Even though there is ongoing development throughout the Tiruvannamalai area, still some lovely spots exist in which one can relax and enjoy. The bottom photographs are of a morning's excursion with my doggies at the Samudram Eri. As previously mentioned in many earlier postings, over the last eight years industrial level sand quarrying is being undertaken in many areas of the 750 acre Eri.
About a month ago a halt was made to the sand quarrying, whether this is a temporary or permanent halt, only time will tell. But the halt has already been long enough for life to calm down after years of continuous noise and noxious fumes from the many sand diggers and heavy truck earth movers that have been infesting the Eri. So lets just enjoy the peace and see what happens.
|Nearby State Reserve Forest adjacent to the Eri|
|Acres of undisturbed Reserve lands|
|Artifical lakes have been created by the sand digging which are now hugely popular with both domestic and migratory birds|
|Fabulous Banyan Tree on Bund of Arunachala Eri|
|My little Holly lost in all the greenery|
|Magnificient darshan of Holy Arunachala|
|Darshan of the Arunachaleswarar Temple's Raja Gopuram bottom of Hill slope|
|Numerous artifical lakes and ponds have created by sand exacuvations. My doggie Max having a leisurely swim!|
|Parvathamalai Hill in background. Hope to be visiting and performing the 25 km girivalm soon. Will post photos|
|Large number of Fork Tail Kites on the Eri in the mornings|
|White doggie Max, black doggie Winnie, manoeuvring for stick rights!|
|Side of Eri: Preparing fields in the old fashioned way for Paddy planting!!!|