There’s a charm in watching a sunset alone. You feel every passing moment, gradual changes in hue colors, the reflections of hues on the water and the smile on the face just keeps broadening. That’s how I spent my evening at Back Water Cabins in Koyna.
Last weekend, I was visiting my sister in Pune and that’s when I planned to explore some offbeat place in Maharashtra. While looking for places, I got reminded of the place in Koyna where I had an invite from for a property review. This property in particular interested me because of its remote location and abundant untouched nature. I started off from Pune and took an AC bus till Satara. The drive was comfortable and 2 hours went in a jiffy. But it was after years that I waited at an unknown small town bus stand to get into a local rugged bus till Patan. Honestly, I wasn’t sure about doing it but it was an absolutely enriching experience. In my head I felt I can handle anything at all and enjoyed the perfect drive with all the fresh air caressing my face while I observed the never ending stretches of sugarcane fields. By the way, it was not only the fresh air but a lot of dust which too gently kissed me too. These are real travels which make one leave the comfort zone and broaden one’s horizons. The journey wasn’t over at Patan and the driver from the resort had come to pick me at the smallest bus stand I had ever seen. We drove for another 15kms and I had started wondering that the journey was worthwhile. As we drove towards the cabin resort, the huge standing wind turbines blew me over and I could see those as far as my eyes stretched. Of course life completes a full circle, I was instantly reminded of my times when I used to work for the company which manufactures the turbines. The times when I climbed the tower of the turbine and felt the strong winds against my face upon reaching the top just flashed by.
We took the final turn and I saw some cabins from the car itself. The next thing I saw was the huge water body in the backdrop. By then, I wasn’t sure if it was a river, lake or anything else. The cabins looked basic but I didn’t care because the view from the room was freaking mind blowing. Trust me I have stayed in quite some luxurious properties and have been treated to some great views from the room but this was beyond imagination.
A vast stretch of river Koyna meandering through the valleys of Sahyadri ranges and surrounded by lush green forests of Koyna. The generous view left me spell bound for hours. It was time for lunch and the meal which tasted like home food was just perfect to satiate my soul at that moment. After taking a quick nap, I was charged up for the sunset. The driver had already told me about the gorgeous sunset. With all my gear in place, I waited for the sun to start shedding colors. I think I went numb for a while probably with my mouth wide open and eyes failing to blink. The hues didn’t fade away for a long time and now the back breaking journey started to make all the sense.
Also read one of my such experience in Himachal Pradesh – Tirthan Valley : A Discovered Paradise
Next day was about visiting a few spots which the generous staff gladly showed around. We drove for a few kms to a village where I observed the village life and spent some time with locals. It’s lovely to see the contentment in their words. From the village, we did a little hike to the river and the view was straight from my childhood sketches of mountains and the river. I would have spent hours or may be days there if I could but it was time to leave. We started walking back and the knowledgeable staff of the resort pointed to many unique varieties of birds. I was impressed with their grip on their surroundings. No wonder they take their guests on various activities like fishing, trekking, safaris, bird watching, camping and so much more.
We were back just in time to have lunch and leave for Patan to catch my bus for Bangalore. They volunteered to show me a temple which has huge religious beliefs from locals. These little efforts make resorts stand out from others. I am surely going to visit this untouched place again to soak in the fresh air, gorgeous views and amazing hospitality.