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Bee Keeping By Palani Hills Conservation Council

Monday, 20 February 2012 15:51 / Last Updated on Saturday, 31 March 2012 13:58


On a Saturday morning when everyone takes a  break from their routine weekly jobs, a group of botanists, bio-dynamic experts, horticulturists and many such nature lovers gather for a meeting at a remote farmhouse in Kodaikanal . The topic is the rapid degeneration of Kodaikanal as a bio-diversity hotspot and the lack of funds to counter this degradation. And the organization is PHCC (Palani Hills Conservation Council), a non-profit that has been active for more than 25 years in the fight against deforestation and very vocal in building awareness for pollution control and disappearance of Kodai Flora/Fauna

As a strong affirmation of their efforts in preserving Kodaikanal natural resources we show you a short video of their Bee Keeping expertise . We will shortly be launching a section dedicated to PHCC's efforts by bringing to the forefront videos of very interesting work that the PHCC is involved in !!! Keep Watching !

Organic Living in the Kodaikanal Jungles

Sunday, 05 February 2012 14:18 / Last Updated on Friday, 23 March 2012 11:36


Organic farming has been in vogue for quite a while and Kodai is well known for Organic produce ! Organic farming primarily being the process of cultivating crops without chemicals. But have we ever wondered about Organic living, the process of living without the necessary evils of life like electricity or gas or the bore well .

While we believe in eating vegetables prepared naturally how about living a natural life as well . In this video we show you a day in the life of a Kodaikanal native family and how they breathe the organic philosophy into their thinking , attitude and actions. With no TV, but solar powered bulbs, no water connection but a natural "oothu" (perennial water source from natural rock), no furniture but rustic hand made sit-outs , no gas stove but a brick/sand/rock/wood based fireplace ("aduppu") and finally a handmade mud house, the only hitech gadget that they had was a potato peeler to sell chips to street vendors. The embers in the fireplace keep burning thus acting as a heat source during winter. We realized how truly rich they were in spite of being what the world calls "poor" .This is what we call the Kodai Organic Lifestyle , no stress, no worries and no lifestyle diseases.

The hands that built Kodaikanal

Saturday, 28 January 2012 04:54 / Last Updated on Thursday, 01 March 2012 10:26


When travellers look at the finely manicured lawns of The Carlton or KIS, one cannot help but wonder how a hillstation with its steep terrains could be flattened and massaged into a beautiful garden to walk around and enjoy. We show you today a video of how Kodai Labourers toil 8 hours a day doing exactly what we describe.

With neither scaffolding nor warm clothing and bare feet, these skilled artists build gardens with bare hands on terrains where JCB and other equipment cannot reach. What an irony that one of the most indispensible jobs in the world (that requires brain and brawn) is one of the cheapest in the world paying about Rs 250 - Rs 300 per day.

We felt that no site about Kodai is complete without showcasing their skills ! Our apologies for capturing their entire day's work in a 3 minute video!

Bonsai Trees at Aravinth Nursery in Kodaikanal - Part 1

Thursday, 19 January 2012 17:18 / Last Updated on Thursday, 01 March 2012 10:29


Kodaikanal always has a story to tell ! So does Aravinth nursery garden which is situated at Chellapuram in Kodaikanal on the Observatory Rd.

The nursery is currently owned by Mr Julius who bought it from a person who had leased the nursery after the death of a foreigner who had owned the nursery in Coonoor ,Ooty !

That explains the presence of 20 year old Bonsai trees in Aravinth Nursery.

Mr Julius says that the Nursery has a collection of more than 5000 varieties of plants/trees , mainly Bonsai.

The categories of Bonsai available are 2 year to 20 years old of varieties Magnolia, Mango, Azalea , Pine, Shola and many more which are listed in the video.

We will be continuing our report in part 2 of this article.

contact Aravinth Nursery Garden .