There are huge monolith rocks that jut out of the horizon. See the picture below taken while driving on NH-5 between Vijayawada and Guntur.
Highway or no highway, local transportation is a rich assortment in India. See this double-decker improvisation in a lorry!
This giant statue of Lord Hanuman towers above the trees and houses along the highway.
Krishna basin is very fertile. The drive from Guntur Junction on NH-5 to Bapatla goes through paddy fields. December is harvesting time. You can see the paddy in various stages of readiness for harvesting.
Time for a photo-break, 6 kms from Bapatla. See the milestone in Telugu along with our car Tata Zest.
The beach road to Suryalanka from Bapatla sees lot of traffic. This tender-coconut vendor makes a killing. Even though located in the heart of coconut growing fields, each coconut costs Rs 35/- (same as in cities like Hyderabad or Chennai). See inset below.
Like all beaches, the attractions are the surf, sunrise (or sunset depending on the location) and the solitude. Beaches also help you understand the meaning of horizon. We could experience all of it.
As the day dawns on the beach, it shows its colours.
Being a cloudy morning, we could see the Sun only after it came high up!
A stroll on the beach is always most refreshing. That is Neeta and me on the beach.
And how can it be without a selfie?
While on the beach, we observed some intricate flowery patterns on sand. Close observation revealed that these patters were made up of tiny sand balls. To give you an idea of the size of these patterns, the toe of my shoe is included in the frame at bottom left! Take a look.
Sand bubbler crabs live in burrows in the sand, where they remain during high tide. When the tide is out, they emerge on to the surface of the sand, and scour the sand for food, forming it into inflated pellets, which cover the sand.
Here is another sand galaxy
During low tide, the whole beach was covered with thousands of sand galaxies. See the 'dark' picture below with an inset of the sea.
Another eye-catching pattern
You can see these tiny crabs at work in this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6XJtq2d_lFs
After another selfie on the beach, it was time to bid good bye to Suryalanka.
Christmas festivities were in full swing. We saw many large size stars put up on the road side as in the picture below.
On the return log, we wanted to stopover at Vijayawada for a darshan of Kanaka Durga Temple atop the hill. But the traffic snarl and a special darshan day earmarked for devotees by the thousands, dissuaded us from doing so. See the white gopuram of the temple in right half of the next picture.
Bye till the next travelogue.
Enjoy the holiday season and see you again in the New Year.
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- Harsh-the Ghumakkad/ 28th Dec 2014