Originally Posted by AppU
Wow wow, The Elephant story was really amazing
The Peacock looks so beautiful.
I remeber the days, where I saw the peacocks & peahens on the roads and fields of Sivakasi district and its surroundings
Peacocks still roam around the state highways over there... especially on the Trichendur > Kanyakumari route.
We drove till Theppakadu and had Tea at a tea stall over there and returned back. By then it had become dark.
One think I noticed was 80% of the oncoming vehicles dipped their headlights on seeing us either voluntarily or when I flashed the high beam at them. That was nice.
We reached the hotel, and had dinner. The next morning we had planned to return to Bangalore. We decided to make just last drive into Bandipur before returning home. As we were returning back from Bandipur, my wife said why not go somewhere for a drive since it was only Friday and we had time and money. She also said that she had seen a sign board saying that Satyamangalam was only 73 kms away.
I thought why not... we had always wanted to go to the Satyamangalam forest. So it was. A drive to Satyamangalam just out of the blues...
We had breakfast at a hotel on the way to Gundulpet and locked on to the GPS and started off. We always get confused when we reach Chamrajnagar so the GPS helped us.
We took the right at Gundulpet towards Charmrajnagar and after driving for some distance saw this heron flying across the road into a banana plantation. Stopped the car and tracked it on a tree there. Pond heron...
Later on as we were driving along we saw three parrots flying across. We again stopped the car and were tracking the parrots. While looking up the tree we chanced upon some Grey Hornbills, some Green Bee-eaters and some other birds. We took some photos and carried on. Grey Hornbills... Green Bee-eaters... finally caught one of the Parrots...
After reaching Charmrajnagar we took the road to Satyamangalam. That was a beautiful drive. As we drove on the road became better and better. The route as we approach Dhimbam till Satyamangalam is just AWESOME. It has everything that a good driver will want. Silky smooth roads wide enough for two vehicles to pass easily, beautiful twists and turns, 27 hairpin bends going down, fair amount of traffic for you to be alert, and improvisation required on the fly to negotiate long trailers taking the Hairpin bends to avoid braking or making the other guys brake. I just loved it.
At Dhimbam there is a road which leads through the forest to Thalamalai. There is a gate, (a proper metal gate), which is locked and we need to get permission from the forest officials to enter.
So we reached Satyamangalam and found the forest department office, met the DFO and got permission for going in the next morning. We had lunch at Satyamangalam. We could not find any board for any resorts over there. So logged into google on the mobile and found one resort "Bush and Bull" near Dhimbam. Called up the owner and we were invited to go there. Drove back up the 27 hairpin bends back to Dhimbam. The resort is just around 5 kms from Dhimbam. [to be cont.]