Bathing In Tungabhadra River, Hampi

Have you ever done anything in life on an impulse, without thinking much, on the spur of a moment? I have!

It was during a coracle ride on Tungabhadra River in Hampi. It was Christmas eve of 2010. We were holidaying in Hampi and that afternoon we were strolling along the banks of the river when we were approached by this coracle owner who offered to take us on a half an hour ride for a very nominal amount. (The coracle is a small, lightweight boat oval in shape and very similar to half a walnut shell, the structure is made of a framework of split and interwoven willow rods, tied with willow bark.)

The weather was fine, water looked calm and inviting, it was very normal that we followed him to his coracle. What happened after this was not so normal though. As we were boating, we found so many people bathing in the river. Now this was something I had not done for a very very long time. I had this sudden urge to get off from the oracle and bathe in the river. I simply followed the call of my inner urge and soon found myself splashing around in the cool waters of Tungabhadra River.

An alive is awesome moment of my life, I was glad I did it. Took one dip, submerged myself completely under water for some time. Came out then took one more dip… it was exhilarating, rejuvenating and enriching experience, something I will cherish for long. Often it is simple pleasures like this that fills your heart with a sense of content feeling. I returned back to hotel room in drenched clothes with memories of this unique bathing experience.

If you have not done any activity on an impulse, which you secretly desire to do then it is time you build up courage, let go of inhibitions and soak in the experience you want to. It is no point regretting when the opportunity has passed. I have done it and you can too!

This post is part of Alive is Awesome Bathing Experience for Cinthol.

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25 Responses

  1. sounds like a great experience. 🙂

  2. This looks very exciting. I love being on, or near, water.

  3. That is awesome Indrani. My wife and I were in Kalady,Kerala a few months back and on impulse we had a dip in the Poorna river for nearly one hour. It was an amazing experience.

  4. Sylvia K says:

    A wonderful experience, Indrani! I have done things like this — not swimming in a river, but canoeing in one, of exploring places I'd heard about and it is wonderful indeed!! Thanks for sharing!!

  5. Panchali says:

    Bravo! That must have been a great bathing experience, Indrani…
    All the best..

  6. Yeah, impulsive decisions are exciting.

  7. Fantastic, sailing in a basket!

  8. Jeevan says:

    I took a coracle ride in Hogenakkal 15 years ago and I really enjoyed it then. Wish I could write it someday in my blog.

    Nice shots here!

  9. Leovi says:

    A nice adventure.

  10. magiceye says:

    Wow! Must have been awesome indeed!!

  11. Carver says:

    That looks like so much fun. Great shots.

  12. Meoww says:

    Impulsive is sometimes a good word. You used the best of it!

  13. I would love to experience riding in a coracle.

    My Sky Shots
    Have a great weekend.

  14. ladyfi says:

    This is a great way to live life. Wonderful shots!

  15. Ebie says:

    Count me in, I am one of those with the "spur" of the moment experience.

    Nice shots!

  16. Rajesh says:

    An interesting experience.

  17. Joyful says:

    It's great to do things that make us feel great! Have a wonderful day 😉

  18. Irene says:

    Amazing … great shots!

    And thanks for visiting my photoblog!


  19. Ah. sounds like a worthwhile experience. :))

  20. eileeninmd says:

    Indrani, both the boating and the swim in the river sounds like a fun time. Wonderful photos, thanks for sharing. Have a great weekend!

  21. arabesque says:

    i love spontaneous moments,
    i think it's a great idea and that feeling of contentment, that experience… unforgettable.

  22. I admire your heart. Thanks for this adventure.

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