We spent 10 days in Goa..christmas on the beach with sun, sand and so much fun! Anyway, on one of the days – thursday to be precise, we decided to take a trip to the bondla forest reserve and zoo. It would have probably been a good idea to check their website first but we didn’t and after an hour and a half of driving we came to a sign that announced most tragically that the zoo was closed on Thursdays…why thursday??? beats me…but i guess it’s as good as any other day to be closed. Sid was asleep when we got to this sign and Amu could not care one way or another…but Nish was most upset. He had been sitting patiently through the long car ride, excited about all the animals he was going to see and finally at the end of it all, there was nothing to see! My father in law got out of the car and had a word with the guard at the gate and he was kind enough to let us drive through. Nish was super excited again and we were really lucky because we got to see lots of birds, a monkey and three deer! Then, we took a little walk in the woods and just to make it interesting for the twins, i asked them to look for different colored leaves, different shaped leaves, berries, flowers, fruits, etc. We found some lichens, identified a few plants and trees, watched a few butterflies, observed some ant hills, spotted a giant spider in a web and saw simple and compound leaves.
Nish found a dry dead leaf that only had its venation left (is that what it is called?).
So, although the main attraction was closed we did actually manage to have a good time! And at the end of our walk we sat and had some nice ice-cream in the canteen (which was technically closed). Quite a nice day all in all…but the next time we go there it will definitely not be on a thursday!