First Snow

Me & Pari are enjoying our first winter in US. When we were back from India, we were so much excited and awaiting for our first snow. And I must say, it was so-so beautiful…and still now, she loves snow. I enjoy snow only when family is home. But, Pari is always so excited in playing in snow.

Some beautiful pics of this season.

Pari walking in snow

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The most beautiful scene of our apartmentamazingscene

Snow-covered treestreeslinedupsnow

Another beautiful scene in front of my housefront

Cars covered in snow-parking lotparking

Oh, snow man pics are missing here… Will upload in next post

@Marina Beach, Chennai

These days , we have been travelling so much. Got a chance to visit Chennai in mid-Feb. Chennai weather was good, Not much hot. Wanted to explore Chennai, Visited Pondy Bazaar @ T Nagar. Had delicious Idlis & Dosa at Murugan Idly’s.  Next day, We had no other plans other than visiting Marina Beach. Pari was so excited to see the beach. We reached the beach @ 4:00 PM. It was hot, but not much humid.

Marina Beach, here I come.Marina Beach, here I come

Lovely sea

Pari enjoying in Marina Beach

As soon as she saw the water, she immediately rushed and started enjoying the lovely waves. Playing with waters on her own.

I didn’t get into water, so I was just clicking pictures of shadows, Leg impressions.

Marina Beach

After all the water play, we also collected lots of sea-shells. Pari went for horse riding. Had ice-cream. Still deciding which flavor. This time she had Grapes. Which Flavour

Next, Time for some Bhelpuri & Gun Shooting. All of us did it.

aha Bhelpuri

Gun Shooting

This is the Status of Balloon ( 6 gone out of 10 shots). Hope to improve in next visit. 🙂

Balloons

After this, Pari did shopping for her balloons.

Very Imp Baloons shopping for Pari

It was now 6:30.Took a glimpse of Gandhi Beach and then headed towards our Hotel.

Gandhi Beach

Gandhi Beach 2

Coorg Travel Tales

The year 2012 ended with a wonderful trip to Coorg. Being in Bangalore, and never been to Coorg was a taboo and I was living with it for past 7 years. & Finally, one fine day, hubby’s friend G1 was @home, and phew plan made.. Travelling to Coorg tomorrow (Saturday) morning !!!

Saturday

We started at 6:00 AM in the morning. Reached G1’s place @ 6:20 AM. Both G1 & his wife ‘E’ were ready, and we started @ 6:40 AM on their i10. On Mysore highway, we stopped at Kamat for the breakfast. By this time, Pari woke up and was very-very hungry. We ordered: Idli, Poori Saagu, Khara Bhath, Kesari Bhath, Pongal. After having a heavy breakfast, we started again.

It was a cool morning, we were heading to ‘Kutta’ via Nagarhole National Park. Reached ‘Kutta’ @ 1:00 PM. And, because of the last minute plan, we had not booked any accommodation. So, the house-hunting started. Searched on the web, called them up, sorry sir, not available. & even if it’s available, the directions are so confusing or we didnt like the place. By 2:30, we were all so hungry.. We found a place “Cafe Robusta” & immediately rushed to have our lunch. We ordered Daal, Rice, Paneer Makhni, Chicken Masala, and 1 omelette. Chicken & Paneer were not eatable, but the rest we just finished it in no time. It was 3:00 PM. Now, we started on the way to Iruppu Falls, and found the board signs of 2 Homestays. One was JADE ( very good reviews on tripadvisor so, no chance of availability), and the other one: Hinterland Homestay (with no reviews on the web) and thankfully, it was available. We reached at 3:30 PM, and we liked the place. Homestay rooms were not big, but neat & clean. & That too, there were only 2 rooms and rooms were separate from the owner’s place. We immediately decided to stay here seeing the tranquil & serene environment. It was breathtaking awesome place with the terrace all our own.

Hinterland Home Stay

Hinterland Home Stay @ bank of river

Got settled in the Homestay, and went on to explore the Coffee Beans, green pepper corns, and a river. Here are the Pics where Pari was enjoying the most.

Hubby dear Trying to get some coffee beans for Pari

Coffee Beans

Coffe Beans

Betel Nuts on Trees

Betel Nut Tree2

Closer lookup of betel NutsBetel Nut Tree

Green Pepper Corns

Green Pepper Corn

Closeup Green Pepper Corns

Green Pepper Corn-closeup

After reaching the river bank, Pari was exploring touch-me-not leaves

Small River rises from Mountain

Pari and touch-me-not

Pari and touch-me-not

Exploring LeavesAfter enjoying the river & lots of photography we returned to Homestay, and played cards. By 7:30 Pari was hungry, I requested the owner to give food for Pari atleast, as she had told us she would serve dinner at 8:30 PM only. & she served in 10 minutes. Pari had dinner and she slept after lots of play. Dinner was wonderful with authentic Kodagu cuisine including chicken curry, which was no doubt very good.

Sunday

We woke up in the morning at 7:00 AM. Went to terrace and I must say, it was a splendid view & the freshness of the morning was mesmerizing.

Pari enjoying in terrace

Pari enjoying in terrace

After having tea and the yummy breakfast: Puri, saagu, something like Puddu, and couple of other items, we headed towards Iruppu Falls

Breakfast @ Homestay

Coorg-Breakfast

Here are the pics of Iruppu Falls and some interesting pictures on the way.

Iruppu Falls

Iruppu Fall

Beautiful Coorg

Coorg

Heart Tree

Iruppu Fall Bridge: Pari & Papa

Iruppu Falls Bridge

Beautiful Butterflies

Beautiful Butterfly

Pari & Papa took bath in ice-cold water of Iruppu Falls, and then we came back to our homestay, to find our lunch ready.

Lunch

After lunch, we stayed back in Homestay for relaxed evening, while Pari was busy with her colors and coloring book.

Pari with her colors

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At Night we had bonfire, and slept after having dinner.

Monday

In the morning @ 7:30, we started from Kutta towards Taal Cauvery, It was a little hot & a bit tiring journey, and by the time we reached the place it was 12:30 PM.

On the way to Tal Cauvery

On the way to Taal CauveryWe went to the temple, had photography sessions and on the way to Madikeri had full meals lunch at 2:30 PM in KSTDC hotel. Around 4:00 PM, reached Madikeri, decided to go ahead to Kushalnagar, again searching for a place to stay. Finally found a hotel, ( I forgot the name). Frankly speaking, didn’t like the hotel much, as we had just came from a very calm & serene homestay.

Hotel Room ( It was something like eco green)

Hotel at Kushalnagar

Pari enjoying in hotel with ‘E’In the hotel

In the evening, we ordered Pakoda, & Chai. Had Dinner @ 9:30 with bonfire & dance, and then slept.

Tuesday

Got ready in the morning by 8:00 AM. Had breakfast @hotel, checked out the hotel & reached Nisargadaam. We were expecting Elephant rides, but got disappointed. Pari enjoyed in Deer Park.

Feeding Deer

Pari feeding cucumber slices to Deer

Deer Park @Nisargadam

We left Nisargadaam at about 10:30. Had lunch at Adigas in Mysore Highway. Reached home by 5:30 PM. Overall a very nice trip :).

Returning from Coorg

Nature Walk: Nandi Hills

Ah, my travel plans are working it seems.. 🙂 We managed to go to Nandi hills this weekend. Much thnx to Bittu offcourse… The trip was excellent.. It was 70 kms from our home, and it seems Pari got bored and was just asking after every 5 minutes. “Mummy pahunch gaye?? (Did we reach?)” On the way, we passed through the grapes farm..Pari was so happy to see this.

So, we reached at the top, and had a splendid view of Bangalore

Pari enjoying in the slides, and the Tree House, and then finally leaving…

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