Nowadays we hear a lot about probiotics for healthy gut. Staying healthy is most important in today’s lifestyle. What we eat really gives impact on your health.
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After attending this informative session I came to know more about it and want to share the same with all.
What is probiotics?
Their are two types of bacteria and out body is full of bacteria both good and bad bacteria. Probiotics are live bacteria and yeast that is good for your body mainly for your gut/ digestive system.
Probiotics are defined as live organisms that, when administrated in adequate amounts, confer to health benefits on the host.
Why you need probiotics ?
Due to unhealthy eating and lifestyle, at times your gut becomes unbalanced with unhealthy levels of certain bacteria. Probiotics can help in restoring the balance again. They have been shown to secrete protective substances, which may turn on the system and prevent pathogens from taking hold and creating major disease.
Probiotics are commonly used to reduce gastrointestinal symptoms that are not due to acute illness, such as gas, bloating, and constipation.
The benefits of probiotics go beyond gut health. Ingesting clinically documented probiotic strain in your diet, ensures that bacteria thrive in your body and you continue to live healthy.
Some more benefits
Helps digestive system run smoothly
Keeps your immune system strong
Boost nutrient absorption.
Where can you find probiotics?
Dietary sources of probiotics were traditionally fresh dairy products and other fermented foods. Some are now available with healthier and tasty forms in market .
Yogurt, drinks and Kefir
Chocolate and ice cream
Additional traditional sources include lactic acid bacteria, which are microbes related to probiotics.
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(This is going to be a series of Blogs of my 10 days Europe trip, please be patient as these blogs might be lengthy as I want to provide as much information to help someone in their trip 😊)
The whole trip was planned by us which includes lots n lots of research, on call discussing with each other where to go what to see, how to go etc. many hours spent burning our eyes in laptop screen.
After all the hard work we really enjoyed and created some amazing memories. There is this amazing site and app inspirock which will help you to plan your itinerary.
This will tell you each and everything like how far the place is from each other how to go how much time to spend, how much spare time you have etc. This was great help in planning our trip.
It was March end of 2018 when I landed in Amsterdam, Netherlands, travelled through Emirates airline. It’s a 1 stop flight with around 1.30 hours of layover in Dubai.
After landing in Dubai to go to your connecting flight’s departure gate you must go through security check. This could take time as many people will be coming to same place to go to their respective gates.
If time permits, then you can relax and enjoy some food and drinks in Marhaba Lounges in Dubai Airport with your Priority Pass membership. Priority Pass is a program which provided Lounge access to its members across the world.
There are some premium credit cards that too provide International lounge access like HDFC Bank Diners Club card.
This was my first solo flight with my daughter, who was around one and half year old. Few points I want to mention which will be helpful if you are traveling alone with baby.
1) Always carry some healthy food for your baby as they don’t provide baby food below 2 years
2) Baby carrier is must as you must check in stroller while boarding and will get back once you reached your destination. Check my post on baby carriers for more details.
3) Limit your hand luggage as with baby it’s hard to manage with heavy luggage
4) Flight staff was helpful.
So, feel free to ask for any help needed
After landing in Amsterdam and clearing the immigration’s, me and my little daughter came out and looked for hotel shuttle service. Hotels near to Schiphol, Amsterdam provide shuttle service which is free of charge to pick and drop their guest.
The frequency of this service depends from hotel to hotel and what time of day but mostly it is in every 30 min.
I stayed in NH Hotel Schiphol, it’s nice big hotel with lot of facilities present in it. I just stayed there for a night so didn’t use any of the facilities like gym, indoor heated swimming pool etc.
The room was quite cozy and of good size, you can even request for a kid’s cot w/o any extra charge. Check in and check out was smooth as we have already paid the charges.
Earlier you book cheaper it is and if you go online payment with Zero refund option then it is cheaper than the full refund option. So, it’s better early you decide, might get good deal in full refund option.
We were little late in planning as we were planning with my brother & sister in law who were supposed to join us from London. Ours was 128 Euros + 7.30 Euros in city tax.
Where ever you go in Europe city tax is charged additionally and needs to be paid either at the time of check in or check out in cash or card.
Next day took train from Schiphol to Paris Nord. Our tickets were in Thalys First Class. Full train journey was covered in just 3 hours.
Train ticket prices also increased as the journey date comes closer. Our ticket price for 2 adults was 190 Euros. So, if you are planning a trip by your selves then finalize soon and book everything to save some money.
First class of Thalys is quite amazing and can be more amazing if you can get the single seats. So basically, in first class coach the seat layout is 2×1. Seats are comfier and broader and recline a little then the one in economy class.
Other benefits of first class are like – free faster WiFi with more data, paper & magazines, there lounge access, priority boarding etc.
There are attendant in each first-class coach, they will great you at the station and might help with luggage (depends on person to person). A separate space to keep your luggage and it is there at the start of each coach.
In 3 hour of journey we were served 2 times, yes you read it right there is free food or say included in ticket price of first class. As ours was morning 9.34 AM train so we were served, B/F and small snack.
In B/F we got a multi grain bun, sugar coated puff,delicious cake, fruit, juice, yogurt. It was nice tasty and makes you full. 1hour before the scheduled time to reach Paris Nord, we were served some snack.
It was delicious chocolate cake, with drink of your choice like, juice, tea, coffee or wine. The trains in this part of the world are very punctual. They come on time, depart on time, the highest speed that I saw on the display was more than 250Km/hr.
After this amazing journey we finally reached my dream destination
Reaching our hotel from Paris Nord was a big task and took us more than 1 hour to figure out how to reach there, which metro to take, which direction to go etc.
Believe me Paris metro stations are not at all stroller friendly. These stations are very old, and they have lots and lots of stairs. It was very difficult for us to climb up and down with stroller, heavy suitcase and bag with small kid.
So finally, after lot of struggle we finally book Uber 😊
and it was costly ☹. We paid 22.5 Euros and finally reached our hotel.
Stay tuned for more details in my second blog like hotel we stayed, places we visited with some amazing pics 😊
Note - All the pictures (except one) are from our trip taken by us.
MediaTek Technology Diaries – Technology Now & Future
Fortunate enough to attend the event organised by one of the leader in chip manufacturing – MediaTek.
After attending this event I came to know we have so many chips in our home and in daily use appliances like in TV, microwave, fridge, smart light etc.
MediaTek’s Technology Diaries Series leads discussions on Cutting-Edge Technologies Impacting our Everyday Lives.
Many of you might be familiar with MediaTek, they are Taiwanese Semiconductor company who manufacture chips for many devices. Devices like smartphone, tablets, navigation systems, multimedia products etc.
This was 3rd chapter of Technology Diaries series by MediaTek, through which they want to make technology clearer & easier to understand for general public. Also to understand how technology shapes our daily life and the role and importance it has.
Third chapter in the series was led by popular radio host RJ Sriram Sullia of Fever 104 FM, along with Anku Jain, Managing Director, MediaTek India and Anuj Sidharth, Sr. Manager, Marketing and Communications, MediaTek India and Rajiv Makhni technology journalist, managing editor at NDTV and host of a show Tech Makhni on Radio Mirchi.
Few of the topics covered are –
AI Artificial Intelligence
Self driving cars
AI Artificial Intelligence
At present AI is one of the most heard word on TV, Social media etc. Artificial Intelligence is a program that learns and become more smart as time passes.
AI detects the user behaviour or say how one uses a particular thing and suggests applications, top news headlines, products you ‘ll be interested in buying when you open those web pages or websites/apps.
AI is quite useful in daily life like some of the music apps will creates or suggest you a playlist as per your previous song selections. Amazon will show you products as per your browsing history.
Now a days we have apps that will learn the pattern from your shopping history and will created a shopping list accordingly.
One of the most heard place about AI now a days is mobile phone and photography. New mobiles are equipped with AI scene recognition that will change the setting and will give you near to perfect click.
It also keeps learning and add new things to it self to provide more user friendly experience. For example AI enabled phone now comes with Face Id or say face unlock. Over a period as you use face unlock system learns more about your face pattern and make it more accurate.
MediaTek has its own contribution in AI with NeuroPilot. This provides MediaTek’s products with high performance and power efficient for AI features and applications.
They have there state of the AI enabled processors which are used in different devices from smartphone, smart home to wearable and connected cars.
Self Driving Cars
Most of us have heard or read about this and how its a game changer. First thing that comes to our mind after hearing self driving car is Tesla.
Experiment on self driving cars goes way back to 1920’s, yes you read it right this was the period when it started.
There are 2 things in it i.e. self driving but there is a driver behind the wheel and driver less.
Driver less is still in development and many experiments are conducted by BMW, Mercedes, Volkswagen and other major auto manufacturer.
For making all this a success major credit goes to the evolution in technology. How a small chip can process so many things in fraction of second and respond as per the situation.
MediaTek is one of the company that provide solutions for such technology. Like there NB – IoT i.e Narrow Band Internet of Thing and through turnkey hardware and software solutions.
IoT i.e Internet of Things is a network of smart devices, vehicles, smart home basically for all the appliances which contain electronic, software and connectivity which enables them to share data and information.
MediaTek NB-IoT platform enables NB-IoT devices to be installed in locations that cannot be served by competing IoT connectivity standards, powering device installations in remote or difficult to access locations.
Autus, MediaTek’s suite of automotive and automated driving solutions, uses AI, mmWave, machine learning and advanced visual processing solutions and technologies to deliver the latest in navigation and infotainment innovation.
In today’s world everyone is busy in there life which ultimately affect our health.
To help us in this sector now we have fitness trackers and wearable devices. These devices are equipped with a chip that is able to process the body moment and provide us the result about our health like heart rate, sleep pattern etc.
These Smart Wearable also learn over the time and provide suggestions like time to do some activity if it found you ideal for a given period of time.
There are many smart devices that we use daily and most important is our mobile.
MediaTek Helio P70 is the latest addition to the Helio series of powerful and power-efficient chips for the mid-market segment.
Nowadays chips are getting more powerful and power efficient and same goes with P70. It has capabilities of AI, smart photo album, Face ID and most important depth of field for that Portrait effect for all the selfie lovers.
Other smart devices that many of us uses are tablets, smart television, smart home security and media devices that can turn any television which has HDMI connector to a smart TV like Amazon Fire TV or Google Chrome Cast.
MediaTek powers an array of Amazon consumer products, including the Amazon Fire TV, Fire HD 8 and Fire HD 10 tablets. These are the latest in a series of Amazon devices powered by MediaTek that offer consumers rich multimedia experiences with minimal power consumption.
Sometime back I have seen a video where a Guy received his package even though there was no one at home.
When the delivery guy ring his bell on his smart home security which was connected to his smartphone. He communicated with the delivery guy through his smart home security and asked him to put the package in his parked Tesla beside the main gate.
There are toll on this road. The state highway is also in good condition with occasional bad patches.
If you love to drive fast, then you will fall in love with this highway (please don’t drive fast you will save few minutes but will be risking your and others life’s).
We started around 6.00 AM from our place, it took 1 hour to cross the airport toll from out place. There are good options for B/F few kilometers after the toll. We stopped at Indian Paratha Company.
Heard a lot about Indian Paratha Company from friends and were thinking to visit this place from long. Finally, we got a chance and made our first stop here.
It’s quite good option to have heavy B/F with large glass of tea. They have 2 sitting options few tables inside and then outside. It’s quite nice to sit outside in the morning as there is less traffic, less noise and pollution.
Taste was good, they serve parathas with achar, curd & chutney. As it was early morning time, we had ginger tea which they served in a big glass. Tea was priced heavily around Rs 60, but taste was good. Toilets are not that clean and small toilets.
After having heavy B/F we stopped one more time as washroom break then directly to the hotel in Gandikota. We reached around 1 PM and after checking in directly came for lunch.
There is only one place to stay in Gandikota and that is Haritha Hotel which is run by APTDC i.e. Andhra Pradesh Tourism. There are limited rooms available here and can only be booked through APTDC website.
Do carry print out of booking confirmation.
Rooms are air conditioned and cost very nominal i.e. Rs 1500/night on weekdays and Rs 2000/night on weekend. Nothing is included in the price but the food here is quite cheap.
There is no other restaurant near by as this is located right next to Gandikota Fort, which is far from nearby towns.
One of the speciality of this hotel is you can drive your car right up to your room and park it there itself.
Nearest towns are namely Tadipatri, Gooty and Guntakal. The road after the highway to the hotel is single lane road but in good shape. You might be able to see Tatireddy Narasimha Reddy Dam at a distance and Pennar river on the right.
It’s a decent property with big room and small washroom. Room was nice decently cleaned and doesn’t smell foul. They do have TV and set top box. There is option to stay in tents, as this is a government property, they have lots of open space.
For full review of this property please check my TripAdvisor.
Food was OK here, mostly they have limited options. Taste was OK, and price was low we paid around Rs 770 for 4 meals and evening snack for 2 persons.
Best thing about this hotel is the view and is located right next to fort. They do have some outdoor activities at additional cost like kayaking which is organized by some other organization. For it you have to track down to Penna river which takes around 40 min.
After lunch, went to relax for some time. After freshen up head out to visit the main attraction – Grand Canyon of India. It is called Grand Canyon because a spectacular gorge formed by river Pennar which goes through the Erramala hills.
You can take you car inside the fort and park it near the Mosque. From there walk/climb/jump/balance to reach the point where you will be mesmerized by the beauty of the gorge and river Pennar.
As it’s full of rocks so please do wear comfortable shoes and relaxed bottom wear.
Sunrise/Sunset view must be amazing here. We couldn’t witness the sunset as it was all cloudy that evening and we had rains in the night.
After enjoying the evening at the gorge came back had some snacks with a cup of tea and then went to room to relax.
There is one positive point about this place is there is no or very limited cellular n/w, so you can totally enjoy the time with friends and family.
But has one drawback Google map won’t work so download the map of this region in advance.
After dinner we slept early, had a good night sleep and then woke up early. Went to the terrace of our room (one unique thing about this place is each room has its own terrace). The morning view was simply amazing. Click some pics and then went down to get ready to leave.
After B/F we checked out and head to Belum caves, it’s around 61 KM 1.30-hour drive. It’s a state highway and nice road with traffic as you have to cross towns.
There is ample parking space and the entry ticket costs Rs 50 -60 for Adult and Rs 30 for child.
The caves are largest caves in India. We visited after the rainy season and major part of the caves was closed as it was filled with water and mud.
There are lights and large fans installed to keep pumping fresh air so that one won’t feel suffocated. If full cave is operational then it is advisable to take a guide.
Belum caves are natural caves formed by underground water. The entrance looks like we are going in a pit and only after entering that pit you will be amazed to see the hug and amazing caves.
It will be humid and hot inside the caves; cloth selection should be accordingly. Walking path inside the cave is nicely laid so you can take stroller, but it will be bumpy. Our daughter was small, so we carried her in her carrier.
We spent around 1 hour in the caves and came back, if it was fully open then one can spend around 2-3 hours exploring the caves.
Coming back to Bangalore from Belum it was different route –
Outer Ring road till Yeswanthpur signal then turn left on Tumkur road took flyover - took left on Nelmangla road NH 75 till Hassan - then on SH 57 Belur Road - in Belur take left on NH 73 from Nehru circle – continue on NH 73 via Halekote – Banakal – Kottigehara, from here you have to turn left on SH 66 – after traveling around 6.5 km turn left on SH 106 till Kalasa.
Till Hassan the road is 4 lanes, not that much traffic if you leave early. After Hassan mostly, it’s 2 lanes but the condition of the road is quite good even the ghat section which is around 34 Km is also in good shape.
There are tolls on the Hassan highway. Total one side toll is Rs 165. Trip was completed under one full tank (diesel). ¼ fuel was left after parking our car back home.
We stopped 3 times and it took us 6.5 – 7 hours to reach our stay. First stop was at Kamat upachar, kunigal which is around 87 Km from our home which took 1-1.5 hour.
Kamat upachar has clean restrooms and good food which is what we require while traveling. There is big parking and kids play area beside parking.
There are other options as well little ahead of this place like – Swathi Delicacy which is on the right side of the road and Halli Mana on the left. These two are in front of each other. Then there is Dhruvathare which is relatively new and modern wrt all these places.
Food is good at all these places as we have tried all in our other journey i.e. to Sharavanbelgola.
Our second stop was 5 min which was restroom stop. We stopped at a small restaurant named ‘Pushpagiri’ or something like that. Please don’t stop at this point as the toilets are very dirty, as we were not sure if we would find any good place ahead, so we managed somehow.
After going ahead, we could see much better places where one can stop, and one such place was Ibbani cafe. Again, it’s a small café which sells raw spices and other stuff with nice view. Clean toilet and good freshly prepared tea.
After all the stops we finally reached out homestay at around 1 PM. We stayed in Mudra Homestay, Kalasa. It’s a town homestay i.e. not like other places which are out of town inside some estate with narrow roads. This place is located on the main road left side easily visible once you enter Kalasa.
It’s a commercial building on ground floor, residence of owner on first and homestay on second. Restaurant is on the roof. They do have lift which is quite slow but helpful with luggage.
Mudra is not that old will complete 5 year in sometime, and it’s maintained very well by Vikram our host and his staff.
This place has around 6 – 7 rooms and each room are designed differently. There is a small theatre present on one side of second floor. Vikram is a kind of antique collector as he has decorated Mudra with old musical instruments, paintings, artifacts, car, bike, scooter parts etc.
Over all it was looking nice and room amenities were good. We had a bigger room which was kind of 1 BHK flat as it has one big living space, big bedroom and huge bathroom a small dining area, kitchen with gas, induction, microwave and fridge and finally a wash area with automatic washing machine and drying hangers.
We were really surprised with this kind of setup. This room was joined with the adjacent room with a door for big families.
We have opted for food also, so we had all the 3 meals at this place and it was quite good. Every meal menu was different and was a mix of local dish + one north Indian dish.
Taste was superb. The staff was very friendly polite and well behaved, and they took care of our daughter so well that after a long time we have enjoyed our food w/o running after her or worrying about her activities.
Even though this homestay was in town but still the view was magnificent i.e. lush green mountains covered in clouds.
Price per night – Rs 2900 which include b/f. Lunch & dinner costs Rs 250 per meal, as mentioned above it’s a buffet.
It’s a small but beautiful fall located in a private property. Once again, the roads are not in good shape, so you need car with big wheels and high ground clearance.
As it’s in private property they charge some royalty which is Rs 100 per vehicle (also depends if it’s mini bus then it will be more)
The main area of the fall i.e. just below the fall is around 6 ft deep, rest of the area has water below knee so no need to worry. Water is very clean, and it looks beautiful when there is good flow.
As most of the road leading to the places mentioned above are not in good shape our host suggested us to take 4×4 instead of our car. After visiting the places and seeing the roads we were happy that went with his suggestion.
Price paid Rs 3500
Mudra has their own 4×4 and the driver is nice guy, they have fixed rated to cover all the places.
We came back via same route and for lunch stopped at Hoysala Village resort. we have seen it while coming and decided to visit it while coming back. It’s located in Hassan. While going to Kalasa it will come few Km after Hassan town and before while coming back.
We left Kalasa around 10.30 AM and reached Hoysala around lunch time i.e. 1.15 PM. It’s a big resort with man made lake inside it.
Hoysala Village is very beautiful, calm and clean place. One can go here on weekend just to relax. restaurant was decent means not very good but not that bad as well.
We have opted for buffet which has decent options with live counter as well. After this we didn’t stop anywhere and reached home around 6.20 PM
Final verdict – Kalasa is beautiful place one must visit after monsoon and till Feb as river and waterfall will have good water, there will be greenery everywhere and the climate will be better then what we have in cities.
Note - All the pictures are from our trip taken by us.
Coorg is also known as Scotland of India due to its vast natural beauty, hills and cold climate.
Coorg was on our travel list from long time the time, the time when we came to know about Orange County Coorg, I remember it was in 2013.
After we move to Bangalore it was our top most priority to visit Coorg but again delayed as I was pregnant 😊. So, after delivery and baby is big enough to travel long distances & buying our first car it was time to visit Coorg.
Done some research online, trying to find some nice home stays and luckily, we found one in our budget on MMT(MakeMyTrip). It was Silver Brooks Estate; this home stay is run by a couple Revathi & Yogesh. Yogesh was in hospitality business for long, so these guys knows what all things are required and how to manage and maintain a property effectively.
Route we took was – via Mysore highway till a round about from where we need to take exit on KSR Road then Belagola – Yelwala – Mallinathpura – Hunsur – then on Mysure – Medikeri Road till Kushalnagar. Continue on same road via Suntikoppa – Kedakal – Boikeri.
It was around 250 Km from our home and took us 5.30 – 6 hours with 2 stops. Our first stop was at Kamat Lokaruchi – Ramanagara, it’s around 50-55 Km 1 hour drive, nice clean toilets and very good food.
Parking is on the road side. Second stop was Café County which is around 125 km from Kamat Lokaruchi and 70-75 Km from out stay. It’s café cum restaurant here you have snacks coffee or full lunch/dinner as per the time.
Service and cleanliness is not good, less staff and until you call them they won’t bother to come to your table, so better find some other place if you want a second stop.
We had one of the cakes with coffee (don’t remember the name) but it was delicious. Small but clean toilets 2 type of sitting options i.e. inside and outside.Other than these 2 stops we stopped at 2 attractions before Coorg.
Namdroling Monastery is center of Tibetan Buddhism, it’s very calm and peace full place. There is a parking facility outside the monastery behind the shopping complex. Entry is free, there is large beautiful Buddha temple in the center of the complex. It is surrounded by beautiful gardens.
Nisargadhama is an island formed by river Kaveri. This place is situated near Kushalnagar. There is ticket to enter the island, you have to cross an hanging bridge built over Kaveri.
The island has lots of bamboo trees and some activities like zip line, place to sit, small tree house kind of. The place is not maintained very well. There is boating facility as well but when we went the current in Kaveri was strong due to which boating was suspended for some time.
There are lots of shops here, all kind of shops like Gov. Silk shop, food shops, toys etc. The main entrance is little hard to find as it’s a small way b/w the shops which leads to the place to buy ticket.
After all the stops and soaking all the natural beauty on the way we reach out home stay Silver Brooks. Believe me it was amazing, exactly what was shown in the pics and the hospitality was just great. Revathi guided us very well and was available all the time for help.
The house is created from scratch inside their estate, look and feel was of old housed. Revathi informed us that they have used reused the old materials like the pillars, doors, swing, chairs. Means they bought the things from some old home and restored it to give more traditional and old age feeling.
This home stay has 5 rooms I think 2 in the main building 1 on the right side which has its own private entrance and site out area, room is also little big and 2 at the start near the parking which are smaller than the other 3.
Cost of room includes B/F and dinner which is home made by 2 talented cooks. Food was delicious, it was a buffet with authentic flavors. There is an open kitchen which means guests have access and can cook their food or snack.
It’s kids friendly place even for infants, the cooks cooked special food for our daughter, the staff is very friendly and help full.
We stayed for 2N/3D and felt that we could have stayed one more day. Most of the time we have spent in home stay relaxing, interacting with other guests. But we also went for some sightseeing to the places like Abbey falls, Raja’s seat & Madikeri Fort.
Is around 14 km from the home stay and you have to pass the Madikeri city, but don’t worry there is not much of traffic like what we have in Bangalore 😉. Route is beautiful as it’s a ghat/mountain road 2 lane.
There is a parking little ahead of the main entrance to the falls. There is toilet facility as well in the parking area. To reach to the main falls you have to decent some steps and slope.
The area in front of falls is quite small and in tourist season when the falls are at there peak it will be difficult to find a spot to click some good pics. Spent less time there as it was over crowded, took few pics and came back.
One main issue there is due to some stupid people which park their cars on the road side which leads to traffic jam, so be prepare for that.
It is around 8 Km from home stay and it is near to Raja’s seat. So, you can cover both the place in one go. You can either park your car in the parking area in front of Raja’s seat or inside fort and walk to one of the places. Distance b/w these places is around 1 Km.
Fort is old and now kind of Gov. office, there is one small museum inside the fort on the right side just after entering the fort. One can stroll on the fort walls, but there is nothing much to do here.
This place lacks proper sign boar, or any kind of guide like some printed material or some guided tour. Due to these reasons it’s very less time consuming.
Is a kind of valley view point or sunset point.
Kings of Kodagu use to sit here to relax and watch the mesmerizing sunset with beautiful valley view that’s why it is called as Raja’s seat. It has beautiful garden at the start with fountains. Safety measures are good with railing on stairs and on the edges.
There is bon fire facility available in the home stay but went there in after rainy season, but it still rained so couldn’t do it.
To shop from Coorg is special Coorg wine, which comes in different flavors like ginger, chilly, mixed fruit, dates and many more, price range from Rs 500-1000 also spices. There is one government shop on the road which leads to Raja’s seat.
We really enjoyed our stay in Silver Brooks and Coorg tourist spots and the long drive from Bangalore.
Visit Month – August
Note - All pics are from our trip and clicked by us.
Kannur has one of the most beautiful beaches we have visited till date. It’s also known as ‘Crown of Kerala’ due to various reason and its geographic location.
After we bought our first car it was my husbands wish to drive the car on a beach and splash the sea water while driving through the waves (just like what we use to see in movies). So, while planning our holiday he came across Kannur and immediately it was his first preference to visit this place.
After doing some research for route & stay, we finalized one home stay through Airbnb. Our home stay was located right on the beach, well not exactly right on the beach but stone throw distance.
It was around 310 Km from our home, we started early but not that early around 5.30 AM. With kid it’s hard to leave very early, you keep thinking if you have kept all the required things for your kid or not till you sit in the car and leave.
What we have started doing is we pack all the luggage a night before and arrange it in the car, only thing we leave for the morning is the food item and ourselves 😉.
This leads to less hassle in the morning to arrange the stuff, less sweating which leads to fresh mind and body to start the long drive. We took 2 stops one for B/F and another a loo/tea break, also it helps in relaxing the legs which is required if only one person is there to drive.
The route was quite straight forward till we reach Kerala, then some ghat section comes through the beautiful jungle. Our second stop was just before the ghat/jungle section at Coorg gate, that’s the only restaurant on the right side. It has ample of parking, nice clean toilets (w/o health faucet).
The route we took was –
Mysore highway till Krishnarajasagara road, then from there Bilikere – Hunsur – Gonikoppal – Vayathur – Iritty – Mattanur – Kannur
Most of the road is in good shape till we reach kannur but just before kannur there is road and new airport construction going on so there are some diversions, mud road etc. otherwise no issue at all.
With all the stops and road condition it took us 7-7.30 hours to reach our home stay, by lunch we were at our home stay.
We booked Ivorycoast’e home stay through Airbnb and believe me it was simply awesome experience with our host. Our host is simple, humble, polite and friendly guy who will help you in every manner.
They serve fresh, homemade Kerala style food at very reasonable rates. We didn’t go anywhere else for any of our meal. If we are out somewhere then we finish that site and came back to have the lunch and then after some rest head back to another place.
Another benefit of our home stay is distances from the places to visit, it was like in the middle of Muzhappilangad Beach and Kannur Light house & St. Angelo’s fort. Ivorycoast’e has 6 rooms, 3 on ground and 3 on first with porch, balcony, garden area with table chairs kept.
(For more detailed review of the property visit my TripAdvisor)
Here you have your B/F, Lunch/Dinner served which you can enjoy with cold breeze coming from the sea and magical sound of sea waves.
Thottada Beach is just 50 mtr away from the Ivorycoast’e, it’s beautiful, clean, calm beach. It’s located behind the residential area so not many people come here. In the morning we saw only 4-5 people doing there morning walk or exercise. You can easily enjoy your time with family and loved one’s w/o worrying about any kind of disturbance.
Ivorycoast’e is mostly popular with foreigners which come here to relax for 10-15 days and explore the local culture. When we were there Theyyam festival was being celebrated in a near by temple. Our host was kind enough to take us to witness the festival.
Believe me it was amazing experience.
Other than relaxing at our home stay we have visited Kannur light house, and St. Angelo’s fort and the most important place for which my husband had planned the holiday i.e. Muzhappilangad Drive in beach.
Muzhappilangad Drive in beach is one of the largest in Asia. There is entry fee of I think Rs 30, it’s around 5 Km in length so you have enough space to drive your car or find some place away from crowd. The beach is very clean, its awesome experience driving your car on the beach (as per my husband 😊).
We have visited in the evening to witness sun set and it was amazing experience. It was special as it was my daughters first beach holiday. She was initially afraid of water as it was too much of water coming and going also it was her first time on beach. After some time, she was enjoying her time playing with sand.
There is one thing one must be cautious about i.e. washing the under body after driving the car in sea water.
Second day of our visit we went to see Kannur light house and St. Angelo’s fort. There is also a museum below the light house which has a collection of different types of lights used in different types of light house etc. there is ticket to enter the light house and museum which is reasonably priced.
The view from the top is quite magnificent you can see sea at one end and greenery at other. Even in sunny day it was very pleasant on the top due to cold breeze. There is separate ticket to go to the front of the compound sort of walking space with garden at one end, it’s good for morning/evening walk beside the sea. Parking is available on the premises which is free.
Timings are – 10 to 6
There is documentary played inside the museum, in local language and English which gives more information about the history of light house and types of light houses.
For St. Angelo’s we have to first pay the entry fee as it is located in cantonment area, then there is parking that one has to pay. Entry is free. It’s a Portuguese fort built in 1505.
There is ample space inside the fort and has a cliff like end of the fort. There are watch towers on the walls and a chapel in the premises.
From one the walls of the fort we can see the port where the fisherman park their boats. Fort has some beautiful trees inside it’s an ideal place to relax, watch sunset and enjoy the breeze. School children comes here for picnic or visit to learn more about history.
We have really enjoyed out stay here, it was amazing experience in the home stay with amazing homemade Kerala style food and in the town with amazing long drive from Bangalore.
Visit Month – January
Note - All pics are from our trip and clicked by us.
After being in Bangalore for almost 3 year we finally visited the most talked about attraction i.e. Wonderla Amusement park.
Now Wonder-La has resort facility well, after entering the main gate first right is the resort. It is located around 200 mt before the Amusement park.
We had one day stay there which includes tickets for the park, B/F, one other meal either lunch or dinner with high tea.
The ticket provided is a normal entry ticket which means one must wait in line to take ride, they do have fast entry which will directly take you to the entry and you will get preference before the normal entry which is worth if you are planning to go on a week-end.
Resort do have valet parking, very welcoming staff at the entrance. Check-in was a breeze, if it’s a weekend then might take little more time than usual.
After all the formalities we were quickly allotted a room on 5th floor which was swimming pool facing with beautiful landscape behind it.
It’s a good size room with enough free space on all the sides of the bed, they do have one chair and small table on one side with desk and chair at the corner. All the basic facilities are there in the room like – tea/coffee maker with sachet, locker & water bottles.
Lighting in the room was little less and all yellow light (personal preference). Beds were quite comfy, not too soft not too hard (again personal preference)
Bathroom is of small size but enough for 1-person 😊. There were toiletries provided in the bathroom like shampoo, body lotion, comb and other utility stuff like ear buds, tooth pick & Band-Aid.
As it’s a resort so they do have different facilities to entertain the guest. Most important one is swimming pool and they do have separate kids pool with railing around it. There is one attendant present all the time, who keeps an eye on the kids, provides towels. Swim wear is also available if someone forgets to bring one.
Other facilities include kids play area, small gym with all the basic equipment’s, recreating room with some indoor sports like – carom, chess, air hockey, pool table on the first floor.
There is conference room and banquet halls present on the first floor, so organization outings can be planned here or some conference.
There is one restaurant and one pool side lounge present on the ground floor. Restaurant is having decent seating capacity and nice ambience, one side of it face the front of the resort i.e. garden & parking area. They serve buffet as well as a-la-carte here.
The buffet spread is quite small, one starter 3 veg and 3 non-veg main course, 2 type of rice, noodles with veg gravy and 3 desert option. Taste wise it was decent, not bad but not excellent. Service is slow as it took around 15 min to get rotis even though it was not that crowded.
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WonderLa Amusement Park
Park is located around 200 meters from resort, with their day stay you get park ticket that you need to collect from the reception. You’ll only get the ticket after 1 PM, this is some sort of condition they have included in this package and it’s a normal ticket not a fast track.
There is drop to park from resort and vice versa or else you can walk down if you want to burn some calories 😊 or take your own vehicle. There is a huge parking space, most of the space b/w resort and the park is parking area.
At the resort there is option to take bike’s, I think it is something new they are planning to introduce or already introduced not sure as it was closed when we were there. Sadly, forgot to check the details as well.
The park is not that big area wise, but it has lots of rides for adults and kids around 70 as per our driver. There is a lot of foot fall on weekends so be ready to wait in queue if you have normal ticket, as per the information boards on the rides you might have to wait up to 45 min for some rides.
There is quite a good collection for kids as well, our daughter enjoyed her outing thoroughly. You can imagine here joy with this that we have to ask the ride attendant to let her sit one more time on most of the rides 😊
Some of the kid’s rides are – Magic Mushroom, Mini Pirate Ship, Mini Venice, Jumping Frog and Mini Express to name few.
There is no or bare minimum queue on kids rides, and maximum queue on adult rides.
There is mix of both water and land rides. Some of the thrilling land rides include – Recoil (roller coaster), Flash tower (free fall), Equinox (traveling at 70 kmph upside down 16 mtr above ground), Insanity and Hurricane to name few.
Water rides such as – Harakiri, Fun racer, Wavy and vertical fall, Rain disco, wave pool and lazy river to name few.
There is one giant wheel placed on the top of a tower from there one can have a bird’s eye view of the full facility and beautiful mountains and fields nearby. From here you can see a lot of solar water heating panels which are used to heat the water for their wave pools and other rides.
Wonder-La is one place near to Bangalore where one can have everything i.e. relaxing stay in resort and fun-filled thrilling experience in the park. We really enjoyed the time we spent there.
Note - All pics are from our trip and clicked by us.
Happy cute surprise bag is a monthly subscription bag . This is the bag full of cute surprise items from Kawaii items. The bag comes with 15 different cute surprise items for you. This bag is loved by the one who loves collecting all cute items. Every subscription box retail value is approximately $45.
This subscription bag is priced at 18$ per month.
Let me show you what we received in this month subscription bag.
Comes in a cute bag with strings, all the items are packed inside of the bag.
Kawaii bear jump rope It is a jumping rope with neon colour. It comes with plastic handles and transparent rope. It is light in weight and easy to carry and hold.
Popcorn Okitoki notepad and pen set It is a very handy notepad with pen holder. You can carry this anywhere in your bag as it is small in size. It come with stencil ruler and string so that you can hand it also.
Fresh summer juice fan This is a cute hand fan with fresh fruits print. You can keep it in your hand bag. Best to best summer heat anytime.
Baby elephant Mini plush these are cute hangs for bags, you can hand these cute plushies to your bag. Come with many colours.
Emoji plushie charm small These are cute emoji plushies. I got the smiling one, their are many as per mood. Each plushie comes with a ball chain. You can hang it with any thing as per your mood.
Kawaii girl coin purse This is a small cute purse for keeping all little items. You can keep candies , coins , hair clips or small toys in it. Purse come with a small loop attcatta to it. You can hold it easily with loop around your wrist. It is easy to wash also.
Pastel ice cream cone charm this is cute charm looks of ice cream. You can attached it to your bag, key chain, phone, wallet or camera. It come with a detachable string.
Being mom a thought which is always in your mind is providing healthy food and proper nutrition to your kid.
We all have this little picky eater who don’t want to eat healthy food. A mother needs to learn some easy ways to add healthy and nutritious food for her little one(s).
So here I am sharing my personal tips with you. I am a vegetarian, so main source of protein come from pulses, soya, fruits and vegetables.
Now the question is how to give food rich in protein and essential vitamins and minerals to your kids.
Tips to add nutritious food to your kid’s meal.
MILK – most of the kids run away from milk and same with my daughter. She is really choosy when it comes to milk . So when she throws tantrums having milk, I make oats porridge with that milk adding some fruits to it.
Change look of the food – when the kids says no to milk, you can always try experimenting with dishes made with milk. I used to make health mix, porridge, oats, sweet dalia and kheer. She just enjoy all these items and yes milk too😉.
Replace Milk with Milk products – When your kids say no to milk, try different milk products. Giving paneer, cheese, butter, curd. All have same benefits of milk, so you can try offering milk in different forms.
Health mix chapatis – Adding some health mix powder to wheat flour and kneading with milk. Add more nutrition to kids meal.
Vegetables chapatis – You can knead chapatis dough with vegetables puree. Adding beetroot, carrot, spinach or any vegetables of your choice. It not only gives colour to food, also enhance the taste of it.
Fruits with play time – I have made a routine to have any fruit before going for playing outdoor. So in this way my daughter knows she have to eat fruit, before going out.
Juice/shakes – Kids enjoy having homemade juice and shakes is also at times.
Soya – You can add soya flour to the normal wheat flour and use daily. Soya milk is also good.
Flavoured Milk – You can add dry fruits powder to milk, it gives flavour.
Snack – Roasted nuts are a great way of munching with healthy benefits . Roast nuts of choice with ghee and give for munching anytime.
Sweets – Homemade sweets is best way for adding dry fruits. Kids love these sweets .
As a mom, you have these plenty of new ideas, do share your ideas with me in comments.
This post is part of Get Fit, Stay Fit blog party with Bon Happetee. I would like to thank my online fitness blogger buddy, Mayuri from Sirimiri to introduce me.
Also, I take this opportunity to introduce Pragun who blogs at Praguntatwa. She blogs about the panchtatwa of life.
I am participating in the ‘Get Fit, Stay Fit’ blog party with bonhappetee