Sunday, May 28, 2023

Couch to Coastline: Gokarna Beach Trekking

Breaking news: After six months of break from Facebook, escaping from the clutches of Facebook notifications, I logged in. An exhilarating post from Mad Adventures, Bangalore about a weekend trip to Gokarna: Beach Trekking & Beach Camping caught my attention. The words "beach trekking," "camping," "Yana Caves" and "eight beaches" ignited an excitement. Trekking with my hubby was on my bucket list, and this seemed to be the perfect opportunity. However, with our fitness levels resembling like potatoes more than athletes, we pondered if we were better suited for this trekking. We toyed with the whimsical idea of opting for a private retreat in Sakleshpur/Chikmagalur instead of joining a trekking group. After careful consideration, on Friday morning, We decided to embrace the trekking. We were lil-prepared for the adventure ahead. My husband and I didn't even have proper backpacks, and he was stuck with a pair of flip-flops and running shoes instead of trekking shoes. We borrowed power bank and packed our clothes in laptop bag instead of backpack. With haphazard preparations, we set off on our journey.
Sand, sun, and endless adventures. #BeachTrekking
Trekking to Gokarna: From Metro Rides to KFC Feasts:
We boarded the bus to Majestic but on driver's suggestion we hopped on to metro from Baiyappanahalli, hoping to escape the crazy traffic. Our first-time experience in the metro was filled with awkward glances. After our victory of being the early birds at the trekking pick up spot, we proudly strutted and decided to indulge in a finger-lickin' feast of Tandoori crispy chicken at KFC.

Introduction to Our Adventure Squad:

Get prepared for a rollercoaster ride as I take you through the cast of characters that joined us on our trekking adventure!

First up, the dynamic duo of Ashutosh and Kalpana, injecting our team with a surge of youthful energy. Adding to the mix was Kalpana's sister, Keerthi, who remained mostly quiet, adding a sense of tranquility to our dynamics group.

Hold on tight because here comes Prasanna Sir and his gaming prodigy son, Nandan! Nandan, recently achieved an impressive 92 percent in his 10th grade CBSE exams. His passion for gaming added a unique twist to our trekking conversations about virtual world.

Next comes, Sana and Vijeth, twinning in matching t-shirts, they showcased their bond in a unique way. Unfortunately, their journey was cut short due to Sana's leg discomfort. They booked a bus and bid us farewell on Saturday evening. 

Well that's not all, Ankitha VJ, the trek leader and biking enthusiast. With her knack for capturing picture-perfect couple moments, she transformed us into Instagram stars. 

Last but certainly not least, we were in awe of Prashanth and Akshatha family. Their fearless 9-year-old daughter Avni who had already conquered Kodachadri. This lit adventurer reminded us that age is just a number and inspired us to bring our son along on future treks.

As we continued onboarding our crew, we discovered a surprising connection - Kalpana revealed that she was a product owner, instantly illuminating my husband's face with excitement as he too was a product manager.

Together, our team was a blend of unique personalities, stories, and passions. In the midst of this spirited group, my husband Karthik and I, were set for an for thrilling escapades with this remarkable crew!

Rain, Heat, and Unpredictable Adventure!
The morning rain brought relief and set the stage for a pleasant climate. However, once we refreshed ourselves, the weather took an unexpected turn, and the scorching sun became our constant companion throughout. Regardless of the weather, all the women got their colorful hair braiding. Led by the guide, Gowtham, we navigated through risky, deep slopes, fueling our adrenaline and creating thrilling memories.
Our beachfront tent a pure bliss.
Our beachfront tent - a pure bliss

Our hiking was filled with laughter, thrill and games. One of the games involved building on a word, where each person had to add a related word to the previous one. We erupted in laughter when Kalpana's response to "men" was "smelly" and "animal." It was a lighthearted moment that perfectly encapsulated the humor.

at Om Beach
Continuing our beach-hopping, we explored an impressive array of coastal wonders. From the lively shores of Belekan Beach, we immersed ourselves in the beauty of Paradise Beach and marveled at the enchanting atmosphere of Full Moon and Half Moon Beaches. Each beach offered its own unique charm, making our coastal exploration an unforgettable experience.

Embarking on our first-two-day trekking expedition, venturing beyond our comfort zone, Karthik and I discovered a heartwarming sense of unity. Together, we efficiently managed our things and coordinated our shoe choices, reflecting the deep connection and understanding we had cultivated as a couple made it unforgettable.

Unexpected Encounters: Cattle and Serendipity
As we arrived at Om Beach, anticipation for a delicious lunch filled the air. Surrounded by awe-inspiring beauty, we were unexpectedly greeted by a friendly herd of cattle. At first, it seemed like they were joining us in our elation. However, much to our surprise, they snatched our food! We couldn't help but laugh at the amusing turn of events. Recognizing their hunger, we decided to let them enjoy the meal we had brought. Even cows deserve a tasty treat amidst their beachside adventures.

Jet Ski Thrills at Om Beach: Taking the Wheel and Riding the Ocean Waves!
At Om Beach, our adventurous spirit soared to new heights as we decided to try jet skiing. Excitement coursed through our veins as we hopped on the sleek white watercraft, ready to conquer the waves.

Salty Waves, sunny days and Jet Ski Plays

To our surprise, the person operating the Jet Ski offered me the chance to take control halfway through our ocean excursion. It was an exhilarating moment as I gripped the handlebars, feeling the power beneath me and the salty breeze against my face. With every twist and turn, I rode the waves with a newfound sense of adrenaline and were fully immersed in the sheer joy of riding the waves.

Discovering serenity and adventure on the sandy shores

Late eve, Ankitha introduced us to the concept of Instagram reels and we had good reals.

Unleashing Hidden Talents and TT Laughter: 
On our way back to the homestay,  team were on full as Kalpana, Prasanna sir, our VJ and Keerthi sang, while Avni delighted us with a school song. A delightful surprise awaited us as Karthik's for singing suddenly emerged. With the infectious energy of the group, he belted out the popular song "Munbe Vaa" and was joined by Akshatha, who added her own melodious touch.

After capturing their incredible singing videos, I found myself in need of charging my mobile. Imagine my excitement when I stumbled upon a charging port inside the tempo traveler! Alas, it turned out to be a reverse charging port. 😆

"Lost in the melody of crashing waves 🌊🎶"

Nighttime Adventures, Starry Skies, and Moonlit Dancing:
Our evenings were spent weaving together the beautiful love stories of fellow travelers. As the night fell, an electrifying energy enveloped the environment. The couples in our group couldn't resist the rhythmic waves and starlit sky, and began to sway to the beat of their own hearts. In a moment that felt straight out of a dream, Karthik and I swayed to the enchanting melody of "Vaseegara." The moonlit beach became our own private dance floor, and we danced to the romance of the moment. 

And then, something extraordinary happened. Prashanth sir and Prasanna sir unleashed a hidden talent that left us in awe. With his effortless dance moves, they set the stage on fire and mesmerized us all. Not to forget, our adorable little one Avni danced energetically even at mid-night. 

As the night deepened, we embarked on a moonlit walk, venturing another few kilometers along the beach. The moon, casting its gentle glow upon the water, guided our steps, and we reveled in the magical experience of its mesmerizing reflection.

"Glowing moon, serenading waves, a night to remember. 🌙✨"

"Karthik under the moonlit beach"

Explorations : Day 2 of Our Incredible Journey:
Our second day was filled with breathtaking sights, heartwarming moments through forts, caves, and self-discovery.

Morning Exploration: Fort Delights and Couple Poses
As the sun began to cast its golden rays, we bid farewell to our cozy tent and ventured out into a brand-new day of exploration. Our first stop was at Mirjan fort. We couldn't resist capturing the magic of the moment with a couple pose, immortalizing our love and the beauty of the surroundings in a single snapshot.
"Exploring the enchanting beauty of Mirjan Fort ! 🏰✨"

"Embracing my true self and ready to conquer."

Trekking to Yana Caves: Unveiling Wonders
After an energizing start, we set our sights on Yana Caves, a natural wonder that beckoned us with its mystical allure. We trekked, trekked and trekked. The path to Yana Caves was accompanied by the soothing melody of water stream sounds.
"Yana Cave : Nature's masterpiece!"

Exploring the hidden wonders of Yana caves!
Our Group at Yana Cave

Enchanting Tales: Yana Caves and Curious Listeners
Once we arrived at Yana Caves, Ankitha regaled us with captivating stories about the caves history. As we absorbed every word, we noticed a police officer listening intently, his curiosity piqued by the tales that unfolded before him. It was a moment of connection, where the love for exploration and storytelling transcended barriers and brought strangers together.

And, of course, our tradition of collecting mementos led us to acquire a Yana Caves fridge magnet.

Gratitude and Reflection: The Power of Companionship
A mesmerizing nighttime view of Restro Restaurant

Vibrant and inviting ambiance

With our timely arrival, we seized the opportunity to head Elements Restrobar for a scrumptious dinner and extend our timing. Our plan to watch the epic clash between CSK and GT in the IPL on the big screen was abruptly drenched in disappointment as rain crashed the party. But we enjoyed a delightful dinner in a light and open ambience, savoring the flavors and relishing the pleasant atmosphere. 

We were truly blessed to have such amazing group of trekking in our journey and creating memories that would last a lifetime.

In conclusion, venturing into the great outdoors alongside my better half was an experience beyond compare. We checked off another item from our bucket list as we trekked hand in hand, forging unforgettable memories that will forever hold a special place in our hearts. Embracing nature's wonders and each other's company, we discovered the true essence of adventure and companionship. This journey was truly the best experience we could have asked for, and it reaffirmed the beauty of exploring the world together as a team. 

If you're looking for place to stay opposite to beach, these three places offer a one-of-a-kind experience 

Ozone Beach Cafe and Stay - Gokarna, Karnataka, India
Location: Opposite to Ganga beach, Dubbansasi Beach road, Main Beach, Dubbansasi, Gokarna, Karnataka 581319

PK Beach Stay - Prestine Beach:
Location: Dubbanashashi Rd, Bhavikodla, Gokarna, Karnataka 581319

This is the homestay where we stayed, equipped with tents and six bathrooms and toilets. It is ideal for a group but for  families look for other option. 
here is their Instagram Page. 

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Saturday, May 20, 2023

Embracing Growth: Mutual Funds and Mother's Love

Mother's Love and the Benefits of Long-Term Commitment

Mutual funds and mother's love are long-term investments. Being a mother is a lifelong commitment, filled with unconditional love and sacrifices. As a mother, I realized that our efforts invested to nurture a child, are reflected in the long run. In this article, I would like to share my personal experiences as a mother and draw similarities to the world of mutual funds, where patience and long-term commitment can yield significant rewards.

Reading Habits: Long-Term Success:

I remember the early days when I would sit with my son, holding a book in my hands, hoping that he would observe and develop an interest in reading. Initially, there were no visible signs of progress, but I remained patient. It wasn't until after six months that he became a true subscriber of books, and the reading habit was cultivated. This taught me an important lesson: just like the compounding returns in investments, the benefits of consistent effort may take time to materialize, but they are worth the wait. When it comes to investing, mutual funds are designed to be held for a significant period, allowing them to grow steadily. 

Why Every Child Needs Mom: The Sense of Security:

As mothers, we strive to provide our children with a sense of security and emotional support. When my son returns from school, he looks for me as a source of comfort. Similarly, mutual funds offer a sense of security in the financial realm. They provide stability and potential growth, just as a mother's love offers emotional support. 

Values in Motherhood and Investing: Shaping Future Generations: 

One of the greatest gifts we can offer our children is teaching them good values, beliefs, and character. As mothers, we play a vital role in shaping the future generations. Similarly, when it comes to investments, mutual funds can test our discipline and patience in us. They teach us to focus on long-term goals and resist the temptation of short-term gains.

Mother's Love and Mutual Funds: Trust for Growth

Just as mutual funds rely on trust to flourish, my son instinctively turns to me, his mother, as the most dependable and trustworthy figure. It is in my embrace that he finds solace, guidance, and an unwavering love that surpasses all others. In the world of investments, where trust is crucial for growth, a child's life mirrors this importance.

Being a mother is a journey filled with countless moments of joy, sacrifice, and unconditional love. We may not always see immediate results, but the long-term benefits are immeasurable. Just like the rewards of investing in mutual funds, the efforts we put into raising our children will bear fruit in the future. Let us embrace the beauty of long-term commitment, both in motherhood and in our investment choices, and watch as our children and portfolios grow with love and stability.

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Friday, May 19, 2023

The Unseen Tears of a Working Mother

Juggling and Struggling #MomLifeBalancingAct

In the wacky world of software, people have this funny notion that women working there live in a world of luxury. They imagine us attending fancy parties every Friday, enjoying a lavish lifestyle and living in luxurious apartments with a majestic lake view and a sky-high spectacle of the city. But behind the glamorous image, beneath the expensive clothes and polished appearances, there is a different reality—a story of hardship, sacrifice, and tears that often goes untold.

In the midst of an important meeting, a tiny voice echoes within our ears. A voice that belongs to our precious child, pleading with urgency, "Mommy, I need to go potty." The pull of responsibility, tears our souls forcing us to choose between fulfilling our professional commitments and answering the call of our offspring.

We become concerned when our child coughs or requires our attention, but it becomes even more frightening when they encounter an emergency and require our support. Unfortunately, to add to the challenge, we receive a client call at that very moment. It's really difficult to manage both situations simultaneously

In moments of pain, when our meeting stretches longer, our little son yearns for our presence. He approaches us with an Innocent Charm and plead: 'Mommy, Can I Sit Silently on Your Lap, Please. I won't disturb you, Mom. I'll stay quiet.'

As our meeting drags on, we find ourselves multitasking, soothing our little one to sleep with one hand while working with the other. The guilt lingers as we struggle to switch off the glow of the laptop.

While tirelessly attending to our own tasks without rest, we manage to feed them, put them to sleep, and help them with their homework.

Yes, We have a cook to prepare our meals, offering some domestic support amidst the chaos of our lives. But sadly, the food arrives lukewarm, lacking the comforting warmth we crave. There is no time to appreciate the flavors or savor the delights of the cuisine. The empty chair at the dining table symbolizes our longing, a reminder of the countless moments we've sacrificed in pursuit of balance.

We have friends,—or at least we think we do.We have numerous connections within our social circles. But when we reach out, seeking solace, the response is an echo of disappointment. A default message that haunts our inbox: "Can't talk now, call you later." Their lives continue to unfold, while we are left to navigate our own responsibilities, seeking solace in the solitary corners of our weary hearts.

Unfortunately, our parents don't support us because they dislike the city lifestyle we lead. We have no one to turn to for gentle guidance or comforting presence when the weight of it all becomes too much. Instead, we navigate the world of power and boardrooms, torn between our professional lives and the innocent eyes of our little ones.

Amidst the tears and struggles of a working mom, there's an unbreakable spirit that prevails. With determination and love, she finds a way to balance it all, nurturing her child's happiness while pursuing her dreams. Her resilience shines, and her family thrives with joy.

#WorkingMomLife #SacrificesAndSuccess #SuperwomenInSoftware #ParentingAndProfessionalism #JugglingResponsibilities #TheUntoldStory #RealLifeBehindTheGlamour #ChallengesOfWorkingMothers #MultitaskingWarrior

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Thursday, May 18, 2023

Exploring Arun Farms & Nursery in Bangalore

My mom in her happy place
Arun Farms & Nursery in Bangalore
Today, my parents and I embarked on a delightful journey to Arun Farms & Nursery nestled on the outskirts of Bangalore. Our primary purpose was to find a yellow double layer hibiscus plant. Located in Hoskote, Bangalore, Arun Farms & Nursery is easily accessible from the city. As we drove along the Kolar Highway, we engaged in a meaningful conversation during our car ride. 

As we entered Arun Farms & Nursery, we were greeted by a burst of vibrant colors and a soothing aroma that filled the air. The nursery sprawled across a vast expanse, showcasing a wide variety of plants, flowers, and trees. It was a true paradise for nature enthusiasts like my mother.
She's a plant whisperer
Our search for the yellow double layer hibiscus led us through the rows of meticulously organized plants. The nursery's knowledgeable staff guided us to the section dedicated to hibiscus, where we were mesmerized by the array of colorful blooms. Finally, we laid our eyes on the exquisite red double layer hibiscus that had captivated my mother's heart. Its vibrant petals, layered delicately, radiated a sense of elegance and beauty.

We strolled through the nursery, admiring the diverse range of plants and flowers, each with its own unique charm. We bought a white hibiscus as well as a yellow hibiscus with red layered petals. The joy on my mother's face was priceless as she held the plant, envisioning its blooming presence in our own garden. 

A picturesque view of Arun Farms & Nursery, nestled on the outskirts of Bangalore.

Afterward, we enjoyed a refreshing cup of tea before returning home.

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Sunday, May 14, 2023

Timeless Connections: Unbreakable Bonds

Once upon a time, in the charming city of Coimbatore, there resided couples, Naveen and Vinitha, while in the bustling city of Bangalore, lived Darshini and Krishna. In a world where neighborly conversations have become a rarity and where walls separate, Naveen, Vinitha, Darshini, and Krishna forged an exquisite bond of friendship and camaraderie.

Read on for a story that highlights the importance of open communication, nurturing friendships, emotional needs and relationship prioritization.

Darshini and Krishna's love story grew in the busy world of software. Whereas, when Naveen saw Vinitha for the first time, his heart immediately felt a connection, sealing their destinies forever. It was through Vinitha and Krishna's friendship that the four of them became close family friends, extending their bond even to their children.

While Vinitha and Krishna had a strong bond as classmates, it was Naveen and Darshini who formed a unique brother-sister relationship. Naveen had always been there for Darshini, supporting her through thick and thin. 

In the past few months, Darshini had been experiencing a subtle emptiness within her heart. She found it difficult to find joy in activities that once brought her happiness. It was a feeling that she couldn't quite explain, but it left her longing. 

One day, overwhelmed by her emotions, Darshini made a brave decision to open up to Naveen about the emptiness she felt. She mustered up the courage to share her deepest thoughts and fears, confiding in him with a level of vulnerability she had never shown before. Naveen, being the empathetic and caring brother-figure, listened attentively, understanding the depth of her emotions. Their bond as bother and sister grew even stronger as Naveen listened attentively, offering support.

Realizing the importance of addressing this issue, Naveen made an unexpected decision. He, along with Vinitha, paid a surprise visit to Darshini and Krishna's house, understanding the complexities involved. But little did they know that a hilarious mishap awaited them. As Naveen and Vinitha stepped into the house, they were taken aback by Darshini and Krishna's shocked expressions. Little did they know that Darshini and Krishna were engrossed in watching a movie and were just about to call it a night. The sudden surprise visit caught them off guard, resulting in a burst of laughter that filled the room.

Amidst the laughter, the underlying emptiness in Darshini's heart seemed to momentarily fade away and replaced with joy and light-heartedness. It was a reminder that sometimes, unexpected moments of surprise can bring the much-needed relief from life's worries.

After unwinding and relaxing, The four of them sat together, prepared to spend the night engaging in discussions and resolving the matter at hand. They shared their thoughts and feelings, allowing vulnerability to bridge the gap between them. Naveen and Vinitha provided a safe space for Darshini and Krishna to express their own concerns and fears, acknowledging that relationships can face challenges and misunderstandings.

As the night wore on, their conversations delved deeper into the intricacies of their emotions. In that moment of honesty and vulnerability, Krishna found solace of Darshini. Naveen and Vinitha's understanding and support for Darshini reminded her that she was never alone, and Krishna recognized the value of open communication and emotional connection in a relationship.

The night became a turning point for all four of them. They pledged to prioritize their bonds, ensuring that their relationships would always be nurtured and cherished. They realized that the fast-paced life they were living had blinded them to the importance of slowing down and truly understanding each other's needs.

From that day forward, Naveen and Vinitha's bond with Darshini and Krishna grew even stronger. The couples continued to support and uplift each other, creating a harmonious environment for their children to grow up in.

The story of Naveen, Vinitha, Darshini, and Krishna serves as a reminder that in this hectic world, true relationships can withstand the test of time. Their willingness to step beyond the boundaries of societal norms and prioritize their connections demonstrates the power of love, empathy, and understanding.

Key Lessons Learned from the Story:

1. The Power of Open Communication: Darshini's decision to open up about her feelings and concerns to Naveen highlights the importance of honest and open communication in relationships. Sharing our emotions and vulnerabilities can lead to greater understanding and connection.

2. Nurturing Friendships: The friendship between Naveen, Vinitha, Darshini, and Krishna shows the value of fostering and maintaining friendships throughout life. Even after marriage, investing time and effort into friendships can provide support, companionship, and a sense of belonging.

3. Recognizing Emotional Needs: Darshini's feeling of emptiness despite being married underscores the significance of recognizing and addressing our emotional needs. It's essential to listen to our inner selves and communicate our feelings, seeking solutions and support from loved ones when necessary.

4. The Importance of Empathy: Naveen's empathetic response to Darshini's struggles demonstrates the power of empathy. Being able to understand and share in someone's emotions can create a safe and supportive environment, fostering stronger relationships.

5. Prioritizing Relationships: The couples' realization of nurturing their relationships serves as a reminder to prioritize the people we care about. In the fast-paced world we live in, taking time to connect and deepen our bonds with loved ones is essential for long-lasting happiness.

6. Gratitude and Appreciation: The willingness of Naveen, Vinitha, Darshini, and Krishna to come together and resolve their issues showcases the importance of gratitude and appreciation for the relationships we have. Expressing gratitude for the presence and support of our loved ones can strengthen bonds and create a harmonious atmosphere.

Hope this story has reminded the importance of fostering meaningful connections and investing in the bonds that enrich our lives. 

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Saturday, May 13, 2023

An Exhilarating Adventure at SkyJumper Trampoline Park, Bengaluru

In this article, I am thrilled to take you on an exciting journey to the SkyJumper Trampoline Park in Bengaluru. Join me, my son Hethvick, and his cousins Raakshit and Sravantha as we immerse ourselves in a world of gravity-defying jumps and endless laughter.

Pricing Options:
SkyJumper Trampoline Park offers various pricing options, catering to different age groups and durations. 
Capturing Priceless Moments:
As the kids ventured inside to have their fun, we decided to explore the floor above and stumbled upon a coffee shop, offering a cup of coffee priced at just 89. The best  part, it provided a panoramic view of the entire trampoline area. We quickly realized this was an opportunity to capture our kids' joyful moments as they jumped, flipped, and bounced around. It was heartwarming to witness their unadulterated happiness.

Tips for a Fantastic Experience:
To ensure an unforgettable experience, here are a few tips based on our visit:

1. Time It Right: Kids can easily tire out after 30 minutes of non-stop jumping. Therefore, Opting for a 30-minute time slot at SkyJumper Trampoline Park in Bengaluru proves to be a wise choice.

2. Avoid Eating Before Jumping: While trampolining is an incredibly fun activity, the constant bouncing can sometimes lead to motion sickness. It's best to avoid eating heavily before your session to prevent any discomfort.

3. Seek Advice from the Staff at SkyJumper Trampoline Park Don't hesitate to strike up conversations with SkyJumper Staffs and ask for suggestions on innovative moves and jumps. You might discover some impressive tricks that will take your bouncing skills to the next level of adrenaline.

If you're looking for an exhilarating and family-friendly outing, a trampoline park like SkyJumper is an excellent choice. So, grab your griping socks and get ready for an unforgettable time filled with laughter, fun, and an abundance of happy memories.

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Wednesday, May 3, 2023

Why Turning 36 is Special & Crafting My 36-Bucket List Journey

Turning 36 marks a significant milestone in life—a moment where we find ourselves at the crossroads of reflection and anticipation. It's a time of introspection, a chance to look back at the journey that brought us here and the lessons we've learned along the way. At 36, we've a massive experiences that have shaped our character, relationships that have enriched our lives, and accomplishments that deserve celebration. It's a time to embrace the wisdom gained, cherish the present, and set intentions for the future. Join me on this remarkable journey as we delve into the reasons why turning 36 is truly special, a time for growth, gratitude, and embracing the magic of life.

 As I stand at the precipice of turning 36, I find myself reflecting on the incredible journey that has brought me here and the boundless possibilities that lie ahead. In celebration of this milestone, I have decided to embark on an exhilarating quest to create my very own bucket list—a collection of 36 awe-inspiring dreams and aspirations that will fuel my soul and push me to new heights.

  1. Visit the Taj Mahal: Enhance travel experiences by visiting at least one world wonder.  Accomplished   Discovered the Taj Mahal's Awe-Inspiring Beauty on a North Indian Trip with Parents, Originally it was planned for a friendsWedding. 
  2. Attend a literature festival: India has a thriving literary scene, with numerous literature festivals held throughout the country. Attend a festival to meet famous authors and participate in discussions about literature and culture. Accomplished on April 25th 2023
  3. Attend the Holi Festival: As someone hailing from South India, I always harbored a deep desire to take part in the vibrant and colorful celebration of the Holi festival. Accomplished this year at my apartment
  4. Explore the backwaters: Take a boat ride through the serene backwaters of Kerala, or any backwaters 
  5. Share a mesmerizing dance with my husband : There's something undeniably enchanting about moving gracefully on the dance floor, embraced in the arms of the one we love —this is a dream I wanted cherish. Accomplished on May 27 2023, we experienced an enchanting dream, gracefully dancing on the beach, embraced by my love during a beach trek.
  6. Roof-Top Adventures: Experience the exhilaration of travel by sitting on the roof of a bus or lorry, admiring the breathtaking views and feeling the wind rush through hair. Accomplished  Had a chance to travel on th roof of Bus with Breathtaking Views! Trekking Memories - So Much Fun!
  7. Take a cooking class: Learn how to cook delicious Indian cuisine from a local chef.
  8. Attend any movie premiere: I attended the Varisi movie premiere, and to my astonishment, the director recognized me, honoring and inviting me on stage, making me feel like a true part of the cinematic magic. Accomplished on Dec 16th 2021,
  9. Ride a camel in the Thar Desert: Explore the sandy desert of Rajasthan on the back of a camel.
  10. Go on a wildlife safari: Adventures in Natural Habitats: Explore India's Diverse Wildlife: Tigers, Elephants, Rhinos - Safari Accomplished  Had an exhilarating wildlife safari - close encounters with lions, tigers, bears, and snakes! Best experience ever!
  11. Explore Private Waterfalls:  Accomplished  When we went to Coorg, we stayed at the end of the mountain and enjoyed a private waterfall, where only the three of us were present.
  12.  Experience Ayurvedic treatments: Ayurveda is an ancient Indian system of medicine, and experiencing an Ayurvedic massage or treatment can be a relaxing and rejuvenating experience.
  13. Visit the Golden Temple: Located in the city of Amritsar, the Golden Temple is a beautiful and spiritual place of worship for the Sikh community.Accomplished  
  14. Attend a cricket match: Cricket is the most popular sport in India, and attending a match is a great way to experience the excitement and passion of the fans.
  15. Unique Trekking Experince with Beach Trekking and Railway Trekking
  16. Stay in Tree House 
  17. Stay in Tent
  18. Visit Caves: Explore Nature's Mysteries and Unearth Hidden Wonders Accomplished  Yana caves
  19. Just A Road Trip:
  20. Attend a traditional Indian wedding
  21. Experience Dudhsagar to Goa train journey: India has an extensive railway network, and taking a train journey through the country can be a unique and memorable experience.
  22. Attend a local festival: India has numerous festivals throughout the year, each with its own unique traditions and customs. Attend a local festival to experience the vibrant culture of India.  Accomplished Can Mariamman Festival Outshine Any Local Celebrations?
  23. Explore forts and palaces of Rajasthan: The state of Rajasthan is known for its stunning forts and palaces, which provide a glimpse into the region's rich history and culture.
  24. Attend a yoga retreat: India is the birthplace of yoga, and attending a yoga retreat can be a transformative experience for your mind, body, and spirit.
  25. Hop on a street food tour: India is famous for its diverse and delicious street food. Take a food tour to sample some of the country's best culinary offerings.
  26.  Visit the beaches of Goa: Accomplished Having been to Goa, I can attest to its allure with stunning beaches, lively nightlife and a few days relaxing on the sand and soaking up the sun.
  27. Experience a homestay: Stay with a local family to experience the hospitality and warmth of Indian culture.
  28. Attend a Kathakali performance: Kathakali is a traditional dance form from the southern state of Kerala, known for its colorful makeup and elaborate costumes.
  29.  Experience the Longest Zipline Amidst Forest Wonder :
  30. Take a hot air balloon ride: See India from above on a hot air balloon ride, and enjoy stunning views of the countryside.
  31. Attend a music concert: Sufi music is a form of devotional music that originated in Muslim cultures. Attend a Sufi music concert to experience the spiritual and soulful music.
  32. Visit a palace
  33. Take a bicycle tour: Explore the streets of Indian cities and towns on a bicycle tour, and get a unique perspective on the local culture.
  34. Volunteer at a social organization: India has many social organizations working to improve the lives of marginalized communities. Volunteer your time and skills to contribute to a cause you are passionate about.
  35. Run a Marathon in Marriage Costumes: Participate in a marathon wearing matching marriage costumes with my husband, creating a memorable and unique experience together.
  36. Witness the mesmerizing sunrise at any one of the beach and mountain
Whether you are 16 or 60, it's never too early or too late to dream big and create a personalized bucket list that resonates with your deepest desires. Together, we will defy the ordinary and discover the magic that lies within us, manifesting our dreams into reality. Let the adventure begin!

Monday, May 1, 2023

Discovering the Unexpected: A Memorable Unplanned Trip to Coorg

Journey to Coorg's Beauty:
Starting our day with a refreshing cup of tea  ☕💻✨ #EarlyMorningTea

We continued our journey, with the hope of reaching Coorg in 20 Kms. We lost network connectivity and were completely reliant on our instincts and locals to reach our destination. After crossing 30 kms, we finally reached a point where we could get some network connectivity. We searched for the location of Coorg and realized that we were still 80 kilometers away from the main point of Coorg. However, we were determined to make it there as it was just a 1 hour 30 minutes drive.

We set out on our journey once again and were greeted with a breathtaking view via Tholpetty Wildlife Sanctuary. The lush greenery and the stunning road views made the long journey worthwhile.

After driving 80 kilometers, we reached the location that the map showed us as Coorg. But to our surprise, it was just a forest! We soon realized that we had reached the Coorg district, but to explore the places, we needed to go to Madikeri Town.

We searched on all the travel websites, but couldn't find a single hotel to stay. We realized that it was already 3 pm and hadn't yet found a good restaurant to eat.  

After deep diving for Coorg Cuisine Restaurant on Google reviews and reaching the recommended spot for lunch, we found it to be extremely crowded and didn't have the time to wait any longer as it was already 3.45 pm. As we were parking the car, a friendly local recommended that the hype around Coorg cuisine was overrated and suggested we try the Paris Restaurant instead. We gorged on the delicious food, and our spirits were lifted. With renewed energy, we set out to explore the rooms for the stay. 

Unplanned and Unforgettable: A Tale of Finding a HomeStay in a Forest in Coorg:

We managed to book Ananya Greens Resort through However, our plans hit a snag when we received a call from the hotel manager informing us that no rooms were available and the availability as showing due to a technical issue. We were stuck in a difficult situation, as it was peak season, and we had nowhere else to go.

Desperate for a place to stay, we requested the manager Pranav to help us out and give us a room at any cost. Thankfully, he referred us to another person Sandeep who could help us out.

Meanwhile, we started walking on foot, going road by road, street by street checking all the hotels in the vicinity for availability. We must have called over 30 hotels, but all in vain. We were running out of options and had almost given up hope.

However, our luck changed when we received a call from Sandeep. It was a Homestay inside a forest with coffee estate located far from the city, but at that point, we were willing to take whatever we could get. The location was so secluded that it wasn't even displayed on the maps, but we decided to take a chance and check it out.

Our host had instructed us to come near the Kodagu Institute of Medical Sciences and follow his route to the homestay. Little did we know that our destination was located at the end of the forest, surrounded by mountains and mist, coffee plantations, and beautiful landscapes

As we arrived, we were struck by the beauty of the place. We were completely surrounded by nature, and it felt like a paradise.

In the evening, our host took us to a private waterfall, which was exclusively for us. It was just my husband, son, nature and me, and we thoroughly enjoyed our time there. The beauty of the waterfall was breathtaking, and we felt like we were in a fairytale. 

We returned to our homestay for dinner, and it was fantastic - unlimited food, and the flavors were exquisite. We were pleasantly surprised when we met another family at dinner, and they turned out to be very social. We instantly became good friends with Ambika and her family, and our kids hit it off as well. Our son, Hethvick, had a great time playing with their kids. Occasionally, they would hit the football, and it would roll into the forest. In the dark, they searched for the ball, and it added to the adventure. Including Hethvick we all had stayed up late, chatting and playing games until midnight. 

Experience at Dubare Elephant Camp:

Next day, Monday, We woke up to a beautiful misty morning.

We had planned to visit the Dubare Elephant Camp (Open Timings: 9 am to 11:30am) and were excited to see the majestic animals up close. However, as we arrived at the camp, we found it to be extremely crowded. Due to the shortage of water, boating was canceled, and we had to cross the river to reach the camp.

We soon realized that we were not going to be able to bathe the elephants as planned. The line to do so was incredibly long, and by the time we got there, it was already too late.

We decided to explore the camp and feed the elephants instead. We spoke to  mahouts and Hethvick got the opportunity to feed an elephant, and it was an incredible experience for him.

After lunch, We bid goodbye to our Ambika and family, hoping to meet them again soon.

On our way back to Bangalore, we encountered heavy rain and traffic. However, we were delighted to see a beautiful rainbow, which made the journey more enjoyable.

With memories we returned back.

Sometimes, it's good to disconnect from technology and reconnect with nature.

Our unplanned trip had turned out to be an unforgettable experience. We learned that even when things don't go according to plan, there's always a way out. All you need is a little bit of luck and the willingness to take a chance.

Sometimes, the best experiences come from unexpected situations.

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