During diwali we planned our 15th visit to our second home Jungle Retreat Wayanad. As usual we reached at 1 and stayed in JC3 which gives a spectacular view of the farm and the forest. After a delicious lunch we were up in the watch tower overlooking the waterhole. I really love spending time in the watch tower as I can hear so many different sounds of nature. This time we were gifted by close-mouthed call of tiger multiple times. During evening drive we saw a huge elephant cropping the grass. This summed up our Day 1. The next day after breakfast we went to trek with Anil uncle. Every time you trek with him, you learn something new. Its an unforgettable experience! We crossed several watering holes, streams present around the farm. Finally we reached a water body behind the abandoned house. There we saw pugmarks of the female tigress. Uncle told that she must have laid down in the water. The massive size of the paw was very evident. All of a sudden, a growl came from behind us that reverberated across the forest. My heart skipped a beat. We all huddled in a group and then we heard another growl. In no time we retreated our steps back to our cottage. We had refreshing lime juice. After dinner Anil uncle came and said that he could smell elephants nearby. We then went with Uncle to the watch tower from where we saw the elephants. I hit the sack later in the night very happy and satisfied. Next morning from our sundeck we could see the same herd happily grazing. We then went for bird watching with Manu uncle and saw many different kinds of birds that were brilliant to see and photograph. Then the time came to return back. With a heavy heart we bid goodbye to Anil uncle, Manu uncle, Kumar uncle, T.Anil uncle and left. We cant wait to return back ASAP.