A time warp island

A few months back a few friends and I took off to this enchanting island along the western coast of Karnataka. Before our trip we researched on things to do, places of interest near-by and even made a rough itinerary. Ironically the only time we stepped off the island ( after reaching it, of course!) was when it time to leave. Some places just cast a spell on you. Soans island did just that to us. We had a cottage on stilts above the water. We had our sunset in the evening and sunrise in the morning. A perfect time wrap not too far from home.

A view of our cottage

A view of our cottage

Sunset

Sunset

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The tide rises and recedes periodically

The tide rises and recedes periodically

Morning fog lifting off the water

Morning fog lifting off the water

Morning activity

Morning activity

The walkway that circles around the island

The walkway that circles around the island

Lonar

Close to Aurangabad in the state of Maharashtra,India lies the Lonar lake; a saline lake formed by the impact of a meteor crashing in to the surface of the earth many many many years ago. A steep walk takes you down to the base of the crater lake and a 5 km walk takes you around the lake.

The Lonar Lake

The Lonar Lake

 

There is a walking path along the lake surrounded by trees and infested with monkeys. A word of caution: The monkeys are ferocious and attack even with slight provocation.

A shady walkway

 

The shady walk way

The shady walk way

 

There is abundant flora and fauna around the lake.

 

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Information: There is MTDC guest house at the top with a couple of rooms. This is the only decent accommodation and they serve a reasonable meal on request.