“A destination waiting to be explored” that’s what they said and we did just that.
We got rooms right beside the stream; so good audio and visual surroundings were a bonus. Each morning we woke to the gurgling sound of the stream and at nights we played audience to the loud crickets.
Vythiri resort is quite complete in every sense; self-contained, (good value-for-money!). The restaurant is reached by crossing a hanging bridge over the stream. And each time the children would run excitedly across it causing the bridge to sway. It was thrilling for them and in between all the excitement we managed to spend few quite moments on the bridge watching the stream flow below.
The restaurant there is sort of semi-open, a portion of it jutting out of a hillock. Food was yummy catering to all kinds of taste. But we were not foodoholics so it hardly mattered. And one morning when we were having our breakfast there a cloud swept past us. “Why isn’t the cloud carrying us?” Arundhati wondered aloud, and answered herself: “It happens only in cartoon channel!” This time she sounded wiser.
On the way back to the rooms the children discovered a snail- a land snail. It was a fully grown one, almost palm size, trudging along leaving behind a silvery trail. The thorough city-bred kids picnicking there crowded around the snail in total shock and disbelief, as if they were watching a dinosaur! To their amazement they found plenty around; I saw them taking care not to step on them. Arundhati was almost ready to pack one somehow and bring it home. With lots of coaxing and cajoling she was convinced the snail was quite at home here.
The next encounter was with leeches. This time the leech discovered Arundhati first. We were just settling for dinner at the restaurant when Arundhati screamed with fear, a black wriggly string was stuck to her leg. Before I could reach her she had pulled it out and it lay wriggling on the floor. A waiter there sprinkled salt over it and soon it was dead. Total silence set in. The kids around watched with horror. Her wound was bleeding though not profusely. The experienced waiters there comforted us saying that the bleeding would stop and so it did. My little one is not going to forget this episode in the tropical rain forest easily.
While trekking along the stream we each had our share of leech bites. We came across an unusual sight of a tree on a boulder. The roots of the tree had completely covered the boulder and the tree stood tall, seemingly balanced on the rounded contours.
The stream was forever inviting, but we had to wind up. And we packed up with memories of creepy crawlies, cloud encounters and innumerable other visual treats. Yes this is what you call being close to nature!
More info at http://www.vythiriresort.com/