Snehatheeram Homestay of Kudumbashree women make their mark Updated On 2018-01-11
Snehatheeram Homestay of Kudumbashree women from Alappuzha made their mark by the outstanding performance in tourism sector in the district. The homestay is located near Perupalli Kochi Jetty at Arattupuzha. What makes them different from others is not only the 'All women management', but also the eco-friendly approach of them. The homestay started functioning on 5 June 2014, the environment day. The construction of the homestay is purely in an eco friendly way.
Foreigners are the main visitors of Snehatheeram homestay. Snehatheeram homestay serves ethnic food and uses only organic vegetables for cooking. Fish farm is also run by the Snehatheeram Kudumbashree unit. The ethnic food served by them is of high demand for the guests. The four day package of homestay include village walk, self boat riding, folk art-dance programmes, meeting with Ayurveda vaidyas, coir making, Mannarasala centre, visits to museum, Krishnapuram palace, village- community tourism, sunbath etc. Cigeratte, liquor and plastic are strictly banned inside the homestay. The Kudumbashree women themselves act as the local guides to the guests, overcoming the language barriers. Smt. Komalamma, Smt. Veena Devi, Smt. Ishi, Smt. Sunitha, Smt. Suraja, Smt. Chithra and Smt. Seema are the women who are in charge of Snehatheeram Homestay.
The initiative was started as part of the tsunami relief activities and later the initiative was took up by the Kudumbashree Snehatheeram unit. A herbal garden is also maintained by them. The social responsibility of the unit is too notable that 20 % of the yearly profit of Snehatheeram Homestay is used for cleaning activities. The story of Snehatheeram homestay is nothing but the saga of the will power of a few women.