Colorful waters sprinkled on my face, and I woke up from my dream. A hot summer lazy day was boring and made me keep thinking what to do. But a dream was pleasant and new. I came out from the bed room and saw my mother packing a red trolley suitcase. I hugged my mother and asked what’s up today.My mother smiled and said a two day trip to Mysore is being planned today.I was surprised and went back to bedroom and woke up my sister to inform her. My sister asked mother when Are we going, how we are going, mothers reply was only an order to go to the wash room.My father simply said to help my mother for trip arrangements. Every now and then our eyes kept watching the Wall clock and to wait for my father’s call. Finally father said taxi will pick up as at 7.30 pm to drop as at Chennai central. When we reached central, I was excited to move the trolley suitcase. It was great fun moving the bag like a toy train. We waited for the more than for an hour watching people moving on the platform. The train Kaviery express arrived on platform eleven with scratching sound and we moved to coach no S13. The coach was close to the engine. We got settled in our seats and waited for the train to start. The summer night was also very hot and we happen to travel in a second class sleeper only. The Ticket Collector took his black over coat from Suitcase and not bothering the sultry night and started to wear the coat. Our co passengers were very helpful to oblige and offer their lower berth for my mother and sister. Our coach was close to the engine and felt sudden jerks and thud sounds often. The journey was pleasant and we slept in between crackling sounds. Early morning the train stopped at Mandaya and vendors were selling tea, newspapers and water bottles. Everywhere we saw lush green Paddy and sugarcane plantations. The breeze was cool and we could see water cannels every few kilometers. Some times I felt like a poet on seeing beautiful sun rays falling on flowers and weeds crawling near railway tracks. We reached Mysore station at 7.30 am and took a auto to hotel paradise. After breakfast we traveled in a taxi to Chamundi temple and worshiped goddess Chamundi. From the Chamundi hills we were able to see the Mysore city. It was wonderful. Near the Chamundi temple a big Nandi temple was beautifully and a great attraction for children. We came down the hills watching the Mysore city.
We went to wax gallery, which had models decorated with wax, depicting Indian culture art and music. In the visitors book someone has remarked 'badly maintained and disgusting. I thought some how he was right. Next we went to a nearby sand gallery. It was small but covered almost all major religions and Mysore palace. It was fine effort by the artist to maintain the gallery in an open space. In the afternoon we had lunch at hotel Siddhartha. The food was not good. We went to see the zoo. The zoo was vast and vey big, so battery car were also available. The zoo was well maintained and interesting to see various species of birds and animals. Separate enclosures for snakes were also kept. It was amazing to see giraffes and elephants roaming around big enclosures. When we finished and came to the exit point we were unable to walk. Then we proceeded to the Brindavan gardens. It took 30 minutes from the zoo. The Krishna Sagar dam and the Brindavan gardens were very beautiful to seen in the evening with ray of lights glooming everywhere. It was interesting to see the dancing color fountain dancing to top hit songs. We came back to hotel had dinner and felt very tired.
Next morning we went to Srirangapattinum an old historic city. The Ranganather temple was an old temple well maintained. Nearby we visited a demolished fort of Tipusultan. Tipusultan tomb was behind the fort. It was from this place Tip sultan dead body was found. Tipusultan museum was very informative and had beautiful mural paintings regarding war and the monarch family. Weapons used during the period was displayed. The museum was under renovation. We went back to Mysore to visit the palace. The place was so huge and we used battery car to go around the place. The palace is great example of Indian architectural brilliance.Paintings and wood carvings depict our Indian art and culture. Afternoon we had lunch and went to shopping. My mother bought a Mysore silk sari and we bought a wrist Watch both for me and my sister.We went back to our hotel to prepare for departure to Chennai. We had light dinner in the hotel and checked out. We got dropped in the cab at the railway station and said good bye to Mysore. We came back to Chennai with good memories of the trip. The trip helped us to understand wild life and history. Thank you all and we look forward to our next summer trip another historic place.