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



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 Min stay requested: at least 2 weeks

  • 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)

    We have a restaurant in the town centre and require assistance there. For those volunteers who want to work at the restaurant, an hourly wage is applicable.
    The restaurant serves mainly Continental cuisine and everything served is made in-house.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Babysitting / child care
    Cooking / shopping
    General Maintenance
    Help with Eco project
    Help in the house
    Animal care
    Helping with Tourists
    Art project

  • 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.
    Volunteers interested in cooking and food and beverage service can help with the euro cafe at the retreat and in our existing restaurant in town. Chefs are also welcome to train with or train our staff. This could be a valuable knowledge exchange.

  • Host offers a wage in line with the minimum wage

    Host offers a wage in line with the minimum wage

    This host offers accommodation and payment.

  • 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.

    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 out in the kitchen/restaurant or train the kitchen/restaurant staff. Chefs and food and beverage service volunteers are also welcome.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken


  • Accommodation


    5 rooms with 2 bathrooms and toilet on the property.
    A functional kitchen with amenities to cook your own meals. We provide you with either cooked food or raw material to cook. Plenty of place for BBQ and Bon fires.
    It's a retreat style setup, great opportunity to live among nature. Each room can accommodate 2 - 4 people.
    We provide beds, blankets and pillows.
    There is electricity and hot water available.

  • 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

  • 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

Host ref number: 831773316758