Help us to create an eco-friendly retreat in Coorg, Kadagadal, India



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  • Description


    We own and run a 5 acre estate at Kadagadal village.

    The five acre property was acquired by us in Kadgadal village seven kilometres east of Madikeri Town, Kodagu(Coorg). The property comprises of three acres of Coffee, Pepper and Cardamom plantation and about two acres of partially dense forest.

    Our primary goal is to preserve the biodiversity of the forest covered land and not use this part for revenue purposes.

    Tourism increasing by almost 100% in Madikeri the past year, and accommodation at a premium, we decided to construct some cottages in a small naturally cleared area.

    A small euro cafe is also envisaged in the vicinity which would be welcome by foreigners visiting Coorg.

    Our aim is to provide an eco-friendly, decent accommodation with sufficient amenities and service to our guests. We also aim to conserve energy, water and recycle whatever waste collected. Being in the midst of a forest, our small estate will be an exclusive getaway for the eco-conscience traveller. A small creek runs besides the forested area and is a part of the estate.

    The estate, at the present state, yields about hundred and fifty kilograms of Coffee, some Cardamom, Pepper and Honey. Earth worm manure can be produced for sale. A small nursery with about 2000 plants is to be developed. Anthoriums and mushrooms can be cultivated for sale.

    We have tried to keep and maintain the estate organically . We hope it is possible to completely convert the estate to an organic one in coming years.

    The Team( is the whole family)

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    DIY and building projects
    Babysitting and creative play
    General Maintenance
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Farmstay help
    Help with Eco Projects
    Help around the house
    Animal Care
    Art Projects

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Travellers can learn about coffee, cardamom, pepper and maintaining estates...
    How to promote organic farming....
    Growing of produce ....
    Some can also experience hospitality and maintenance ...
    the space can be used to hold workshops and teach others a skill like carpentry or masonry or sculpting and painting.
    A DIY space can be created for fellow estate holders by visitors.
    New ideas can be incorporated as well as learned.

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

    This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.

  • Help


    We have an incomplete homestay project on our estate and need help completing it. We have constructed 5 cottages already and the roofing is complete. 2 rooms are ready for guests to accommodate.

    We need help finishing the cottages, doing the landscaping(including walk ways and sitouts), completing the toilets, caring for the coffee, looking after estate from picking beans to weeding and tidying up the estate.

    We would like to use innovative ideas and different concepts to make the entire retreat complete

    We have two small sources of water - a creek by the estate and a spring in the estate . Some method of harnessing some water for drier days would also be welcome.

    All in all, the estate needs more attention than we are able to give it now...

    We would like volunteers to also help us with Gardening, Landscaping, Coffee picking(seasonal), Pepper picking(seasonal), Guest Room Maintenance, Service(if room is occupied), Animal care, etc. Other skills and talents are welcome if there is an opportunity to use them.

    We have closed our restaurant in Madikeri and there are no opportunities in that regard.

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    English: Fluent
    Hindi: Fluent
    Kannada: Fluent
    Malayalam: Fluent
    Tamil: Fluent

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  • Accommodation


    1 rooms with 1 bathroom and toilet on the property.
    Tents can be pitched or provided depending on the number of volunteers.
    It's a retreat style setup, great opportunity to live among nature. The room can accommodate 2 people.
    We provide beds, blankets and pillows.
    There is electricity and hot water available.
    Food will be provided thrice a day.It will be vegetarian and of local South Indian cuisine.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Since it is a hill station there are a number of tourist activities like trekking and rafting. One can visit the local sights like Abbey Falls, TalCauvery(Starting of the river Cauvery), the forts...etc. Mysore city is a close stop (about a 2 hour drive) . Bangalore and Mangalore are the closest cities. We can provide our own transport. There is ample public transport available to and from the estate as well as to the town.

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    Maximum 5 hours a day, 6 days a week

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Host ref number: 831773316758