In 2016 the charities acquired an 8 acre plot of land 3 miles from the town. This is being developed into a new campus for the Vidyodaya School and its connected Foundation Course and a residence for Ashwini's medical and nursing students. It is here also that PLENTI House has been built by wonderful Bangalore architect, Ajith Andagere, and his team.
Using traditional materials, the guest house is set at the top of the estate, looking over tea plantations and fine trees towards the Ooty hills. The design is comfortable, without being flashy, with six good sized en suite double bedrooms, with their own private verandahs, spacious common areas accommodating one large dining table for all the guests, a Pavilion for activities such as Yoga or Ayurvedic treatment and a main verandah making use of the spectacular views.
During the winter months, mid-November into April, like-minded PLENTI Project volunteers stay for a minimum of one month (from either 1st or 15th of the month) to enjoy the beauty of the place while developing a connection with the people and the social issues of the communities. The full board charges for volunteer guests, during the PLENTI months, are 8,000 Rupees per day, for a couple, or 5,000 Rupees for a single person, in a double room.
Other groups, particularly those who may have special interests, that are in sympathy with the tribal community, are welcomed during the rest of the year when many Indian tourists especially from Bangalore (which is about 6 hours’ drive away) come to the Nilgiri Hills for the comparative coolness. Examples of areas of interest for such specialist, tailor-made, tours, or workshops and conferences, are the Adivasis, their culture and history; the nature of development in India more broadly; India's natural world, such as bird-watching and conservation, or around other pursuits that can be enjoyed in this beautiful area, such as painting or walking. Prices depend on the length and nature of such courses (at maximum, 18 people can be accommodated).
Specific stays being planned for the autumn of 2018 are:-
Ayurveda and Yoga - 12 or 19 October - 2 November
Bird-watching - 4 - 11 November
Corporate retreat - September or early October
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to enquire about availability or for further information.