Harvest Fresh Farms is an Organic Fruit Farm and Farmstay nestled in the serene Cumbum Valley – a short 15 minute drive from Kumily, Thekkady, Kerala. The farm is strategically located at Lower Camp, very close to the famous Periyar Tiger Reserve.
Harvest Fresh farms grows pomegranates as it chief harvest along with papaya, grape, coconut, tender coconut, sapota, mango and an apiary that produces the finest honey. The farm is also home to cows, geese, turkey, flying ducks and a flock of hens. We also have a well laid out vegetable garden and an herbal garden that ensures there is fresh produce at all times in the kitchens.
Accommodation is simple and comfortable with scenic views of the valley. Delicious traditional and local cuisine is served. Guests are invited to join in activities like harvesting in the fruit garden and tending to the animals. It is a great opportunity for people to learn about organic farming and with this hands on experience. As the sun sets, guests can relax, watch the stars, or simply read in quite luxury.
Our farm house has three well equipped rooms with room for 2 or 3 people. Children are also welcome. The rates are inclusive of Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. The farm house also has Air Conditioning, 24 hours hot water, Living room with T.V., Kitchenette, dining room, fridge, board games, library shelf, magazine and housekeeping.
We are able to offer a 10% discount to Tourism Concern Members.
As we are located close to the famous and richly bio-diverse Periyar Tiger Reserve, India’s largest wildlife sanctuary, the farm makes arrangements for day visits so that guests can go on boat rides, safari adventures or visit nearby attractions for cultural activities and get the feel of the place. Encouraging visitors to travel locally in the area.
The farm has all its working hands from the local community who are trained in organic farming and are as dedicated as we are in enriching the environment. We sustain jobs by supporting other local units who are similar in our values and ideals. In our roadside shop we not only keep our produce but also keep organic produce from other organic farms. Our aim is to support purchasing locally grown food to help guests enjoy the fresh produce.
We work to create a good relationship between tourists and the local community with the help of our local guides and also due to the fact that we offer the local people good working conditions, a fair wage, and empower them with training opportunities.
The farm stay and organic farm is a step away from a natural reserve bursting with wildlife, outdoor adventures, and incredible agri-tourism initiatives. As we are located close to the famous and richly bio-diverse Periyar Tiger Reserve, India’s largest wildlife sanctuary, the farm makes arrangements for day visits so that guests can go on boat rides, safari adventures or visit nearby attractions for cultural activities and get the feel of the place. We encourage our visitors to take the local guides to see the place and enjoy various activities like trekking, cycling etc.
We provide bicycles and bullock cart ride for local travel as it delivers an exhilarating experience. We encourage guests to visit other organic farms and also enjoy the atmosphere and experience of the daily farmers’ market, where one can join the locals as they shop for their daily necessities; have tea in the local stalls and enjoy a story or two with the farmers and their families.
All produce is organically grown and the farm has gone to great lengths to ensure it follows the best practices in the industry. Since the reuse of animal waste increases the organic matter content of soils, and good waste management reduces the instances of water contamination and minimizes surface water pollution; the farm makes its own organic compost with waste. Waste from coir pith, organic waste, garden waste and other organic material are largely used for compost manufacturing.
Farm cows play an important role at the farm. Biogas is produced using cow dung for cooking purposes and the slurry is used as manure. Farm waste and kitchen waste is used to make farm yard compost. The waste material from the cattle shed, namely cow dung and urine is used to derive jeevamritham, panchakavya types of manure, which are then used in the farm. In this way we ensure that all waste are reused and recycled to help the environment.
Water is precious and we value its importance in our farm.