Picnic with Community is one among the most relaxing getaways to enjoy during weekends or vacations. Be it in a park or a camp near the water body, a farm or a mountain slope, picnicking is always fun with a group as you get to spend quality time with them.
A picnic not only freshens up the mind, but also helps us to explore new places and enjoy food and nature with the Community. Therefore after much discussions and planning the Community of Arunodaya finally decided to make an outing on 6th January 2019 on that beautiful day of Epiphany.
We chose Yelagiri Nature Park in Tamilnadu (which is about 150 K.m away from Bangalore) as the picnic spot situated right beside the Don Bosco Institute in Yelagiri. We set out from the house around 5a.m in the morning in a cab. On the way to Yelagiri, we visited Lourd matha Church a shrine in Nagamangalam, Tamilnadu and stopped there for few minutes praying and enjoying the company of our Blessed Mother in that beautiful Shrine. We reached by 12.30 p.m in the Don Bosco institute, in Yelagiri. The Priest Director of the Institute Fr. John Alexander who welcomed us, celebrated the Holy Mass and directed us towards the park which is hardly a mile away from the Institute. Appetite soon hit us after an enjoyable boating and a ride on the Giant wheel in the park and thanks to the fathers and the Staff of Don Bosco who waited for us with a delicious Lunch. Before leaving for another park we took the good chance of going around the campus visiting the students and their apartments. The second nature park had a children’s play area where the kids play on slides, swings and other play equipments. There was also a small waterfall from a high rock. The Sisters too didn’t miss a chance to enjoy them all. By 9 p.m we were back to our house.
Nevertheless it was a day well spent with all the members of our Community and with this we had a great opportunity to breathe in the fresh air. Escaping the daily routine for a day and being in nature’s lap is definitely important in life.