Sustainable Community Tourism - Uravu Bamboo Grove Resort
Our goal is to promote sustainability by involving the local community in construction with bamboo materials, as well as in the activities in our eco-friendly community resort. You can help us to finance our project and to support our community of 90 families in Wayanad, a rural district of Kerala, in South India!
Renovation of three cottages that were affected by the two last heavy rainy seasons. The cottages are built with bamboo, arecanut wood, mud, ferrocement and stone. Once the cottages are renovated they can again be rented out to guests. This will give many of the people of our local community an additional income such as cooks, guides, drivers, artisans, yoga teachers, Ayurvedic doctors and artists. The renovation works are done by local bamboo artisans and craftspeople.
Besides the renovation works, we will also be finalising our multifunctional hall. This is built combining sustainable materials with innovative design. The novel building design with sustainable materials is inspiring and is built by local artisans and craftspeople. The hall will be used for activities with our community for our guests and local people.
We will be able to finalise all the renovation works, the multifunctional hall as well as a staff quarter, which provides an infrastructure for the people working in the Uravu Bamboo Grove Resort and a space to stay for drivers. The staff quarter will be built with bamboo and mud exploring a new design, taking into account the sustainability and stability of the building.
While still trying to recover from the consequences of the Kerala flood, which occurred in 2018, the community was hit hard by the pandemic of 2020. Reduced tourism has led to loss of income for many families. We are continuously working on ways to support the community and to open up new opportunities that will help them to overcome the current difficulties. Tourism in Kerala is starting to recover and we are already getting many requests from potential guests. Unfortunately, we first have to renovate the buildings, which were damaged during the last two monsoons. By renovating and further developing the Uravu Bamboo Grove Resort we can help people to regenerate their income.
We need your support!
With the renovation of our cottages, which were also affected by the heavy rain during the Kerala flood, we can revitalize tourist footfall. The second stage will be to build a multifunctional hall based on new design and technology with bamboo to provide more activities within our community. This includes programmes for guests and local people alike: working with local artists and artisans, Ayurvedic doctors and yoga instructors. As part of our exploration of sustainable technologies, we plan to build further utility structures for our resort employees with our team of bamboo artisans and architects.
The community will benefit in many ways:
• Improving the livelihoods of the local people
• Promoting indigenous tourism
• Encouraging sustainable waste management practices among the local community
• Encouraging small businesses and local bamboo artisans and artists
• Promoting sustainable construction with bamboo and mud by skilled local artisans
Your generous support for our project will enable you to make an active contribution to the development of eco-friendly tourism and construction in our village.
Thank you for your support!
Our goal is to promote a sustainable model of development in a collaborative mode, which is based on eco-friendly principles benefiting the local communities. Uravu Bamboo Grove is an eco-friendly community tourism project located on the elevated mountain plateau of Wayanad, Kerala, southern India.
Corinne is associated with Uravu Eco Links since 2011. Since 2018 she is part of the Management and the Head of Tourism. “The combination of eco-friendliness, community involvement and innovative design makes this a very exceptional project in a rural district of South India. Most importantly our community tourism project can provide many different people of the local community with an additional source of income for their livelihood, what is much needed.”
Saira manages the Uravu Bamboo Grove Resort and coordinates the tourism activities offered together with the community to our guests. "What motivates me to be part of the Uravu Bamboo Grove project is the concept itself, involving the community, giving a source of income to a lot of people. In one way or the other we are reaching out to people, helping them out. Thus being a part of the community gives a lot of job satisfaction."
Sivaraj is the Managing Director of Uravu Eco Links Ltd. He overviews all the company’s activities – construction, bamboo trading, construction training and workshops, and community tourism. Sivaraj is a social activist and has 20 years of experience of working with the community in the bamboo sector. “This project can bring much needed support for the local community through tourism related activities.”
Manoj is a director of Uravu Eco Links. He is in charge of its overall marketing and public relations activities, as well as looking after bamboo procurement and sales. "I am motivated because this project helps to generate income for the local community. Community tourism strengthens the culture and income of the local community."
Snehal works as an architect for Uravu Eco Links. She strives for sustainable and energy efficient building developments. "The ability to interact successfully with others is incredibly important in times like this, where social interaction is the key to cope up with many life challenges. Uravu Eco Links is a place where people have an easy access to creative as well as sustainable living. This initiative will encourage people of the community to strive towards a better interactive future not only for people around but to set an example."
Prathyushus works as an architect and content creator for Uravu Eco Links. "The year 2020 has been all about change. Change in the way we think about our way of life, our thinking about the future. This is an unexpected transition period for the human kind. And to come on top of this transition is very important for a company like Uravu Eco Links where so many people and an entire community are involved in its activities."
Sharmishtha works as an architect for Uravu Eco Links. "My passion for a sustainable future paved the way to get indulged in the amalgamation of social work with architecture by Uravu Eco Links. Everyday experience has shaped me in a better person and a better designer by working closely with the community. In these challenging times Uravu Eco Links is still standing tall along with the community to strive for a holistic growth."