We had been planning for a getaway during the short Durga Puja school vacation. The monsoon this time had lingered on well into the first week of October and the weather was just about cool with the sun playing hide and seek all day. We zeroed in on the Satkosia Tiger Reserve situated in the Angul district of Odisha, a good 500 km from our city. The plan was to spend a day at the Chottkei Nature Camp and then move on towards Puri via Cuttack. Undeterred by the super cyclone warning on almost all news channels, we pulled out of Bokaro on the 10th of October afternoon. The plan was to break the journey somewhere around Jamshedpur and then continue the next morning for Angul, planning to reach the Eco-Tourism office at Angul by 01 pm.