Travel To Care

'doing your bit' to care for the world while you travel

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It is the Indian way to look at things as a whole. To understand this - art, culture, architecture, agriculture, lifestyle, healthcare, education, economics…etc. one must observe them holistically and in the right spirit and context. The members of TTC lead lives guided by this wisdom.  Their ability to put things in right perspective is what makes the experience of TTC worthwhile. Hence, where you stay is significant to you and us. We arrange an opportunity to stay with our members, in home-stays, with opportunities to experience their work and lifestyle. Right now our home-stays can accommodate four persons at a time. However, in exceptional cases, we can add two more guests.We provide accommodation in the following two places

Kodeeri Nature Home

Kodeeri Mana is a Naalukettu, (traditional home with central courtyard) which is about 350 years old and belonged to the descendants of a family of royal warriors until we bought the estate in 2000. The house is completely made of locally available materials such as laterite stone in mud mortar for walls, terracota tiles for floor, wood for doors, windows and ceilings, clay tiles for roof. Interestingly, the architectural design permits maximum air circulation, which is inevitable for humid climate and the choice of construction material not only is strong and sustainable under humid conditions but also offers utmost comfort.

The estate consists of 3½ acres of farmland and 2 acres of rice field surrounding it. The land surrounding the house is organically farmed and is lush with coconut, mango, papaya, banana, betel nut, and medicinal/aromatic plantations. Milk from the farm cows is processed into curd and ghee. The biogas generated from cow dung and agricultural wastes is used for cooking whereas the slurry from the gas plant is used as manure within the farm. The farm is self sufficient to a large extent in food and energy.

We have planted/protected more than about 150 species of medicinal herbs/trees in addition to endemic trees that provide green manure, timber, firewood and fruits. We have also protected a Sacred (Natural) grove which is a breeding ground for all the endemic flora & fauna.

Thanks to the thick and diverse natural vegetation, both the number and species of bird life of the estate has increased many fold. We have identified more than 40 species of endemic species of birds and more than 15 varieties of butterflies. The water logged rice field at the edge of the farmland attract migratory birds as well.

We have three well ventilated non A/C double rooms which can accommodate a maximum number of 6 guests at a time. There is a common living room and open verandah for the use of guests. Services such as internet, phone and laundry are available for additional cost.

There is also a tree house at the edge of the paddy field where one can blissfully enjoy solitude among swaying palm and mango trees, and relax watching birds and butterflies, read, write and/or meditate.

Food is vegetarian, mostly based on products grown organically on KNH, and cooked in traditional Kerala Style. We have no room service. We usually encourage visitors to eat with the family. Sometimes guests eat their lunch on the tree hose

Almost all guests, without any inhibitions, have joined Uma in the kitchen and shared culinary talents. On the dining table, a short lecture on healthy food comes naturally from Uma. Some Ayurvedic formulations which she makes from herbs grown in our farm have worked wonders on them. 

Karalmanna Eco-Cottage

Suresh is a young priest belonging to the Pathirikkunnath Mana, a Namboodiri family doing special worhip of Snake Gods enshrined in Sacred Groves, which are Miniature forests created within villages Increasing pressure of urbanisation and boom in the real estate business has led to the shrinking or destruction of some pristine Kaavus. Suresh, supported by his young wife Nibha embarked up on a mission of reviving such village forests. As part of such a venture, they bought and protected a miniature private forest from the estate lobby in Karalamanna, a small village located in Valluvanad region of Palakkad district of Kerala in Southern India. The sylvan, rugged land is located on the banks of the Kunti, a slender rivulet that forms tributary to the broad, west-flowing Bharatapuzha.

Suresh and Nibha built a traditional cottage and a snake god shrine there. The house has two non a/c double rooms. The estate consists of about 1.5 acres of tree grove and small patch of vegetables. Because of the natural vegetation, variety and population of birds and butterflies are amazing. 

One can spend hours sitting in solitude on the river bank and listen to the chirping of birds. Walking on the village road to a small hillock nearby and watching the scenic beauty is a rare experience. One can observe the evening rituals in the village temple on the riverbank too.