Saturday, September 8, 2012

My Bigger and better camping experience

I woke up confused...
Above me I could see a canopy of trees and hear the sound of birds. A sensory experience I generally associate with the jungle. But I was in a large room. In my sleepy eyed blurriness I could make out a table with a fruit bowl on it. And I could feel the luxurious sheets which were wrapped around me and the cozy pillows which I was nestled against. Where was I? Could it be that I am in Kandalama? Nope it cannot be! And as I began to sputter awake and my eyes began to focus I realized that the walls in my room were made out of tent fabric.
It was then that it dawned on me that I was actually camping in the jungles. Of course once again it was with the crew of master campers who have given me no reason to look for an alternate supplier as they continue to shower me with good pricing and extend a hospitality filled with such genuine warmth that it can only be described as priceless. Also this is the fourth time we are camping with them which means all of them are more like extended family by now.
I have already written about my camping experience with them before on here but this time our experience was bigger and better. And it was all because of a tent. A luxury tent which they had recently manufactured. But to call it a tent is a crime similar to calling a diamond a piece of rock. I think it would be better to call it a suite made out of tented material. 
Firstly it was so roomy and spacious that it could easily accommodate four beds and also a table where they had daintily placed a fresh fruit basket and a glass vase with potpourri. Also there was an attached toilet with a wash basin and a shower stall with believe it or not hot and cold water. You have to see it to believe it.
Generally the food these guys serve is pretty good but with the bigger and better luxury tent the food offering too has gone to an entire new level. For instance this luxury tent package comes with seven course dinner and unlimited liquor.

We were also extremely blessed to see bear as well as leopard twice for three safaris this time around in Yala. In fact one would not be wrong if they thought that that the bear belonged to the trained and performing kind because it kept entertaining everyone right in the middle of the road for over an hour. 
It was a spur of the moment decision to take my family to Yala it turned out to be a good one. The sightings as well as the comfort and the food of course made it an absolutely relaxing holiday and I really can’t wait till I go back to their warm and  welcoming embrace once again.


santhoshi said...

Sounds fun, lucky u to spot the bear!

Rajiv Welikala said...

Nice !

Wonder how much such a big tent would cost.

1000 dollars?

I am trying to raise funds to get some tents for the wildlife dept animal rescue team.