Boating with Crocs and Brindavan Gardens

Trip Start Jul 18, 2007
Trip End Dec 23, 2007

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Sunday, November 25, 2007

Well, it was about time for our fun in Mysore to end, so there was a rush to see all that we could before the first week in December when most people would be leaving the city.  A few of us decided to check out the Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary where we heard there were lots of crocodiles and also the Brindavan Gardens.  Whenever I told an Indian that I was living in Mysore (while traveling and not in Mysore, that is) they always mentioned the Brindavan Gardens.  Since Southern India is so beautiful to begin with, I had high hopes for the gardens.

We started with the bird sanctuary, where there actually weren't that many birds.  We went straight to the boats and got in for our tour.   Our guide showed us plenty of birds and bats, but really we were just there for the crocs.  And we got close too!!  The most exciting part was when there was a croc swimming underwater towards our boat.  I was actually scared for awhile!  Plus we got right next to a baby crocodile and the guide hit it with the oar, making it jump into the water.  I saw him do this, so it didn't scare me too much, but I think the sudden splash scared some people.

Before going, I'd heard that sometimes you could watch a crocodile eat a bird, but no luck for us.  We left right after our boat ride and didn't check out the rest of the sanctuary... Crocodiles were enough for us.  It was on to the gardens for the light show.  To be honest, it was definitely a place I could have done without.  I don't know why its a big tourist spot, because it just wasn't very impressive!  There was garbage all over and there was nothing there that I hadn't seen before. We wanted to stick around for the light show, though, so we went to a hotel that was inside the gardens.  They had a restaurant over looking everything and we had a good view for the light show.  Unfortunately the light show wasn't much of a show at all.  I was expecting (why did I ever get my hopes up??) a Disney type show with lights and water to the beat of music.  All we got were the same fountains but with different colored lights under them.  It wasn't worth leaving the hotel so we just had dinner and called it a night.

I guess that this was the proof to me that there was not much to do in Mysore, and we hadn't missed out on anything.  I never got around to visiting the sandalwood or silk factories that I had heard so much about either, but if it was anything like these two sites, I didn't miss much.
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