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A Trip to Papi Hills in a Boat - A Flash Fiction Inspired by Billibuc's Photo Challenge#2

Venkat loves taking part in writing challenges to improve writing skills. In doing so, he can present some nice stories that appeal to all.

Kiran parked the car at the Boat Club building

Kiran parked the car at the Boat Club building

The Plan and Trip

Kiran along with 4 of his friends planned a trip to a popular hill site known as Papikondalu or the Papi Hills which is surrounded on all sides by the magnificent river Godavari. It is at a distance of around 100 km from Rajamundry by steamboat. There is a National Park also there which is an abode for many unique animals and birds. They started from Bangalore on a Friday night in his own car so as to reach Rajamundry early in the morning. After parking the vehicle in the official parking place, they occupied their seats in the steamboat that was booked in advance for their journey. They wanted to experience the river journey which was a long-time wish. And this occasion proved to be their luck. As their destination lies in the midst of waters, it seemed to be a thrilling occasion for enjoying their long-cherished wish. Before leaving, Kiran had instructed the driver of his car to proceed by road to Papikondalu and meet them at the National Park Entrance there as they planned their return journey by road. So, their baggage is left in the car itself.

Their boat heading towards Papi Hills

Their boat heading towards Papi Hills

Breathtaking View of Scenery

Their journey was very pleasant in the boat. It was a journey of four long hours experiencing the joy of the magnificent waves in the river hitting the boat and retreading back continuously. Sprinkles of water touched their bodies often adding to their delight. The weather was fine and fragrant winds carrying the smells of surrounding flora and fauna from waters were soothing to the heart. Breathe-taking hill views with green vegetation and the blue skies were welcoming them. They are experiencing a thrilling joy for having decided on this wonderful trip. They felt enchanted all sides by the blue waters, majestic hills laden with green vegetation, and the mystic clouds/sky. After a travel of more than three hours, the river becomes narrower and breaks into canals and lakes at many points. They find their launch passing through in between those steep majestic hills. The hills are surrounded on all three sides by the river. So, it is like taking a round around those hills before finding the shore at the backside of it.

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Kiran and his colleagues requested the captain of the boat to steer the ship to an anchorage nearby so that they can get down and take a walk through the woods enjoying some scenery before reaching the National Park. Their purpose was to visit the National Park and enjoy the presence of those wild and other unique animals, birds, reptiles, etc. and take some photos also if possible. So, he pointed to an adjoining lake-like waterbed from where they can easily get to the path that is being used by the local tribals and the forest officials living there.

The shore where they disembarked from boat

The shore where they disembarked from boat

An Encounter With an Alligator

The Captain didn't heed to their request at first. But, when they pleaded him and expressed their adventurous mood, he landed them at a short distance from the shore in a low-water bed and proceeded towards his normal destination at the dockyard. Before leaving, he told them to be careful while passing through the cluster of weeds present at that location. The waters were up to their knees while pushing themselves through the weeds using their hands. While they were still a few feet away to reach the land, they spotted some unexpected splash of waves a little afar from them.

Somebody watching away from the shore had warned them of a crocodile approaching towards them that was hiding in the weeds. The boys got a bit panicked but immediately prepared to face it by all means. Kiran and one more colleague removed the belts that were worn by them and determined to attack the crocodile with full confidence and save all of them. They were waiting for the attack. Meanwhile, the person on the other side of the shore threw a thick and strong twig of a tree towards them. Kiran managed to catch hold of it timely.

The crocodile tried to hit them with its tail and injure them. But they managed to protect themselves. Now, the Alligator planned to bite their legs and drag them into deep waters so that it can tear their bodies. But, Kiran was smart enough with his wits and calculated the right time to thrust his stick into its mouth with a lightning speed deep enough to tear its jaws and injure it. It got perplexed with that sudden attack and wriggled painfully for some moments and disappeared in waters. All of them heaved a sigh of relief and reached the shore quickly before it could come back again. On getting to the shore, they immediately called to the officials there and informed them of the crocodile's presence in that place and their encounter with it. They wanted the crocodile to be captured, treated for its injuries and put in a pool of that National Park as an addition to their collections. Kiran is an animal activist and member of an NGO organization that takes care of pets and stray animals. Thereafter, they took their path towards the National Park through shortcuts with occasional guidance from the locals there.

Kiran in his adventurist spirits

Kiran in his adventurist spirits

They marched through the woods taking shortcuts and reached the National Park gate within 20 minutes. Even though their clothes dried-up while doing so, they decided to change their dresses to enjoy the freshness. Their vehicle had already reached the entrance to the National Park as per Kiran's prior instructions to his driver while stepping down at Rajamundry in the morning time. So, they had their baggage and changed themselves in the nearby shelter room. Thereafter they took their meals in a restaurant near the gate itself before stepping into the Park.on purchasing the tickets.

It was a fenced park covering a vast area. The wild animals that are carnivorous are kept in secure cages while other herbivorous or tame animals are moving around freely in highly fenced areas. Many varieties of birds and reptiles were also to be witnessed there. They enjoyed the green scenery and the flora and fauna with much delight. It was a feast for their eyes.

Comments

Venkatachari M (author) from Hyderabad, India on February 29, 2020:

Yes, Flourish. Kiran actually is working for an NGO that protects animals as well as provides medical care and shelter.

My Purpose was to tribute my grandparents and ancestors who participated in our country's freedom struggle. But, I added some thrilling moments to make it an appealing story.

Thanks for your nice comment.

Venkatachari M (author) from Hyderabad, India on February 29, 2020:

Jason, thanks for the appreciative comment. I enjoyed myself creating that story.

FlourishAnyway from USA on February 29, 2020:

I’m glad that Kiran had kind intent for the crocodile and alerted authorities. He was just doing what wild animals do — defend his turf.

Jason Nicolosi from AZ on February 29, 2020:

Good job! A very fun and enjoyable adventure to read about. It also had some very thrilling parts to it.

Venkatachari M (author) from Hyderabad, India on February 21, 2020:

I added the encounter with the crocodile to create some thrilling experience. The rest of the story is a narration of an actual trip taken to the site.

Thanks, Rochelle, for your encouraging comment.

Rochelle Ann De Zoysa from Moratuwa, Sri Lanka on February 21, 2020:

Enjoyed the adventure as it felt so real :) Detailed and creative :) Charming :)

Venkatachari M (author) from Hyderabad, India on February 16, 2020:

Thank you, Chris, for the nice comment and appreciation of my story.

Chris Mills from Traverse City, MI on February 16, 2020:

You have used very good story telling technique. I enjoyed the rise in action when the crocodile came after them. In the end, they learned a lesson and were were more cautious when they visited the park. Good job on this one.

Venkatachari M (author) from Hyderabad, India on February 13, 2020:

Yes, Manatita.

It is necessary for a creative writer or any creative work to weave details that attract viewers or your customers.

Thanks for the further visit. My best wishes to you all.

manatita44 from london on February 13, 2020:

Nice, so you are good at embellishments, too, then. I appreciate that. Salaam!

Venkatachari M (author) from Hyderabad, India on February 13, 2020:

Verlie,

I am very happy reading your comment appreciating my efforts with so many encouraging points. Many, many thanks.

Venkatachari M (author) from Hyderabad, India on February 13, 2020:

Ruby,

Thanks for reading and enjoying the story. I am happy with the appreciation of my work.

Verlie Burroughs from Canada on February 13, 2020:

Venkat you've written some lovely scenes into your story of Kiran's boat trip to the Papi Hills, capturing well the mood, and the excitement of the journey. The encounter with the crocodile is a great climax to the adventure. I enjoyed reading, and I really like the extra photos you've added.

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on February 13, 2020:

Your adventure was an enjoyable read. You made it exciting by adding the crock in the weeds. Well done.

Venkatachari M (author) from Hyderabad, India on February 13, 2020:

Thank you, Chitra, for the appreciation of my work. I am trying to improve my writing skills by participating in these challenges.

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on February 13, 2020:

A well written story with the picture prompts, with some important messages, relating to ecology, humanity and conservation, as well.

Excellent response to the challenge.

I thoroughly enjoyed going through, and the encounter with the crocodile felt real.

Thanks for sharing this wonderful flash fiction.

Venkatachari M (author) from Hyderabad, India on February 12, 2020:

Thanks, Linda, for your visit and comment. I may also not like that kind of an encounter with the crocodiles. We want pleasant and safe journeys.

Venkatachari M (author) from Hyderabad, India on February 12, 2020:

Come on Bro, Manatita.

The trip was a real one by my son and his friends. But, the encounter with Alligator or crocodile is only fictional to create some thrill. My son is working for an Animal Care Organization on part-time during the weekly offs. So, I thought of introducing that encounter and make it appealing.

Thanks for the nice comment.

Venkatachari M (author) from Hyderabad, India on February 12, 2020:

Eric,

I am really not worthy of that "Amazing Author" honor. I feel like an apprentice here learning to craft some simple articles and thereby enjoying myself.

Venkatachari M (author) from Hyderabad, India on February 12, 2020:

Peggy,

I am very happy with your nice comment and appreciation of my work. A boat ride is truly worth enjoying. Thanks for the visit and comment.

Venkatachari M (author) from Hyderabad, India on February 12, 2020:

Dear Sean,

I am glad that you noticed the ecological and humanitarian aspects of the story. Thank you and my blessings to you all.

Venkatachari M (author) from Hyderabad, India on February 12, 2020:

Thank you, Harish Bhai.

I am very happy with your nice appreciation of my work.

Venkatachari M (author) from Hyderabad, India on February 12, 2020:

Dreamer Meg,

Nobody wants to encounter with a crocodile. But, one should be prepared to face any type of odd situations that occur spontaneously. Thanks for your comment.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on February 12, 2020:

Your story is enjoyable and you've described an interesting area to visit. I wouldn't like to be in the water with a crocodile, though!

manatita44 from london on February 12, 2020:

Yes, Bro,

I felt the crocodiles, Bro and your alligators had very wicked motives. Hills and rivers are very meaningful to me as well. You are lucky Ji. More peace to you.

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on February 12, 2020:

I wanna go. What a great trip by an amazing author. Thanks for sharing it.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on February 12, 2020:

I could almost feel the breezes and imagine the gorgeous scenery as you were gliding through the waters on that boat. Wading through waters with a crocodile (or alligator) would not have been fun, but all ended well on this adventurous trip. You did well with Bill's photo prompts.

Ioannis Arvanitis from Greece, Almyros on February 12, 2020:

An excellent travel narrative, my brother, with a shred of dangerous adventure and some ecological messages! Great work! Thank you for sharing.

Blessings!

Sean

Harish Mamgain from New Delhi , India on February 12, 2020:

You have enected an interesting story Venkatachariji. I like how you dealt with the challenge of writing a story based on a photo prompt. The encounter with the crocodile you depicted was felt as real. I enjoyed reading the story.

DreamerMeg from Northern Ireland on February 12, 2020:

What a great visit. I wouldn't want the visit with the crocodile but the park sounds delightful.

Venkatachari M (author) from Hyderabad, India on February 12, 2020:

Bill,

Thank you very much for the appreciation of my work. You are the inspirator for me kindling my muse.

Venkatachari M (author) from Hyderabad, India on February 12, 2020:

Eric,

I am pleased with your observation about my English that it is refreshing to a Southwestern "American Speaker". Thanks for the visit and the mention.

Venkatachari M (author) from Hyderabad, India on February 12, 2020:

Nikki, I am very happy for your visit and the nice comment.

Thanks and my blessings to you all.

Venkatachari M (author) from Hyderabad, India on February 12, 2020:

John,

I see your point. It was an Alligator actually but perceived as a crocodile by a common person. So, I used both the words while narrating the incident. I hope it's okay. I appreciate your query and the nice comment.

Venkatachari M (author) from Hyderabad, India on February 12, 2020:

Devika,

Nice to see you visit this post and offer the first comment. I am thankful to you for the appreciation.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on February 12, 2020:

A lovely romp through the wilderness. A fine story of friendship and adventure and conservation. Well done, my friend!

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on February 12, 2020:

I will be back. I just wanted to say that I really like the English that is used here. Refreshing to an old Southwestern "American" speaker.

Nikki Khan from London on February 12, 2020:

Very nice-crafted story. Quite an adventurous journey of four friends. Illustrations meet the surroundings of the characters so adequately.

You have met the chellenge, Venkatachari.

Bill, would love to explore this expedition.

John Hansen from Queensland Australia on February 12, 2020:

A nice story Venkat. You described the scenery very well and I could imagine myself taking part in the journey. Was the encounter with an alligator or a crocodile, however? They are two similar but different reptiles. Good response to Bill's challenge though.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on February 12, 2020:

A well-planned trip and sounds amazing with close encounters. I like the scenarios and the adventurist as well. You have taken this challenge and created something unique.