Even bloggers need rest!

It is a common perception that bloggers and programmers do not sleep much – to an extent it is true as well, since I have gone through the cycle for quite a few years now. This long weekend, though, I decided to take a much deserved break from my software job, blogging and from the traffic woes of the polluted city of Bangalore to drive down to Coorg (Madikeri) which is a hill station 250 kms away from Bangalore.

The place, I choose for me and my family was the Windflower Spa & Resort, especially because the mobile phones didn’t quite work there and hence no calls to disturb us. Moreover, itt is a new resort – hardly two months since launch – and an absolutely stunning beauty amidst the woods and plantations.
Half way through the drive

Entry to the resort

sunrise at coorg

After the long drive, the night of arrival was pretty much about relaxing and then the next day was full of excitement and adventure.

The thrill part

Other than enjoying the resort facilities, we also ventured into a few places – the most exciting of all being a visit to the abbey falls at night. By the time we reached the place it was already 7PM and pitch darkness engulfed us. Soon we realized that we had to walk about half a kilometer in the darkness to spot the falls at night (see the pic). We had to literally hurry back through the narrow mud road to the place where the car was parked and there was absolutely nobody nearby in that forest. It was a thrilling but a bit scary experience as we also spotted a bison on the way back.

Abbey falls

cauvery rapids

The spa and the awesome pool

One of the most relaxing aspects of the stay was an ‘abhyanga’ (whole body Ayurvedic massage + steam + herbal bath) that I took in the spa. It was an awesome experience for about 2 hours during which I actually fell asleep. A little bit expensive but much needed body relaxation treatment it was.

Swimming pool

Swimming pool at night

with aditya edassery

The next best part was the swimming pool among the woods which was really great experience as well. Though a bit cold, I used the pool for two days, accompanied by the great food and drinks that the resort offered.

Other places

We also visited a few other places that included rapids in the river Cauvery, a few religious spots (Triveni sangam, Tala Cauvery, Golden temple etc). Overall, it was a great three days which really helped me and my family recharge to get back to the business. In short, it was worth spending last month’s blog earnings on a very pleasant and rejuvenating vacation!

Tibetan golden temple

Buddha statue

raja's seat

coorg valley

(PS: DollarShower is not a place where I share a lot of personal stuff but I thought of highlighting the need for the bloggers to take breaks and much needed rest)

Happy Blogging!

Comments

  1. Carl Coddington :

    The pictures are beautiful. I almost feel like I went on vacation with you.

  2. nice trip Ajith….its nice to see this lovely views

  3. Mr. I :

    Nice photographs!

    Hope your holiday was great. It’s a great feeling when you come back after a holiday. Last time when I took a one week break, I was so energized at comeback that my writing rate almost tripled(I wrote 3 posts a day for almost a week!)!

  4. Nihar :

    I have heard a lot about coorg, But never got time to go there. Will try to go there.

    Great to see you take a break.

  5. Wow Nice Shots 😀

  6. ebele :

    You sound like you and your loved ones had an absolute gorgeous time. Thanks for sharing your experience (and the lovely photos too).

    I must have an internet-free day soon. Thanks for inspiring the idea.

    take care…

  7. Nice photos and you have shared it very well. I too feel that a small break always helps to rejuvenate the vigor in our works and make better of the after break time. Whatever we do in our life, finally we do it for all the contention that we wish…so taking a break and enjoying a ride with the family, is always the best decision you make.

  8. Raju :

    Wow! what a coincidence! This week I also headed up for a week long vacation to Kerala! It was a welcome break as you have rightly put, but the problem is that now I am finding it tough to get back to the groove

  9. Thank you all for your comments.

    A break from coding and blogging has been really refreshing though this (long) weekend I wish I could go back again 😆

  10. Very much personal & beautiful pictures, Ajith!
    I hope you had a fun time with your family.

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