New Village Launched in Garhwal

The homestay

The homestay

Say hello to our guests

Say hello to our guests

The path to the village

The path to the village

One of the two bedrooms

One of the two bedrooms

The bedroom

The bedroom

Another shot of the bedroom

Another shot of the bedroom

The second bedroom

The second bedroom

The bathroom

The bathroom

Night lamp outside the house

Night lamp outside the house

The room through the window

The room through the window

Culture in the village

Culture in the village

Local Indian food

Local Indian food

Harvest in Garhwal

Harvest in Garhwal

Meenmutti Falls

Meenmutti Falls

Wayanad

Meenmutti falls

Meenmutti falls

A first peep

The pool at Meenmutti

The pool at Meenmutti

So clear - is there water?

Time for yoga at Wayanad

Time for yoga at Wayanad

What a perfect place for yoga

The fair at Khadi in Garhwal

The fair at Khadi in Garhwal

And the Halwaai poses!

A dip in the Ganges

A dip in the Ganges

Art Class in Garhwal

Art Class in Garhwal

A guest volunteers

The children in Gaja

The children in Gaja

Learning to draw

A walk in the Himalayas

A walk in the Himalayas

When one is 84 its a bit harder!

Scenes from Garhwal

Happy threesome from Singapore

Happy threesome from Singapore

One of our dearest supporters visted us in November 2017 and left with wanting to come again and again..... Thank you

Bluer than blue Verditer Flycatcher photographed by the extremely talented SaveAGram guest Kuntal Desai

SaveAGram guest Kuntal Desai captures the breathtaking beauty of a plum-headed parakeet

The Contemplative Mr. Desai

The young at heart Desai Family with Founding Member Amala Menon and SaveAGram guest Nalini

A long trek but everyone was having fun and enjoying the spectacular scenery

A beautiful, fresh water stream ten minutes from our home!

Mataji Vanamali with the group from Singapore and the team on the ground, after a talk on the spiritual call of the Himalayas

Lalli arrives in Rampur and in her words: ' At Saveagram! Village experience in the mountains! Eating homegrown food, drinking Spring Water. Exercise your limbs every bit of the way. Loaded by food and love and smiling namastes. Exotic grains. Luxury of sleeping with the door open to look up to see the rafters, waking to the wet trees and chirping of birds, in the two day rain. Had it all! Mooing cows, the village woman who constantly cleaned her yard.'

On the trek to Ghantakaran: The Singapore team seen behind Amala and our perfect and most cheerful guide, Parvathi from Garhwal.

SaveAGram visitor Sujata, as she takes over pounding the grains from the amused village girls.

Never done this before!

An edible, wild mushroom - yummy. We went wild picking them! We are Chinese and love mushrooms.

The energy is best if you meditate in the Himalayas and on the premises of ancient temples! Team from Singapore doing just that.

Sujata and Samir enjoy Rampur and pose for a picture.

To quote Sujata - "Peace and quiet A healthy organic diet Crisp fresh morning air Chirping sparrows & pristine ponds-so rare Green drenched paddy fields Colorful scarecrows used as shields Lush dense forests enthrall Mountain slopes rise and fall Warmth & radiance from the sun surround And from village folk all around Clear gushing streams which never stall Century old homes of wood & mud walls... Tranquility and calm In SaveAGram!"

Outside an old temple in Ghantakaran after a 3 hour trek!

Sam enjoys the fresh, cool water in the stream while our hostess Bimla looks on.

What a surprise when Parvathi ji whipped out a flask of steaming tea and steel glasses mid-way through our trek! Just what we needed. Such a sweetie.

Scenes from Wayanad

Lunch on a banana leaf

Lunch on a banana leaf

A Kerala style lunch where you have a plate that can be recycled completely and almost all the food grown around you

Meenmutti falls

Meenmutti falls

Home Front

Home Front

Rustic and simple, with trees behind and fields in front.

Breakfast

Breakfast

Anshul enjoying Puttu for breakfast

Anshul enjoying Puttu for breakfast

And there’s food, lots of good food! The farm where we stayed is a true-blue village home, but has just the right set of amenities for a pleasant stay. The homeowner and his family members know how to treat their guests well – not just offering great Kerala food, but lots of handy tips and one-of-a-kind experiences. Not to be missed by experienced or non-experienced travellers alike.

Rice fields ready for harvest

Rice fields ready for harvest

Lush with grains, lolling in the sun, waiting for the harvest

Kuruva island

Kuruva island

Mataji Vanamali in Tirunelli

Mataji Vanamali in Tirunelli

An ancient temple nestled in the mountains.

Trying a hand at cooking

Trying a hand at cooking

A delicious pancake made in earthen ware on a wood fire.

The room

The room

Rustic and beautiful

Kottiyur temple

Kottiyur temple

Another ancient temple on the drive to Thalassery

Ela Ada

Ela Ada

Steamed dessert, gluten and dairy free, ethnic to the region.

The path through the fields

The path through the fields

Elephant Ahoy

Elephant Ahoy

As we drove through the mountains

A Kalari

A Kalari

Where the ancient Kerala martial art is taught

Barge in Kuruva

Barge in Kuruva

Eco friendly barge pulled across the river

Wayanad home view

Wayanad home view

Stare out in the morning at nature's bounty...