During this stay , we aim to nourish your body, mind and heart through indian Yoga classes every morning . You would get the opportunity to meet adivasi ( tribal ) children . There would also be times with farmers in a village close to Mysore South Karnataka who are working against all odds to preserve their traditional farming practices.
You are welcomed in a charming guesthouse belonging to the Pipal Tree NGO. The cottages are situated close to the Nagarhole forest region, with eco friendly buildings hugging the Kabini river, its moonlight surface soothing you to sleep in charming ecosyay in the heart of wild nature.
The place with its serene beauty and peace is an ideal place to practice Yoga and experience its energising benefits.
The schedule would include meeting and interacting with adivasi children who are living at Children’s College, a place specially created for them, giving the children an opportunity to go to school and aspire to a a future where they can live with dignity.
The childern belong to the ethnic group “Jenu Kurubas ” meaning Honey Harvester . They have for generations lived in the forest and have an ingrained affinity for their environment. They have as a community been the first victims of ecological dégradation.
You will also meet farmers who are struggling against the methods adopted in modern intensive farming. Their wisdom built over the years for farming in a holsitic manner using well honed cultivation methods have been ovrriden by commerical interests. They are facing the brunt of Global warming .
There would be options to go for a jungle safari and observe the wild life in Nagarhole National Park
One full day is set aside for visiting Mysore one of the most beautiful cities in India . A unique feature of the tour is the visit to the magnificent Maharajas’ s palace.
5 Yoga lessons.
Meeting people in a rural village (farmers and adivasi children).
Learning about adivasi culture, local medicinal plants and biodiversity.
Photo Safari in Nagarhole National Reserve.
Excursion to Mysore City.
Katamkera commits to giving 5% on each trip through the Indian NGO Pipal Tree for the construction of a home for tribal girls that will permit them to go at school and study in a good healthy environment.
Several hundred Adivasi ( tribals) living around the Kabini reservoir are very poor, they faced the onslaught of disruption when the sluice gates of the Kabini dam came were opened and the river submerged their homes. They had to migrate, find work, far from their place and relocate into an entirely alien way of life from what they were used to in the forest.
The children were forced to fend for themselves, struggling to eat even a meal a day. Hunger, malnutrition and illiteracy would have been their lot if no effort was done to respond to their situation.
Most of them drop out of the government schools. Only a minority finish High school .
Pipal Tree a non profit trust based in Bangalore has initiated a home that is a Learning community to provide a sanctuary for these children who were not orphaned and unloved but now given shelter, clean water nutritious food and access to education .
Called “Children’s collège” it is located in Magge village which is close to a Government High school, where they have the opportunity to pursue their education.
You will be welcomed at Bangalore Airport (or Railways station) by your guide.
Travel by Taxi to Heggadadevankotte ( 5 h).
Arrival in the afternoon.
Bonfire with songs in the evening and Dinner.
Yoga in the morning.
After breakfast, presentation with video by a knowledgable person who would give a brief history of the place, understanding the life style folklore and traditions of of the tribal’s living in the area.
Visit Children’s College in the evening. Interaction, songs and dance with them the ” kolla attam”.*
*The Kolla attam is a tribal dance from the Jenu kurubas ethnie.
Yoga in the morning.
Day trip ( 1h30) in Mysore with your guide.
Visit the Maharaja Palace*during the morning with audio commentary. The palace includes magnificent halls, courtyards, gardens and buildings.
* The Maharaja Palace was the official residence and seat of the Wodeyars, Maharajas of Mysore from 1399 to 1950. Every autumn, the Palace is the venue for the famous Dussehra, during which a parade with caparisoned elephants and floats originate from the palace grounds.
Visit Chamundi hills during the afternoon where you will climb one thousand steps to reach the temple situated at the top of the hill. The place has a very nice and colourful athmosphere where you can view the city from a different perspective.
Return to HD Kote in the evening for dinner.
6 am to 8.30 am : Safari in Nagarhole Forest*. This park belongs to the sanctuaries designated for Project Tiger*.
Located just near Bandipur Reserve in the North , it has an extraordinary rich biodivesity and bélongs to Nilgiris biosphère.
* Nagarhole Forest has a rich forest cover, small streams, hills, valleys and waterfalls.
The Fauna includes tiger, leopard, , wild dog ,sloth bear , hyena , spotted deer, sambar, barking deer, four-horned antelope, ,wild boar . Nagarhole National Park provides an opportunity to see some of the southern population of Gaur (jungle Bison) and good place to see elephants in the luxuriant forests and bamboo thickets which they most enjoy.
* Project tigers= indian project to reintroduce the tigers that were disappearing. There are actually 47 Tigers Reserves in India and 1700 numbers have been recorded as per the census. There are 47 tigers in this Reserve on 643 Km2.
Return to the Blue Waters for breakfast .
Rest. You spend your time to read or to walk on the grounds.
Talk and présentation with a specialist about medicinal plants , fauna and flora in the place.
Yoga in the evening .
Yoga in the morning.
Boating on the lake with Coracles or walking before lunch.
Visit to the village for an exposure on the campaign initiated for Millet farming, organic methods of cultivation and for a discussion with a local farmer.
Yoga on the morning.
Breakfast before the check out and return to Bangalore by taxi.
The stay is in beautiful cottages in the middle of a big garden facing the Kabini lake.
The rooms are simple, pleasant and confortable with attached bathroom and a terrace giving a amazing view of the lake.
The chirp of the birds and the wafting breeze is the rythmm you would soak in and enjoy The sunrise on the lake, in the morning is magnificent.
Available all the year .
The most pleasant season is between September and May. June, July and August are moonson seasons.
The price is by person, for a group 6 persons minimum.
The price is based on a double occupancy in a room.
The yoga requires a 6 persons minimum group.
The date is fixed by the first enrôlement.
Accomodation in a double room.
All the meals exept the lunch in Mysore ( Veg and non veg meals alternately).
Taxi transferts Bangalore , HD Kotte round trip.
A guide speaking english during all your stay.
Hatha or Ashtanga Yoga lessons : 5 lessons 1h15-1h30 each by a graduate teacher from the Yoga schools of Mysore.
Excursion with taxi for Mysore and entrance fees.
Safari in Nagarhole Reserve in a jeep with a guide and entrance fées and Taxi for the round trip.
5% for the developement fund.
International Airfares, visa fees and all taxes and extra fees , all local transport who are not on the programme.
All drinks like fresh juices, beer and other alcoholic beverages and snacks.
Drivers and services tips.
Optional Tours are possible with an extra day visit to Srirangapatnam ( Summer Palace of the Tipu Sultan ) and the beautiful Hoysala temple of Somnathpur.*(2h30).
* Somnathpur temple is famous for its intricate and elaborate sculpturing, an example of the grand and glorious temples built by the Hoysala rulers. The names of the sculptors are inscribed on their works, which was a common practice during the reign of the Hoysalas. This temple is as beautiful as the world-renowned Belur and Halebid temples.