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Eggs with two yolks – Unhealthy or Unlucky?

So you got an entire batch of eggs with two yolks? Though it looks kind of weird, don’t be startled. I just found half a dozen double yolk eggs(in picture). Eggs with two yolks are neither unhealthy nor unlucky. So let’s do some egg-sploring and check out why they are fit for human consumption.

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Why do eggs have double yolks?

Hens have this tendency to lay eggs with double yolks at an average frequency of 1 in a 1000 times. This happens when two ova are released by a hen’s ovary and entrapped in a single shell simultaneously.

Double yolk eggs are usually laid by young hens that still haven’t got used to regular egg laying cycles. Certain hybrid breeds of hens also have a higher tendency to lay eggs with two yolks. Eggs with two yolks, if fertilized are incapable of producing two chicks, as there is no space inside for two. Usually both the chicks die. However, the double yolk eggs for sale at grocery stores are not fertilized. Sometimes a hen can even lay an egg with no yolk at all! Yolk less eggs are called wind eggs!

So are they safe to eat? Absolutely! They have all the nutrients that eggs with a single yolk have.

Double yolk eggs superstition

There is some superstition associated with such eggs. Finding eggs with two yolks is linked to an impending marriage or the birth of twins. As with other omens, you can simply laugh it off or take it lightly.

So the next time you find eggs with two yolks, don’t be startled. Simply whip them up for a nice eggelicious surprise.

 

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Amazing Benefits of eating garlic – For Women

Did you know that the benefits of eating garlic can actually transform your life? In fact, including garlic as part of your daily diet is a great way to stay fit and healthy. You simply have to overcome your disgust towards that nasty, garlic smell. Garlic has innumerable health benefits for women. Check these out.

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Benefits Of Eating Garlic – For Women

Garlic For Weight Loss

Research indicates that garlic can be used for weight loss. Garlic stimulates the nervous system to release more adrenalin which increases your metabolic rate. This in turn burns more fat, aiding in weight loss. Garlic reduces unhealthy cholesterol levels and keeps your appetite in control.

Garlic For Anti-ageing

Garlic has anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties which slow down the cell decaying process. It helps your skin cells rejuvenate and works great towards reducing puffiness around your eyes, wrinkles and dark circles. Garlic can help you get rid of acne and stubborn acne marks. So for smooth, plumper and a younger looking skin, consume it regularly to reap the immense benefits of eating garlic.

Garlic For PMS

Cramps, bloating and fatigue are classic PMS symptoms. Garlic enhances blood circulation in the body besides aiding digestion. This gives you instant relief from abdominal cramps and bloating.

Garlic For UTI and Vaginal Health

Almost every woman in the world will have suffered from either a urinary tract infection or a vaginal infection at least once in a lifetime. Garlic has anti bacterial, anti viral and anti fungal properties that make it a powerful weapon against frequent UTIs and vaginal infections in women. Consume lots of garlic in raw or cooked form to fight infections. Those prone to such frequent infections can avoid problems by making garlic an essential ingredient of their diet.

How to consume garlic?

Add crushed garlic to sauces, marinades and dips. Stir fry vegetables with finely chopped garlic. Use garlic liberally to flavor meat dishes, rice, vegetables and curries. The benefits of eating garlic are enhanced when consumed in crushed or chopped form. If garlic breath is not much of a problem, crush two raw cloves of garlic and swallow this with a glass of warm water once daily .

Tackle garlic breath by chewing on mint or flavored mouth fresheners after meals.

Note that garlic is a blood thinner. Avoid consuming garlic if you are on blood thinning medications. Consult your doctor if required.

 

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I need some ‘ME’ time!

Its 6a.m. The alarm goes off! You make a mad rush to the kitchen. You end up preparing lunches for your kids to take to school. You wake them, get them ready and pack them off to school. Next you prepare breakfast and then its time for you  to prepare your husband’s lunch box. Then you attend to the maid, buy groceries, arrange your home, take care of your pets,water the plants and what not. The day goes by with kids returning from school. You take care of their homework, food and soon evening goes by before you know it and then its time for dinner. Phew! Sounds all too familiar?

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Well, More than 75 percent of women homemakers in India can relate to this. They somehow tend to rate everything and everyone more important than themselves. They try to finish so many tasks single handedly, sometimes more than what they can possibly manage.  The result?  All this leaves you totally stressed out. Days and years go by without your knowing it. All you do is a series of monotonous things which take up most of your time leaving you with lots of lifestyle related problems.

Me and my ‘Me’ time

Isn’t it possible to keep aside some 30 minutes of ME time daily? You better say ‘Yes’ to this one if you want to remain sane for the rest of your life.

Me time has an apple effect – Sounds cliched  but ‘Me’ time a day does keep the doctor away. And no, don’t waste these precious 30 minutes on your favorite T.V. shows. Keep it reserved for something as simple as looking out of the window while sipping some tea or lime juice or maybe to savor some sour ‘kairi’ with salt and chilly flakes. You could probably solve a crossword puzzle or read your favorite book.  Look at old photographs, the setting sun or walk barefoot in the grass. Do it now or regret it years later when you are old. You may look back and realize that a major part of  your life went by taking care of family and doing absolutely mundane housework.

To begin with, I prepared my list of things to do  in my ‘ME’ time, each day

  1. Get lost in the crossword and puzzles section of Mumbai Mirror supplement of The Times Of India.
  2. Gardening is a good bet – it calms me down immensely.
  3. Curl up in my bean bag with a nice book.
  4. Listen to some music.
  5. Bake.
  6. Check out my favorite magazines.
  7. Find something to write for my blog.
  8. Get a good head massage.

That’s it for now. The trick is to keep this time reserved strictly for something you love doing! I may end up changing my list next week. This list was able to din some sense of peace into me and my stress levels went down considerably. I’m sure it’ll work for you too.

What goes in your ‘ME’ time list? Am all ears! Would be great if you could let me know in the comments section 🙂

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Wood Rug – Spruce up your floors!

A wood rug on the floor can add lots of charm to home and office interiors. It is an ideal alternative to hardwood flooring, especially in a tropical country like India. Hardwood flooring sure looks elegant, rustic and all, but it comes with its own woes for the homeowner. For one, wooden flooring is expensive and needs a lot of maintenance. Wooden flooring is prone to damage in humid conditions and in the presence of termites.

If you are the kind of homeowner who likes to change things as seasons change, why not opt for a wood rug or a wooden carpet instead of hardwood flooring.

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Legno-Legno is one such wood rug beautifully crafted by Ruckstuhl, a swiss design house. Legno-Legno makes it pretty simple for you to place wood rugs on your floor and roll them up when not in use. Available in six different types of woods, you can use it to define different areas in your apartment or studio.

Wood Rugs and Carpets

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This wood carpet is from Bose Industries, Chennai. Looks neat, comes in different designs and is made from good quality wood made to last really long.

Bamboo Rug

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This crimson dyed bamboo rug  from rugsexpress makes the room look vibrant.

Cork Rug

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Cork rugs can make your living space look subtle yet elegant. Check out this charming little cork carpet by Corkrug.

Did you know that cork (bark) of the cork oak tree can be harvested without axing down the tree and bamboo take less than five years to grow back. So using bamboo and cork for carpets and rugs is not bad for the environment. Rugs made out of these are versatile –  can be used on kitchen floors, bathroom floors and even in passages.

Wood rugs and carpets last long. They are easy to clean – great for busy people who have no time to spare for house keeping work.

So, what do you think? Would you like to buy wood rugs and carpets for your home decor?

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Hindi Diwas – Importance of Hindi for kids

Hindi Diwas is celebrated every year on September 14th, the day on which Hindi was adopted as the official language of the constituent assembly of India in the year 1949.

Now for some interesting facts! Did you know that Hindi is one of the oldest languages in India? Hindi has been derived from the Sanskrit language. It is written using the Devanagri script. India is known as a land of diverse cultures. Each region has its own language and sub dialects. Hindi is the only language that lets you connect with people across the length and breadth of India, without you having to know the local language or dialect. We must teach kids the importance of Hindi , our “Rashtrabhasha” or national language.

Hindi Diwas in India

On Hindi Diwas, several schools and colleges conduct workshops, hindi speech competitions, hindi essay competitions, plays and other such activities.

Hindi speech for kids – video

Here is a video on hindi speech for kids in the preschool classes. On the occasion of Hindi Diwas, this preschool conducted a hindi Speech competition for kindergarten kids. This little kid from Senior Kg. class won the second prize. The hindi speech topic for competition was “Mera Priya Pashu” or my favourite animal.

Hindi for kids – Learning resources

Unlike regional languages, Hindi is simple and easy to understand and follow. Hindi learning for kids need not be akin to learning rocket science. Youtube has several videos for the purpose. Check out this Hindi learning video for kids.

A few sites like www.balmitra.com and www.kidzpark .com have simple, downloadble/printable hindi worksheets for kids.

Of course, English is here to stay. Being well versed in English is vital for a great career ahead. However, your kid must know Hindi in addition to regional languages. Don’t you think, they need to be in touch with their culture? So make hindi learning for kids a fun filled activity with all these useful resources.

 

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Fruit and Vegetable Wash – Make Them Pesticide Free

Wondering “How to remove pesticides from fruit and vegetables ?” Every time you see traces of white chemicals on grapes and a waxy sheen on apples that you buy from the local grocer, you feel “Do I have to eat this? ” It doesn’t make sense to stop buying such stuff because farm produce that you get in supermarkets isn’t safe from chemicals either. Then helplessly, you resort to peeling apples before eating. However, there are numerous methods to clean fruits and vegetables, making them free of fertilizers and pesticides.

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Fruits and Vegetable Wash – Top Tips

Homemade Fruit and Vegetable Cleaner

Use these natural methods for making an organic fruit and vegetable wash at home, that takes off pesticides and fertilizers from vegetables and fruits.

Tamarind and Vinegar Wash

A simple tamarind vegetable and fruit wash can remove 95 percent of the pesticide and fertilizer residue, with ease. Simply keep your veggies and fruits immersed in tamarind water prepared by mixing 20 gm of tamarind in lukewarm water for 15 minutes. These findings are the result of an intensive research study on the impact of pesticide residue on farm produce, conducted by the pesticide research and analytical laboratory of the Kerala Agricultural University.

An equally viable option is to dilute 1 teaspoon of vinegar in 1 litre of water. Keep your veggies or fruits immersed in this solution for 10 minutes. Then rinse them in tap water.

Lemon Juice and Baking Soda

Add 1 teaspoon lemon juice and ½ teaspoon baking soda to a large bowl of lukewarm water. Immerse fresh farm produce in this solution for 10 minutes. Then rinse off in plain water.

Fruit and Vegetable Washing Liquids

Several organic fruit and vegetable washing liquids are available in supermarkets, health stores and online stores like www.healthkart.com. However, check if these liquid cleaners are organic and have edible ingredients. Of these Fit fruit and vegetable wash ,  vegfruwash and Pigeon vegetable cleanser are recommended products.

Vegetable and Fruit Wash –  Equipments

Vegetables and fruit purifiers are other good options. Though expensive, they are the best for hassle free purification of fruits, veggies and meat. They work on Ozone technology, killing harmful microorganisms and pathogens. These machines oxidize and eliminate residual pesticides and fertilizers from fruits and veggies. They also clean antibiotics and hormones present in meat and seafood.

You can buy quality vegetable and fruit purifying machines online at Amazon. In India, Kent Vegetable & Fruit Purifier and Ozone Vegetable & Fruit Purifier seem to be good ones. Before buying these purifiers check on after sales service, maintenance, warranty and any parts that need to be replaced after a few months or years.

Check out which option works best for you. Clean your fruits and vegetables the proper way. Stay fit and stay healthy.

The Perfect Road Trip – From Calicut To Wayanad

Planning the perfect road trip doesn’t have to scrunch up your brows. In fact, all avid travel freaks will agree with me on this! The destination has to be awesome enough to lure us, in the first place. But the journey makes the actual difference! And this includes your SUV, a crazy gang of friends who share your passion for travelling, a bunch of hyperactive kids and of course the final stop over – the destination. Adding up to this list are vital extras like GPS on your smartphone, an online travel guide, munchies (I would starve to death without them), peppy songs, lot of fruit juices, water, games for kids, my Sony Cybershot (that has clicked most of the pictures below, I find D-SLRs too heavy to handle…) and of course, a fragrant car perfume – Ambipur, to give you a whiff of fresh, invigorating fragrance. In fact, with all these must haves, a lot of adventurous road trips have turned out to be adrenaline pumping, memorable outings for me!

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Armed with a newly acquired driving license, here I am fantasizing about my idea of the perfect road trip. I have had many before, but of course, the expert at the wheel was my best friend and better half. This time though, I want to be at the helm and go full throttle with our brand new fiery, Mars red, Ford EcoSport Titanium AT. We can’t wait till it arrives next month. Spacious and sleek, this compact SUV has appealing exteriors, beautiful interiors and a host of superb features like a multi functional steering wheel, ABS, bluetooth telephony, up to six air-bags, rear parking sensors, climate control, hill launch assist and a lot more. What I liked best in this version is its fully automatic 6-speed powershift twin clutch gear box that’ll make all kinds of slopes easy for me on this road trip. That takes care of my apparent laziness, I guess 😉

My Perfect Road Trip
I would like to embark on a mesmerizing road trip from Calicut to Wayanad in my Ford Ecosport AT with my impish 7 yr old son, a few outrageously crazy friends, their kids and of course my hubby dearest. The reasons are compelling. Wayanad, with its idyllic valleys and mist covered mountains makes an ideal destination for this road trip. Look at all the fun we had there, a month back.

Calicut to Wayanad by road


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Driving along, we reached the Thamarassery pass that connects Wayanad to Calicut district. This 14 km long pass  has nine, thrilling hairpin bends offering amazing views from the top. Driving up to Wayanand lets you have fascinating views of scenic mountains, forest life, lots and lots of rubber, coffee, tea and spice plantations. Spanning three days, our road trip covered most of the places in Wayanad including Mananthawadi, Kalpetta, Sulthan Bathery and Vythiri.

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Iruppu Waterfalls, Brahmagiri

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A trek up the Irruppu waterfalls located at Brahmagiri is a must, if you come here. An old peepal tree marks the beginning of the trail. This waterfall is actually a part of Coorg, Karnataka. All you need to do is to drive over to Karnataka from Manantawadi, covering a distance of 34 km approximately, in 40 minutes.

Kuruva Island

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We had a wonderful drive from Kalpetta to Kuruva Island, with lots of coconut trees and paddy fields dotting the landscape. For some distance you have to use your own legs to reach the island. We had to cross trenches using single logs. These were meant for trapping elephants, set up by locals to protect their farms. At such places, I usually don’t lose my cool, but my maternal instincts made me go weak in the knees when I watched my little boy cross the trenches. He was quite cool about it, though.

Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary

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I would love to explore the rugged terrains of  the wildlife sanctuary at Kalpetta, yet again, in my majestic Ford Ecosport (it’s a pity private vehicles are not allowed inside). It would be great to capture on film – deer, tigers, elephants and bison, seated inside my wild beast – The Ecosport.

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Wayanad is home to some exotic home stays and resorts like ‘The Pachiderm Palace’ , right in the middle of the forest, among elephants.

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Old world charm – A beautiful homestay at Kalpetta, Wayanad…

Road Trip Gastronomy

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Home stays, resorts and tiny eateries along roads offer lip smacking Kerala fare – both vegetarian and non-vegetarian.

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Inside a local toddy shop…

On road trips, it is foolish to be fussy about food. In case, there are no restaurants lining the roads, make do with what the locals have to offer.We were right in the middle of this long stretch of a road amidst paddy fields, the kids were hungry, it was around 3 pm, we hadn’t had lunch and we spotted a toddy shop! We went right in and were lucky enough to feast on a simple meal of boiled tapioca, fish curry and rice.

To be frank, small eateries  in Kerala are cleaner than an average Mumbai restaurant. They even serve clean boiled water.

On a last note – Road trips are also meant for shopping stuff available locally. We bought fresh spices, honey, tea, coffee and lots of unni appams (a sweet, southern delicacy) along the way in addition to carved wooden artifacts and mementos.

This particular road trip has left a memory so lasting that I wish to go there yet again and freak out. And I will, with the same gang, as soon as my new Ford Ecosport arrives!

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The Gang (sans the guys…)

 

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Wall decor stickers – Designer ideas for stunning walls

Wall decor stickers for your home are in! It is about time you use wall art stickers to add some life to your boring, plain painted walls! Transform your walls into amazing works of art affordably, using custom wall stickers.

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  Custom vinyl wall decals are designer vinyl stickers that you can affix to any smooth surface, not just walls. You can use them on your kitchen and bathroom wall tiles as attractive borders. You can use them on kids furniture too. You get them in a variety of designs and colors, even in 3D. You can order custom wall decals online, specifying the design, color and wall quotes if any. Let us talk about custom vinyl stickers exclusively meant for your walls.

Wall decor stickers – All about them

Why Should I use vinyl wall art stickers?

Vinyl wall decals are made from very thin vinyl approximately 3mm in thickness. It comes with a matte finish, making the design seem as if it is painted on your wall. These are faster and low cost ways of doing up your walls in less than an hour, without the hassles of wall paint and related drying time. In fact, most of them are removable vinyl wall decals that can be taken off easily without damaging the walls underneath or leaving any residue behind.

Custom Wall decor stickers  – More Designs Online

You have can order beautiful, superior quality custom wall decals at these online stores. www.highstylewalldecals.com | www.createworks.co.uk

Wall art stickers – Buy Online

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Buy wall art stickers in beautiful designs and catchy wall quotes online at www.postergully.com www.fabfurnish.com

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Custom Wall Decals Quotes

Wall decals quotes @vinylimpression.co.uk Wall decals quotes are catchy and immediately draw attention towards visitors. Get a few decals with wall quotes for your kids bedroom or living room. Go for inspirational wall quotes for your study or funny wall quotes for kids’ room, living and dining room. Or better still, create your own custom wall decals quotes with a custom message, color and design. Check out these awesome vinyl wall murals and wall stickers for kids  from www.vinylimpression.co.uk

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Custom Vinyl Stickers For Walls – FAQs

Will wall decor stickers damage my walls?

Go in for superior quality precision cut vinyl wall decals that come with high quality adhesive which leaves no residue on removal. Such wall stickers do not peel off wall paint either.

How to test if your wall is suitable for vinyl wall decor stickers?

Stick a piece of masking tape on your wall surface and leave it on overnight. If the tape has peeled off, then your vinyl stickers may come off too. These stickers work best on smooth surfaces. Do not put your custom vinyl stickers on textured walls. 

How can I ensure zero damage when peeling off wall art stickers?

Gently heat the removable vinyl wall decal with a hair dryer. The heat softens the adhesive and you can easily peel the wall decal off your walls, without leaving any residue or peeling off wall paint.

How to apply custom vinyl stickers on walls?

Your custom wall decals are usually shipped in package tubes. Simply unroll one. Rub the flat surface of the wall decal with a credit card to push out air bubbles. Turn it over. Peel off and stick onto your wall carefully. And you have a designer wall in less than 30 minutes!

Check out this video on how to apply vinyl wall decals on your walls.

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Top 10 Rose Water Uses For A Younger Looking Skin

Rose water uses are many. It benefits your skin like a miraculous elixir for a radiant, younger looking you. Since  ages, women all over the world use rosewater for skin. Rosewater has soothing and cleansing properties that make your skin look young.

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Rose water uses

Rose Water – Toner And Cleanser

Rosewater is a gentle facial cleanser. It clears grime and oil that cause clogged pores, keeping pimples and acne away. Rosewater is also a natural toner for your skin.

Rose Water – Astringent

Rosewater functions like an astringent after your steam your face to get rid of blackheads. Apply rosewater as a gentle astringent to close open pores after removing blackheads.

Rose Water – Skin Tonic

The anti-inflammatory and therapeutic properties of rosewater reduce irritation and redness of the skin caused by sun burn and dust allergy. The best thing to do to make your skin look younger is to moisturize it. Rosewater lubricates your skin well, adding a beautiful glow to it without making your skin look oily.

Rose Water – Mood Enhancer

The invigorating fragrance of roses uplifts your mood and de-stresses you completely. Rosewater when used at night ensures that you sleep well, relaxed and without any stress.

Rose Water For Skin

Dip a small cotton ball in some rosewater and dab it all over your face, lips and neck. It immediately soothes and cleanses your skin.

Rose Water for dark circles

To get rid of dark circles, add four drops of milk to half a teaspoon of rosewater and apply all around your eyes and over your eyelids in circular motions. This moisturizes the skin around your eyes in addition to increasing the blood circulation in the under eye area. Following this regime regularly before going to sleep will eliminate dark circles.

Rose Water For Scalp

Rosewater is an excellent moisturizer for your scalp. After shampooing your hair, dab your scalp liberally with a cotton ball soaked in rosewater. This prevents a dry flaky scalp, providing relief from dandruff.

Rose Water For Hair

Add 3 tablespoons of rosewater in a large glass of lukewarm water. Use this to get a last rinse after washing your hair. It keeps your hair shafts well conditioned, keeping frizz at bay.

Rose Water For Eyes

Tired, irritated eyes get a soothing relief when you place a cotton ball dipped in rosewater over them. Add a few drops of rosewater in a glass of cool water and wash your eyes with this to get relief from red, tired eyes – something that you get from glaring at the computer screen for a long time.

Rose Water Face Pack

Make a face pack with 2 teaspoons of fullers earth (multani mitti), 2 teaspoons of  rosewater and 1/4 teaspoon milk cream. Apply evenly all over your face. Keep it on for 15 minutes and then wash off with lukewarm water. This is an excellent face pack for dry to normal skin types. For oily skin, avoid adding milk cream to the pack.

You can buy Dabur Gulabari Rosewater for instant results.

The natural moisturizing properties of rosewater make it an effective and affordable beauty enhancer. A daily skin care regimen that involves rosewater can reduce fine lines and dullness, adding a radiant glow to your skin. Why not try it right away?

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Places To Visit Near Mumbai – Ganpatipule Beach

It was ages since I longed for a visit to some place, nice and quiet, away from the maddening crowds of Mumbai. Then came a weekend with three consecutive holidays in tow, the third one being an Indian public holiday. Did a little bit of googling to find interesting places to visit near Mumbai.

That is when I happened to stumble upon  Ganpatipule, an idyllic coastal town with clean, serene and white sandy beaches, located in Ratnagiri district, on the Konkan coast of Maharashtra, India. It is a must see destination amongst all other travel places in Maharashtra.
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Places to visit near Mumbai – Ganpatipule Beach

This spectacularly stunning beach is devoid of bugging commercialization that you get to see on the beaches of Mumbai and Goa.

In fact, Maharashtra tourism website promotes Ganpatipule as a scenic, picturesque beach and a pilgrim center, with many visiting  the temple of Swayambhu Ganesha, which is around 400 years old.  Situated midst mangroves and coconut trees, this beach with its clear waters guarantees a relaxing weekend besides being an excellent stress buster.

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Distance from Mumbai to Ganpatipule

Mumbai to Ganpatipule by road is 375kms. The average time to reach Ganpati pule from Mumbai by road is around 7-8 hours. You can also travel by rail to Ganpatipule. The nearest railway stations are Ratnagiri and Karbude. From there you can take a bus or hire private cabs to Ganpatipule. But the road trip will be a much more pleasant memory than the rail trip. You can get out of your vehicle en route, click pictures, feast on local roasted corn, converse with the local villagers – most of them are hard working, prosperous farmers.

Mumbai  To Ganpatipule – Map


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Best time to visit Ganpatipule

The best time to visit Ganpatipule beach is just after the monsoon season, from mid October to February. However, we happened to be there during the monsoons. We went there by road, driving all the way from Mumbai to Ganpatipule. The natural landscape and the beauty of the scenic Sahyadris all along, was at its very best.

Places To Vist Near Ganpatipule

Include these places of interest near Ganpatipule in your itinary.

Malgund Village

This is a beautiful place at approximately 1km from Ganpatipule and is the birthplace of the famous marathi poet, Narayan Keshavsut.  You can visit a memorial dedicated to him, here.

Bhandarpule Beach

This is a virgin beach with practically no visitors, some 3 km from Ganpatipule.  Awesomely beautiful, the ocean view from this beach takes your breath away. But the sea here can be quite dangerous. Do not swim here.

Jaigad Fort

This ancient 17th century fort is built on a cliff, 35 km from Ganpatipule. Located at the mouth of  the Sangameshwar river, this fort  was built to guard the Jaigad port. Drive your vehicle till the fort entrance and park it outside the gate.  You can walk along the ramparts of the fort, enjoying a splendid view of the sea and the port. You can actually hear the ‘Sound of Silence’ here. It is so very peaceful with lush green vegetation all around. This is a must see place for all inquisitive sight seers.

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Prachin Kokan Museum

This museum is a treasure trove of  ancient Konkan history, artifacts, culture and cuisine. Spread over 3 acres, this place offers a view of  practically everything related to Konkan – paintings, handicrafts and indigenous products. You can buy paintings, ayurvedic products and handicrafts from here, among many other things. Feast on Konkan food at Atithya- a konkan restaurant near the premises of the museum

Shopping In Ganpatipule

Shop for local savouries like ambapoli – dried mango pancakes, jackfruit pancakes and chips, kokam kadhi – a sweet sour digestive drink and much more. You can get these from the store attached to hotel Durvankur. Visitors can buy souvenirs and other  memorabilia  from the Prachin Kokan museum.

Jaigad – Tavsal Ferry Boat Service For Motorists – Ganpatipule To Mumbai

We took our car on a local ferryboat service from Jaigad harbour to Tavsal village, the other side of  the Shastri river. From Tavsal, asking the villagers for directions, we drove through some villages and finally reached the NH-17 Mumbai Goa highway. This route saves 100 km i.e. approximately 2 hours of your travel time back to Mumbai.

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Ganpatipule Resorts

Advance hotel booking is a must. It is impossible to find rooms in hotels and resorts after you reach there.  Ideally, ensure that food is a part of your holiday package. A few restaurants and hotels near the bus stand and near the beach are very very crowded at meal times, so much that you may have to wait for your turn. This is unnerving if you are visiting with small kids. Personally, I found the local restaurant food too oily and spicy. Durvankur restaurant near the bus stand and Ganpatipule MTDC restaurant serve good Maharashtrian food. I loved the “Sol Kadhi” and Maharasthrian fish fry at MTDC restaurant. The MTDC resort rooms offer the best view of the beach.

Things to be noted

Avoid swimming in the sea. It can be life-threatening. The waves are strong, huge and tend to pull away the sand beneath your feet. A local guard goes around whistling and warning the beach goers to be near the sea shore, especially  when the high tide sets in.

All in all, a memorable weekend. I would love to be here again!

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