'Tip Tip Tip Baarish'- Kalapathar Village in Havelock-Andaman Islands(India)

Exploring Andamans-Part 6-Monologue With Monsoon

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This is part of a series, where I take my little son with me on my travels to help him understand responsible and sustainable tourism, so that he grows up to be a responsible citizen who can help inspire others to also understand the importance of respecting nature and nurturing it. In this series, we explore the Andaman Islands as part of #ResponsibleTravelForKids series. Can travel be made more meaningful and enjoyable for kids? Lets explore and find out. Check Part-0 Part-1 , Part-2 , Part-3 ,Part-4  and Part-5 so far.

I stood outside our hut for about 15 minutes, waiting for the dawn light to crawl inside the forest. This post is about those 15 minutes and the little walk thereafter. This post is about my monologue with nature before my little son wakes up.

There is something about the monsoons or the first rains, that leaves you spellbound or attracted to the world outside. It’s like the feeling of the world around you has been bathed and is singing joyously, while you explore the trees, the leaves, the pathways have its own morning monsoon glow, even as the earthy Petrichor fills your senses. Travelling to the Andamans from the mainland can be a little like time travel as you go catch the monsoon before it hits the mainland. You revel in the future by taking a piece of it, and then head back to the sweltering humid climate of Chennai and the world beyond it.

The morning walk across to the reception at Flying Elephants Retreat in Havelock Island-Andaman Islands (India)
The morning walk across to the reception at Flying Elephants Retreat in Havelock Island-Andaman Islands (India)
Reception of Flying Elephants Retreat in Havelock-Andaman Islands(India)
Reception of Flying Elephants Retreat in Havelock-Andaman Islands(India)

It looked like the rain had abated, and there was a sense of the wind and the buzz from the weather settling down. I actually wished it rained a bit more. There is something about a rainy day where you want droplets of water all around where you live. A blanket around you, a pot of tea and a book to lazily be transported mentally and physically into a different world of the book. The rain continuously falling could even be a GIF image that makes you feel bubbling with energy in the world that your book takes you to. I wanted to live within a book’s world, within the world that this green forest in Kalapathar Village was.  It was if there was a inner belief that rain has a way to heal the battered soul from the fast lives of the city. Rain has a way of making life pause, and take you on a different track for a new trip. It was like the movie ‘Inception’-Dream within a dream within a dream. Since it was not raining I walked out of the resort to the main road that curves its way amidst the chaperoning woods that would take me to the beach.

'Tip Tip Tip Baarish'- Kalapathar Village in Havelock-Andaman Islands(India)
‘Tip Tip Tip Baarish’- Kalapathar Village in Havelock-Andaman Islands(India)

As I walked outside, I saw the leaves had an extra layer of green and maybe a spring in their step. The heavens had within a few hours revived the beauty and done make up on its subjects below. The leaves and moss around were greener than usual, and the roads were beautifully filled with little brown puddles. I thought rain has its own art form, reflected on the grand canvas that earth’s layers were. It could be the sea, which could have a thousand ripples breaking into it, it could be badly made roads where the bitumen peals off drop by drop, it could be the mud on the roads, which has now become a chocolate ‘milk-shakish’ brown. Monsoon was art, and I was its connoisseur this morning.

That fresh feel of the monsoons- Kalapathar Village in Havelock-Andaman Islands(India)
That fresh feel of the monsoons- Kalapathar Village in Havelock-Andaman Islands(India)

The leaves around the betelnut trees, were up in arms, literally begging me to look at them. There was so much green around, that you felt like meditating into its gaze. Life was slow, Life was green and the world for a few moments was just me and nature. Mobile signals could not discover me here. Whatsapp’s carefully crafted ‘NASA predicts cyclone’ messages would not reach me. Arnab’s full throated voice or any kind of negative vibe could not find me. There was fun in this kind of hide and seek from media. Have you ever felt this?

Wet, Green and the Rains are around- Kalapathar Village in Andaman Islands(India)
Wet, Green and the Rains are around- Kalapathar Village in Havelock- Andaman Islands(India)

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G E T T I N G   T H E R E 

We stayed at ‘The Flying Elephants’ in Havelock Island (Kalapathar Village). Check room rates, and facilities here. You can reach Havelock Island by a ferry/helicopter from Port Blair.

Between Port Blair to Havelock, there are 2 private ferries (Green Ocean and Makruzz) and 1 Government Ferry. The private ferries have online advanced booking, while the booking window for the government ferry is 3-4 days in advance. You would need a local/agent to book the government ferry for you.

There are daily flights to Port Blair from Delhi, Kolkata, Bengaluru, Mumbai and Chennai. Carriers that service Port Blair include, Jet AirwaysAir IndiaSpiceJet and GoAir. Round-trip fares vary in price depending on how early you book.  It usually costs a minimum of about 11,000 INR return from Chennai. A 15kg check-in luggage limit exists for most air-planes.

There are no international flights from Port Blair.

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26 thoughts on “Exploring Andamans-Part 6-Monologue With Monsoon”

  1. Woah the way you have described the post is very poetic.I love the dew drops from the leaves and it’s amazing that you took some time off to connect with nature.All of us need that to feel ourselves and discover ourselves more.I was laughing out loud at the Arnab Goswami reference.

  2. “a book to lazily be transported mentally and physically into a different world of the book” i personally loved this part 🙂 and it’s true that when you are reading, it’s like you are in a different world or in the world in the book as you read.

  3. Wow!! I loved your post. So many emotions. Ds is exactly how I feel when the monsoons are around and i am in the greens. Loved your pictures. I think i need to take a monsoon drive again.

  4. Love how this is written. Your son is very lucky, lots of adventures for him to remember. I read your previous article too and that was interesting! Such a detailed and thoughtful article. Thanks for sharing

    1. Thank you Gareth. That made my evening!

      It is my goal in life to take my son to various places to tell him that its a beautiful world out there with positive vibes. I’d like to teach him things that formal schooling wont teach him 🙂 Thanks again on your feedback. I am glad that it made your time worthwhile.

  5. I really enjoyed your story of a different Adamans to what I am used to. For me Adamans mean stunning beaches with clear water and tropical atmosphere. You showed me differently! I can imagine how refreshing and relaxing must be to have cup of tea while watching the rain through the forest.

    1. Hi Joana!

      While the beaches are the clear highlight,I think what worked for me was that the the place was about 20 years back in time. The people listen in still on Radio for news, and television penetration is medium. The world here is not absorbed on their mobiles and people are in sync with nature. Humanity lives here instead of the robots that the mainland has cultivated.

  6. I absolutely love how rains make everything look so fresh and greener than normal. Monsoon is indeed art. You have captured the rain drops on the leaves so beautifully. I like how you have said that for a moment it was just you and nature and no distractions like Whatsapp , Arnab lol.. etc. 🙂

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