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These eco friendly farm stays near Bangalore offer to take you closer to farming, provide a charming village atmosphere and of course, immerse you in mother nature!
Recently I had the opportunity to learn more about self-sustaining communities and the stories behind them during a casual chat with one of our guests at home. What I realized is that there is a deeper meaning to sustainability and it drives you in its true form when money is taken out of the equation!
Money is of course required whether one wants to follow best practices for living or not but if it is the basis of everything in your lifestyle, it challenges you in every little step towards following best practices. While things may be convenient and easy with money, what makes one include sustainability in one’s own lifestyle is when you truly immerse yourself in nature and are not obligated to just paying bills.
The stress of corporate jobs these days is so much so that most of us city folk are now looking for a quick getaway on a weekend. The trend is catching up fast where it is no longer fun to just stay in a back-to-back activity filled and super luxurious fancy resorts. I have heard of people who actually buy their own piece of land somewhere on the outskirts of the city to do organic farming on weekends. It could be a small field with limited resources but engaging in farming slows you down, to breathe fresh air, be closer to mother earth – a way of giving back to the nature and feeling the pride when you see that first crop of yours!
Whether it is soaring real estate prices or the difficulty in commitment to farming, owning land, and further, maintaining it looks almost impossible for many. What do you want to do on a weekend when you do not own such a piece of land but still want to spend sometime in such a place without any attachments?
Well, there is good news! There are many farm stays around Bangalore and other big cities that fit the bill – to do exactly what your body and mind needs. While some offer resort level facilities, they are not the regular touristy 5 star hotels, and they have a deeper meaning to their existence- which is sustainability.
Here are a few eco friendly farm stays around Bangalore which promise to give you the opportunity to explore a farm in different terms. These are the places you should consider if you like to explore farming or would like to experience the stay on a farm.
Updated in April 2019.
This is perhaps one of the closest farmstays from Bangalore. This exquisite farm stay is located around 60 kms from Bangalore and lives on strong values of sustainability. They use alternative methods to water, waste, shelter and power, making it an eco-friendly farm stay. You can decide to participate in farming activities or learn about natural ways of living or pet the farm animals or have a leisurely stroll around.
Check out their Facebook page here.
The husband and wife duo who started this eco-resort are very passionate about sustainability, so much so that they bid adieu to their careers abroad to realize their dreams.
At this place they strive to create an authentic Indian village experience using natural methods. You can relive your childhood by playing traditional games or go on a bullock cart ride or have splash in the natural pool. They have packages and workshops that allow you to know more about eco-living and GASP (Guiding For Applying Sustainability Practices).
You can check out their website here.
This eco-friendly farmstay is run by a husband and wife duo who are committed to follow the best natural practices in farming and are lifetime members of the Organic Farmers’ Association in India. It is situated on the outskirts of Mysore with the Chamundi hills as the backdrop.
You can choose to observe the daily activities on the farm and pet the animals. You will be served farm fresh vegetables and in-house dairy products. They take pride in the chlorine free swimming pool, which is maintained naturally keeping up with their organic practices.
A further drive from Mysore will take you to Coorg, popularly known as the Scotland of India. Green Dreams farm stay is around 5 hours drive from Bangalore and is set amidst fields. There are well appointed cottages to relax and you can learn terrace farming, rare food recipes from the host, know about cooking in earthen pots, and go on a bicycle ride to nearby fields and other attractions, among other activities. The food here is mostly served in earthen pots, giving it the authentic taste and village experience.
Check out their website here.
Okay, to be honest, this farmstay is not exactly near Bangalore, but it works for an 2-3 day trip. Yes, I have been to this piece of paradise set in the outskirts of Ooty and it is rather difficult to take your eyes off the location once you are here. It is a resort of kinds but it depends on what you seek. Populated with different farm animals like cows, horses, rabbits, sheep, etc, it also has a self-sustainable farm. You can try your hands at farming and know about their practices, or trek on the nearest peaks, or go for a stroll to the enchanting lake. Writing this makes me remember the farm fresh and flavourful Brussel sprouts salad that I had for dinner there!
This one too works as a weekend trip from Bangalore. Located near villages around Bandipur, about five hours’ drive from Bangalore, this eco-friendly farm stay is named after the Dhole, the Asiatic wild dog, and is dedicated to everything dog. Here, you can experience jungle safaris, campfires, nature walks, and more. The architecture of the rooms you will stay in makes natural ventilation and light a priority to reduce energy consumption. All the food you will eat here comes from organic farm produce to create a connect with nature.
Check out their website here.
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Rajshri Deshpande, who played the fiery protagonist in Trial by Fire along with Abhay Deol speaks of her journey and her social work.
Rajshri Deshpande as the protagonist in ‘Trial by Fire’, the recent Netflix show has received raving reviews along with the show itself for its sensitive portrayal of the Uphaar Cinema Hall fire tragedy, 1997 and its aftermath.
The limited series is based on the book by the same name written by Neelam and Shekhar Krishnamoorthy, who lost both their children in the tragedy. We got an opportunity to interview Rajshri Deshpande who played Neelam Krishnamoorthy, the woman who has been relentlessly crusading in the court for holding the owners responsible for the sheer negligence.
Rajshri Deshpande is more than an actor. She is also a social warrior, the rare celebrity from the film industry who has also gone back to her roots to give to poverty struck farming villages in her native Marathwada, with her NGO Nabhangan Foundation. Of course a chance to speak with her one on one was a must!
“What is a woman’s job, Ramesh? Taking care of parents-in-law, husband, children, home and things at work—all at the same time? She isn’t God or a superhuman."
The arrays of workstations were occupied by people peering into their computer screens. The clicks of keyboard keys were punctuated by the occasional footsteps moving around to brainstorm or collaborate with colleagues in their cubicles. Most employees went about their tasks without looking at the person seated on either side of their workstation. Meenakshi was one of them.
The thirty-one-year-old marketing manager in a leading eCommerce company in India sat straight in her seat, her eyes on the screen, her fingers punching furiously into the keys. She was in a flow and wanted to finish the report while the thoughts and words were coming effortlessly into her mind.
Natu-Natu. The mellifluous ringtone interrupted her thoughts. She frowned at her mobile phone with half a mind to keep it ringing until she noticed the caller’s name on the screen, making her pick up the phone immediately.
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