The Farm Cottage has attached WC and shower. They are located at the top most point of the farm and have a wonderful view of the surrounding forest. The farm kitchen and dining room is conveniently located on the same building.
Farm Cottages in brief
Accommodates: 4 (3 Individuals + 1 Individual in extra bed)
Facilities: One queen size bed, 1 single extra bed, attached WC & shower.
Possibilities: Ideal for families with children. You could order for camping tents to accommodate more friends.
ELA BLOOMS – “Growing wilderness”.
ELA BLOOMS is an old Cardamom Farm hidden away from human civilization in the rolling hills of Western Ghats of Wayanad at the height of 4612 feet above sea level. We practice Natural Farming or "do-nothing farming" and provide accommodation for guest to appreciate nature.
Our mission is very simple “Promote Natural Farming and continue to provide a safe setting to appreciate and connect to the powers of nature”. “We grow wilderness” and that's exactly what we do every day in our farm.
The hill that we grow ela or cardamom fall under UNESCO World Heritage Site and are one of the eight "hottest hotspots" of biological diversity in the world. The farms are centuries old cardamom-farm-land established during late 19th century and recently developed to provide enriching learning experience and to appreciate the beauty of nature. Older than the Himalayas, our forest is situated towards the south-east of Wayanad, one of the loveliest hill stations of Kerala, India.
The total area of farm is almost 18 acres, inside the farm boundaries there is a large pond out of natural spring, a natural cave and on the eastern boundary there is a rivulet with a waterfall. Moreover from the highest point in the farm the distant view of Karapura dam and also the beautiful rolling hills of Western Ghats area a lovely sight. From an archeological perspective we have found some broken pottery pieces from the cave, which we think could have been used by the tribal population during their hunting journeys. Importantly we have also found a rudimentary form of tiger statue and we assume it could have been the location for the act of “Narikandi” (Tiger-Ground). Narikandi is the location where the act of killing tiger happens mainly because of spiritual reasons. The farm is thus naturally hosted by human history with the beauty of rainforest.
The land could be dated back to 7th century BC when Roman Empire has a permanent military post in Kerala (Chavakkad) to safe guard their trade of spices from Kerala which included Cardamom -known as “Queen of Spices”. Wayanad, a state of Kerala which has a long history; according to archaeological evidences, Wayanad forests have been inhabited for more than three thousand years. The land still holds as the few ever green rain forests in the world where cardamom plant is native. William Logan (1841–1914) in his book Malabar Manuel notes that the area was highly valued because of many reasons and one of the important reasons was that it produced some of the best cardamoms in the world.
The cardamom cultivation demanded heavy use of chemical fertilizers and systemic pesticides. This creates drastic effect on the quality of soil and the biodiversity of rainforest. Almost all cardamom that are cultivated have high residue of pesticides and the farmers know that very well. Our farm is one of the few cardamom farms that practice Natural Farming or "do-nothing farming”. The whole area of the farm is cultivated with cardamom, coffee and wild pepper. The products from the farm are not able to cover the farm expenses and the idea of accepting guest to the farm was promoted and hopes to provide additional income to sustain Natural Cardamom farming.
|Size||Sleeps up to 4, 1 bedrooms|
|Rooms||1 bedroom, 1 bathrooms of which 1 family bathroom|
|Access||Car not necessary|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Kozhikode International Airport 86 km, Nearest railway: Kozhikode Railway Station 92 km|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
|Furniture||Double Beds (1)|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Shared garden, BBQ|
|Access||Parking, Not suitable for wheelchair users|
Kerala /?k?r?l?/, regionally referred to as Keralam (?????), is a state in the south-west region of India on the Malabar coast. It was formed on 1 November 1956 as per the States Reorganisation Act by combining various Malayalam-speaking regions. Spread over 38,863 km2 (15,005 sq mi) it is bordered by Karnataka to the north and north east, Tamil Nadu to the east and south, and the Lakshadweep Sea to the west. With 33,387,677 inhabitants as per the 2011 census, Kerala is the twelfth largest state by population and is divided into 14 districts. Malayalam (??????) is the most widely spoken and official language of the state. The state capital is Thiruvananthapuram, other major cities include Kochi, Kozhikode, Thrissur, and Kollam.
The region was a prominent spice exporter from 3000 BCE to 3rd century. The Chera Dynasty was the first powerful kingdom based in Kerala, though it frequently struggled against attacks from the neighbouring Cholas and Pandyas. During the Chera period Kerala remained an international spice trading center. Later, in the 15th century, the lucrative spice trade attracted Portuguese traders to Kerala, and eventually paved the way for the European colonisation of the whole of India. After independence, Travancore and Cochin joined the Republic of India and Travancore-Cochin was given the status of a state. Later, the state was formed in 1956 by merging the Malabar district, Travancore-Cochin (excluding four southern taluks), and the taluk of Kasargod, South Kanara.
Kerala is the state with the lowest positive population growth rate in India (3.44%) and has a density of 819 people per km2. The state has the highest Human Development Index (HDI) (0.790) in the country according to the Human Development Report 2011. It also has the highest literacy rate 95.5, the highest life expectancy (Almost 77 years) and the highest sex ratio (as defined by number of women per 1000 men: 1,084 women per 1000 men) among all Indian states. Kerala has the lowest homicide rate among Indian states, for 2011 it was 1.1 per 100,000. A survey in 2005 by Transparency International ranked it as the least corrupt state in the country. Kerala has witnessed significant emigration of its people, especially to the Gulf states during the Gulf Boom during the 1970s and early 1980s, and its economy depends significantly on remittances from a large Malayali expatriate community. Hinduism is practised by more than half of the population, followed by Islam and Christianity. The culture of the state traces its roots from 3rd century CE. It is a synthesis of Aryan and Dravidian cultures, developed over centuries under influences from other parts of India and abroad.
Production of pepper and natural rubber contributes to a significant portion of the total national output. In the agricultural sector, coconut, tea, coffee, cashew and spices are important. The state's coastline extends for 590 kilometres (370 mi), and around 1.1 million people of the state are dependent on the fishery industry which contributes 3% of the state's income. The state's 145,704 kilometres (90,536 mi) of roads, constitute 4.2% of all Indian roadways. There are three existing and two proposed international airports. Waterways are also used as a means of transportation. The state has the highest media exposure in India with newspapers publishing in nine different languages; mainly English and Malayalam. Kerala is an important tourist destination, with backwaters, beaches, Ayurvedic tourism, and tropical greenery among its major attractions.
Wayanad District in the north-east of Kerala, India, was formed on 1 November 1980 as the 12th district by carving out areas from Kozhikode and Kannur districts. Kalpetta is the district headquarters as well as the only municipal town in the district. The region was known as Mayakshetra (Maya's land) in the earliest records. Mayakshetra evolved into Mayanad and finally to Wayanad. The Folk etymology of the word says it is a combination of Vayal (paddy field) and Naad (land), making it 'The Land of Paddy Fields'. There are many indigenous tribals in this area. It is set high on the Western Ghats with altitudes ranging from 700 to 2100 m.