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Sahyadri had started ‘Home Stay’ to host metro tourists at Velas in 2006 as a part of ‘Turtle Festival’.
Homestay Member Criteria set by Sahyadri
- Operational house in rural Konkan
- Availability of area of the house
- Number of family members
- Meal facility
- Bedding facility
- Sanitation facility
Sahyadri had started ‘Home Stay’ to host metro tourists at Velas in 2006 as a part of ‘Turtle Festival’. The festival is an opportunity for metro-tourists to bid best wishes to the newly born sea turtle hatchlings while crawling towards their home. To ensure longevity of the project, Sahyadri also helped locals to form ‘Kaasav Mitra Mandal’ (Turtle Friends). Over the last 6 years, ‘Home Stay’ has received excellent support and guidance by locals, Gram Panchayat and the Forest Department. Check Homestay case study.
Keeping with the Indian tradition of treating guest as God, homestay owners host tourists in the same house instead of separate rooms. This no investment option helps the participants to earn their livelihood, helps tourists to know more about rural life and creates bonding with the village and the conservation activities. The efforts to conserve nature gets converted in tourist attraction as it changes the viewpoint of villagers and responsible tourism prevails.
• Operational house in rural Konkan
• Availability of area of the house
• Number of family members
• Meal facility
• Bedding facility
• Sanitation facility
• Book keeping
Shrivardhan district Raigad having highest number of white backed vulture nests very close to human settlement. Sahyadri has been monitoring this vulture colony with the help of locals. Sahyadri has also involved local hotel owners to inform tourists about the vulture colony as a new natural attraction. Sahyadri has also initiated butterfly garden with the help of locals as about 38 butterfly varieties have been recorded during a recent survey.
To create a sense of pride among locals Sahyadri has been hosting “Jatayu Festival” at Shrivardhan involving locals, schools, Municipality, Self Help Groups. Such event gives an opportunity to spread awareness about vultures, their food habits, habitat etc. Sahyadri has also involved Animal Husbandry Department to spread awareness about ban on veterinary usage of diclofenc.
If you wish to visit Shrivardhan for vulture monitoring please call us.
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