Hi! I'm Flora from the Netherlands. After workawaying around the world with much pleasure, I decided to start my own garden hostel in the forest of Kerala together with my good friend Shamnas, a local from Kochi. We rented a beautiful castle-style mansion exactly in between Kochi and Munnar where you are very welcome to stay and help as long as you like.
The place is called Neriamangalam, it lies at the Periyar river, it's the start of the mountain area and it has the nickname 'Gateway into the Highranges'. This place is a paradise with many exotic fruit plantations that welcome tourists and it is famous for the golden sunsets, climate, waterfalls, peaceful hills, hanging bridge and other stuff that we yet have to discover. We have many ideas for our hostel: lush gardens, sustainability, paintings, animals, a yoga and meditation space, bohemian hanging plants, carpets and curtains, lots of garden lights, a coffee bar.... Come help us build our world and make it your own!
We will provide a bed, local foods, lots of laughs, books, music and an opportunity to create a meaningful space in our hostel and ....our hearts.
DIY and building projects
Creating/ Cooking family meals
Help with Eco Projects
Help around the house
Help with Computers/ Internet
You can learn about the building and painting stuff, about gardening, the hostel business and all of the above things. But please, teachings from your side are also verrry welcome. You can learn about the local codes of who to deal with when starting such a project. You can accompany us to these meetings. We are neighbors with local tribes so you are welcome to make new friends there too.
Help us design and maintain an awesome garden, teach us about building and sustainability, pick out some baby goats or cats, paint the walls, build beds, create a space where people like to live, filled with good energy, interact with our guests and have a good time. We want you to do something you like to do. We were thinking of 5 hours a day, 5 days a week working, the rest is your free time to enjoy.
You will be staying in our hostel. Depending on the number of helpers and guests, we hope to be able to give you your own room. There is a cute cafe next to the house where we like to eat until our kitchen is ready. We provide food: 3 meals a day.
We will be sure to talk with you about the working times, so you can make the most out of your time off. You can go into the town, eat local foods, wander aimlessly in the lush government gardens, go hiking, take a bus to Kochi or Munnar (bus stand is next to the house) or go kayaking next to the hanging bridge. Or discover something new what we don't know yet.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
More than two
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week