Water & Toiletries
Kappi & Kudam
In keeping with the theme of going back to nature, the water is sourced from a nearby well using traditional means. Water is drawn from the well using a Kappi (Pail) and carried to the tree house using a ‘Kudam’ (Container). People would use such a precious resource more sparingly.
For serving hot water and preparing the food ‘Aduppu’ (an indigenous stove that uses firewood) is used. The aduppu take s a bit of time to heat the water and in many ways it helps you to appreciate the importance of time and the frugality of modern amenities.
Drinking water is stored in a ‘Kooja’ (earthen clay pot). This helps to keep the water cool and hygienic. It tastes sweet too and it leaves an earthy flavour in your mouth.
For brushing your teeth you will be provided with ‘Ummikiri’ a traditional tooth powder and either twigs from neem or mango trees at Vanya. Traditionally people in Kerala used to brush their teeth with these natural remedies and as a result their teeth and dental hygiene were in prime condition.
Payarpodi & Inja
For Bathing and Washing you will be provided ‘Payarpodi’ (ground peas paste) and ‘Inja’ (natural scrubber). This is considered to be good for the skin and contains medicinal properties.
There is also a ‘Marapura’ (open air bathing area) near the tree house that is covered on four sides and the top will be open. The floor will be laid with stones. An ambience of truly being in unison with nature in body and mind is what this experience gives you.
‘Ammikallu’ is used to grind the spices used to prepare the various dishes that re served for the meals at Vanya. The dishes prepared using these spices have a unique special flavour because they are prepared in this ammikallu.
Amenities like electricity are limited because we have to rely on the solar powered panels and windmill.