Drive-in Beach Kannur

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.

Drive in beach Kannur
Drive in Beach

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.

Coorg Gate Karnataka
Coorg Gate, stop just before entering Kerala

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
Bangalore Kannur
Route we followed

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.

Kannur
Beautiful scenery on the way

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.

Ivorycoast'e Kannur
Balcony of our room

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.

Ivorycoast'e Kannur
Backyard of Home stay

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.

Ivorycoast'e Kannur
Relaxing under palm tree

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 Kannur
Thottada Beach near Home stay

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.

Theyyam
Theyyam celebration

Believe me it was amazing experience.

Theyyam
Theyyam celebration at near by temple

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 😊).

Muzhappilangad Kannur
Beautiful sunset

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.

Muzhappilangad Kannur
She enjoyed her first sea & sand experience

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.

Kannur Light house
View from top of the light house

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.

Kannur Light house
Enjoying with some photo session 🙂

Timings are – 10 to 6

Kannur light house
Spiral staircase to the top

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.

Kannur light house
Huge retired Light used in one of the light house Kept inside museum

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.

St. Angelo's Fort Kannur
View of Arabian sea from fort

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.

St. Angelo's Fort Kannur
Inside the fort

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.

St. Angelo's Fort Kannur
Inside Fort

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.

Cochlear-Hear Your Way!

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This is in continuation with my blog Importantance of hearing screening for newborns. As I have already introduce Cochlear implants to you, let me share some more details for Cochlear implants.

Before we start this in detail we need to understand

How hearing works?

Our Ears have three sections

  • Outer Ear that catches sound waves and send to middler ear.
  • Middle Ear  transfers the sound waves in the air to mechanical pressure waves that are transfer to fluid in the inner ear.
  • Inner ear ( Cochlea ) then converts the pressure waves into sound signals that our brain understands.

 

So basically what happens is

  • Sound waves enters the ear canal and strikes the eardrum.
  • With effects of these sound waves the ear drum and the three bones know as ossicles with the middle ear vibrate.
  • With the effect of vibration moving in the inner ear fluid, the tiny hait cells present in the cochlea detects the movement and change them into chemical signal that can be taken by hearing nerve.
  • Then these hearing nerves transfer the signals to brain with electrical impulses and their these signals are interpreted as sounds.
  • Sharing a quick video of this for better understanding.

Now the question is what is Cochlear Implant?

Cochlear implant is an electronical medical device that replace the function of damaged iner ear cochlea and send sound signals to the brain.

How Cochlear Implants works?

Their is two parts of Cochlear Implant.

  • Sound processor  worn outside the ear and it contains microphone, batteries and this can be attached with cloths for small babies.
  • Implant this is actual implant and is placed inside ear through small surgery.

Coming to how implant works..

  • Sound processor that is worn behind ear captures sound and turns it into digital codes.
  • Then the sound processor transfer the digital codes to the coil on the outside of the head to the implant.
  • Then the cochlear implant converts the digitally coded sounds into electrical impulses and send them along the electrode erray placed in the inner ear.
  • Here the implant electrodes stimulate the Cochlea hearing nerve, which send the impulses to the brain and then they are interpreted as sounds.
  • Here is a small video for easy understanding.

What age a child can get a Cochlear Implant?

How early you get to know about the baby hear loss ,you can cinscon your doctor and with proper test and cinfconfirmat of level of hearing loss, Cochlear implants can be done with 12 months of age.

How long is the Cochlear Implant surgery?

Surgery takes three to four hours. During the operation a small incision is made behind the ear and internal device know as receiver stimulator is places under the skin and is secured to the child’s skull.

Why one should have Cochlear Implant?

  • It is better then a normal hearing aid- Hearing aid amplify sounds and cochlear implant channel sound to bypass the damaged part of the cochlea and directly stimulate the auditory nerves. The implant generates signals and send to auditory nerve and then it is send to brain, where they are recognized as sounds .
  • Understanding of full sentences is better with cochlear implants the hearing aids.
  • They can hear better in table meetings, crowded places and restaurants.
  • Talk and hear on phones and can enjoy music.
  • They feel more safe with cochlear implants as now they can hear alarms, approaching vehicles and traffic.
  • Newborns start normal development and start connecting with their family members and other people as now they can hear them and respond back.

Points to take care

  • Cost- yes this is really important point as these implants are bit costly so one can choose from the different model and contact them for better price.
  • Taking care the device should not get hit by any hard object.
  • Protection from water- but now they are coming up with new device which can be worn for swimming too.
  • Maintenance – changing batteries and wires.
  • Takes times and proper training to get used to with sound through device, as sounds are translated through device first and may sound unnatural, but for newborns its good as they start hearing through this and learn this way.

 

Cochlear has come up with new Nucleus 7 which can be connected and control directly from your smartphones.

How Nucleus 7 is helpful for parents?

  • With new smart phone app now parents are able to monitor important aspects of child’s sound processor usage.
  • Parents can monitor the battery life of sound processor and current status of device,feeling confident about functioning of device.
  • Parents can now track the time in speech and coils off with the hearing tracker.
  • They can locate the missing processor with find my processor feature in app.
  • They can minimize any time child spend without sounds.

My words

I feel cochlear implant is such a nice way to bring your baby back to her normal development as without sound they are not able to connect with surroundings. Yes main concern is for surgery and costing as getting this implant is costlier and not everyone can afford. Hoping government comes up with better easy schemes that anyone can afford getting this implant. Do share your views on this.

Here are some words from happy family of Cochlear implants.

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Baking with Academy of Pastry Arts

It was a great pleasure meeting Chef Kimberly Rozario  at Academy of Baking  Arts and learning some really important tips and tricks that are must for baking a good cake.

Chef Kimberly RozarioWe had nice time learning Berry Vanilla Gateaux with a special culinary class conducted by Chef for all the bloggers.

This full pastry is made in 4 step. Sharing the full receipe.

☑️ Chocolate almond sponge

Ingredients – Quantity (gram)

  • Almond paste/marzipan – 150
  • Whole egg – 62.5
  • Egg yolk – 37.5
  • Egg whites – 137.5
  • Sugar – 50
  • Cake flour – 40
  • Callebaut cocoa powder – 20
  • Dark chocolate Callebaut madagaMada 67percent – 75

Procedure

  • Mix almond paste with paddle. Add in egg and egg yolk slowly until smooth paste.
  • Change to whisk attachment and whip mixture above until fluffy.
  • Make a medium peak meringue with egg whites and sugar.
  • Fold in meringue into 2nd mixture.
  • Fold the sifted cocoa powder and flour and then continue with melted chocolate.
  • Bake in 6″ ring for approximately 25 minutes at 165 degree C.

☑️Berry Jelly

Ingredients – Quantity (gram)

  • Ravifruit blackberry puree – 200
  • Ravifruit raspberry puree – 100
  • Ravifruit strawberry puree – 130
  • Sugar – 15
  • Cold water – 40
  • Gelatin – 8

Procedure

  • Dissolve gelatin with cold water.
  • Warm all purees with sugar until the sugar is just enough to dissolve.
  • Melt gelatin and mix with the puree mixture.
  • Pour into mould and freeze it.

☑️Red Glaze

Ingredients  -Quantity (gram)

  • Water – 75
  • Sugar – 150
  • Glucose -150
  • Condensed milk – 100
  • Gelatin – 12
  • Milk chocolate Callebaut 823NV 33.6percent – 150
  • Red colorant

Procedure

  • Bring sugar, water and glucose to boil.
  • Add in bloomed gelatin and condensed milk.
  • Pour the mixture over the milk chocolate and add in colouring to emulsify.
  • Finishing- Glaze with raspberry glaze and garnish with chocolate decor and chopped raisins with gold dust.

☑️ Vanilla mouse

Ingredients – Quantity (gram)

  • Milk – 150
  • Whipping cream – 120
  • Vanilla pod – 1/2 stick
  • Egg yolk – 120
  • Sugar – 90
  • Gelatin – 8
  • Italian meringue – 120
  • Cold water – 40
  • Whipping cream – 135

Procedure

  • Dissolve gelatin with cold water.
  • Bring cream,milk and vanilla pod to boil.
  • Mix egg yolk and sugar and gradually add into hot mixture.
  • Continue to bain-marie until 83 degree centigrade with spatula. Add in gelatin, wait until slightly cool down ,strain and fold in Italian meringue.
  • Lastly fold in whipped cream.

It was a long process and we learned so many nice tips from chef as.
☑️ Importance of right heating temperature.
☑️ Moisture control while you microwave food item ( This one really good tips as I often get my food items dry while microwaving ). So you need to use cling wrap while you microwave.
☑️ To avoid air bubbles in glaze or any medium you need to use whisker at the bottom only and still if you get some bubbles you can use cling wraps to remove from top.
☑️ If you are planning for long term baking you should invest in a good quality silicone moulds that’s maintain shape in regular use and good quality food colour and cocoa powder really make a difference in the final product in terms of taste and colour.
☑️ For getting a good glaze and shine to your cake you need to keep insure the right temperature and time of glaze and cake.

All Bloggers with Chef

Chef is full of knowledge so the full session was a good learning one and just wished I can get some basic cakes class to get more of this pro version 😁.

Would like to tell you more about Academy of Pastry Arts

Academy of Pastry Arts is an esteemed group of Professional Culinary & Pastry Schools with Pan Asia presence like Malaysia, Philippines, Delhi NCR, Mumbai and Bangalore. There journey started in 2010 with the flagship school in Malaysia and now, the company is growing exponentially with plans to be in Dubai and Indonesia soon.

Their infrastructure speaks volumes with a cumulative area of about 80,000 Sq ft consisting of 46 kitchens and other facilities like amphitheatre, cafeteria etc. With such amenities, it can be safely said that they are the biggest brand in Asia.

The academy uses cutting edge technology, mixed with ingenious techniques, specifically designed to teach the art, science and techniques of creating good food and methods needed to excel in the food industry.

Their are many course available at the Academy and you can choose the one you want, few listed below –

Duration: 6 Months

Duration: 9 Months

Duration: 12 Week session

Duration: 6 Months

Duration: 9 Months

Duration: 12 Week session

Upcoming intakes:
  • FULL TIME PASTRY & BAKERY: 27th AUGUST
  • FULL TIME CULINARY: 22nd OCTOBER
  • PART TIME PASTRY & BAKERY: 17th NOVEMBER
  • PART TIME CULINARY: 17th NOVEMBER

Benefits of sitting on floor and eating with hand

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Nowadayswe have culture of sitting on dining table and eating with fork and spoon, same we are following with our children. But have we ever thought why our traditional way of eating was actually sitting on floor and eating with hands! Our elders also used to sit on floor and eat with hands.

So today I was listening to Dr. Rhutuja and can’t agree more, every word she said was true and just want to share the same with you all.

Nowadays we  have nice and costly high chairs for our kids, and from starting we let them sit on high chairs with food and most of the time they are on chairs or sofas. Slowly this becomes their habit and they will not sit down on floor. Let’s discuss how this changing lifestyle affects our kids heath in long-term.

Benefits of sitting down and eating:

1. Yoga posture (Sukhasana)

Our traditional way of sitting on floor while having food and if you have noticed while doing yoga also we sit on floor, so it’s a two-way benefits as you are doing yoga also while eating (sukhasana).

2. Easy Digestion

While sitting on floor and eating we tend to move forward and bend to eat and by this way we helps our abdomen muscles in secreting digestive juices which helps in easy digestion of food.

3. Strengthen Lumbar region

Sitting down and eating helps kids maintaining good body posture, opening their hip-joint and giving more flexibility to their pelvis and legs and strengthen their lumbar region of the body.

4. Family bonding

It’s not only kids will sit and eat, as a family you all have to sit down together and eat. This will help in some family bonding time also.

5. Improves Blood circulation

It helps in improving blood circulation by relaxing the nerves and calms your body, that helps in easy digestion too. As when you sit on chair your blood circulation is directed towards feet and while sitting in crossed legs position heart receive proper blood circulation.

6. Eating with hands

While sitting down we should also teach them eating with hands then with spoon/forks. Traditionally we eat with our all fingers as per ayurveda our five fingers are the extension of five natural elements ( will discuss it in my next blog ). While eating with five fingers it energies the food and helps to keep all pranas balanced.

7. Flexible

When your kids body is easy and flexible while sitting on floor, sitting on chair is not be hard. But if you let your kid only sit on chair every time it will be hard for them to get flexible and sit comfortably on floor.

For encouraging kids we need to step forward and set an example for them, they love to do what we do so why not share some good habits that we had from our elders.