Continuing from Part I —-Day 2 & day 3
Day 2: Encountered a calm serene drizzy morning, clouds hiding the sun in their monopoly. Breakfast followed a trip to the “Ship Model factory”, great artifacts by the locals ,perfect place to get souvenirs from!
A touch on the Volcanic site did not create any volcano of the emotions ,as the site had been redundant & was alive 7000 years back ,but now it was completely covered with huge trees & a small stream flowing through.
Amazingly ,we did see Alexandra waterfalls but “Ganga Talao” encompassing Brilliantly carved stupendous huge Bronze statue of Lord Shiva, built In by Indian craftsmen, gave us a sense of pride to be an Indian. But the next trip to fascinating “Seven colored earth” was attention grabbing. One place with sand of 7 identifiable different colors ,due to natural sedimentation & salt depositions was remarkable. Even if these sands are washed away by the rains, due to natural processes ,these colorful strata’s are re-created ,amazing mother earth!
Lets figure out seven diff colors —
This day was a short trip but we decided to ensure Fun filled water activities. Reaching Hotel was soon marked by big rounds of kayaking, Windsurfing ,Pedallo ,all from our very own Hotel. Kayaking ,deep In the sea was such a leisure ,slow moving raft ,waves coming nearby & trying to pull us apart ,picturesque mountains on one end & infinite sea on the other end ,we in the mid ,deeply in love with the nature with one another ,a feeling to never ever come out from this leisure.
A warm meeting by 2 Indian couples made this day more enchanting ,by playing some Beach Badminton & Volley ball by the Males of our group .Huge round of gossips ,laughter’s , play ,beach side night walk made our day to the fullest!
Next day had to be the most thrilling one, with day full of escapades & the most looked for day of the trip.
Day 3: Early morning bags were packed with extra clothing, accessories to start trip to Ilex Island.
So the whole bouquet of interesting pursuits-
Parasailing ,Under sea walking, Bumpy Tube ride waterfalls created a hullabaloo amongst us!
It all started with Speed jet picking us from the beach to the “Platform” in the sea to initiate the “Under water walk”.Being a non swimmer ,the turbulence of water & the fear of survival under the water shook me hard ,but it had to be done to create my memories.
The preparedness was marked with a belt with the strong weights put around my waist ,special footwears ,big heavy oxygen mask covering my head & face ,special gesture language to be used under the water in case of any emergency or requisites ,God ,all this was like a dream unnerving me throughout!
1-2-3 …splash & yes there I was inside the sea ,4 more coming inside tied to me one by one ,OMG I was not even able to stand & I had to walk ,this took lil time to understand the underwater moves but it became an auto function soon, once we were surrounded by colorful corals ,beautiful yellow ,blue fishes swimming around us & we giving small bread pieces to those beautiful free living creatures. Amazed to see huge corals ,all of different shapes for the first time in life ! Simply Incredible tour of the under sea life ,with a feeling to explore it more ,our new expedition awaited us for the next.
The most hilarious “Tube Ride”,a banana Tube (capacity of 4 people),tied with the speed jet boat ,was all set to give us the most amazing twists & turns. Gosh !This was the most horrific yet hilarious bumpy & speedy ride ,which made us scream ,laugh & cry all at the same moment as the tube took abrupt twists & turns ,whirling at such high speed that we took this ride by aghast!! A must do adventure to get an unnerving experience with all emotions in one go!
Expressions say it all
Then awaited the next round of our escapades ,a travel via speed boat to another platform amidst the mesmerizing ocean surrounding us…A platform for the sky ride “Parasailing”, A parachute awaiting to bring forth an aerial world.
So we both tied up from our legs holding the strings of parachute set in a specific pose ,marked our readiness to fly high in the skies..1 minute more & yes it went up ,up & more up ,more high in the deep blue sky.
Amazing ,no word could’v explained that moment ,eyes wide opened ,peeping the surroundings ,across the vast ocean down ,our friends ,waving at us. Peeping down just shivered me ,as we sensed highness from the ocean. For next 12 minutes ,we enjoyed our aerial survey every bit of it ,when the time stopped & we slowly & steadily took our swift flight back to the Platform .
All these fabulous events had sparked hunger sensation & this took us to “Masala Restraunt”aside the beach ,an altogether marvelous ambience in the lap of nature ,designed in the form of Huts ,with each family allotted a single Hut .To our utter surprise ,we just relished finding “Indian thali & Biryani” on the menu ,& it just rejuvenated our energy back. Enjoyed sun bath for next one hr @the scintillating beach of Ilex ,walking ,collecting beautiful colored sea shells & Corals from the shore.
Reached our hotel in the evening ,with deep craving for good tight sleep, as more escapades were approaching in the next 2 days.