Volunteer Travel in India – Kerala
Kerala has always been known for its immaculate landscape of blue and green. With tourism increasing in God’s own country, more and more places are being engaged in tourism but not much is happenning to support the local landscape and natural resources and the people’s culture to cope up with these new developments.
Mararikulam is one such place where the tourism potential is immense at the same time there is an issue / threat to degradation of natural landscape and ecology and some of the good cultural traditions. Our focus is to design proje cts and engage volunteer travellers to contribute to a positive mitigating impact.
The beach waters at Mararikulam are perfect for a light swim, some snorkelling and if you’re lucky—even some surfing. At Marari, unlike other popular beaches in Kerala, you can catch a glimpse of typical Kerala village life. The fishing village still lives the way its ancestors have. The men still go out to fish everyday and the women make coir mats and brushes.
Eco-volunteering work possibilities in our Kerala facilities in India include:
The village is part of the district of Alappuzha and is divided into a north and south panchayats. Mararikulam is forty kilometers from Kochi and many tourists have started flocking there but it still gives off that old world charm. Apart from volunteer work with us, there are opportunities to explore some of the markets for some local goods or produce. Also if you aren’t content to just relax on the beach and soak up the sun there is parasailing and surfing available. You can also visit one the coir factories to see where the rope gets made and possibly pick up something to bring home with you.
Of course away from these swaying palm trees and friendly fishermen there is plenty to do in nearby Alappuzha. The town of canals, backwaters, beaches and lagoons was once described as The Venice of the East by Lord Curzon. It is even believed that Alappuzha or rather Alleppey had trade relations with ancient Greece and Rome. The main tourist attraction here is the lighthouse but there are many religious temples that can be found as well.
It is possible to rent house boats called “Kettuvallam” which are available on a day to day basis and can take you on the old waterways. They often have bedrooms and attached bathrooms; some even have bedrooms with air conditioners, others are just chair seating or even small ones with open air simple boat experience. Usually the trip will include cooked food on board in the Kuttanad style.
Eco-travelling possibilities in our Kerala facilities in India include historic, cultural and eco-experiential places like:
– Kochi (historical and business centre of Kerala)
– Alleppey and Kollam (famous for its backwaters)
– Kovalam and Varkala (famous beaches)
– Munnar and Periyar (beautiful hills and wildlife and nature parks)
There are also opportunities to visit other famous places in South India on the long weekends, namely Goa, Hampi, Mysore, Ooty, Pondicherry, Auroville, Madurai etc