Lemme stay here forever: Papikkondalu trip, Day 2

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).

 Walk through the fields
Walk through the fields

Papikondalu tripWe 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.

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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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This pose I named as ‘Oh.. Priya priya pose’.( A famous song from one of the most romantic movies in Telugu.

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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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