Not that it ever left in the first place. Only that I seem to have been taking mini-breaks in between the description of my adventure.
I am mindful of the fact that in my descriptions of Bhadra and the Jungle Lodges Resort I have focused quite a bit on the lake, the river terns and the islands- thereby giving my readers the impression that Bhadra is nothing but a lake resort with a variety of birds. Quite to the contrary Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary is one of the largest wildlife preserves in South India (covering an area of almost 492 sq km). A safari through this jungle is an impressive experience as you drive through (or driven through to be more accurate) narrow trails passing massive trees and bamboo vegetation.
Although the forest is home to a host of animals (including elephants, tigers and leopards) the size of the area means that your chance of sighting a mammal is slightly difficult. Not that this would mean you would regret your drive through the forest as just the feel of being in the wild and holding your breath in anticipation of a sighting is, in my opinion, quite priceless.
For everything else (except a ruined photo opp) there’s Visa!