New Village Launched in Garhwal
Say hello to our guests
The path to the village
One of the two bedrooms
Another shot of the bedroom
The second bedroom
Night lamp outside the house
The room through the window
Culture in the village
Local Indian food
Harvest in Garhwal
A first peep
The pool at Meenmutti
So clear - is there water?
Time for yoga at Wayanad
What a perfect place for yoga
The fair at Khadi in Garhwal
And the Halwaai poses!
A dip in the Ganges
Art Class in Garhwal
A guest volunteers
The children in Gaja
Learning to draw
A walk in the Himalayas
When one is 84 its a bit harder!
Scenes from Garhwal
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
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
A Kerala style lunch where you have a plate that can be recycled completely and almost all the food grown around you
Rustic and simple, with trees behind and fields in front.
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
Lush with grains, lolling in the sun, waiting for the harvest
Mataji Vanamali in Tirunelli
An ancient temple nestled in the mountains.
Trying a hand at cooking
A delicious pancake made in earthen ware on a wood fire.
Rustic and beautiful
Another ancient temple on the drive to Thalassery
Steamed dessert, gluten and dairy free, ethnic to the region.
The path through the fields
As we drove through the mountains
Where the ancient Kerala martial art is taught
Barge in Kuruva
Eco friendly barge pulled across the river
Wayanad home view
Stare out in the morning at nature's bounty...