Our vision is to achieve sustainable development of the villages through culture tourism. Our aim is to bring foreign tourists to Sindhudurg and introduce them to the local culture by making them stay with the Indian family, experiencing every aspect of the Indian way of life. By staying with the families, the guests will get a first hand experience of interacting with the local community and also a close look at the functioning of the Indian household.
We are also attempting to revive the dying the art and craft of this region. We have created a small Art gallery wherein all the art forms are showcased. The art gallery has today become a source of income.
We've also organised a training workshop for skill development and product development for the entire community. As our project involves the local families , we are well aware of the cultural sensitivities. We have thus formulated a set of dos and doníts when staying with the families. These set of rules are put up in the room as also the traveller is introduced to the same while they are registering on arrival.
All the home stays are constructed by using the natural materials such as Laterite, Mud, Timber and Bamboo. As also Sindhudurg being a coastal area, it is abundant in coconut trees & sea shells, our designer makes use of these materials to design various interior products. Our families are trained to use various waste management methods for example creating organic manure and to grow vegetables. The families are encouraged to develop a vegetable patch in their backyard and revive the traditional methods of cooking by making use of natural ingredients. Drain water outlets are directed to the plants and trees surrounding the homes. The flush tanks in the restrooms operate at half turns for low consumption flushes. None of our homes use Air conditioning, since it is not required due to proper air management design in the rooms besides laterite and mud walls which keep the rooms cool during summer and warm during winter. We also have low consumption fire wood water boilers. We use Terracotta coolers which is an alternative for Refrigerators. We have set up small Vermiculture Ė (Earthworm culture) units for organic composts to nurture the vegetable patch in all homes. We are also exploring the use of Bio Gas for cooking.
The main aim of creating the home stays is to promote tourism which will benefit the local community. It is said that 1 rupee spent for tourism goes down 9 levels. We strongly believe that creation of home stays will in the long run bring about village development in a sustainable way. Our future programmes will include training the local youth in tour escorting and guiding.
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