Top 5 honeymoon destinations in Karnataka

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Newlyweds in Karnataka need look no further than their own state for some memorable honeymoon destinations. There are many options to choose from. One can explore the misty mountains of Coorg, the forests of Kabini and Bandipur, the beaches of Gokarna or the royal palace and gardens of Mysore. Here’s a low down on 5 of Karnataka’s best honeymoon destinations.

Coorg

With its misty mountains, rolling hills and abundant greenery, Coorg tops our list of honeymoon spots. There is much to discover in this place. Explore coffee plantations. Visit waterfalls like Abbey Falls and Iruppu Falls. Visit temples like the Omkareshwara Temple. There’s also a stunningly beautiful Tibetan settlement in Kushalnagar with an awe-inspiring temple. The more adventurous can enjoy trekking in Brahmagiri Mountains or even go white water rafting. And then there’s the food which is very unique and flavourful. Whatever you do, this places promises beauty, activities and privacy. It’s perfect for newlyweds.

Where to stay: Amanvana Spa Coorg Resort

Distance from Bangalore: 235 kilometres, 5 hours

Kabini

Kabini lies in the Karapur Forest Area of Karnataka, nestled among the Western Ghats. Home to exotic flora and fauna, the forests surrounding Kabini are beautiful and soothing. It’s a series of postcard-perfect views. There’s a lot to do as well. Take a trip through the forests in jeep safaris or elephant rides so you can blend in with the surroundings and view animals in their natural habitat. Other things to do include a visit to the Kabini dam which has a reservoir that has a lot of wildlife around the area. You can travel along the Kabini river in boats or coracles. If you love animals, visit Nagarhole National Park which is home to unique flora and fauna including some critically endangered species. All in all, Kabini makes for a vibrant and tranquil place for honeymooners.

Places to stay: Orange County, Red Earth, The Peepul Tree

Distance from Bangalore: 209 kilometres, 4 hours

Bandipur

For lovers of the quiet thrill of forests, Bandipur is very exciting. The key attraction is the tiger preserve that’s part of the national park. Bandipur National Park is one of the most beautiful and the better-managed national parks of India. Located amidst the picturesque surroundings of the towering Western Ghat Mountains on the Mysore-Ooty highway in Karnataka, Bandipur National Park covers an area of about 874.2 sq km. Together with Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary in Tamil Nadu, Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary in Kerala and Nagarhole National Park in the North, it creates the India’s biggest biosphere reserve popularly known as the ‘Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve’. Opt for the safari trek and you can see elephants, deer, bears, peacocks, monitor lizards and if you’re lucky, the majestic tiger strolling through the fields, looking for prey or relaxation. There are many resorts to stay in too.

Places to stay: Serai Resort, Country Club, Ambuja Farms

Distance from Bangalore: 220 kilometers

Gokarna

Originally a Hindu pilgrimage spot, Gokarna has grown into a tourist spot. It has beautiful hills and inviting rocky beaches. It is very different from Goa and Karwar; this is a peaceful beach holiday for lovers of the sea. You can go beach trekking because the beaches lie alongside the hills. This is a unique experience. There are 5 major beaches – Gokarna Beach, Kudle Beach, OM Beach, Half Moon Beach and Paradise Beach. The beaches feature shacks or inns and it’s a great place for foodies. There’s also yoga by the beach, temples to visit like the Mahabaleshwar Temple, and a star-studded night sky that’s perfect for lovers of constellations and well, just lovers too.

Where to stay: Sanskruti Resort, Namaste Café

Distance from Bangalore: 34 hours, 2000 kilometers

Mysore

Situated at the base of Chamundi Hills, Mysore is covered in parts by granite outcrops and fringed by verdant forests. The city of Mysore still preserves the old world charm that has not given way to modern amenities. Mysore boasts of palaces, gardens, shady avenues and sacred temples. You will never forget this city with its plethora of wonders: Mysore Palace, Krishna Raja Sagara, Kukkarahali Lake, Jaganmohan Art Gallery, Brindavan Gardens, Lalitha Mahal, Datta Peetham, Chamundi Hills, Mysore Zoo and the Folk Lore Museum. The city is well known for its beautiful temples like the Lakshmiramana Swamy Temple and the Shweta Varahaswamy Temple. Use your time any which way you like. There’s no dearth of options. Mysroe Mysore has all the colours of nature to make your honeymoon special.

Where to stay: Royal Orchid Brindavan Gardens, The Atrium Boutique Hotel

Distance from Bangalore:  145 kilometres, 3 hours

The best of these destinations is, far and away, Coorg, with its lush green hills, misty mountains, rivers, birds and coffee estates. It is easily one of the most popular holiday destinations and hill stations in South India.
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Your Guide to a Fun Sankranti Festival in Coorg

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It’s that point of the year once more once the just-vanished joys of Christmas and also the year get resurrected with Sankranti. Makar Sankranti could be a time of joy and festivities in Coorg. What we tend to love best concerning its spirit of abundance. Abundance isn’t a far cherished plan. We tend to believe that we don’t have enough and also tend to know that we don’t have enough love. Our kids don’t grasp enough. Our organizations and economies aren’t ok. But for us, Sankranti could be a time once all awareness of need drops away and one considers the marvelous abundance all around us in terms of nature altogether its splendour, the love of family and friends, and our own gifts. it’s with this spirit that Coorg rides intent on meet this joyous event of the year, rather like however the sun starts its journey within the hemisphere and enters Makar Rashi or Capricon.

One of the foremost spirited festivals in Coorg, Sankranti demands that you just drive right down to this picturesque hill station and skill the fun first-hand. What are you able to expect and the way do you approach it? Here’s the low down.

Brace for a sky packed with kites

Sankranti is that the festival of kite flying. All enthusiasts leave of their homes and fill the sky with kites that measure a sign of auspiciousness. The kites are available all shapes and sizes. There measure competitions too.

Forget past bitterness by giving sweets

Some of the foremost attractions square measure the ‘tilguls’ or laddoos product of til (sesame seeds) and gul (jaggery). It’s said that folks want one another by saying Tilgul Ghya Aani God God Bola (Take the sweets and speak sweet words). Distributing sweets amongst your loved ones signifies your love and fondness towards them. Makar Sankranti is all concerning forgetting bitter moments within the past by giving sweets.

Harvest the good times with Pongal

In South India Sankranti is also celebrated as Pongal, the harvest festivity. Pongal is also the name of a sweet rice dish that’s ready on this occasion. On the primary day Pongal and prayers will be offered to Bhogi for providing the rain for harvest. On the second day of festival, Pongal is obtainable to the sun. Devotees additionally supply water and flowers to the sun and that they pray for religious growth and prosperity. On the third day Pongal is obtainable to one’s cattle.

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Safety tips

1) Drive slowly. whereas riding two-wheelers, wear a helmet with a muffler / scarf and glasses.

2) Never fly kites close to overhead power lines or cables. To avoid killing birds throughout the festival, don’t fly kites before 9am and once 5pm.

3) Keep empty cardboard boxes with holes within the high handy to secure the injured birds. Kite flying will provide you with painful cuts, thus wear gloves or a minimum of wrap your fingers with a special white bandage.

Reference Article : http://amanvanaspa.com/coorg-resorts/your-guide-to-a-fun-sankranti-in-coorg

Why Amanvana is a favourite among travellers

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It’s been delightful to watch the evolution of travel. Travelling has evolved from weekend pastime to meaningful activity. More and more people now use travel as a means to expand the mind and deepen the soul, in addition to just taking a break. And Coorg is always a favourite destination for soul searching travellers, thanks to its lush green hills, beautiful views, and vibrant culture. There are many places to experience. Amanvana, resort in coorg has its own charm. We’ve had many visitors over the years but a large percentage of our business runs on repeat customers. We spoke to some of them lately, to understand what is it about the resort that compels them to return to it, time and again. Here’s what they said.

A place with soul

Amanvana is a place that’s been designed with soul, and our guests have always noticed that. From the flat architecture that calms the eyes to the hardbound books that lie all around the resort for one’s reading pleasure, every square inch has been put together not for tourists or even travellers but for people who are alive to the idea of connecting with their souls.

Natural, non-manicured beauty

Amanvana, luxury resort in coorg was built with a landscaping and gardening ethos that aimed to be as natural and non-intrusive as possible. So we eschewed manicured lawns and designer gardening in favour of a more natural, effortless look. Guests have noticed that and loved it.

The sense of ownership and attention to detail  

Amanvana Spa, Coorg Resort is run by a very tight team with Kavya, the MD, at the helm. Kavya loves to travel to new places, enjoys art, and has a good eye for colour, design, and harmony. The nice thing about that is everything in the resort has been handpicked by her – from the painting above your table in the restaurant to the lock on the bungalow door. A thread of beauty and tranquillity runs through it all. Nothing you see at Amanvana is there by accident or is the result of an expedient purchase. It’s all part of the story. One of our guests asked if she could have one of the ceramic candle holders in the rooms. She said she wanted something from the resort to signify tranquillity when she went back home. We were only too happy to oblige.

The mysterious river!

Of course, the river. No one who comes to the resort is free from its charms. From the moment you see it, the River Kaveri hypnotizes your senses with its gentle babbling and its silvery water flowing around smooth round stones with the occasional blue jay flying fast and close to the water looking for fish. It’s a great place to read, think, or just sit in silence. Guests have often told us they have experienced minor epiphanies while sitting by the river. Being close to the heart of nature can give us answers we have not yet learnt to ask. Our guests also have great memories of our famous riverside barbeque.

The easy luxury of the bungalows

A couple once came to Amanvana Coorg Resort and told us they liked the bungalows so much they never stepped out all weekend, except to eat and get a massage at the spa. They liked the easy luxury of the bungalows, with its calming colour palette, cosy nooks, and of course, the sky-lit bathroom. Many guests like to sit in the private lawn and get a tan or read a book, while looking up every now and then to observe the roses, listen to the frog in the lotus pond, or pick out the sound of the wind running through the trees.

The underground spa

When we first started out, we called Amanvana a ‘spa resort’ and the spa is still one of our most beloved amenities. It is an underground spa. So you walk down the steps to reach it and this evokes the intrigue and calm of ancient Roman baths. Guests have enjoyed our rejuvenating treatments and have sometimes come back during the course of the same visit for a chocolate facial or a round of foot reflexology that does a great job of unclogging your mind and body.

The rainbow room! (Restaurant)

Did you know the Rainbow Room, our restaurant, was so named because guests spotted rainbows in the sky many times and excitedly clicked pictures to share with us? This was in the monsoon period. The rains would come down and later, when the water left the air freshly washed and the leaves in the trees glistening, one could look up and sometimes spot that familiar band of raggedy colour arcing across the sky like the trail of a spaceship from some distant, enchanted planet.

A Tom Collins in the Jacuzzi

One of our charming features is amenities that are loosely but stylishly designed to make a guest’s experience seamless. The Jacuzzi beside the bar is one such amenity. For those who would rather be intoxicated by words instead of liquor, there’s also a bookshelf with new authors like Jodi Picoult and lost classics like the Reader’s Digest Condensed Novels series. There’s also a coffee hut where one can sip our estate-brewed coffee and look at the river. You get a clear view of the river from here. It’s a good place for deep conversations into the night.

Walks, treks, and picnics

Though we designed the place as a keeper of all things connected to the soul, we wanted it to appeal to both indoors and outdoors folks. So there are many interesting activities. Outdoorsy guests have thrilled to the nature walk, the river trek, and the picnic on the islands. The more literary minded have spent hours disappearing into a book or playing chess in the entertainment room. Then there’s also the opportunity to roam through our coffee plantation where you can savour the invigorating smell of coffee and join in the picking with our staff.

Excerpts from reviews by our guests

“A wonderful nature resort. The river walk was thrilling and everyone should try it once. The rooms are too good. The food was yummy. The place is full of greenery and feels so fresh.”

“Beautiful landscaping, so many varieties of flower and fruit trees. Thoroughly enjoyed the morning walks and trekking through the Kaveri at Amanvana Coorg.”

“Bungalows are so cosy with the view of the sky from the bathrooms. The best part is there is no room category. All 19 cottages are equally lovely at Amanvana Coorg Resort.”

“Serene, beautiful, quiet, and royal.”

Why should you be here now?

If you’re the kind of person who loves nature, enjoys a little quiet and soul-searching, likes rivers, books, and coffee, doesn’t shy away from 11 pm conversations, and appreciates a good massage, this is the place for you. Staying at Amanvana Coorg Resort is also great to sort through your mind and clarify your passions and dreams. Many guests have walked away from here, feeling like they came into contact with their soul all over again after a long time. How many places do that to you? Not too many, in our estimate!

Reference Article : http://amanvanaspa.com/coorg-resorts/why-amanvana-is-a-favourite-among-travellers

Preserving Coorg: Paradise on Earth #1

Anyone who has been to Coorg can never forget it. It’s a romantic country, full of misty hills, coffee plantations, wonderful people, delightful cuisine, and of course the river of life, the Kaveri itself. But in recent times, rampant tourism and modernization are affecting some of Coorg’s natural riches. For example, the railway line that is being planned will uproot several trees and occupy a lot of arable land. Is this a big price to pay for development? Also, tourism marketing tends to point away from traditional homesteads and instead lure travellers with luxurious, exciting but not exactly environment-friendly places. How to strike a balance between tourism, development, and conservation? One of the ways is related to the production of coffee, a chief revenue earner for Coorg and a source of much pleasure for coffee connoisseurs.

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Here’s the situation: traditionally coffee has always been grown in places where there are trees. The coffee is grown between large clusters of trees because the shade is good for the plant. Strong sunlight and heat affects the crop. Secondly, growing it this way is one can preserve the trees and not uproot them in order to cultivate vast tracts of coffee. Thirdly, the trees can be additional revenue earners if managers plan it right.

But in recent times, new age growers have started getting permission to uproot trees so they can grow more coffee in the same tract of land. Naturally, the yield increases dramatically and the earnings are much higher. But as a result of this growth, there is a cost:

1) We’re losing the trees, one of Coorg’s biggest riches and a huge contributor to the country’s pleasant climate and charm and

2) The coffee generated from such tracts is not as good as what comes out of the conservative tree-shaded tract.

However, as is usually the case, the power of big business and money tends to have a bigger voice in the marketplace. But if we want to preserve Coorg as a place of natural beauty and wonder, then it’s important to be aware of the cost of development and to do our bit – as government officials, citizens, marketers, and growers.

As government officials, we should make it more profitable for coffee growers who preserve trees as they grow the coffee. It should be incentivised. We should also discourage people from removing trees to grow more coffee by introducing taxes.

As growers, we should try and not cut down trees for coffee and the lost income can be made up by diversifying into other areas, like growing other fruit yielding trees between the coffee.

As marketers, we should encourage eco-friendly tourism and advocate lifestyles that encourage the enjoyment of Coorg along with its preservation and enhancement. Tourism that draws crowds and money but that degrades the environment in the process should be discouraged. When in Coorg, respect the environment, the river and play by Coorg’s terms, not yours.

Last and not the least, what can we do as citizens? For starters, read up more. Gain more knowledge about the cost of development and about eco-friendly tourism. We all love to travel but if we can temper our love with sensitivity towards the environment, we can preserve the present for future travellers too. Encourage plantation families to stick to shade coffee as opposed to sun coffee. Be fastidious about where your coffee comes from, like how some people refuse to buy ‘blood diamonds’, diamonds extracted from the earth by using child or illegal labour.

Coorg is a kind of paradise on earth. But modernization and growth, while necessary, can quickly outshout the voice of nature. Be conscious. Be firm. Let’s do what we can to preserve the beauty of the present for the future. Shade coffee is a great place to start!

In order to enjoy a guided tour, you could get in touch with manufacturers like Tata, Orange County and Bombay Burmah. They all offer personalised tourist tours and special explorations. There’s also the option of exploring the coffee estate at Amanvana Coorg Resort. The manager will offer you a guided tour.

Reference Article : https://www.tripoto.com/trip/preserving-coorg-paradise-on-earth-1-5853e9ac2016c

Want to visit coffee plantations in Coorg?

Do you like drinking coffee? And trying various kinds of coffee? Then you might create a special relationship with Coorg. One of the biggest manufacturers of coffee in India, this beautiful hill station is covered in green acres of coffee plantations. It is a sight both serene and invigorating.  coffee plantations - blog.jpg
Coffee plantations are one of the most visited spots in Coorg. There are several ways of enjoying the sight. You can opt for a guided tour. This will be a pre-packaged tour. You will get a tour guide and a fixed itinerary. The tour guide will explain the process of preparing the best coffee beans. They will also take you on an expedition of abundant coffee estates where you can enjoy the green, dreamy vistas, listen to the birds in the trees, and soak in the strong aroma of the coffee town. The other way of enjoying a coffee plantation is to live in an estate or lodge that’s close to it.

Route 1: Guided tours

There are numerous thriving estates set amidst innumerable coffee plantations. It is hard to navigate them on your own but with a guide it becomes much easier. Many coffee estate owners offer guided and informative tours around their property and a chance to explore the verdant coffee fields. They even allow you to witness the process and be part of it. You can watch how coffee beans are plucked. Then you can see how they get sorted, refined and roasted. It is an intriguing, time-consuming process and one comes away from it feeling enriched and refreshed, and with a wider view of the places one loves.

In order to enjoy a guided tour, you could get in touch with manufacturers like Tata, Orange County and Bombay Burmah. They all offer personalised tourist tours and special explorations. There’s also the option of exploring the coffee estate at Amanvana Coorg Resort. The manager will offer you a guided tour.

Here are links on how to get to some of these places:

Tata Plantation Trails: http://www.plantationtrails.net/locations

Orange County: http://www.orangecounty.in/coorg-resorts/route-map/

Route 2: Lodging

There’s another more ‘in situ’ option that will be more immersive for true coffee lovers. One could live in a lodge or resort that is situated inside a coffee plantation or is close to one. There are many home stays that also make this experience possible. They are nestled inside coffee plantations and one can enjoy delicious home-cooked food that is very authentic, the comforts of a home, and then, when you feel like it, take a walk through plantations. In the afternoons, the sun filters through the canopy of branches and falls on the ground in a profusion of golden yellow dots. It is the best time to observe the plants. For more scenic views, you can try early morning with the mist rolling down into the plantations from the hills. That is also when the planters awake and supervise the work of the coffee pickers who walk down the aisles laboriously but gracefully and very quickly, as they pluck the coffee.

Make sure you spend time with the pickers and absorb the details the process. Harvesting is almost entirely manual. Few machines are used. So it is an art as well as a science. Also Nov and Dec are the best times to go, so pack your bags!

Some of the popular homestays around coffee plantations are: Plantation Trails, Comfort Homestay, Silver Brook Estate and Bell Home. You can find all details online.

How to get there:

Plantation trails: http://www.plantationtrails.net/locations

Silver Brook Estate: http://www.silverbrookestate.com/route_map

It is advisable to book rooms 10 days in advance for a confirmed booking lest you lose out on a coffee flavoured holiday.

What to carry with you on a plantation tour

  1. A camera is essential to capture the wonders of coffee picking
  2. A pair of binoculars to catch sight of rare birds
  3. Good soled shoes for walking and exploring; the forest floor tends to be full of pines and needles
  4. Mosquito cream
  5. A cap/sun screen if you want to keep of the sun
  6. A knapsack for water, cream, and snacks
  7. A notebook: get your kids to take notes and make a video essay afterwards on “Adventures in a coffee estate!”

Reference Article : http://amanvanaspa.com/coorg-resorts/want-to-visit-coffee-plantations-in-coorg

Itinerary for 2 Days Trip to Coorg

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It’s a place that engulfs your senses. Your eyes are mesmerized and soothed by green hills. Your sense of taste awakened by coffee of a different flavour. Your sense of smell refreshed by aromatic herbs and flowers one never finds in cities. Coorg is a beautiful mystery, a balm for the soul. It’s great for a two-day trip. But there’s so much to see and savour in this place.

What should you prioritise? Here’s what we think:

1. The serpentine Iruppu Falls

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No one who witnesses the curve and rush of Iruppu Falls can forget it. Watching this fall reminds one of the poem, ‘The Brook’ by Alfred Lord Tennyson:

I come from haunts of coot and hern,

I make a sudden sally

And sparkle out among the fern,

To bicker down a valley.

The magnificently cascading waterfall is frequently ranked as one of the best tourist spots in Coorg.

Itinerary: Two hours, involving sightseeing, photography and visit to market.

Distance: 1 hour 34 minutes (61.3 kilometres)

2. The source of the legend: Talacauvery

Situated in the Brahmagiri Hills, at about 1000 feet above sea level, Talacauvery is an awe-inspiring sight. Every year, water pours forth from this little pond, the birthplace of the River Kaveri. The river and surrounding temples is a pilgrimage spot.

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Itinerary: Two hours, involving view of the Kaveri origin, photography, and visit to the nearby temples.

Distance from Bangalore: 6 hours (300 kilometers)

Distance from Coorg: 1 hour, 30 minutes (54 kilometers)

3. Golden Temple

Situated in the Tibetan settlement of Kushalnagar, the Golden Temple is a place you will never forget. As soon as you enter the compound a sense of quiet and otherworldliness enters your soul. The inside of the main interior is beautiful with giant statues of the Buddha, flanked on either side by the bodhisattvas.

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Itinerary: Around two hours, including visit in the interiors of the temple, viewing the activities of the monks, browsing in the book store, and shopping in the Tibetan marketplace.

Distance from Coorg: 1 hour (34 kilometres)

Distance from Bangalore: 4 hours, 45 minutes (220 kilometres)

4. The Eight-Islands around Amanvana

If you want to experience nature in a different key, untouched by commerce, you should take a little trek into the eight islands surrounding Amanvana, the luxury resort near Kushalnagar. You have to enter the resort, cross the river, and get to the other side. Once there, a guide can help you navigate the eight islands. There are plenty of hidden, undiscovered surprises that lie waiting from streams to birds. It’s a perfect spot for either a solitary trek or a family picnic.

Itinerary: Day visit in Amanvana can include a spa treatment in the morning followed by a swim, and a sumptuous lunch at the Rainbow Room. This can be followed by a riverside experience. Or else take a one night, two days stay and add more activities and amenities, especially the luxurious private bungalow that includes a private lawn, reading nook, and stone clad bathroom with a skylight.

Distance from Bangalore: 4 hours, 34 minutes (237 kilometres)

5. Brahmagiri Mountains

No trip to Coorg is complete without an early morning trek. The Brahmagiri is the best option as it is a relatively simpler trek, compared to some other peaks. Winter is the perfect time to go because the weather is pleasant and the sun isn’t oppressive. Start early on day two and finish your trek by noon. Then stop over at The Rainbow Room in Amanvana on the way back for a sumptuous Coorgi lunch, another thing you cannot afford to miss!

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Itinerary: A day-long trek that includes hiking, walking and climbing. Preferably done in a large group and with a tour guide.

Distance from Bangalore: 300 kilometers

Reference Article : http://amanvanaspa.com/coorg-resorts/2-days-in-coorg-heres-what-you-should-check-out/

How and why to teach your kids to be close to nature

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November is a good time for bird watching. But that’s not the only reason Vivek and Parul, a couple in Bangalore, are taking their son Rahul to the woods for a picnic. They go to the woods regularly as a family because it’s good for Rahul. Vivek likes to see Rahul not looking at his phone. Parul likes to see him studying a bird or a tree instead of playing Candy Crush with his friends.

“We want Rahul to understand that there is a real world out there that came well before the digital world,” Vivek says. “And it is in this world that one primarily learns to interact with others, learn about oneself, and understand the larger ecosystem we’re a part of.” “Yes, it’s not that you can’t learn those things online. You certainly can. But the online environment cannot become a healthy substitute for interactions in the outside words,” adds Parul. “Technology is a great enabler but if you’re not careful it can go from enabler to primary mediator of all life experience and that’s limiting, even emotionally stunting perhaps.”

Young Rahul is not always as excited about hiking in the woods, or white water rafting or camping beside a river as he is about, say, getting immersed in a video game or getting money to treat his friends at KFC. But Vivek and Parul have trained Rahul to find that elusive balance.

“It’s not just about being close to nature. It’s also about learning the importance of family,” Parul smiles.

Vivek and Parul’s preoccupations are not entirely without cause. According to the second annual Halifax Insurance Digital Home Index, a study offered by banking chain Halifax, one-third of 7 to 8-year-olds, two-thirds of 9 to 11-year-olds, and nearly nine in ten of 12 to 14-year-olds now own a mobile phone. However, 60% of parents feel the amount of time children spend using technology is affecting family relationships.

“Modern technology is part of contemporary life and naturally this is reflected in the way families operate. However, it is becoming clear that a number of children and young people use technology excessively,” said Kairen Cullen, chartered educational psychologist.

As a result, many researchers and educationalists feel that there is a dangerous chasm opening up between the physical world of parents and nature at one end and our children on the other.

“The disconnect between kids and nature is one of the greatest crises of our time,” said Scott Sampson, chief curator at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science and author of the recently released book, “How to Raise a Wild Child: The Art and Science of Falling in Love with Nature.” He, along with others who have researched the health benefits of spending time outside, is an evangelist of nature’s importance, urging parents to prefer hikes or picnics over video games and movies.

The idea, of course, is not to shut down technology and go back to nature. That would be regressive in today’s world. The idea is to strike a balance, and instil a love of nature in young children.

“We find it hard to persuade Rahul to come bird watching with us because it’s like asking him to choose a vegetable juice over a Coke,” Vivek says. “Kids have been raised in a culture that values instant gratification. Anything that is healthy or that takes time is ruled out immediately. That’s the tendency we’re fighting by taking him back to nature.”

So is it done?

All it takes to raise a kid who finds joy in and feels comfortable spending time outside, is a spirit of fun, Sampson says. “You have to make it engaging for kids.”

5 engaging nature-centric activities you can plan with your kids:

1) Download apps to their phone that allow them to identify plants, rocks, animals and even constellations.

2) Encourage them to take 10 cool outdoor pictures and weave a storyline around it or even make a simple video out of it.

3) Create treasure hunts outside. There are a lot of event agencies that now create custom treasure hunts for children in the outdoors.

4) Combine your kid’s passion with an outdoor activity. If your child likes books, encourage them to ‘backpack’ with you all over a new city to look for old or hidden bookstores.

5) Be the change you want to see. Parents must pause to look at birds and smell the flowers. Kids practice what they see.

Bring your kids to Amanvana Coorg resort for an immersive, exciting experience with nature. The River Kaveri runs through the resort. The bungalows have private lawns. We have over 300 varieties of trees and plants, and 40 types of birds. It’s a place for kids to get reacquainted with nature!

We’re also offering a 15% off this November. So it’s a good time to say, ‘Come quick kids, the flowers are opening!’

Reference Article : http://amanvanaspa.com/coorg-resorts/how-and-why-to-teach-your-kids-to-be-close-to-nature/