NATURE NOTES OF THE WILDERNESS TRIP
The Udupi, Agumbe and Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary Trip 15-19 November 2013
Poornima Kumar,Ace Spotter, Photographer with R. Ashok Kumar, both family Members BNHS.
Photos by former, narrration by latter.
Scientific studies indicate that the basalt of the St. Mary's Islands was formed by sub-aerial subvolcanic activity, because at that time Madagascar was attached to India. The rifting of Madagascar took place around 88 Mya.
88 Mya means 88 million years from the present. Deccan traps were formed 60 million years ago. (R. Ashok Kumar).
The islands form one of the four geological monuments in Karnataka state, one of the 26 Geological Monuments of India declared by the Geological Survey of India in 2001. The monument is considered an important site for "Geo Tourism".
In the picture of basalt column below I have said of the white growth-sea creatures(barnacles), compare the photo in this link:
But they aren't barnacles but lichen growth ? I remember to have peered through the binox at the white colony on a basalt column(I do not remember whether I observed on the pictured basalt formation) and they appeared to be barnacles.
We had tasty tatinungu(Three toles for Rs 15/-), how deliciously relishing!
Another shot of Drosera_burmannii and its zoomed view
The Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary/Bhadra Tiger Reserve: The Valley of Bamboos
The boat ride ended with glorious views of Bhadra sunset :
Close up of the beauty:
This boat ride on 19th November 2013 finally ended by 745 and we had a good breakfast and headed in our bus to Mangalore which we approached via picturesque Kudremukh. By 1330 we were back at Mangalore Central Station.
Poornima and I headed for Hotel Metro Plaza where we checked in and rested till 1945. We boarded the Yeswantpur Express and headed for Mysore which we reached on 20th morning early by 5 hrs, took a prepaid auto(Rs 35/-) and reached home to nilekhani this story of our treks on the laptop!
Thank you BNHS.