I live in the village of Aymanam in Kottayam, Kerala, India. We have a 1 acre land that is riverside, solar-powered, with coconuts, banana and nutmeg cultivation. W also have some pineapple, star fruit trees, scramberry, guavas etc. I am keen on volunteers who can water a lot of our young plants.
We are also riverside, which requires regular cleaning. Volunteers can use kayaks to move along the property in the river, to help with cleaning. You can take these kayaks for trips in your free time too.
I do have some old wood from an ancestral home of ours and would like to a build a nice vernacular or traditional structure above our car park, if volunteers with the required skill set are interested.
I have a brother who is a slow learner, and loves guests.
We have a family tree at our parents' house, picture included, that is a work in progress. The local artist stopped half way through. We welcome artists to come help us find a solution to it.
I am an easy going guy. I will occasionally take guests to local view points, and would love a flexible arrangement where we are all enjoying ourselves.
I just returned from a 6 month trip through Europe, so have a lot of things to catch up on.
DIY and building projects
Creating/ Cooking family meals
Help with Eco Projects
Help around the house
You can get an indepth look into the village life, as it hasn't changed much for the average Keralite here. I am drawn to the old ways, and how things used to be done, including the history of this land, and I can show you the same. I cant take you on trips to the local toddy shop, food joints and view points whenever I head.
As far as farming goes, routine weeding, replanting of bananas, upkeep of turmeric, black pepper, management of creepers like passion fruit etc needs constant work.
I am keen to pursue sustainable options wherever possible like building mud, bamboo, clay structures, incorporating sustainable waste - management and energy systems like biogas systems etc. I am also keen to try many traditional recipes for farming, mosquito repellents etc.
Being riverside, we have kayaks, and plan an awareness campaign to promote the use of the water ways as they were being used half a century ago. This can be fun for you, as you get to set out on the kayaks and explore the waterways which are absolutely magical in the mornings and late evening. Interested individuals could help with cleaning the waterways near our home and chart out the different water routes on a map.
We have a 3 bedroom house, with 2 rooms reserved for family, guests etc. and one room for myself. When there is no booking, you could use one of the guest rooms, or otherwise there is ample space in the house and mattresses/ mats can be provided.
The fridge and kitchen will be stocked with eggs, bread, milk and vegetables or daily allowance for breakfast and lunch from the local eateries (5 minute walk away) will be provided. Options can be decided on after discussing with interested individuals.
Kumarakom backwaters are very close to us, so is Kottayam town. There is a lot of history and scenery in the area that I can direct you to. Also our place is equidistant from Thekkedy, Varkala, Allappey etc (about 2-3 hours from all these places). You can accept Allappey by ferry boat (costs about Rs 20/ ticket) and get a nice 2-3 hour boat ride through the lake.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
This host can provide space for campervans.
This host has said they are willing to accept those travelling with a pet.
More than two
Maximum 3-5 hours a day, 5 days a week