Thursday, 12 October 2017

Weekend trip to Pondicherry, India

Weekend trip to Pondicherry
Pondicherry, now known as Puducherry is one of the amazing tourist places in India for peaceful vacation. It will take 3 hours to reach Pondicherry from Chennai by road. It will be a pleasant experience to travel by the East Coast Road from Chennai as there are many eye catching sightseeing spots on the way. Muttukadu boathouse, Dakshinachitra, Mahabalipuram – UNESCO World heritage site, and Crocodile Park are some of the well known tourist spots located on this route. It is highly recommended to visit Pondicherry if you are touring India.

Pondicherry is situated on the Bay of Bengal coastal, about 160 KM south of Chennai. It was ruled by French for 300 years. The history says, Pondicherry was the place of many battles between the British and the French and it was the capital of French in India. This attractive, former French colony, still allure everyone by its straight and clean streets, beautiful traditional houses, wonderful gardens and hospitality served in hotels. When walking through the streets in this city, we can realize the French influence still exist here.

In Pondicherry, there are many places to visit such as Sri Aurobindo Ashram which is famous for peace and meditation, Auroville – the universal town where people all around the World lives here with peace and unity. It’s wonderful to see how beautiful this place and how people working together without any differences. It has beautiful beach, can see people relaxing in the evening after day’s hard work. It has lot of restaurants along the beach to enjoy food and drinks. Pondicherry has many Churches, the “Church of The Sacred Heart of Jesus” built by French Missionaries in the 1700’s is the old Church in this city.

Weather: Summer in Pondicherry starts from March and it goes till July. The temperature goes up to 42 C during this period. From July to November, it is Monsoon season, good time to enjoy Pondicherry in rainy weather. Winter season starts from December and goes through February, the temperature might drops to 17 C in winter.

Languages spoken: Tamil is the widely spoken language, and tourist can manage with English as well. French, English, and Tamil are known languages in Pondicherry.

Reaching Pondicherry: Pondicherry is the capital city of Union Territory of Puducherry, located in southern part of India. It is well connected by rail and road from Chennai, Tamilnadu. Chennai has both domestic and International terminals, flights available from all over the World.

Accommodation: There are plenty of hotels and beach resorts available in Pondicherry for accommodation ranging from budget to luxury. It is always good to book the hotel in advance to ensure the availability.

Must see places: Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Auroville, French War Memorial, Pondicherry Museum.

Pondicherry is a much visit place for those looking for peaceful vacation

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

Vacation in Munnar, Kerala

Visit Munnar for vacation
Visiting Munnar is a pleasant experience and you will enjoy the chillness of nature in the midst of clouds. Munnar is located at the Idukki district of Kerala State in South India. Munnar attracts honeymoon couples and tourists all through the year. It's greenery nature, cool refreshing air, marvelous scenery mesmerize the tourists to enjoy their vacation. Traveling from Thekkady to Munnar will be a wonderful experience and one of the best scenic routes to reach Munnar.

The word "Munnar" means three rivers flowing together in a place; it’s in the mid of three mountains namely, Mudrapuzha, Nallathanni and Kundala. Munnar which is located 1600 meter above sea level was one of the summer resorts for the British Government in South India. It’s fully covered with sprawling tea plantations, cloudy, trekking locations. Munnar is one of the major centers for Tea Plantations in India.

Best Time to Visit Munnar: Tourist can visit Munnar throughout the year except June – July. Best season to visit Munnar is August through March. The weather is extremely cold during winter, December and January

Weather: Munnar has pleasant weather all through the year, temperature ranging from 0°C to 10°C in winter and 15°C - 28°C in summer

Places to see in Munnar:
  • Tata Tea Museum – Located 2 Km from Munnar Centre on the Nallathany Road – You can see the Tea machineries, tea processing and tea tasting here.
  • Blossom International Park at Munnar – Beautiful garden
  • Marayoor Sandalwood forest
  • Devikulam - Lake Town – 7 KM away from Munnar centre
  • Anamudi – One of the highest peaks of South India, great place for adventurous trekking.
  • Rajamalai (Eravikulam National Park) – Place for Trekking
  • Chinnar Wild Sanctuary – Place to see Elephants from the watch tower
  • Mattupetty – Boating in Mattupetty dam, beautiful place – 14 KM from Munnar centre
Language spoken: Malayalam, Tamil, and English widely known language

How to reach Munnar:
  • Air: The nearest airport is Cochin – 135 KM from Munnar – 4 Hours journey on road
  • Rail: The nearest railway station is Ernakulam – 135 KM from Munnar – 4 Hours journey on road
  • Road: 160 KM from Madurai; 300 KM from Thiruvananthapuram, 100 KM from Thekkaady, and 150 KM from Coimbatore
Accommodation in Munnar:
There are plenty of hotels and resorts available in Munnar in all budgets to meet the needs of wide range of customers. The price starts as low as Rs 500 per day. It will be good to book the hotel in advance before coming to Munnar as the price will shoot up during peak season.

By going Munnar for a vacation, you can enjoy breathing clear and unpolluted air, relaxing environment in amazing location amid nature. It will be a memorable experience for years to come.

Monday, 9 October 2017

Chill down in Yercaud, Salem

Weekend vacation in Yercaud
All of us love to spend our vacation in Hill station under greenery trees and moving clouds. But, it becomes more expensive year on year as demand increases. It’s very difficult to find affordable vacation surrounded by natural paradise. Yercaud is one among the affordable hill station where people can enjoy the climate with their loved one, best suited for a weekend vacation.

Yercaud is located in Salem district, Tamilnadu, India. The entire hill area is known as Shevaroy Hills. It is around 5000 ft above sea level. The temperature stays between 13 0C (55 0F) to 29 0C (84 0F). Coffee plantations, Jackfruits, Oranges, and Pears are grown in plenty in this region. This is an excellent weekend outing for those who love trekking. The drive through 30 KM by road from Salem to Yercaud is amazing with scenic view, it has 20 hairpin bends. There are lot of monkeys on the way waiting for food from tourists. As there are steep hairpin bends, good driving skills required to drive through this roadway.

Weather: Yercaud gets average rainfall during July to September. Summer starts from March and goes till end of June. Winter season falls between November to February, temperature varies from 13 0C to 25 0C during this period. This is the best time to visit Yercaud to enjoy good weather.

Languages: Tamil is the widely spoken language, and tourist can manage with English as well.

How to reach Yercaud: The nearest city is Salem, which is 36 KM from Yercaud. Tourist can come by Air, Train or Road transport till Salem city. They have to travel only by road to reach Yercaud hills, driving through 20 Hairpin bends. The average distance from major cities are, Chennai 350 KM, Coimbatore 200 KM, Bangalore 240 KM approximately by road.

Accommodation: There are plenty of hotels available to stay ranging from budget to luxury resorts. During peak season, one has to book the hotel in advance to ensure the availability.

Places to visit in Yercaud:

Yercaud Lake, Pagoda Point, Botanical Garden, Kiliyur Water Falls, Lady’s seat, Bear’s Cave, Servaroyan Temple, Montfort School, Rose Garden, Holy Trinity Church, 32-KM Loop Road, and Anna Park

Yercaud Lake – It’s otherwise known as Emerald Lake, one of the key attractions for tourists in Yercaud. It is located at the middle of the town, just opposite to the Anna Park in Yercaud. It’s a natural pond, not too big or small for boating. There are lot of shops, small eateries and ample walk-way around this Lake. The boating house in Yercaud Lake has pedal, motor and row boating to meet the interest of the tourists. Pedal boat can accommodate 2 – 4 people, maximum 5 in row boat and 8 people can be seated in motor boat. There is an entry fee for the Lake and they charge boating fee separately based on the type of boat you chose, it varies from 100 – 500 Indian Rupees. The wait time is longer during peak crowded season. Except pedal boat, a boatman will accompany you during the ride. Other than boating, tourist can enjoy the scenic beauty around the Yercaud Lake and a small deer park nearby. There is plenty of parking facility available next to this Lake with small fee. It is real fun spending couple of hours in Yercaud Lake during vacation and it would be a great experience.

Pagoda Point – It is located around 8 KM from the Yercaud town centre, will take 20 minutes drive by car. It is well connected by road, but one needs to be careful while approaching the spot as there is a steep narrow road to reach the Pagoda Point. There are plenty of Autos available to hire from Yercaud town if you don’t prefer own drive. Pagoda Point is the highest tip in Yercaud on the Servarayan hill at 5300 feet from the sea level. It provides good panoramic view of scenic beauty, best time to visit this place is during sunset and sunrise. There are small shops in this place selling toasted corns, biscuits, fruits, water and games for children. A small watch tower with telescope is available to see the view from this spot. Pagoda Point is one of the must visit places in Yercaud. The best time to visit this place is during September – January to experience the cloudy nature.

Botanical Garden – This is just 2 KM away from Yercaud Lake, well connected by road. Yercaud Botanical Garden is a lovely place to see the beautiful plants and large trees. There are wide ranges of plants labelled with their botanical names. But this place can’t be compared with Ooty Botanical garden as Yercaud Botanical garden is primarily to research rare plants, herbs and trees in natural surroundings. This is a good place for botanical students to study various plants and trees. Tourist visiting this place should keep the expectation minimal as there are lot of room for improvements and maintenance.

Killiyur Falls – The best time to visit nearby Killiyur falls in Yercaud is just after rainy season, mostly after October, otherwise there won’t be any water in the falls. Good to check with localities on the water flow before planning a visit. Be prepared for a good walk towards downhill from Yercaud to reach the Killiyur falls. It it’s worth for fitness freak to try this long steep stretch in forest like environment. It is not advisable for elders and children as there are around 300 steps to climb down and up. It is advisable to carry a bottle of water as climbing up from the Killiyur Falls is very exhaustive and tiring. Be careful if you are carrying any food items as there are lot of monkeys around.

Enrich your life with Travel

World Traveller
The word 'Travel' mostly refers to Tourism which becomes integral part of our life. It may be for recreational or business, it is vital to rejuvenate ourselves in today’s fast paced Wold.  Now Healthcare tourism is getting popular in most of the developed countries. People use bus, train, ship or airplanes as a mode of transport during their travel. This sounds simple, but it involves lot of planning, budgeting, and coordination between different parties.

To cope up with high stressed jobs, it’s good to have vacation twice in a year. We might not have time to plan our travel well ahead of time. There are travel agencies to overcome this and they help from booking tickets to reserving hotels and taking care of our entire travel through tour packages. Packaged tour is a good option if you do not have time to plan your travel. This helps to visit new places with guidance at minimal cost. Also, we can get good amount of discount for our bookings. At the same time, we should be very careful in choosing the travel agencies, should go with the one which has good repute in the market.

Teens shouldn’t miss the study tour during their school or college days. It will be a good experience and they never get such opportunities again in life. Yes, enjoying tour with school or college friends is an unforgettable moments in one’s life. The fun and joy we undergo will remain in our memory forever. Even there is a saying that "Take a year off after college, go around Europe before settle down in a Job"

Parents should encourage their son or daughter to go for places to learn different cultures, societies, opportunities around the World. This will be a life lesson for their children at their early age which helps to face the World with more courage in future.

Saturday, 2 September 2017

Why my child grinding teeth while sleeping?

Bruxism
One night, I suddenly woke up middle of the night hearing a strange noise. I looked around and noticed that it’s coming from my child who is in deep sleep. To my surprise, he is grinding his teeth awfully making the strange sound. I was worried, next day I have surfed through the internet to find the reason for the grinding teeth while sleeping and how to prevent it. I have discussed with my friends in medical profession to find the cause. I decided to write a post with my findings on teeth grinding and how we can help the child to overcome it.

In medical terminology the teeth grinding is called ‘Bruxism’. This word may sound new to us, but most of us aware of the behaviour among children and adults. It is common for the upper and lower jaws come together when we chew our food. But if this happens unnaturally without our control, it is Bruxism. This occurs among children and adults when they sleep. Mostly, children outgrow this habit over a period of time. But, it is highly advisable to have close parental observation and dentist visit to help them to overcome Bruxism. It should be taken up with medical professional at appropriate time as the prolonged teeth grinding may impact the tooth structure and it will have below effects.
  • Jaw pain
  • Broken Teeth
  • Jaw disorder
  • Frequent headache
  • Weak gums
  • Enamel damage
There are many causes child develops teeth grinding habit while sleeping, it could be physical and mental reasons. Dentist visit helps to find out the primary cause for Bruxism and prevention plan, listed below the major causes of teeth grinding and possible solution.

Improper jaw alignment – This has to be examined by experienced dentist who specializes in jaw alignment. The dentist can suggest jaw exercise to strengthen the jaws or advice appropriate treatment if it can’t be treated by simple exercise.

Stress and Anxiety – Parents plays a major role to overcome child’s stress and anxiety. They have to maintain close relationship with their child and spend quality time with them every day. This helps the child to open up their concern with their parents for help. Parents can approach professional child counseling for guidance.

Ear pain – This need to be examined by a ENT specialist to find out if there are any abnormalities on the ear and advice for appropriate treatment.

Hyper activeness – There are children born with hyper activeness and it goes as normal when they grow up. But if there are any abnormalities and difficult to handle, parents has to consult the professional for advice and counseling to overcome the hyper activity. Parents play a major role here to help their child to control their behavior and become normal.

Breathing via mouth – There could be various reasons for breathing via mouth among children, early detection and consultation with ENT specialist helps. If this is not been treated at appropriate time, it will affect the tooth structure and spoil the aesthetic look of the child.

Nutrient deficiency – It is obvious, parents should feed their children with all nutritious foods. It is must to add calcium rich foods in their daily diet.

After identifying the precise cause for the Bruxism by close parental observation and medical professional help, we need to work on the solution to address the issue for prevention. The solution may not be a single approach, could be multi-fold for a defined period of time. Parents should exercise patience while helping their child during this period by ensuring the follow-up with dentist with prescribed schedule and implement his advice as it is.

There are custom night guard available in the market to safe guard the teeth from the grinding habit while sleeping. It is like a mouth guard to be worn before going to bed, it gives little discomfort but it is one of the best solutions to save the teeth from Bruxism.
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