Camp Noel Resort, Munnar – A Perfect Holiday Destination

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Camp Noel Resort, Munnar – A perfect getaway from home

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Every year we plan a get together with close friends and family to not so oft-visited places. This summer was no different. We zeroed in on Camp Noel, a solitary mountain resort located in the serene wilderness of Western Ghats at 7000 feet above sea level, in Idukki district, Kerala. I was in for a minor disappointment though when I heard of route and accessibility details. As it is we were to drive all the way from Karunagapally to Munnar, covering at least 600km, taking 8 hours. This place is a further 2 – 3 hour journey from Munnar town, near Pazhathottam village. It is advisable to travel in your own private vehicle instead of a tourist bus. Also note that, Idukki is not connected to other parts of Kerala by rail. We had a good lunch at SN restaurant at Munnar before going on our way.

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The drive from Munnar to Camp Noel is breathtaking! You can get scenic views of tea plantations, the river along Mattupetti Dam, Kundalae Dam and the final stretch right through Pampadum Shola National Park. Roads are in good condition, except for a couple of turns with slopes when you reach Camp Noel. Make sure you get your vehicle refuelled at Munnar itself as this place is isolated and it takes you a good 2 hour trip downtown for fuel refill.

Camp Noel, Finally!!!

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I looked around in awe and soon felt that the place was worth every effort taken to reach here. It took a few seconds to let the immense feeling of peace and calm sink in.

Camp Noel is definitely unlike the typical Munnar hotel, teeming with tourists. Here you can actually listen to the sound of silence! There are well furnished 8 double bedroom and 4 single bedroom cottages dotting the lush green landscape on a hilly terrain. There is a rustic elevated cottage or hunter’s cabin for those who favour adventure. Proud stately trees, flowering shrubs, succulents and terrace farms adorn the entire scenery. If you’re lucky, you can spot wild bison roaming around the place at night. We managed to spot one that night, right near the single bedroom cottage. We also spotted rare birds and a few woodpeckers on trees near the farms.

Cottage Interiors

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Each cottage has tastefully done up interiors with wooden flooring and elegant, pure wood furniture that adds a certain warmth and comfort to the ambiance. We booked the one bedroom cottage while our friends booked the two bedroom one. A rustic stone fireplace adds an old world charm to the living space. The housekeeping staff is friendly and has kept the place well maintained. They had a nice collection of travel and fashion magazines laid out on the tea tables.

What to do @Camp Noel

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You can pick fresh strawberries from farms nearby or feast on passion fruit. Camp Noel is a botanist’s dream destination. Lots of flowering plants and shrubs like the dancing girl, peace lily can be spotted here. You can go trekking in the surrounding forest, visit Chinar wildlife sanctuary nearby, Munnar botanical garden or shop for spices and memorabilia in the town area. Matupetti dam also offers scenic views. You can hire a sightseeing guide at the camp.

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We just spend the entire day lazing around and exploring the place. Totally disconnected from the world with no mobile network and wi-fi (free wifi is available at the reception desk only!) we played cricket, football and badminton alongside our kids without a care in the world!

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You can enjoy campfire in the evenings with music, with prior intimation. They also have facilities for conference meetings.

The night sky is equally spectacular with zillions of stars sparkling away to glory. You can watch fireflies fluttering around adding a certain enigma to the nocturnal panorama.

Food is fresh, simple and delectable. They offer complimentary breakfast. However, you need to pre order lunch and dinner as they need to get a few supplies from downtown sometimes.

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The only issue is hot water supply. You have to stick to their schedule. Hot water is not available 24 hours. Also, mobile networks totally conk off around here. You can access free wi-fi at the reception or use the landline available in your rooms to get in touch with your family or office if needed.

Do carry a few warm clothes as the nights can get pretty chilly at times. The best time to visit Camp Noel would be from September to May. The rainy season (June, July and August) is best avoided.

Do check out the Camp Noel Resort website for more details.

Would I recommend Camp Noel?

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Camp Noel has my whole hearted recommendation as a must visit holiday site for everyone out there who need to totally de-stress and isolate themselves from their day to day mundane and super-fast routine. This place actually heals your mind, body and spirit. It deserves a proud thumbs up!

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The Young Scientists – Science Comic Magazine For Kids – A Review

Picture this! You have an inquisitive and smart little kid who is often intrigued by the mysterious ways of science! He may ask you questions like, “Do animals dream?” or “How on Earth did all the dinosaurs die out?” You may or may not know answers to these questions. You may be too busy to reply or you may shrug your shoulders and say, “I’ll get back to you later!” Some may even murmur a single sentence answer, which may in turn give rise to numerous other questions! That is when ‘The Young Scientists’ comes into picture!
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The Young Scientists – Best Science Comic Magazine For Kids

Interesting Storyline And Illustrations

Apt for kids in the age group 4 – 13 years, this science comic magazine is power packed with interesting science and general knowledge concepts for kids. From distant planets and flying fish to matters as mundane as recycling stuff and keeping your surroundings clean, this magazine discusses it all. Replete with eye-catching, beautiful illustrations, it explains fascinating science concepts to kids through colorful cartoons supported by a related story line and easy to comprehend language.

Vocabulary And Practical Science Well Explained

Usually, adults and children are lazy to find meaning for difficult words. In this magazine, vocabulary for difficult words is provided at the bottom of the page. In addition, there is a ‘science scoop’, which adds value to the storyline. Besides science concepts, the magazine gives information related to “practical science”. For e.g., How to remove the bubble gum that is stuck to your dress? If an insect gets into your ears, then how do you get it out?”

Attracts Attention Instantly

In this age of smart phones and speedy internet, kids tend to key in their queries and get precise, to-the-point answers. They do not have the patience to read huge encyclopedias and general knowledge books. However, ‘The Young Scientists’ grabs their attention instantly. Children would prefer reading this science comic magazine over a huge, monotonous and sleep inducing encyclopedia with lots of text. In fact, this magazine works really well for kids with low attention spans. Children are able to recollect the concepts and apply later when they want. It is never boring to read the magazine repeatedly.

Top 10 Plus Points Of The Young Scientists Science Comic Magazine

1. Amazing illustrations
2. Attention grabbing ‘Contents’ page that gets kids hooked on to the magazine instantly
3. Story based explanation of science concepts in an animated, comic style
4. Available in 3 levels according to different age groups
5. Scannable QR codes for watching related videos on YouTube
6. Excellent paper and printing quality
7. Encourages children to take up or participate in science related activities
8. The end of every page has a tiny, interesting information tidbit related to the particular concept it features.
9. Improves reading habits in children to a great extent.
10. Encourages scientific thinking and elicits interest during group discussion among kids.

My 9- year -old son liked the magazine at the first look and he has become an ardent fan of this magazine. With that, I have decided to subscribe right away!

‘The Young Scientists’ helps kids to grow into responsible and knowledgeable young individuals. You can visit www.sciencecomics.in for more information.

Amazing Hanging Pillar Of Lepakshi Temple, India

The Veerabhadra temple at Lepakshi, or the hanging pillar temple in India, is an exemplary work of ancient Indian architecture, Vijayanagara architectural style to be precise. Located approximately 120 km i.e. a 2 hour drive from Bangalore, Lepakshi is a small village in the Anantpur district of Andhra Pradesh.

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Lepakshi Hanging Pillar

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This beautifully carved stone pillar hangs from the ceiling and reaches a few millimetres above the temple floor. Nobody has been able to find out how exactly the kings architects managed to suspend such an immensely heavy stone pillar from the ceiling. In fact, you can easily pass a cloth under this pillar, an act often shown by the local guides. During the British regime, a British engineer got his men to shift the pillar to find out the secret. Unfortunately, this caused the pillar to touch the floor at one corner besides altering the structure of the roof to some extent.

Lepakshi Temple Attractions

Monolithic Nandi

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Lepakshi is also home to the famed temple complex built by Vijayanagra kings way back in 1583. This temple is built on a rocky hillock called Kurma Sailam or tortoise hill. The first marvel you encounter is a colossal Nandi located almost a mile before the temple. It is 27 feet in width and 15 feet in height and rumoured to be the largest monolithic Nandi in India.

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The temple also features a huge structure of Lord Ganesha carved in stone, leaning against a rock. Near this is a huge Naga with seven hoods and three coils, towering over a black Shivalingam, protecting it.

Fresco Paintings

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You get to see some intricate and beautiful specimens of fresco paintings on the ceiling just before the main sanctum sanctorum. The 24 feet by 14 feet fresco of Veerabhadra, the main deity of this temple, is spectacular. The famed Shiva Parvati Kalyanam (wedding) is also depicted here. These frescoes have been painted using natural shades of green, brown, white, black and ochre on a lime treated surface.

Natya Mandapam and Kalyana Mandapam

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Other eye catching attractions are the Natya Mandapam with 100 pillars and an unfinished
Kalyana Mandapam with intricately carved stone pillars. The ancient artisans who sculpted these pillars have given attention to detail resulting in a spectacular display of ancient mythology and architectural designs in this structure.

Lepakshi temple is a must visit site on your itinerary if you happen to be near Bangalore or Anantpur. Ancient Indian Architecture has given birth to many such marvellous structures in India. Visit this site on ancient Indian monuments for more fresco paintings and inscriptions at Lepakshi .

The Golden Temple Coorg

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Do not miss a visit to the famed Golden Temple Monastery at Bylakuppe if you happen to visit Coorg! Bylakuppe is home to the second largest Tibetan settlement outside Tibet. This small town is in fact a part of Mysore district of Karnataka state, but it shares its border with Coorg.

Following the Chinese invasion in the year 1969, thousands of Tibetans fled Tibet and took refugee in India. Bylakuppe was the first refuge camp for Tibetans in exile that was set up in South India.  This small town is spic and span and well organized. It is dotted with Tibetan eateries, small houses and shops. Bylakuppe is peaceful and quiet by all means.

The Golden Temple Monastery – Interesting Tidbits

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The Namdroling Monastery also known as The Golden Temple

About the monastery

Of the other monasteries present here, The Golden Temple Monastery or The Namdroling Monastery is the most well known one. It is home to more than 5000 monks and nuns. It is dedicated to the teachings of Buddha and the Palyul Lineage belonging to the Nyingma School of Tibetan Buddhism. Thegchog Namdrol Shedrub Dargyeling or Namdroling in short is the actual name of the monastery. Initially, it was a small  bamboo temple built by the throne-holder Kyabje Penor Rinpoche in 1963, with an area of 80 square feet approximately. Now it houses a religious college as well as a hospital. Dalai Lama in association with the Indian Government organized refugee camps for Tibetans in exile, in India. This is one such settlement.

This monastery is almost an hours drive from Madikeri, the main town of Coorg. You can hire taxis, autorickshaws or catch a bus from Madikeri to reach here.
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Inside The Golden Temple at Bylakuppe, Coorg

Inside the monastery

Once inside the main temple, you feel humbled by the presence of three colossal and magnificient statues of Gautama Buddha, Padmasambhava and Amitāyus. Each of these gold plated statues is approximately 8 feet tall.

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The walls are covered with beautiful hand painted Tibetan Buddhist illustrations.
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This is the place where the monks study, meditate or read religious scriptures.
The monastery has a peaceful, serene atmosphere. You can buy trinkets, feng shui articles and Buddhist souvenirs from a shop located  at the main gate of the monastery. You get an interesting glimpse of Tibet, its people and culture when you visit this monastery at Bylakuppe.

Best Aloe Vera Gel In India – Aroma Treasures Aloe Gel Review

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Am sure you must have read of the numerous benefits Aloe Vera gel has to offer. It is not very convenient to scoop out some gel from an aloe leaf everyday. I ended up destroying so many aloe leaves. It felt so gross. So then began a hunt for an OTC product, more therapeutic than cosmetic sans harmful chemicals like parabens.

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Best Aloe Vera Gel In India – Aroma Treasures Review

Wondering how to get rid of pimples quickly? Check out this amazing product!

What the product claims…

This is a branded Aloe Gel meant for skin care plus hair care. It contains pure Aloe Vera Gel and is enriched with essential oils like Lavender oil, Vetiver oil and Geranium Oil. This gel is ideal for treating pimples, acne, blemishes and dark spots. You can use it as a moisturizer and for the treatment of minor cuts and bruises. It has anti ageing effects on the skin. I feel this one is the best aloe vera gel for face.

Coming to hair care, Aroma Treasures Aloe Vera Gel treats scalp disorders, dandruff and can even be used as a styling gel. It improves your hair texture.

Best Aloe Vera Gel For Face

This gel is amazingly capable of shrinking your pimple overnight! Yes, I tried it myself. Acne scars diminish and totally disappear over repeated use. Skin looks more radiant.

It works as an excellent moisturizer. I use it after washing my face. Your skin starts becoming more soft and supple.

Dark spots and blemishes disappear albeit a bit slowly.

I have sensitive skin allergic to dust. This gel is very soothing and gets rid of  itching and skin rashes / hives pretty soon. I also apply it over my eyebrows post threading.

I have used it as a styling gel, works nice. Thankfully, I have no scalp disorders so could not experience the hair care benefits of this gel.

Cons of Aroma Treasures Aloe Vera Gel

On the first application, this gave me a slightly stinging feeling on my face as I have sensitive skin. I guess it is due to some essential oil that is present in this product. Those with sensitive skin must apply a very thin layer of this gel to start with.

Where to buy Aroma Treasures Aloe Vera Gel online?

You can buy Aloe Vera Gel online at Amazon.in

Price of Aroma Treasures Aloe Vera Gel

A 125g bottle of Aroma Treasures Aloe Vera Gel costs Rs.96.

Will I recommend this product?

Yes, definitely. It makes acne and pimples clear real fast.

Kalavantin Durg – Can You Climb This?

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Kalavantin Durg – Trekker’s Paradise

One look at this magnificiently gigantic  and beautiful mountain top will make you want to be there! The question is Do you have the guts to climb this? This is Kalavantin Durg, 500m high peak standing proudly on the northern edge of the Prabal Plateau, in the Western Ghats, Maharashtra. A trekker’ paradise, this peak is not as easy to climb as it seems. With steep sides and a treacherous, rocky surface, climb this one at your own risk. There are steep steps of less width, carved into one side of the mountain, with no protection at the sides,whatsoever. A few trekkers reach the base and looking at the steep steps give up right away. This structure was used as a watch tower by troops.

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Carved stone steps leading to the top

Kalavantin Durg Trek

Where is Kalavantin Durg

Kalavantin Durg is located bang next to Prabalgad fort, between Panvel and Matheran and can be easily seen from Panvel.

How to reach Kalavantin Durg

Driving along the Mumbai-Pune expressway, deviate towards Thakurwadi village when you reach Shedung Phata at Panvel. The trek begins from here and it can take up too 2 – 3 hours to reach Prabal Machi village which is at the base of this steep mountain. Food and water can be arranged here. Ascend the steep rock cut stone steps, slog for another 4 hours and you will reach the top. This is recommended for experienced trekkers.

Kalavantin Durg Trek – Blog

Read this interesting version of Kalavantin Durg trek by an experienced trekker to get valuable insights.

If you have gone up there, do let us know about your experience at the top of Kalavantin Durg!

A Healthy Child Makes A Home Healthy And Happy!

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Let me tell you a small story! Once upon a time, a little boy named Appu, just over a year old caught frequent coughs and colds. Nebulisation was a routine thing. His mom would stay up all night trying to soothe his wheezing and bring down his flu. His dad stayed up too and had to drive him to his paediatrician in the middle of the night, on more than one occasion. His mom and dad often suffered from headaches and severe fatigue as a result of staying up all night.

How it all changed for the better!
Several anti histamines, anti biotics and decongestants later, his parents discovered the root cause of his health problem. They decided it was time to build his immunity in order to be really healthy.

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His parents stopped bringing junk food into the house. No more burgers, jelly sticks or even salted potato chips! It was pure fruit juice, fresh vegetables and baked homemade snacks for a long time.

Later, someone suggested Ayurveda and then there was no turning back! Chyawanprash it was and it still is for them, on a daily basis.

Does this story sound familiar? Especially the first half? Well, Appu is my son and now he is nine years old. He doesn’t fall sick as often as he used to until five years back. Monthly or even weekly visits to the paediatrician have come down to once in a year. Appu is healthy and so are his parents. No more sleepless nights for me and his dad. So we are happy and healthy.

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 So it goes without saying that a healthy child does make a healthy and happy home!

Ayurvedic Wonder: Chyawanprash

Ayurveda treats the root cause of your health problem. Having no side effects, it is very safe for children.

History of Chyawanprash

Did you know that Chyawanprash was first formulated by the Ashwini brothers or the royal vaidyas for a sage named Chyawan at his ashram on Dhosi Hill in Narnaul, present day Haryana?

Goodness of Chyawanprash

This thick and sweet brown colored paste is rich in Amla, Triphala, Guduchi and more than 40 other herbs power packed with nutrients, anti oxidants and immunity building elements. It stimulates the natural fighter cells in your body to take on microbes that cause illnesses like cough, cold, flu and other maladies. It is free from all kinds of chemicals and can be consumed by the entire family.

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Dabur Chyawanprash is ideal for all – from the youngest to the oldest member of the family. 1 teaspoon of this immunity boosting herbal concoction should be taken twice daily either with warm milk or warm water. For more information on Dabur Chyawanprash visit https://www.liveveda.com/daburchyawanprash

One must be in sync with nature at all times. Nature heals. Ayurveda helps your body fight infections and allergies. Do give Dabur Chyawanprash a try and  let me know your reactions in the comments below.

Jord Wood Watches – Review And Giveaway

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How about sporting a rare, all wood wrist accessory with your formal and casual wear? Yes, an elegant and chic wooden watch that makes you look so stylishly different!

JORD – Swedish for Earth, Wood and Land, takes you back to nature with their exquisitely crafted all wood watches. The rugged and all natural, yet trendy look of Jord watches sets them apart from other metal, plastic and rubber watches.

Jord Wood Watches – 94A Green and Maple

Take a look at this stunning 94A Green and Maple Jord Watch. I gifted this one to my husband. He has added this splendid time piece to his cool watch collection.

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Exquisitely engineered to perfection, this handcrafted time piece is a great combination of superb craftsmanship, excellent quality, stunning design and sustainability all rolled into one.

It has a neatly etched metallic face placed in a stained bamboo display box topped with a scratch proof hardened glass cover. The steel clasp fastens real quick with a simple pinch on both sides of the band. The wrist band has a stylish transition design with 5 piece links that you’ll love!

Check out its other technical specifications here –

• Hardened, Scratch-proof glass face: 26mm x 33mm
• Wood frame / bezel: 48mm x 42mm
• Band width: 26mm – 37mm transition design (5pc links)
• Lug ends: 42mm
• Stainless face
• Single action clasp
• 3-hand Citizen Miyota movement with date window
• Includes stained bamboo display box

The 94A is an impressive men’s watch and looks great with both formal and casual wear. Besides, an all wood watch definitely gets you a lot of appreciative glances!

As for the water resistance part, it is designed to be splash proof but is not meant to be worn under water. It all depends on how you handle it. Even the most well known brand of steel or rubber watches can break down when you wear them in pouring rain or sleet, unless of course, they are specifically meant for use under water.

My husband is the not-so-gentle-with-watches types. He is also allergic to leather and certain metal straps. This watch has gone down well with him.  So far, the surface has not absorbed any sweat or grime in spite of  being used many times.

A Jord Wood Watch is a Must Have and a Must Buy if you are a watch fanatic! Take your pick from this amazing collection of Jord Wood Watches showcased here!


You can win a stylish 94A Maple and Green Jord Watch worth $159! Jord Wood Watches has partnered with this blog to give away a gorgeous 94A Maple And Green watch to one of our esteemed followers/readers. All you need to do is to enter this JORD WOOD WATCH Giveaway here.

Contest ends on 24th July 2014. The winner will be announced on our official Facebook page.

This is a giveaway sponsored by Jord Wood Watches.

 

Disclaimer: JORD has partnered with this blog to give away one 94A Green And Maple watch to an entrant. The website owner is not responsible for fulfillment, product condition, warranty, service, customer service, or liability.

Carconnect.in – Read, Think And Speak Cars!

How about an online car information portal that doubles up as a social networking site for car fanatics – those who love cars to the core and those who listen to their hearts and take off on adrenaline gushing road trips down mountains, valleys and countrysides?

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Carconnect.in is just the place for you if you can relate to absolute car addiction and have a thing about long road trips.

Check out all the amazing features this site has to offer.

Carconnect.in – Some Cool Features

1. Connect with others who share a similar passion for cars. You can read their car reviews and road trip experiences. You can also invite your Facebook friends to share their car experience.

2. Do some information sharing yourself. Submit your road trip experience or car experiences.

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3. Carconnect.in is a virtual information bank where so many pool in their experience based knowledge. Before embarking on a road trip simply select the starting point of your trip from several places listed as shown. You get to know of destinations that others have visited besides laying hands on vital information that you couldn’t possibly get via a regular Google Search.

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If you select Bengaluru, for instance, You get to read reviews of people who started their road trips from Bengaluru to some other destination. You can get to know of exotic places where not everyone goes to. Interesting, isn’t it?

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4. News on the global automobile industry plus car launches keep you updated.

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5. You can compare cars of different makes – these details are directly emailed to your inbox. This makes it easy to buy a car that falls in your budget.

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6. This is a quick-to-load and easy-to-access kind of portal that even the not-so-net – savvy can surf with ease.

7. Easy Signup – All you need is a Facebook account to get started. It’s that simple. No need to waste time creating an account on Carconnect.in

So what are you waiting for? Hop onto Carconnect.in right away and enjoy your ride!

This entry is part of the Indiblogger Experience Carconnect.in Contest

Dahanu Beach – Places To Visit Near Mumbai

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Weekends are just the time to put on your boots and set off to places seldom explored. Talking of places to visit near Mumbai, Dahanu  is a good bet. It lets you get away from the maddening crowds of Mumbai and goes easy on your pockets. Located in Thane district, Dahanu lies in the Vasai Virar belt, where Gujarat touches Maharashtra. A quaint old seaside town with sprawling beaches, the Dahanu-Bordi stretch is around 17 kms. Dahanu is famous for its fruit orchards especially sapodilla or chickoo orchards. The beaches with swaying palm trees are stunning, offering mesmerizing views at sunrise and sunset.

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Places to visit near Mumbai

Bordi beach, Aswali dam, Bahrot caves, fruit orchards and tribal tourism in villages nearby promise to add plenty of excitement to your Dahanu trip.

Mumbai Dahanu Distance By Road

Distance from Mumbai to Dahanu by road is 145 km. It takes roughly 2.5 hours to reach in case there is no traffic.

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Dahanu Resorts

We stayed at Sea Shell Resort, located right on Narpad Beach. Drive along Narpad beach till you find a lane winding inside to your right. Read the sign boards carefully else you might miss this resort, as it is hidden well by trees and foliage. Directions to reach Seashell resort, Dahanu. The resort stay was comfortable. The staff was good. They offer fresh seafood on request.

The only problem was nobody working here had any idea on places to visit near Dahanu. We relied entirely on our GPRS and asking the locals for directions.

Places to see near Dahanu

Bordi Beach

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Bordi beach is approximately 18 km from Dahanu Beach. Aswali dam and Bahrot caves are near Bordi. This beach is cleaner and free of clutter as compared to Narpad beach.

Aswali Dam

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To reach the dam, you need to reach the base of the mountains near Bordi. You’ll find a Marathi primary school here with vegetable farms on either side. Leave your car here and trek upwards for 5 minutes. The dam in on a lake surrounded by imposing mountains of the Western Ghats. This place is so peaceful and the view so stunning that it leaves you speechless. This dam was constructed by hand several years ago and is the source of water to several villages nearby. Make sure you go here in the morning as it is very hot later in the day. However, the Bahrot caves are at a distance of a good 3 hour climb from the dam. We had kids with us, so we dropped the idea of getting to the caves. It is said that in ancient times, Parsis escaped from Iran and hid in this cave to protect their faith from Muslim invaders for 13 years. There is a holy fire kept burning till date in these caves. Know more about Bahrot Caves, Dahanu.

Tribal Tourism

Dahanu is also home to the Warli tribe. While getting to the Aswali dam, we drove thru one such village. The Warlis live in ingeniously built mud and bamboo huts with mud floors covered in cow dung.

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These huts are very neat and tidy. A few have shops in front of their houses. These people are poor but clean and polite. We took permission before clicking a few pictures inside their hut.

Warli Art

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The Warli people are very artistic. Their paintings offer an insight into their daily lives. The walls of their hut are first smeared with cow dung. Red mud paste is then applied to provide a base. They dip bamboo twigs in rice paste to draw intricate patterns depicting people, birds, animals, rituals, trees and practically everything that they deal with during their life span. Every hut has a decorative warli painting on its walls.

Weekend trip organizers like The Blueberry Trails offer a wonderful experience of interacting with the tribals and learning their art forms. Tribal tourism is slowly gaining momentum in Dahanu.

Agro Tourism in Dahanu

Visit fruit orchards in Umbergaon and Gholvad to get a feel of agro tourism.

Kalptaru Botanical Gardens

Practically every travel site you Google out will have some information on botanical gardens in Dahanu. Be warned however, it is not near Dahanu. It is ahead of Umbargaon, inside Gujarat. If you are put up at Dahanu, you cannot combine all these places in your itinery. Keep the botanical garden visit for another day.

Best Time To Visit Dahanu

The best time to go to Dahanu would be any time of the year other than summers. Monsoons will offer scenic views of overflowing canals and lots of green foliage.

Dahanu was a refreshing experience. Overall, a nice weekend getaway to visit with family and friends. Check out other places to vacation near Mumbai – Ganpatipule.

Chandrika Soap – Natural Skin Cleanser

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Chandrika soap ingredients

This ayurvedic soap is a unique blend of vegetable oils and natural ingredients like  – Coconut oil, Sandalwood oil, Lime peel oil, Orange oil, Hydnocarpus oil Patchouli oil and wild Ginger. Chandrika soap is in market since 1940, when it was originally founded. It is exported to several countries. The best part is Chandrika is an eco-friendly product made ethically- it has no animal fats and is not tested on animals.

Ideal for all skin types and all seasons, this soap is great for people with skin allergies and sensitive skin. To top it, the fragrance is so beautiful and uplifting, it guarantees a refreshing bath day after day.

Chandrika soap comes in different varieties – Chandrika Glycerin soap- with pure glycerin and natural jojoba oil, Chandrika Sandal and Chandrika Siddha soap – made of  Neem and Tulsi(Holy basil).

Chandrika soap price
The natural goodness of   Chandrika Ayurvedic soap is available for  as low as  Rs.16 for a 70g bar.

What I liked about Chandrika soap
It soothes dry skin problems and skin allergies. The fragrance is really nice.

What I did not like about this soap
It does not wash off completely in hard water. But then so do several other soaps. Hard water is a real nuisance! Secondly, it becomes a soggy mess far too soon. It has to be kept away from the shower, in a well drained soap box.

Will I recommend this?
Sure, why not!

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.

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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…)

 

Clean And Clear Face Wash – Review

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Clean and Clear face wash is an excellent skin cleansing face wash for oily and normal skin types.

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Clean And Clear Face Wash – How It Works

Clean & Clear Foaming Facial Wash is a special oil free formula meant to deep cleanse pores on the skin, removing dirt, oil and all traces of make-up. Triclosan is an active ingredient of CLEAN & CLEAR Foaming Facial Wash. It fights acne causing bacteria to help skin stay clear and healthy.

Price Of Clean And Clear Face Wash

A 50 ml bottle of Clean & Clear Foaming Facial Wash costs just Rs.40. 50 ml lasts long enough, as a tiny quantity is sufficient to work up a rich foam.

What I like about Clean And Clear Face Wash?

This face wash is affordable across all classes. It keeps your skin clean, soft and refreshed. It prevents occurrence of pimples and acne due to its deep cleansing capabilities. For people allergic to fragrance, this Clean & Clear Foaming Facial Wash is just right. It has a very mild scent. You just have to take a tiny quantity for working up a rich lather.

What I did not like about Clean And Clear Face Wash?

There is nothing I did not like about this face wash. However, Clean & Clear Foaming Facial Wash is recommended for oily and normal skin all the year round. For dry skin, I would suggest this face wash only for humid summers and monsoons as it strips off whatever little moisture dry skin may have, if used during winter.

Will I recommend Clean And Clear Face Wash?

I would always recommend this face wash for oily and normal skin. It is a must have in your skin care kit. Ideal for use by men and women.

Amway LOC High Suds – My favorite organic cleaner!

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Amway LOC – All purpose cleaner

Amway LOC High Suds is a multipurpose liquid organic cleaner. You can use it for cleaning floors, washing clothes and dishes, cleaning sinks, porcelain, hard washable surfaces, walls, polished wooden furniture and varnished surfaces. An extremely versatile product, this is made from coconut oil derivatives making it bio degradable, Eco friendly and mild on hands.

Very few cleaning agents are efficient stain removers. Amway LOC  removes organic stains like vegetable and fruit stains, ink stains, blood stains, rust and even mold and mildew on the wall. All you have to do is to rub a little bit of the undiluted solution on the stained area and the stain just vanishes.

Amway LOC – Price

– Rs 385 for a 1 Litre pack and Rs. 257 for a 500 ml pack.

How to use Amway LOC

A 1 liter pack Makes 165 liters of cleaning solution when diluted with water. A 1 liter pack lasts for a good 6 months at least. It can be used undiluted for removing tough stains. More usage instructions are provided on the pack.

Where to buy Amway LOC

Amway is one of the largest direct selling companies with a worldwide presence in over 80 countries. All their products are of unmatched quality. You can buy their products from Amway business owners. Do a local yellow pages or justdial.com search to find Amway business owners near your residence.

Will I recommend Amway LOC ?

Yes! I was fortunate enough to be able to remove soya sauce stains from my kiddo’s white school shirt! L.O.C High Suds saved my day. It has also helped me remove turmeric and blood stains besides keeping my floor and bathrooms sparkling clean. I use it occasionally to wipe out mildew stains and dust from my walls and even clean glass panes. But do note that my walls have luster paint, so L.O.C does not take the color off. I cannot guarantee the same for walls with other wall treatments.

Safi Blood Purifier – Has anyone tried it? – Product Review

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Safi Blood Purifier from Hamdard is an an excellent herbal remedy for acne and other skin problems.

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Safi blood purifier – Herbal Remedy For Acne

How does Hamdard Safi work

Safi purifies blood naturally. Its herbal ingredients clear toxins from your body by giving support to the liver, thyroid and digestive system. Hamdard Safi has a terrific blend of herbs that keep your skin free of acne vulgaris, pimples and blemishes. It has Neem which cures skin diseases. Chiraita clears toxins from the skin and Senna cleans the stomach. Tulsi improves blood circulation. Overall, Safi is an effective acne fighting herbal remedy, healing the skin and making it glow. It also Improves complexion and helps you to stay slim and fit.

Hamdard Safi Price

A 100 ml bottle of Safi costs Rs.43.

What I liked about Safi Blood Purifier

Safi works the instant it goes down your throat. I had tried every possible OTC remedies for acne. When all ointments and lotions failed to do the trick, an ayurvedic practitioner told me that acne had to be eliminated by taking medicines internally. She recommended Safi, which is a Unani medicine. I had severe acne break outs with pus. Within 2 days, the swelling and pus subsided. On day three, acne was gone. Now what is left are a few black spots. I am yet to finish a bottle. At the end of it, my scars are bound to disappear. It is a wonderful herbal remedy for acne vulgaris.

What I did not like about Safi

Safi tastes weird. It has an awfully sweet smell which contradicts the taste. But the taste is nothing when compared to its acne healing properties.

Will I recommend Safi Blood Purifier?

Definitely. Safi is 100 percent natural and safe. The price is affordable as compared to expensive skin treatments for acne and other skin problems. The best part is Safi adds a glow to your skin. It aids digestion and keeps you fit. It also deals with skin rashes i.e. utricaria.

 

Cetaphil Mositurizing Lotion – For Dry And Sensitive Skin

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Cetaphil moisturizing lotion is an excellent moisturizing lotion for dry and sensitive skin.

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Cetaphil Moisturizing Lotion – For Acne Prone Skin

 Cetaphil Benefits

It keeps dry skin hydrated, supple and glowing for 24 hours a day. It maintains the skin’s natural protective barrier. Cetaphil moisturizing lotion is a non-greasy quick absorption formula that provides long-lasting hydration to the skin. Once you apply this, you can immediately feel its softening effect, especially on the face. I have acne prone skin. Fortunately, I was able to get rid of acne with Hamdard Safi. I wanted acne to stay away. Cetaphil moisturizing lotion is non-comodogenic i.e. it does not clog pores. It has ensured proper skin hydration without clogging pores and the acne has not resurfaced so far. I used to have problems with other moisturizing lotions, with regards to acne. The best part is this is a fragrance-free formulation, ideal for people prone to breathing problems and allergies due to artificial fragrances. It is also lanolin- free. Sometimes, lanolin can trigger eczema or dermatitis on very sensitive skin. Cetaphil ensures that this does not happen.

Cetaphil Price In India

Price : Rs.230 for a 100ml bottle, which is absolutely fine for dry skin. Once
you use this, you dont need several products to have a glowing skin. Cetaphil
moisturizing lotion is more than enough for dry skin conditions.

What I liked about Cetaphil Moisturizing Lotion

I loved its non-greasy super absorption formula. Before bedtime, I always cleanse my face and moisturize it. Cetaphil lotion has made my facial skin look supple and well hydrated, besides finishing off dark circles under the eyes.

What I did not like about Cetaphil Moisturizing Lotion

There is nothing I did not like.

Will I recommend Cetaphil Moisturizing Lotion?

Of course! It is an elixir for dry skin. Just try and you will know. Doctors recommend this for dry skin and sensitive skin conditions. You can always consult with your doctor before trying Cetaphil moisturizing lotion.

Places To Visit Near Mumbai – Ganpatipule Beach

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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!

Best Soap In India: Anuspa – Pure And Natural Soaps

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Anuspa range of premium natural soaps is the best soap in India when it comes to skin care. You must be wondering – herbal soap for skin care? I was skeptical initially as my skin is dry and I need a moisturizer 24 hrs a day. The soap pack came with its usual details of ingredients, price et all, which I’m going to share with you later. But what caught my attention was its list of natural ingredients that nourish and soothe your skin.

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Best Soap In India : Anuspa Premium Herbal Soap – Facts

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Anuspa range of natural soaps are FDA approved and without animal fats. Anuspa herbal soap is a Grade I soap with a T.F.M(total fatty matter) of 80% – means this soap is pure without any fillers. You get a natural spa like bathing experience when using one of these soaps. Further more, these natural soaps have zero alkalinity meaning your skin will not go dry after bath. The fragrance lingers long after your finish bathing. This range of premium natural soaps is promoted by Khadi Gramodyog, India.

Anuspa Herbal Soap – Price

A 125gm pack of this herbal soap costs Rs. 45.

What I Like About Anuspa Premium Herbal Soaps

Your skin gets nourished and pampered. This soap lasts long, really long. The fragrance is uplifting for all your senses. Anuspa herbal soaps are totally safe for children and people with sensitive skin. You would need a moisturiser after bath only during winter season. This soap is perfect for all skin types. The best part is Anuspa offers a lot of variety – They have Anuspa Kesar, Anuspa Honey & Aloevera, Anuspa Sandal, Anuspa Ashtagandha and so on.

Where To Buy Anuspa Premium Herbal Soaps?

You can buy these soaps in supermarkets, Anuspa outlets or online at www.anuspasoap.com. They also offer gift packs for festive occassions. A complete list of retail outlets supplying these soaps is mentioned on their website. Anuspa also has aromatherapy, hair care and biodegradable laundry care products.

What I Do not Like About Anuspa Premium Herbal Soaps

There is nothing that I do not like. Try it to believe. I tried and the results were marvellous.

 

Sunsilk Perfect Straight – Pure Indulgence For Your Mane!

Ever used Sunsilk Perfect Straight  Shampoo and Nourishing Conditioner? No? Read on to know why you should!

This is how a typical ‘Bad Hair Day’ begins! The alarm rings, you sit upright and think of that important business meeting scheduled later in the day. You freshen up and look in the mirror. You see a frizzy, rough mane staring back at you! OMG! – There is nothing much you can do to put your locks in order in such a short time span, before you set out for work.

And then you realize you just bought Sunsilk Perfect Straight shampoo and nourishing conditioner, the other day. You go right ahead, use it and voila – The results are stunning! Your otherwise unmanageable mane is now soft, shining, well conditioned and straight! Well, I know this sounds too good to be true and your skeptical “Inner Self” will make an outright attempt to banish such thoughts asap!

But here is what I found! I have this mix of frizzy hair on the back of my head and soft wavy hair on the sides, thanks to my genes 🙁   . It needs proper oiling and conditioning without which I’ll probably look like Edward Scissorhands. I continue to envy ladies with long straight silky hair, who have absolutely no qualms in flaunting their open mane. Considering the harmful effects of hair straightening, I wanted a product that gives the same results sans the negative effects of hair straightening. That is when I used Sunsilk Perfect Straight Shampoo and Sunsilk Perfect Straight Nourishing Conditioner and arrived at these conclusions!

 

Sunsilk Perfect Straight – An Honest Review

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Price

An 80 ml bottle of Sunsilk Perfect Straight Shampoo costs just Rs.56 and a 90ml tube of Sunsilk Perfect Straight Nourishing Conditioner costs just Rs.56. So you get a salon style hair treatment for just Rs.112, right at home!

Pros

The shampoo and conditioner when used together, give you softer and shinier hair.

Your hair gets more manageable after use.

I was able to style my hair with ease. Sometimes, in spite of using a conditioner (some other brand) I’m unable to style my hair with my hair styler kit.

The conditioner works in seconds! You need not even keep it on for a full minute. It worked wonders on my hair ends. They had become dry and frizzy. The conditioner made the dry hair ends super soft. So it does penetrate deep into the hair fiber after all.

The effect of this product lasts till your next hair wash.

The shampoo and the conditioner have a nice, mild yet invigorating fragrance.

Cons

It cannot make wavy hair straight. The product uses a “Straight – Lock” Technology that keeps hair aligned as it dries. Well, it does keep the hair aligned as it dries, but not totally straight. Of course, my hair lost its frizz, became super soft and easily styleable – but it still did not become needle straight – blame this part on my genes! I feel only gels can make your hair look needle straight for some time.

I feel, since the pros outweigh the cons, you should go right ahead and use Sunsilk Perfect Straight Shampoo and Nourishing Conditioner to get that shiny, luscious looking mane!

 

And yes, I won a runner up prize for this write up at the Pan India Blogging Contest by Indiblogger for Sunsilk Hair Experts!

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7 Best Magazines For Kids In India

Looking for popular magazines for kids in India? Kids magazines that cover everything from Science, Maths, Activities for kids, Culture, Amazing Facts, Nature, Animals and plants, Literature and the like, are many. You just need to know which one is right for your kids according to their age group. Most kids have short attention spans. It is important that kids magazines are fun and engaging instead of being preachy with long descriptive stories that will elicit nothing but a loud yawn from your little one.

Check out this list of children’s magazines that enhance your child’s learning abilities and grasping power in a wacky, fun manner. These magazine subscriptions for children offer high value for money with lots and lots of fun activities and valuable information for kids.

7 Popular Magazines For Kids In India

RobinAge : Weekly Children’s Newspaper

This is a popular weekly newspaper targeted at children in the age group of  4 and 15 years.  This newspaper carries information on science, social studies, current affairs,  sports, culture, careers and environment in addition to puzzles, activities and interactive projects.

Each issue has  a special Jr RobinAge supplement for very young  readers. Ranked no. 1 here as I found it to be the best kids newspaper for my child.

Subscribe to RobinAge.

Junior Explorer And Young Explorer by MET Knowledge explorer

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 Junior Explorer is a fun magazine for kids from Std.I to Std.IV, focusing on topics ranging from Science, Maths, Indian Culture, EVS, Places, Nature, History, GK and a lot more! I received an introductory issue via my son’s school. The language is simple yet engaging for younger kids in the age group of 5years to 8years. This kids magazine is full of activities and puzzles that improve logical, analytical and English Language / grammar skills.

Subscribe to Junior Explorer 

Young Explorer

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This kids magazine is targeted at children in the age groups of 10 – 15 years. It provides an insight into topics beyond school curriculum. It covers Science and Technology, Personality Development, Sports, Careers, Current Affairs, Arts and a lot more with interesting puzzles, quizzes and crosswords.

Subscribe to Young Explorer

Champak – Kids Magazines India

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This magazine for children is one of the oldest in India, I guess. I grew up reading kids magazines like Champak and Gokulam , in the 1980’s , graduating to Reader’ Digest in later years. Published in 8 languages, it has lots of short stories, comic strips, brain teasers and jokes. It has 24 issues per year, fortnightly. Ideal for kids from Std I to Std V. You can ask your local newspaper delivery agency for subscriptions or Subscribe to Champak magazine for children online

Tell Me Why

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This is a complete reference of 100 plus questions and answers dedicated to a particular topic in each issue. The language is simple and entertaining. Kids will not get bored reading. The printed matter has lots of illustrations, cartoons and pictures making it easier to comprehend things.

Published by Manorama Publications, you can subscribe to Tell Me Why-Kids Magazine online

Magic Pot

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This is a great kids magazine for pre-school and primary school kids in India. It has lots of activities, stories, puzzles and interesting stuff for inquisitive kids. Also published by Manorama Publications, you can subscribe to Magic Pot-Kids Magazine online

Highlights Genies

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This is an interesting magazine for kids in the age group of 2 years to 6 years. It helps in building essential skills with the help of fun activities. Developed by childhood development experts, this magazine is a good choice for pre-school goers and first graders. Available for Rs.40 per copy, you can subscribe to Highlights Genies here.

Go take your pick! There are many more interesting magazines for kids in India here. The most popular ones have been showcased here. Let me know if I missed out any!