In Mysore, after forgoing a trip to the elephant park because of the long drive and cost (a note: the elephant park isn’t that expensive- we were in India for so long & therefore kept a tight budget) we chose instead to go to a nearby wildlife sanctuary. Our boatman paddled us down the quiet Cauvery River. We stared at pretty white birds hanging out on sandbars and disturbed a giant group of fruit bats hanging from the trees. The bats are enormous. I snapped photos as they flew through the air above us, and settled down again in the green foliage of the trees.
Our guide pointed to the water. A crocodile sat, long and silent, on a log by the edge of the river. He didn’t move as we slowly rowed our way over to him. I snapped a few more pictures, and then as we started to move away he glided into the water, swimming with only his eyes showing, before he slipped back under and was lost. I jokingly ruled out swimming.
The time to relax, be quiet and enjoy nature is a much needed counterbalance to the crowded streets of India. Seeing that crocodile was strangely refreshing.