Whew...that was one of the longest breaks we have taken....and must say it was worth it. The deep blue waters..call it turqoise, emerald, blue or green...they would make you feel the depth of the oceans. And along with it also the depth of the serenity around. You cannot ask for being more in sync with nature. The anticipation as we flew into Port Blair was palpable. We were looking forward to four days of fun and being in the waters.
It was a perfect start on the Air India flight from Chennai to Port Blair. As we fly into the capital city, I am amazed with the little islands dotted on the deep blue waters. We fly into the airport that is amidst thick forests. The Veer Savarkar International Airport is small yet daintily situated at the foothills of mountains (infact surrounded by mountains). You walk right into a CISF bastion...No cameras please, says the cop wielding his antique gun.
We had Samir waiting for us from 'Barefoot' (we were to stay at this jungle resort for 3 days). We drove straight through the winding steep roads to Ashiana (our abode for the day). We were to stay in Port Blair for the day. The capital is a very small place...small for someone from a metro. Imagine reaching the airport in 10 mins from anywhere, or going shopping only 5 mins away, or visiting 4 museums in a day, or eating freshly procured fish..that you could choose from for lunch..laze around the lounge for 3 hours having it..and finding it difficult to walk to you car after that..sounds exciting, doesn't it??
The Kaalapani is indeed one of the most touching visits and the voice of Naseeruddin Shah doesn't leave your ears till days. I can still hear the tree talking about the cries of freedom and the pain that lurked around the gallows. We went back home after a quick dinner..the best part was to begin the next day..the boat ride to Havelock...(Heaven on earth!!)
Have loved re-living it!!!