IMPACT: Homestay & the Land of Early Indian Rubber (2 nights)

KOC 306-401
  • Stay at the Homestays
  • Visit to the various plantations of this region
  • Interaction with hosts in Homestays and the planters
Program Overview
Country: India
Depart: 03/04/2017 1000
Return: 03/06/2017 1630
Duration: Overnight
Difficulty: Moderate
Capacity: Min 15 / Max 19

IMPACT Opportunity

Program Fee
$332 (early booking: $313)

Field Work Conflicts
  • HDFS 302 Marriage and Family Relationships (Section 2)

In olden days, most of the traders and warriors reached India in search of Spices. Especially, the present day state of Kerala is known for Pepper (black Gold)/ Cardamom and Indian Rubber.

This program takes you to the land of Indian rubber, which is situated at the gateway to the high ranges in Southern Kerala. During the tour you can experience local home stay and interact with the hosts and locals. This will give an opportunity to know many unique things/ practices of lively hood in this region..


Day 1

In the morning you start a four hour scenic dive to Mundkayam. Upon arrival enjoy Kerala lunch with 14 Curries at Mundkayam Club that was established in 1912 .Set at the entrance of the largest rubber estate in India at Mundkayam Valley, this is the land of First Indian Commercial plantation way back in 1903.

After lunch you will be transferred to your respective house of stay and rest of the day you will part in activities with your hosts. Depending on the strength group will be divided into below 3 home stays:

Evergreen on rubber (20 minutes drive from Mundkayam Club): Two bedrooms are offered here. A real home stay popular world over where Mr George Abraham the main man behind the destination management stays with family. George can give a very detailed account of the History of plantation upon Western Ghats and host with a passion as he is the compiler of the Book “The Path to the Hills” which is considered as a very informative book on plantation from 1820 till date.

This homestay offers a relaxed stay with the hosts. Walk along the Koottickal Village by 7 PM for seeing and interacting with local people.

Plapally on rubber and tropical crops (30 minutes drive from Mundkayam Club): This is atypical Kerala Plantation house built in 1940 by Mr George Abraham’s Grandfather to manage the property once owned by his family, over 1300 acres .Now owned by Pulickal Family and well preserved by its Host who is very knowledgeable on exotic plant life, he has kept it intact and has a lovely infinity pool carved out on a rock supplied by perennial water from a nearby Mountain The view is fantastic and the cool and breezy vantage point is a very private space to peek into our way of life.

This homestay offers a relaxed stay with a walk around the house for great views and study of Local Plants by around 6 PM.

Pullupara of Tea spices and Coffee (20 minutes drive from Mundkayam Club): Mr Mickey Kallivayalil the owner, of about 30 Years will host group members in the homestay/bungalow. The bungalow offer lovely Panorama and quite cool

Here you get chance to interact with Mr. Kallivayalil and his young wife. The couple own vast tracts of land and is into Multi crops plantations, like Tea Coffee, and almost all spices in the hills.

Day 2

Morning till 10 am you will be involved with activities around their place of stay.

– Evergreen occupants will offer a visit to nearby farmers and rubber tappers.
– Plapally occupants will offer a visit to a middle class labour colony
– Pullupara occupants will offer a walk into the Spice plantation and Tea area adjoining the property.

You will reach Evergreen by 11:30 am to visit the Pale latex crepe Factory. This visit is a 1 hour programme; you will also see a place that can be called the Treasure trove of exotic wild trees and many species of plant which is 10 Kms from the factory.

You will also offer a visit to J.J Murphy’s Tomb (The man who introduced rubber to India) and a visit to the Temple or Church to have a peek into the evening rituals of the religions which co-exist, chat with workers after their work in a relaxed mood and enquire about their welfare, working life and family structure.

You will return back to Evergreen Homestay for Lunch by 2 PM.
You will have some rest at your home stays before we head for an interactive dinner.

Today dinner will be at Mundkayam Club that will give you an opportunity for an interaction with planters of the region. This is a refined club and you can expect a good crowd less that 10 people from estates of different age group from 40 – 60 years.

Day 3

Breakfast and any special interest activities like visits accessible to each property and purchases of local good or local art or spices etc. Lunch and return back to Kochi.

Meals Included

3L, 2B, 2D