Close to the heart of Kochi city, at Mulanthuruthy, there’s 7.8 acres of lush green lands with close to 100 varieties of trees, 30 kinds of birds, butterflies- an eco system of sorts that sustains an organic farm and close to 25 poultry in form of emus, turkeys and chickens. This completely green land is Hinterland village, where Unni Thirucovil and his wife Sridevi enrich holidays of tourists- national and international-with a dose of wellness, naturopathy, Ayurveda and detox tools.
“Our wellness and detox packages are aimed at the middle income group tourists and hence it isn’t a fancy, luxurious place,” says Unni. “We introduce them to a lifestyle change of sorts with yoga, Ayurveda, detox foods and more.” Most tourist groups get to Hinterland through word of mouth. Unni hasn’t been marketing this eco-friendly homestay.
Open to public in 2012, Unni bought the land in 2007 and started populating it with more than 100 varieties of trees from 2008 to 2012. “We wanted to ensure bio diversity and attract a variety of birds, butterflies and other insects,” Unni explains. That was the reason to consciously plant a variety of fauna including different types of bamboo. “Kochi is usually a place people only visit and go. We wanted to give them a reason to stay longer,” he adds.