Uravu has been promoting community tourism since 2007. Uravu has helped to set up the homestays in Thrikkaipetta – the Uravu Bamboo Village. Jointly with Kabani and the Village Committee of Thrikkaipetta, Uravu was involved in the framing of community tourism concepts in Thrikkaipetta. Uravu Eco Links has started the Uravu Bamboo Grove Resort in Thrikkaipetta, Wayanad, with the main objective of developing and running a sustainable, eco-friendly tourism project, which involves and benefits the local community. The Uravu Bamboo Grove resort consists of three principles: eco-friendliness, community involvement and innovative design. It is based on innovative concepts of design that use locally available materials.
All four cottages of the Uravu Bamboo Grove Resort are made of bamboo and other sustainable and locally sourced materials. P.J. George and IN:CH Architects + Planners were the main partners in the design and construction process of the resort and supported Uravu Eco Links by developing designs for new and innovative structures using natural materials.
UEL also supports homestays in the village. Tourists enjoy a stay in the Uravu Bamboo Village and the community gets additional income. Tourists have the opportunity to live with a local family, experience the traditional farming culture, visit the micro-enterprises who work with bamboo and even create bamboo handicrafts by themselves. Meaningful encounters between tourists and villagers should be an enriching experience for all. The Uravu Bamboo Village initiative aims at sustainably developing the village as a whole.