Moored alongside Cochin Harbour, CGH Earth Hotel’s 22 room Brunton Boatyard harnesses the power of water. Industry-best environmental practices include water harvesting to keep groundwater fresh, maintaining a chemical-free zone and recycling building materials and construction techniques to recreate a 19th century Cochin landmark imbued with 21st century eco-credentials.
FabIndia showcases the diversity of India’s hand-crafted traditions while reinforcing simple environmental principles. Clothes feature natural, untreated textiles which are hand-loomed, hand-block printed and embroidered. Together with handcrafted homewares, they help retain authentic village skills while sustaining rural employment.
Locally sourced simple, seasonal foods and wicked home-made cakes can be found at the hip Kashi Art Café, a gallery/café that takes an organic approach to supporting the local contemporary art scene with exhibitions, workshops and theatre performances. www.kashiartgallery.com/html.artcafe.htm
Located on Willingdon Island, Taj Malabar’s Jiva Spa takes a high touch, low tech approach to its Ayurveda programs. Secret, home-made recipes turn fresh natural kitchen ingredients into facials while Taj scrubs use only the freshest fruit, vegetables, Indian herbs and milk giving truth to the expression – you are what you eat!
Please look above at In The Picture and get a pictorial flavour of this month’s edition.