Measures for responsible tourism
- The parking place is at a considerable distance from the property, which minimizes sound and air pollution.
- No tree is cut while selecting a place to build a Maachli cottage. Certain plants that grow in the thick forests are planted for contributing towards the green layer of the earth.
- The springwater originated from hills which gathers in the well built up in the property, is used for drinking and cooking purposes. The spring water is a healthy source of water.
- Local material is used to build cottages.
- Villagers from the surrounding area of the property come to serve guests by taking out some time from their day to day activities. Maachli helps them add income. Vegetables used for cooking are grown in the village fields which contribute to the village economy.
- Mud stove is used to cook food.
- The water stream which flows through the farm is kept clean and conserved every year which increases water level of wells of surrounding area, directly benefiting villagers. The rain harvesting is done to contribute towards boosting the water level of the earth.
- The use of plastic is minimal.
- Construction and use of cement is minimum.
- CFL lights are used to save electricity.
Impact of the initiative
- Maachli is an inspiration for many young entrepreneurs in the region. Maachli on its own has found the place of recognition.
- Maachli has a role in women's empowerment. We have provided opportunities to the local women according to their skills. 90% of the total staff is comprised of women.
- We organize a Tribal Art Exhibition for the guests. This has helped the tribes to showcase their talents and earn rewards.
- We also organize pottery classes in the village. We aim to encourage and revive this old art and empower the community. With modernization and the introduction of modern utensils, earthen pots have a few takers. The pottery community now in the village has only one active potter. The potter has started getting sufficient earning through pottery classes.
- Maachli also supports water conservation. It has set an example by experimenting with a small temporary dam on the stream which helps in the increase of water retention level of the soil. It has boosted the water level of the wells nearby. The water body also enhances ecological treasure as it attracts different species of birds, river otters and fish. These water conservation efforts have helped the plantations for all seasons as the nearby plantations within an area of 1 km upstream also are very much benefited.
- Maachli has made a difference in the micro economy of the village. There is a remarkable growth in the daily requirement of grocery, vegetables, fruits, and fish and there is a healthy competition among the local suppliers to supply the best.
- Maachli has built a bridge made up of betel plant trunks over the rivulet. This has bridged the gap in the village and brought people closer.
- Maachli is proving to be a source of inspiration for the upcoming tourism enthusiasts as many people visit to understand the theme and venture. Many architects and students have visited Maachli and we feel happy, privileged and honoured to share our experience and knowledge.