Responsible independent travellers invited - to help with guest accommodation in North Kerala - India

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  • Description

    Description

    Kerala is a very popular tourist destination but usually the tourists rely on packages and guides. They are taken to luxury hotels where the only Kerala people they are likely to meet are Indians on business and people working at the hotels serving food or making beds.

    We offer guest accommodation for adventurous independent travellers who want to experience living with the local people.

    Two houses are available to guests:

    BEACH HOUSE - overlooks the Arabian Sea. The house offers bed and breakfast accommodation. Currently there are four twin en-suite rooms available for B & B. The accommodation also includes an Ayurveda Room. Ayurveda is only available if requested, at which point local ayurveda practitioners come to the Beach House. There is also a lounge and a dining room. There is space on the roof for yoga. The yoga area includes its own bathroom and kitchenette. We are planning to offer Yoga Holidays. On the ground floor there is a large kitchen where staff prepare complimentary breakfast. They can also prepare meals to order including a barbecue - at extra cost.

    RIVER HOUSE - offers self-catering accommodation for up to six persons. The house is in an idyllic location overlooking the famous Drive-in Beach and a shallow river as it flows into the sea.

    The houses are managed by Suresh in Kerala and Lynne in the UK.

    We intend to extend the Beach House so it can evolve into a site offering Yoga and Ayurveda and possibly Adventure Tourism. The River House will become an exclusive romantic holiday retreat.

    North Kerala is an area of outstanding natural beauty where the local people live by fishing and growing coconuts.

    Owners also have a budget style hotel (eleven hours south of us) in the popular beach resort of Kovalam in South Kerala. Kovalam is very much like Goa - full of foreign tourists enjoying the beach and surfing plus many restaurants and gift shops lining the sea front.

    Owners are seeking another partner or partners with an interest in Yoga, Ayurveda and Adventure Tourism who would like to help run the company. Must have enthusiasm and a sense of humour. An interest in any of the following would be an advantage:
    yoga, ayurveda, adventure sports, camping and rickshaw rallies.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Building
    Cooking / shopping
    General Maintenance
    Help with Eco project
    Help in the house
    Helping with Tourists
    Language practice
    Other
    Help with Computers / internet
    Teaching

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Living at here gives travellers a taste of 'Old Kerala'.
    The local people fish and harvest coconuts. They collect fuel for their cooking stoves and have a simple way of living.
    This of course is changing with each passing year.

  • Help

    Help

    I am Ms Lynne, co-owner of Kerala tourist accommodation for 15 years. I live in UK. Co-owner Mr Suresh Nair lives in Kerala and travels between our Beach Houses in Kannur, North Kerala and our Hotel in Kovalam, South Kerala and his own home and family in Perintalmanna.

    I am not able to be in Kerala at the moment. Therefore I am looking for someone (or a couple) to spend time in Kerala representing me – doing the things I would do if I was there. If guests are on site, WorkAway Volunteers can assist with guest requirements - but sometimes guests simply want to be alone in the idyllic surroundings. When I am in Kerala, I ensure the guest accommodation is acceptable to guests. Then keep out of the way unless required. Most of the guests are foreigners from Europe.

    To keep the properties aired and lived in, we are looking for WorkAway Volunteers who are prepared to live on site even when there are no guests. In these circumstances, WorkAway Volunteers are required to keep the properties clean and tidy, ready to receive guests. Food will be provided. Gas and electric are available but Indian electric is generally not constant and has daily outages. Candles and torches always required!

    There are two houses on the site:
    River House is let to one party only as a private self catering unit.
    Beach House has four en-suite rooms available to guests as bed and breakfast accommodation. If required, other meals can be provided to the guests, including BBQ.
    Another room is sometimes used for Ayurveda. WorkAway volunteers are expected to use the Ayurveda Room as their own personal space. Ayurveda is only available if requested, at which point local Ayurveda practitioners come to the Beach House. If Ayurveda is requested by a guest, volunteers must make the room available for Ayurveda which usually lasts for approximately one hour. There is also a lounge and a dining room plus space on the roof for yoga. The yoga area includes its own bathroom and kitchenette. The Yoga Bathroom can be used by Workaway Volunteers.

    While guests love the experience of wandering through the coconut groves and along the beaches, talking to fishermen and residents of the village, they also appreciate the comfort of clean and tidy accommodation, clean bedding and a clean modern bathroom. These things require constant attention.

    When I am not at the place, the essential comforts and cleanliness sometimes deteriorate. My ‘other me’ will be required to keep the standards high. This is the most important part of what is required. Local people can be found who will do these jobs for the going rate of rupees but with no experience of the world outside of Kerala, they do not know what to do and they do not know how foreigners live when at home.

    Additionally, if you have the knowledge, help with internet access would be a boon. Guests in 2017 expect internet access. Internet is coming through on mobile phones now but this needs checking. Neighbouring guest houses have wi-fi so it obviously is available in North Kerala but I am frequently told we have problems receiving it.

    I am also keen on alternative technology and low tech solutions.
    EXAMPLE: Rainwater Harvesting during monsoon is something I should like to accomplish. The site runs out of water by the end of April, so it is not possible to accept guests until after the monsoon rains come and the wells fill up again. When the rains do come, much of the water is wasted as there is no means of harvesting and storing it. Ideas from volunteers will be greatly appreciated - especially if a solution to the water problem can be accomplished. I am sure many ideas will burst into fruition after volunteers live here for a while.

    When Yoga Holidays begin, volunteers are welcome to assist with the classes.

    If this is for you, then please get in touch.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    English Hindi Malayalam

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    Volunteers can be accommodated in the Beach House.

    The Room contains an Ayurveda massage/oil bath table plus bunk beds. The bunk beds are very large - made by a local carpenter.

    If guests are in the house and request that room, we are able to employ local Ayurveda Therapists who will come to our site. Should this occur, volunteers must allow their room to be used for Ayurveda.
    Ayurveda takes approximately one hour.

    WorkAway Volunteers can eat food prepared by any staff who might be on-site - or they are welcome to prepare their own.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    There is a lot to see in North Kerala.
    Volunteers interested in weaving, art, ayurveda, kalaripayattu (martial arts), yoga - will find many wonderful establishments to visit. There are also many ancient archaeological sites, including Kannur Fort. The guest accommodation overlooks the famous Drive-in Beach. It is great fun to drive along the 4km beach skimming the waves.

    Local people will often invite you into their homes - and feed you! Water comes from wells. It is safe but you might prefer to insist it is boiled.

    There is a bus stop near here - but no buses! The best way to get around is to take an auto-rickshaw - usually found near the bus stop. They are a fun way to travel into the shopping areas. It is also possible to hire a local car with driver. Buses are available on the main highway - but not recommended as the different bus companies speed dangerously along the road competing with each other for passengers.

    Some of the time, co-owner Suresh is on site. Suresh speaks English, Malayalam, Hindi and a few other Indian languages. The home town of Suresh is Perintalmanna where he lives with his school teacher wife and two children. Suresh will take you there - if you have time for a visit.

    Suresh is excellent in welcoming guests and communicating with them in English but he has never been abroad and therefore the requirements of foreign tourists are frequently a mystery to him. Suresh is very good at showing off Kerala to the guests. He sometimes accompanies guests to interesting places.

    Most of the time Suresh is on site at our Hotel which is in South Kerala - eleven hours south of the other site. Kovalam is like Goa with small restaurants and gift shops lining the surfing beach. Tourists have been flocking there since the 1960's. The South Kerala people are used to seeing foreigners in their skimpy swimwear. In North Kerala, it is important to dress modestly. Volunteers who love to sunbathe should use the roof spaces and not the beach.

    If guests arrive there will be the opportunity to meet them and assist them with what they require – point out where the shops are etc.

    The local language in Kerala is Malayalam. Though Keralites are taught Hindi and English at school, many only speak Malayalam. The local children are keen to try out their English on foreigners staying- and they also love foreigners to join in their games of cricket.

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    Two

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    Hours expected

    Up to five hours - mostly house sitting and keeping the accommodation clean when no guests are there - but also over-seeing jobs and advising staff how to prepare accommodation for visiting foreigners.







Host ref number: 155769841436