Travel to Care is an ethical travel model based on conscious travel and slow travel principles. Visitors are not clients but participants in a change process, a process that brings about sustainable development in the destination communities. We have two distinct sets of experiences, one introduces you the lifestyles and traditions of a rich cultural heritage on the banks of River Nila in the mid Kerala, and the other one introduces you to the lifestyles and traditions of the fishing community living on the banks backwaters of Alappuzha. Below is a list of our key offerings:
We do not have any ready package or itinerary for you. However, depending on your interest, budget and time available, we can organise a travel plan for you. We have three themes:
1. VALLUVANAD CULTURAL HERITAGES will introduce you to the natural, social and cultural heritages, traditions and lifestyles of Valluvanad region on one hand and the efforts of our partners to conserve these heritages on the other.
2. EXPERIENCING THE LIFE OF FISHING COMMUNITY ON THE BANKS OF BACKWATERS is an exciting experience that takes you to the beautiful and famous backwaters of Kerala, with country boat ride, fishing experience and interaction with community
Where you stay is significant to you and us. We arrange an opportunity to stay with our members, in home-stays, with opportunities to experience their work and lifestyle. Right now our home-stays can accommodate four persons at a time. However, in exceptional cases, we can add two more guests. We provide accommodation in the following three places:
1. KODEERI NATURE HOME
Kodeeri Mana is 350 years old a Naalukettu, (traditional home with central courtyard). The estate consists of 3½ acres of organic farmland and 2 acres of rice field surrounding it. There is also a tree house at the edge of the paddy field.
2. KARALMANNA ECO-COTTAGE
A traditional cottage with two non a/c double rooms,a sorrounding sacred grove and a snake god shrine. Variety and population of birds and butterflies are amazing.
3. SNEHATHEERAM ECO-COTTAGE
An eco- cottage made of timber and bamboo ply. The entire cottage is electrified with solar power. Two bedrooms with double and twin beds, attached bathroom, and a balcony each with nice view of the lake. The two bedrooms have a common living room to sit and discuss, overlooking the lake through panoramic windows. Rooms are not air conditioned, but you get cool breeze all the time. We can accommodate four persons on twin sharing basis, with additional beds for babies/children.
We are able to offer a 10% discount to Tourism Concern Members along with additional benefits. We can also offer opportunities for volunteering and in such cases, we can provide provide free accomodation and food. Alternatively TC members can be a paid guest (with up to a 25% discount depending on the season) and we can provide free Yoga and other sustainable living practices.
Our main aim is community welfare, through sustainable interventions, for which Tourism is one of the means. Activities such as revival of traditional art/craft forms on one hand and natural and cultural heritages on the other, create a self reliant community conscious and proud of their heritages. All our activities aim not only at preservation of our heritages but also at creation of sustainable livelihood avenues.
Tourism helps these initiatives financially and morally by exchanging ideas and stories. While visitors get the most authentic and candid experiences, the local community gets benefit from the revenue and also the moral support. Most importantly, since we are a non profit making institutional initiative, the entire benefit goes to directly to the stake holders (home stay providers, local guides,transport providers, art/craft groups etc.)
The activities such as revival of traditional art/craft forms and livelihood avenues such as sustainable agriculture all lead to economic prosperity in the local community. Regarding social equity, almost all our participating community belong to the poorer class, and particularly women.
We put lot of stress in sustainable living. Our prestigeous initiative called ‘Protection of Sacred Groves’, ensures revival of our ancient system of maintaining bio-diversity within human habitats, and is catching popularity.
We are also involved in organising school children and women’s groups in keeping the sorroundings clean and introducing organic farming, which are getting lot of acceptability amongst the local community.