Community Tourism Partnerships
KABANI is facilitating community tourism partnerships and initiatives with grassroots organisations in several villages in India. We have been working with farming and coastal communities of Kerala to set up their own tourism programmes in their villages. These efforts have been offering an authentic experience to the guests and considerable economic and other benefits to the host communities. This encourages us to expand these partnerships to other parts of the country.
In these partnerships, the investment of the villagers is kept as minimum in order to reduce the dependency over tourism. We are developing the existing farmer homes as home stays so it does not cause any extra investment or burden to the villagers. The Tourism business is counted as an additional income for the communities and not the main source of income for them, considering its unpredictable nature. All these partnerships are not just tourism programmes, but addresses holistic village development and related subjects.
These programmes include the establishment of rural micro enterprises, organic farming, waste management, conservation and enhancement of natural resources. We offer training and awareness programmes to the villagers and the small entrepreneurs to enhance their capacity to meet the challenges in tourism .These activities ensure quality of service offered to the guests.
What we offer
We offer a unique approach in tourism that gives visitors a memorable and authentic stay which at the same time benefits the host community. We offer neat and clean home stays with farmers, coastal community and small entrepreneurs. The guests stay with local families, eat local delicious food, use local transport and experience local culture, while local people also learn from their guests in a mutual process of benefit sharing.
We offer you an experience of real Indian villages and their way of life. We encourage our guests to make meaningful friendship with their hosts and close interaction in order to bring a very positive cultural exchange.
Discovering our Traditions
Explore our traditions and culture. The way we were and the way we are. We want you to get the most out of your stay. Know the place you are in, its history and the unique traditions of the place. We believe to truly explore the place you are, you should be as the way the natives are – this will give our guests a real flavour of Indian village life.
Meet the People
Live with local people, make friends for life, share cultures and stories. We will show you the vividness of our culture as you join us in the heart of our villages. Join us and find different people and stay close to the nature. We believe this cultural exchange is an enriching and mutually beneficial a session.
Embrace our Agricultural Heritage
Agriculture is the way of living and livelihood for a majority of our population. You must visit our farms to complete your stay. Taste our spices, feast on fruits you’ve never even heard of and experience the nature that builds it for you.
Get Back to Nature
Learn about the nature surrounding you. Go hiking in our mountains, stroll through our forests, visit our waterfalls , beaches ,and lakes and understand the diversity of animals inhabiting all this places.
Enjoy our Crafts
You will be amazed at the artisan crafts in our villages and it varies from bamboo crafts, coir and many more. Take home a piece of paradise in the form of jewellery, an item for your home, a gift for a friend. All our beautiful crafts are made by hand by the people of our villages. Buying these creations will directly benefit its creator and improve the lives and the entrepreneurship of our villagers.
The main objectives of these partnerships are:
- To facilitate a sustainable tourism model that ensures people’s participation in tourism and sustainable development of the village
- Ensure sustainable income generation and utilize the potential of tourism as an additional income for village development.
- Create awareness among local population and the general public on the negative impacts of tourism, conservation and sustainable management of the natural resources.
- Conservation and enrichment of our cultural heritage and a positive cultural exchange between guests and host communities.
- Improved capacities of domestic industries and a more competitive environment through value added integration of resources.
- Promote sustainable agriculture and other practices to ensure food security of the community.