Having made the necessary arrangements we started off at 7.00 am on the morning of Saturday, 20th Nov 2010. We stopped at Kamat for breakfast. We then continued towards Bandipur when a tree full of kites and egyptian vultures made us stop for a few photographs.
Our next stop was just after Nanjangud to have a look at this abandoned rail bus.
Mr Subbanna welcomed us at the home stay. We settled down and got ready for lunch after the refreshing lemon juice. Simple rural vegetarian food had us lazing around for a while. Sitting under the huge tree we were treated to a flurry of colors flying around. Red vented bulbuls, coppersmith barbets, small minivets, rose ringed parakeets, sunbirds, spotted doves, laughing doves, white browed bulbuls, cormorants, and a few others gave a good workout for our necks by flying in and out of the trees opposite to us right next to the check dam. A woodpecker had me running inspite of the heavy lunch. It was a copper smith barbet that posed for me though.
It was getting dark already as we sat and enjoyed the raucous playing of the-did-you-do-its (the red wattled lapwings I mean). A lone grebe lazily swam around in the pond. The dragon flies hovered around in frenzy. Frogs lurked under the surface of the water showing just their eyes. Just then something caught my eye. As I looked at the tree branch I was thrilled to see a coppersmith barbet at such close quarters. Its antics had me clicking away with the flash on.
Negotiating the relatively steep, but very short, inclines successfully we very soon reached the easy part of the hill. Along the way we saw lot of elephants far away. A herd infact was right next to the road we would be walking soon. We also tasted the fruit of a cactus plant and it resulted in pink tongues.
The trek to Thondal Betta had helped us work up an appetite. All of us relished the simple lunch that was served. Finally it was time to bid farewell to ChikYelchetti till next time.