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Mercy Dharma Stay

Wayanad, Kerala: Surrounded by the Banasura Hills, streams you can trek through and a rich diversity of flora and fauna, this homestay is ideal for trekking nature lovers. Is is also interesting for its diverse agricultural practices and vibrant culture and ideal for budget rural travel in India, if you aim to visit Kerala and Wayanad. 

Social Impact

Around 150 local community members benefit from the village-based community development and responsible tourism program of our grassroots partners in Wayanad. The number of direct beneficiaries includes the homestay providers, guides, taxi drivers and other service providers. 

Important to Note

The nearest bus station is at Mananthawady, Wayanad and is around 16 km away. 

The nearest railway station is at Kozhikode (Calicut) and is around 92 km away from the village (A drive of 3 hours to 3.5 hours in normal traffic). 

The nearest airport is at Kozhikode which is around 104 km from the village in Wayanad. 

 

 

    You will be staying with the local family, in their home. 

    • Double occupancy with private modern bathroom
    • Wifi 
    • Free Parking
    Cost

    INR 2750 before taxes, (of 18% taxes)

    Extra Bed Cost

    INR 1000/-  per bed

    Total capacity per booking

     

    Food: traditional and local Breakfast included, other traditional meals can be provided upon request
    Bathroom Private Bathroom
    Parking Yes
    Wifi No
    Pet Friendliness No
    Other

    Special Concession for children

    No tarriff for children below 8 years of age

 

Activity Cost Details
Guided village walk, Wayanad: Immersive rural India tour with different themes like agriculture, introduction to medicinal plants, organic farming, library movement, women empowerment, climate change, local culture and myths, art and craft, etc. Starting at INR 370/- per person

Prices may vary depending on group size and the number of activities involved. 

Languages: English, Malayalam

Trekking in Banasura hills, Wayanad: Learn more about the diverse flora and fauna, changes in the ecosystem management, impact of climate change, the life of tribal, people and man-animal conflicts, etc. in this immersive rural India tour.  Starting at INR 370/- per person

Prices may vary depending on group size and the number of activities involved.

Languages: English, Malayalam

The community kitchen, Wayanad: Taste the diverse flavors of the land in this community-based responsible tourism activity.  Starting at INR 625/- per person

Prices may vary depending on a vegetarian or non-vegetarian menu. 

NOTA BENE: Allergy information must be mentioned beforehand. 

Traditional pottery, Wayanad: Learn from local artisans and try it for yourself, immersive experience for your travel in India. 

INR 750/- for a single person

INR 940/- for a couple

 

Any additional person can join paying an extra cost of INR 190/- per person, whether the booking is for a single person or a couple. 
Traditional drums of Wayanad: A show by women musicians. Support women in the community through your travel in India  INR 2500/- For performance, an unlimited number of persons involved. 
Bicycle village tour, Wayanad: Explore a village with a local map. Take your own rural tour in India. 

INR 125/- per person for half day

INR 250 /- per person for a full day

Guides are not provided. Any damage to the bicycle will be charged extra. 
Camping and trekking, Wayanad: Trek through streams and camp in scenic spots. An immersive experience of travel in India.  Starting at INR 375/- per person  Costs may vary depending on the number and size of the group and any other extra activities you may wish to add. 

 

A. General

1. When is it the best time to visit?

South Indian tours are best from October to March. However, travel to Wayanad in Kerala is also great between June, July, and August because the overcast, cloudy weather, and occasional pleasant monsoon showers can also be great fun! Plus you avoid the Sun!

2. What about ATMs and connectivity?

Connectivity can be a challenge for travel in rural India. However, there are some network service providers that work better than others: BSNL, IDEA, and JIO are really good in Wayanad District in Kerala.

ATMs

For foreigners traveling in India, ATMs are something of a quest. International cards are not accepted and that leaves you heavily dependent on cash transactions. During peak season and especially long weekends, the ATMs run out of cash very quickly, so come prepared!

3. What can I do in the area?

Check the ‘Things to do’ section of each budget homestay in Wayanad to know more. You could also book an experience with us on ‘Dharma Experiences’ or customize your own. 

B. Cost: Where Does My Money Go?

1. How does my trip benefit the local community in Wayanad, Kerala?

The majority of revenue we generate through you goes to our partner families in Wayanad. They are from or in a rural area and are trained either directly by us or our ground partners to provide hospitality services. These services may include budget homestay accommodations in Wayanad, food, transportation, experience hosting and guide services. 

The impact is created at two levels: individual and community. 

Individual Level
Our aim is a 25% increase in annual income for our low-income partner families. Increasing cases of irregular rains, possibly due to changing climatic conditions are affecting harvests. With some of our families, where farming is a primary source of income, the extra revenue through tourism goes a long way. Another challenge is market linkage. Getting regular sales and fair prices are some of the biggest challenges that rural families face. We hope to enable regular supplementary income through our work. 

Community Level
In collaboration with guests like you, we work with our high-income partner families to promote social development activities in and around the villages where we are present. As much as possible, we take up specific initiatives in the areas of education, waste management, and agriculture. 

2. Where does the money go?

From the rural families in Wayanad who host hospitality services to people like you, the guest who chooses to book with us, is a chain that includes several links. 

Food
As much as possible, we provide an Indian food experience with local families in Wayanad, Kerala. Sometimes, due to dietary restrictions, preferences of our guests or logistics, we also include other options. Prices can be comparable to any restaurant price in India, sometimes, less expensive, sometimes a bit more (depending on the ingredients, logistics, etc.).

Budget Homestay Accommodations in Wayanad, Kerala
Unless requested by guests during certain Dharma Experiences, we book all rooms directly with local families in their Wayanad homestays. They are safe and clean. 

Transportation
The travel part of travel is a big part of all this. We work with local partners and families to provide transportation as much as possible. However, quite often, either due to guest requests or other logistical reasons, we do also choose other options. 

Activities Hosting
The best part of travel in India is the people we meet. Our activities are hosted by local community members who love to share their stories. Your Wayanad trip in Kerala will certainly be filled with a vibrant range of experiences. 

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A large part of our work, apart from directly training local families or supporting ground partners who do, is in linking people doing good work to guests like you. Our technology platform takes into consideration rural realities. Our vision is to link guests like you to the heart of rural India. 

3. Why do prices vary at times for the same experience?

As a general rule of thumb for travel in India and also for our tours of Wayanad in Kerala, the larger the group size, the lesser the price. This is because of transportation and activities hosting. 

C. Safety

This is a very big priority for us. Here’s what we do:

Each state in India has its own homestay registration process. This involves getting approval from the local authorities to ensure that rules are met. Further, in the case of foreigners traveling in India, homestay owners are also required to submit documents to the local police station. Local authorities keep track of activity. This is a huge factor that ensures both guests and families are safe. In some cases, homeowners also have security cameras as an added measure. 

Other considerations:
Any food allergies and special health concerns you may have should be informed to us well in advance. Our biggest priority is to ensure that your travel to Wayanad in Kerala is safe. Don't forget to check with local food providers if they have cooked with any ingredients you may be allergic to. 

D. Accommodations

1. Is it a private bathroom?

Please check in the ‘Facilities’ section of each homestay in Wayanad to find out what type is available.

2. Will I be staying with the family in the homestay or is it a separate house?

In some cases, yes, and in some cases no. Whatever may be the case, the room you book will always be private. 

Please check in the ‘Facilities’ section of each accommodation to find out what type is available.

3. Are there any house rules?

Yes, there are some rules, depending on the family and the area you are visiting. Please check in the ‘Facilities’ section of each homestay in Wayanad to find out more. 

4. Can I book the whole house?

In those cases where the family does not live in the homestay, it is possible to book the whole place. Please check in the ‘Facilities’ section of each accommodation to find out more. 

E. Logistics and Transport

1. How do I get there? And who do I speak to?

We will send you a location link or detailed directions to your homestay in Wayanad once we have confirmed your payment. Our coordinators will be there to assist you with any challenges 

2. How far is it from the main attractions? 

Check the ‘Description’ and 'Things to do' section of each homestay in Wayanad to know more about what is available in each homestay. 

3. Can you book local transportation for us? 

Yes, this is definitely possible. Convenience charges may apply. Please mention your requests in the booking enquiry form given at the end of each homestay page. 

4. Any special things I should pack and wear to travel responsibly?

We recommend the following:

  • Water bottle: Please avoid plastic bottles. Carry your own water bottles. It allows you to refill as and when you want.
  • Mosquito repellent
  • Hat
  • Cash: always carry cash, because local ATMs might be empty and rural India still runs largely on cash.
  • Medicines: carry any medications you may need, because unlike in urban areas, 24-hour medical shops are tough to come by. 

F. Food

1. What sort of food do you serve?

Local, traditional and home-cooked food: this is what we aim for. 

NOTA BENE: Please let us know in advance if there are any allergies, as many people in rural India are not aware of food allergies as a serious concern. 

2. What are some of the good places to eat around the area?

Check with our local co-ordinators to know more. 

 

You can send your inquiry via the form below.

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