A trip to Wayanad should atleast be 4 night and 5 days so that it allows students to explore these activities curated for this module comfortably, with clear learning outcomes.
Given below are a few activities that can be conducted at this destination, along with the appropriate age group. Our forte is customisation, so feel free to select ONE, ALL or ANY combination of the below activities to design a trip unique to your curriculum and experiential learning needs.
Wayanad is a land of spices and our spice walk is intended to introduce students to the varied spices of Kerala like pepper, coffee, ginger etc. The aim will be on understanding scientific cultivation processes and how it drives the local economy.
Uravu is a self-help group of about 200 local women who specialise in making handicrafts using the local bamboo. The students will learn about bamboo handicrafts through a hands on training workshop conducted at Uravu under guidance of experts. They will also learn about the economics of a self-sustaining self-help group.
This is a 6km day trek through the Sholas (temperate evergreen) forests of Kerala. The trek apart from being a great bio diversity exposure will also have orienteering lessons, where the students will get to map the trek.
Bamboo rafting is an interesting sport where students will get to maneuver a raft through a still water stream while moving across varied habitats. Whilst on the raft, one can spot many indigenous and migratory birds by the water.
The students will be able to try their hand at traditional archery practiced by the indigenous tribes. The archery lessons will be imparted by a tribal archer who has won many accolades in the field. Apart from archery itself, the students will also learn about traditional hunting methods.
It's a fun outdoor activity which also develops exposure to varied outdoor sports.
We will visit the tea plantation run by a local tribal community. Apart from learning about the tea production, we will also participate in community service with the community that works over here.
During the trip, the students will get a chance to explore various performance art forms of Kerala. They will learn about the history and the variations that are part of the art form. They will also be able to participate in them. We will explore Chenda, Thaiyyam, Kathakali and Kolkali.
Students will participate in a community service project at the tea plantation and also learn how to ensure a zero footprint during the Chemba trail exploration, through trail clean-ups and exposure to responsible tourism.
Uncontrolled and irresponsible tourism is adding to the environmental degradation of this biodiverse region. Tourists who come from every part of the country litter plastic bags and beer bottles, not only by the road side, but also inside the forest.
There is very little enforcement of regulations. Mining is also destroying Wayanad's 8000 year old Edakkal cave system. Through activities centred around understanding the area, its conservation challenges and exposing students to responisble practices, we hope to mitigate some of these challenges.