Travel To Care

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

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What will you experience?

We will introduce you to the natural, social and cultural heritages, traditions and lifestyles of Valluvanad region on one hand and the efforts of our partners to conserve these heritages on the other. We do not have any ready package or itinerary for you. However following are the activities you can choose from, depending on your interest, budget and time available. We can also organise meeting with the communities. If you let us know in advance your interest, we can oreganise a travel plan for you.

Nila River & Cultural Heritages

This experience will give you a glimpse of the river Nila and the rich natural and cultural heritages associated with it. One cannot understand the cultural heritages of Valluvanad without cruising through this river. During your itinerary you will see various spots on the river, each with a story to tell.

A boat ride on the scenic Purathoor backwaters, where the river meets the sea, about 20 Kms west of KNH, can be a memorable experience. An ancient Portuguese harbour, Ponnani, and a bird sanctuary are also interesting places of visit. A country boat ride in the river Nila and visit to various cultural, historical places will be highly interesting and informative.

 

Restoration of Sacred Groves

Ancient wisdom and practices of India recognised the importance of natural forests in sustaining life. Miniature forests called “sacred groves” or ‘Kaavus’, were created within villages and were regarded 'sacred'. Increasing pressure of urbanisation and boom in the real estate business has led to the shrinking or destruction of some pristine Kaavus. Visitors will visit few undisturbed sacred groves, rituals of worshipping the sacred groves and the deities, visit sacred grove restoration projects and plant few trees.

 

 

Folk Art

Valluvanad has a rich heritage of folk art/craft forms, most of which are at the verge of dying. There are many groups of young folk artistes involved in preserving these traditional folk art/craft forms of the region. Visitors will watch their performance of the indigenous dance forms.

Local Crafts

Visit to families of potters, metal smiths and weavers will take you very close to their skills and lifestyles. Most of these traditional skills need support to sustain.

 

 

Classical Art

Though the traditional classical art forms are still practiced in Kerala, their content and form has been diluted and remodelled to suit the pace and tastes of globalization. There is a steady decline in their quality and appreciation particularly amongst Keralites. Devoid of the right spirit and context, these arts are languishing, and have been almost reduced to museum pieces. However, there are many initiatives in this part of the state to revive the classical arts of Kerala, and your visit to such initiatives will support them morally and financially. Since Valluvanad is the abode of most of classical and performance arts of Kerala, some form or the other of the classical arts will be performed during most part of the year. Visitors will attend a live performance of any of these performing arts followed by explanation in English.

 

Sustainable Living

India’s traditions, virtues and value systems were based upon the simple principle of Living in Harmony with nature. Rediscovering and respecting this truth has become crucial to all walks of present day life. Join us in this quest for a life system that is in perfect harmony with nature. You will be introduced to the basic concepts and tips of sustainable living by authentic and genuine resource persons. You will also receive glimpses of sustainable farming systems, architecture, health care practices such as Ayurveda, mental and physical fitness systems such as Yoga and Martial Arts.

Your Stay with us

  • is filled with fun, excitement, insights and beauty
  • satisfies the naturalist and altruist in you
  • provides moral and financial support to our efforts of revival of our lost heritages
  • permits close interaction with the local community
  • is founded on the concept of ‘slow travel’ which provides sufficient time for the traveller to interact with the local communities, absorb the unique features of the destination, relax and reflect

As a matter of principle

  • we encourage groups of 4 to 6 so that you can share costs of transportation, and other programme costs on one hand and get more personalised attention on the other
  • wherever possible, we prefer to use local and sustainable modes of transport
  • as part of being sustainable, we discourage air conditioning in cars and rooms.