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This evening, we finally managed to get out of the house and go exploring. Visited Marina Beach after decades, and also went to the Lighthouse. That lovely view of the Chennai coastline is from atop the Lighthouse, which, incidentally has a lift so you don't have to climb all of 9 floors!
Santhome Basilica was one of those churches I had never entered, but today we did and paid our respects to Saint Thomas who is buried there. And we wound up the day with getting drenched on the beach of course ! #summertrip #Summer2016
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5/12/16
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Hello Chennai! #summertrip #summer2016
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It was a day of temples and museums at Madurai. Steeped in devotion, and heritage. Which is what we love the most!
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5/9/16
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At the temple town of Madurai!
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Elephants at Kabini this morning. It was a close and surprise encounter, when these elephants walked out of the bushes as we were watching an owl. They proceeded to have their breakfast, waving away the rain flies which seemed to be everywhere. Considering I clicked this with my phone, you can imagine how close they were!
#Kabini #Karnataka #junglelodgesandresorts #summer2016 #summertrip #nature #wild #jungle #elephants #forest
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Dark clouds loom over the river as we began our boat safari on the Kabini.

The big cats eluded us on our second day at Kabini, but we saw some birds, lots of peacocks, and even a pair of deer fighting! The jungle never disappoints.

On the boat safari in the evening, there were plenty of birds to spot, and even a number of crocodiles, but the most fascinating thing about the trip was the change visible as the sun played hide and seek!

As they say, there is so much to see, if only you look!

#nature #wildlife #jungle #junglelodgesandresorts #Kabini #Mysore #Karnataka #India #summer2016 #summertrip #river
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The heavens opened up as we got ready for our first foray into the wild at Kabini and faces drooped as the open vehicle was covered. The sight of a Serpent Eagle cheered the kids somewhat but hopes dipped as the rain continued to lash. Driving past yet another thick portion of the forest, our guide stopped and took out his binoculars and said there was a leopard on a tree! Necks craned and eyes strained as we struggled to get a glimpse, but it was so far, it was only possible with either the binoculars or the high camera zoom. We spent so much time trying to get a better view that we missed spotting a tiger on the next path! As usual, the jungle proved that sightings are just a matter of luck.
I might not have got a decent photograph of the leopard, but spotting these elephants with their babies enjoying a mud bath more than made up for it!
What a memorable evening it has been! Fingers crossed and hoping that tomorrow is even better!
#nature #wildlife #Kabini #junglelodgesandresorts #Mysore #Karnataka #India #summer2016 #summertrip #elephants #forest
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Kabini is one of those places we have planned to visit,but our plans have never worked out. This time, my son wanted to go there for his birthday and we modified our existing plans to spend a couple of days here. So here we are, all set to see what Kabini has in store for us. #summer2016 #summertrip 
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5/5/16
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After 4 days of playing, swimming, yapping, making pizzas and cakes, and of course, eating, with cousins in Bangalore, we are off now to enjoy a few days amidst nature and wildlife. It began with our first halt this morning, at the Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary. Our second visit here was as wonderful as the first, despite the severe heat. Hope it will only get better from now on! #summertrip #summer2016
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What could be better than waking up to sights like these? The garden at an aunt's house yields bounty like this, and for a city dweller like me, it is incredibly satisfying to just sit on the porch and enjoy the view. #summertrip #summer2016
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