In Search of Tigers


Last weekend, Snubnose and I did a short road trip to celebrate her birthday. We went with some of my office friends and even though Snubnose was the only child around, she had a blast.

We headed south down Mysore Road stopping at Ranganthittu for a little bird-watching. My camera was malfunctioning there and I was unfortunately unable to take pictures of the lovely birds and slumbering crocodiles that we spotted there during our boat-ride.

One of the most beautiful birds we saw was the painted stork that I was itching to photo but couldn’t do much with my dinky iPhone camera.

A Beautiful Painted Stork (image taken from Wikipedia)

Here’s a shot of the two of us desperately trying to capture something!

Photographers in Action at Ranganthittu

Photographers in Action at Ranganthittu

After Ranganthittu, we headed to the beautiful Mysore Palace and wandered around there. It was a nice experience for Snubnose and me, although it was extremely hot and tiring. Again, my iPhone camera or rather my photography just couldn’t do justice to this place, and so a stock Wiki photo will have to do.

Image again taken from Wikipedia

Also, the place was very crowded, so it is much pleasanter to share this photo than share my own pics that are full of random people crowding the place.

After Mysore, we just headed on over to Nagarhole National Park where we saw tons of animals – hordes of deer, lots of elephants and bison, but unfortunately no tiger.

We spent the night in a lovely home-stay in Kutta called Spice Garden. Highly recommend this place for the wonderful little cottage that we got, the awesome cooking by the hostess – excellent veg and non-veg food, and the lovely hospitality of the host who shared his wine and showed us all around his coffee estate.

It’s a wonderful place and I definitely plan on staying here again the next time I visit the area.

Here’s the Snubnose posing in the tree house just outside our cottage.

In the treehouse

In the treehouse

Early next morning, we headed out to Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary, which was just a few kilometers south of our home-stay hoping that tigers would be more enterprising early in the morning.

Unfortunately apart from spotting some tiger paw prints and an old skull of a bison that a tiger had supposedly killed, we didn’t spot anything exciting.

Skull of a Bison or was it a Buffalo?

Skull of a Bison or was it a Buffalo?

The morning light was wonderful however and I still took a lot of great shots, one of which was this blue jay which I like a lot.

A Blue Jay in Wayanad

A Blue Jay in Wayanad

Unlike Nagarhole, the Wayanad forest is denser and spookier. Some places really gave me the heebie-jeebies, but I still loved the open jeep ride, and although we didn’t spot many animals, this jeep ride was one of my favorite experiences of this trip.

But of course, we still hadn’t seen any tigers. We decided to remedy that by visiting the Mysore Zoo on our way back. I couldn’t possibly disappoint the Snubnose, and I am so glad that we did make the stop.

Snubnose loved Mysore Zoo best of all, and there were so many tigers and tons of other animals, that we were all satisfied to our heart’s content.

The White Tiger Taking a Dip

The White Tiger Taking a Dip

A Tiger Cub at Mysore Zoo

A Tiger Cub at Mysore Zoo

We also did a quick stop over at Karanji lake to see the birds there.

In front of the bird-cage in Karanji Lake

In front of the bird cage in Karanji Lake

Again, a very nice place to hang out in.

Then it was a long drive back home with a happy and content Snubnose. It was such a fun weekend for all of us.

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  • Love the pictures Nish!

    • Nishita

      Thanks 🙂 @melindapetersen:disqus

  • What a gorgeous time you two had! Too bad about the camera at Ranganthittu, still you got some great pictures the next day!

    Thanks for linking up with Spread the Love!

    • Nishita

      @aprilthesteadfastreader:disqus yeah, I really need to upgrade my camera. It’s a great one when it works but it has battery issues and I am never sure whether it will switch on or not. The only reason I still hang on to it is that when it works, it really works. I love how it captures color subtleties (like that blue bird photo).

  • Jenny @ Reading the End

    That sounds like a perfect birthday celebration! And I’m glad you got to see tigers — my university’s mascot is a tiger, and when I was in school you could always swing by his (extremely lavish) tiger habitat to see him. He would sometimes put a paw up to the glass you were standing by — clever tiger!

    • Nishita

      @Jenny@Reading the End yeah, and I was especially thrilled to see the white tiger, which is quite rare.

  • Stefanie Hollmichel

    What a wonderful weekend birthday celebration. Certainly you will both remember it for a very long time!

    • Nishita

      @stefaniehollmichel:disqus yeah, I hope she remembers it. My daughter tends to have a very short memory. I expect to see her asking about another trip within the next couple of months 🙂

  • dreamzandclouds

    it seems mother-daughter duo had an awesome time! 🙂

    • Nishita

      @dreamzandclouds yes, we did. i really enjoy traveling with her as she has such a good time, and is so enthusiastic and patient over some of the discomforts also 🙂

  • Jennifer Windram

    Sounds like a blast. You still got some great pictures even with the camera malfunction.

    • Nishita

      @jenniferwindram:disqus yeah, it was a great time. All the photos I took were on the second day when the camera magically started up again 🙂

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