Ever since our last trip to SSS in Alibaug, the kids have been asking to go back there again. So this time during Ganpati vacation we decided to go back for three days and experience what the place feels like in the monsoons.
On day 1 we walked to a waterfall close by and spent some time playing in it. Later in the evening we went for a long walk through the village to a Ganpati temple. A lot of time was spent relaxing and playing (cards, badminton, carrom, swings etc). Dinner was in a beautiful lantern-lit location that SSS arranged for us.
Early morning on our second day, we went up the Kankeshwar hill to the temple on top. A lovely surprise awaited us - the Brahma Kund - which was brimming with crystal blue water from the rains. The kund is apparently around 25-30 feet deep and diving into it was most enjoyable! We had no spare clothes, yet the water was too tempting to resist. That evening, we did another short hike up to the hill close to SSS, back to the beautiful secluded lake where we had enjoyed swimming back in January. This time of the year, the lake was much more full and the water was warm and inviting. All of us swam in it till past sunset with only cows and buffaloes to accompany us.
We had half of day 3 which we spent at SSS playing badminton and practicing Tarzan-swings off the Banyan tree (before Kabir had a bad fall and hurt his knee and elbow...nothing serious fortunately!)
Cashew- Anurag's favourite dog at SSS was no longer around but we befriended Piku and Chiku and spent a lot of time playing with them. The kids have asked to go back to SSS next year for their birthdays and we have identified a few treks close by that we want to try, so hopefully next time won't be too far.