never been to any nature trip before our Papikondalu trip. All were a planned, routine, city or ‘tourist places’ trips. So it is not wonder that I shook ‘head to toe’ when I was asked to sleep in the little hut.

Our first day in the Papikondalu trip went well. It was a new experience for everyone of us. When we saw the huts from distance, they looked cute and adorable. When we entered it in the evening, we were too busy playing to notice anything. When we returned after dinner to the huts, they started to look creepy and scary to me.

Huts looked cute and comfy in the evening, like this
Huts looked cute and comfy in the evening, like this
 Dad dozing off at the bonfire in front of the hut
Dad dozing off at the bonfire in front of the hut
Sibling time- Going crazy at the campfire..
Sibling time- Going crazy at the campfire..

The entire floor was occupied by a thin mattress, there was nothing else in the room. there was no fan, only one zero bulb hanging from the roof and no plug point to charge gadgets. There was only one plug point outside the office where there was a heavy Que.

My brother went on stroll around the place and got hold of one bamboo sheet to be used as the door. I was really upset and doubtful on whether I would be able to sleep in the hut. But once I was under the thick sheets, I immediately fell asleep as a result of the day long exertion. The night went happily and left me with a memorable experience.

 

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