Tuesday, August 25, 2009

The Pregnant Maiden - Decoded , Langkawi Trip 4

To read Part 3
Life in Langkawi is very much like India. At one side you can see shopping complex, restaurants and luxurious resorts with spa. But on the other, you can notice rice fields (agriculture being their main occupation!) and buffaloes on bare lands. This is the view from our hotel room and We woke up to the sound of the rooster everyday!
After late breakfast, we started Island hopping tour by bum boat at 11 am. At first we alighted at “Pulau Beras Basah”. It’s a blue green beach with powdery white sand. We could see the fishes beneath the water even from the Jetty. Unfortunately, the "Water-Sports" centre was closed. So for the next couple of hours we just relaxed (actually ran around, played swing and even wrestled). Thats me in the swing :P
Next we stopped to feed Eagles at "Pulau Singa Besar". This mangrove filled jungle used to be a national park. Now it’s closed for conservation (well done!). While we sat silently on the boat, the guide threw some chicken flesh into the water. Within seconds we saw number of Eagles(of various sizes) flying around. They flew at a great speed and picked the chicken pieces at one stroke. The bum boat really punctured our bums when the guide drove at great speed over the rough water. After 10 minutes we sat starring at an array of islands (totally clueless!). In a lousy accent guide told us it’s the "Pulau Dayang Bunting", The famous "Isle of the Pregnant Maiden”. After 5 minutes of serious looking/starring/blinking/ camera-clicking and thinking! We pretended to each other that we have seen it and its right there (pointing to the array). Now I have decoded the picture - Here is she, the ever mom-to-be!
Later we bummed our way to "Tasik Dayang Bunting" (Lake Of The Pregnant Maiden). It is the largest lake of Langkawi and resides in the middle of an island nestled amidst the lush forest hills. We have to trek (oh no!) for about 10 minutes from the jetty in the forest hill. The worst part of it was, defending from troublesome monkeys.
The name of the lake comes from the legend of fairy princes. Long ago, a fairy princess married an earthly prince. She became pregnant and her baby died shortly after its birth. She was very depressed and buried the child in this lake before returning to her celestial abode. However she blessed the clear waters of the lake that any childless maiden who bathed in the lake would conceive thereafter.
The notice board at the entrance warned us about the lake's abyss. And we rented the life jacket as advised. This lake seemed spooky to me (like that of lake placid) so I took a dip and was out of water within seconds. After an hour we were back to the "Bum" boat !
By late afternoon we were back on land and promptly headed to our food paradise, The “Palace of India” (POL). Then we returned to our rooms for a short nap. By 7 pm we cleaned up and checked out. Enchanted by the good food, we went to POL again. The waiter cum cashier was so happy to see us for the 3rd time. He said the restuarnt gets busy every time we visit(did I tell you about my luck ? :P).

We took the last flight from Langkawi on Monday - 29th Aug at 11 pm. It reached Kuala Lumpur half past mid night. Our flight to Singapore was only at 6 in the morning. So we slept in the airport until then. We were glad to have taken this fun filled trip. However, our manager wasn’t very pleased to see freakishly tanned droopy faces wandering around the coffee machine for every few hours on Tuesday.

THE END ! Thanks for travelling with me :P

31 comments:

gils said...

hmm..oru vazhia mudichitia : gud gud

Prats said...

Beautiful Description....
I read all the 4 parts together... Was really well written and I can almost get a feel of the place....

I am sure you did had a lot of fun there :-)


Ps. Wanted some info from you, if you don't mind can I mail/chat with you? (I already hav ur email id)

mybittersweetkoreanlife said...

Loved the island, especially the sand and the swing...

Srivats said...

@ gils

grrrrrrrr, erudi next post podvella appo vachikaren kummiya

Srivats said...

@ Prats

//Beautiful Description....
I read all the 4 parts together... Was really well written and I can almost get a feel of the place....//

Thanks I guess that helps anyone who wanna visit :)

//I am sure you did had a lot of fun there :-)//

Hell ya, didnt u get it from the post :P

//
Ps. Wanted some info from you, if you don't mind can I mail/chat with you? (I already hav ur email id)//

Why would I mind bro, please mail me/ chat with me :P

athivas said...

Beautiful pictures,Sri. Thanks for all the info(where else to visit, hotels etc). We'll use it as a guide when we go!!:)

Srivats said...

@mybittersweetkoreanlife said...

//Loved the island, especially the sand and the swing... //

yes it was very lovely, and the wrestling was for "who gets the swing" haha :P

athivas said...

Unga blog paartheaaley colorful-a irukuthuu,Langkawi pictures, I meant!!

Srivats said...

@ athivas said...

//Beautiful pictures,Sri. Thanks for all the info(where else to visit, hotels etc). We'll use it as a guide when we go!!:)//

Yup that was my idea of writing :P
Totally welcome, pleasure is mine, sorry couldnt cut short it , had to put 4 parts though!

Srivats said...

@ athivas said...

//Unga blog paartheaaley colorful-a irukuthuu,Langkawi pictures, I meant!!//

color colora potta makkal varuvaangannu oru nambikkai dhaan :)

glad to see ur mail on spastic soceity , keep it up! see u there !

G3 said...

//Next we stopped to feed Eagles at "Pulau Singa Besar". //

Neenga maanukku dhaan unavu pottavar paatha kazhugukkuma!! avvvvvvv

Paarapatchamindri ella mirugangalukkum unavalitha VALLAL SRI VAAZHGA VAAZHGA !!!

G3 said...

//He said the restuarnt gets busy every time we visit(did I tell you about my luck ? :P).//

:))))))))) Restaurantkku mattum dhaan appadiya ;)) Motha langkawikkae ungalaala kootam jaasthiyaagiduchunnu illa sonnaanga :P

G3 said...

//Thanks for travelling with me :P//

Thanks for taking the pleasure in guiding us around the place :))))))))

G3 said...

//Srivats said...

@ gils

grrrrrrrr, erudi next post podvella appo vachikaren kummiya//

Pottutaaru :)) Seekiram vandhu gummunga :D

Srivats said...

G3

//Neenga maanukku dhaan unavu pottavar paatha kazhugukkuma!! avvvvvvv ..Paarapatchamindri ella mirugangalukkum unavalitha VALLAL SRI VAAZHGA VAAZHGA !!!//

Ungalukkum kandippa kudukaren,

//:))))))))) Restaurantkku mattum dhaan appadiya ;)) Motha langkawikkae ungalaala kootam jaasthiyaagiduchunnu illa sonnaanga :P
//

avvvv.. kudukaradhukku mela kuvuraanga goyyaley!!

//Thanks for taking the pleasure in guiding us around the place :))))))))//

aaaahh epdi thanks ellam solli ennoda nenja nakiteengaley g3.. I surrender u the win

Aaarti said...

I thot i left a comment here earlier today! hmmm, am i hallucinatin!! yaarukku theiryum!!

Good fun reading it.. went on the journey with you guys.. Aana, enaku ange poganum.. oru naal, athu nadakkum!!!

Eagles pictures kalakals!!

Srivats said...

@ Aarti

//I thot i left a comment here earlier today! hmmm, am i hallucinatin!! yaarukku theiryum!!//

enakku nalla theriyum hehe, u left a comment on previous post about langkawi :) u are not hallucinatin but may be forgetful :)

//Good fun reading it.. went on the journey with you guys.. Aana, enaku ange poganum.. oru naal, athu nadakkum!!!//

Kandippa, wishes for hearty travels!
Eagles pictures kalakals!!

A journey called Life said...

fitting finale to a very nice series..

Savitha said...

updated the post...written to make it clearer...

Eyomer said...

natured filled land, rich in water and plantation always attract me. good to know u had relaxed time there.

the hevenly princess story is very touching.

Did i see "The End" at the end!!!!

Srivats said...

@ Aparna

Thanks much :)

@ Savitha

Glad would have a look.

@ Eyomer
I did relax but kept feeling, how nice it would have been to be with my love at this place - All the time!

Ramesh said...

Finally landed on your blog - my Net nanny wasn't letting me find where your blog was. Nice piece on Langkawi - I had been there a few years ago and could relate to a lot of what you said. Very nice blok - will visit often.

Charissism said...

If you haven't put a label on the preggy mountain, I wouldn't be able to get it either. hahaha Love your trip and narration too. It's like the readers are with you throughout the trip. Keep it up!

Srivats said...

@ Ramesh

//
Finally landed on your blog - my Net nanny wasn't letting me find where your blog was.//

Welcome to my blog :)

// Nice piece on Langkawi - I had been there a few years ago and could relate to a lot of what you said.//

Oh is it, its still the same not much have changed, may be couple of more resorts.

// Very nice blok - will visit often.//

Thanks buddy see you around.

Srivats said...

@ Charissism said...

//If you haven't put a label on the preggy mountain, I wouldn't be able to get it either. hahaha//

I tried hard and found the answer in the internet. Once I knew, spotting wasnt hard :)

// Love your trip and narration too. It's like the readers are with you throughout the trip. Keep it up!//
Thanks much :) its a great encouragement :P

R-ambam said...

//After 5 minutes of serious looking/starring/blinking/ camera-clicking and thinking! We pretended to each other that we have seen it //

athu seri evlo naeram thaan nadikrathu .. intha oru matterukkaagave tour ukku friends oada thaan poaganum :)

Srivats said...

@ R-ambam

//athu seri evlo naeram thaan nadikrathu .. intha oru matterukkaagave tour ukku friends oada thaan poaganum :)
//

haha adhu correct dhaan chila edangal kuttama poi dhaan enjoy pannanum, ana chiladhu thaniya poi ulvaanganum, and chiladhu thunaiyoda poi anubavikkanum :P

jehan said...

//He said the restuarnt gets busy every time we visit(did I tell you about my luck ?//

my friend and i observed this too. when we enter a shop, or just see a booth, after a while, the place would be filled with people already. we always said to each other that we give luck to shops, hahaha...

jehan said...

oh and i wouldnt dare take a dip into that water also... scares me...

Srivats said...

@Jehan

//my friend and i observed this too. when we enter a shop, or just see a booth, after a while, the place would be filled with people already. we always said to each other that we give luck to shops, hahaha...//

haha thats great we should start a lucky business bringers club :P

//oh and i wouldnt dare take a dip into that water also... scares me...//

It did scare me very much, but my friends were enjoying and literally pushing me to it. So I just took a dip - while I was in the water I got really scared tht something might just catch my leg hehe.

Sundari said...

Reading thru all the 4 parts gave a gud travel experience..Nice writeup :)