Indhrivanam was created in 2010, and is owned by the Indian company Tiptoe Travel and Tourism Private limited (company identification number U63040KL2008PTC021884). The shareholders and directors of the company are Morten and Sarah.
Morten was born in 1969 in Denmark in a traditional, provincial nuclear family of four. From an early age he was focused on concepts like justice and equality, and ended up with university degrees in political science and applied policy research and statistics. He spent some years working as a social policy researcher for the Danish Central Government. Vegetarian since 1990 before becoming a vegan in 2001. Interests are music, gardening, composting, design, architecture and the board game backgammon.
Sarah is also from 1969, but had her own nuclear family in the North-East of England. She has a degree in sociology and anthropology. She is a vegan kitchen wizard with focus on the difficult specialties like kombucha, micro-greens, sourdough bread, and the Middle Eastern and Indian cuisines. She also does home roasting of the coffee that grows on the property. Sarah is interested in nature, gardening and birding, and has the interesting special skill of being a facial recognition expert with a well-developed eye for audio.
We met in 1995 at Newcastle University, lived in Denmark from 1998 till 2002, and in the UK from 2002 till 2007 before embarking on what was a journey into the unknown when we created an Indian company in 2008 with the purpose of running a business based on ecologically sustainable principles. There were a number of reasons for making this non-trivial move from the Western hemisphere, and 15 criteria were included in the analysis of determining the final destination, which could only ever be India. We spend as much time as possible in India (up to 11 months of the year), and take great care in ensuring that guests staying in the stone cottage are comfortable and well-fed.
Raju has been attached to Indhrivanam since 2008, before we even opened. Raju has a lot of experience in the tourism sector: he has worked for a large restaurant in Dubai making traditional South Indian delicacies; he has worked in a resort Munnar; and he was, at one point, the PA for an American student of ayurveda, yoga and meditation in the Kerala Backwaters. Raju's better half is Omana. She also has extensive experience in the tourism sector as she has worked for a couple of hotels in Kumily. In emergencies, Raju and Omana are responsible for cooking for our guests. Raju and Omana live in Kumily with their two sons.Close
A few words on our dry toilet system. As you can see, there are two toilets. The one on the right in the photo is a variation of the compost toilet. In the traditional compost toilet, the poo is kept permanently in a large chamber under the seat. As this could make our guests unnecessarily uncomfortable (the fact that previous guests' poo was below them), we have implemented a bucket system. Sawdust lines the bucket, and after finishing, the poo is covered with more sawdust. Pee goes into a separate compartment at the front. The separation of poo and pee, and the fact that the poo is covered, means that there are no smells emanating from the toilet. We empty and replace the bucket daily. For the purpose of bottom cleaning, you jump to the toilet on the left side in the photo where you can use the health faucet, visible between the toilets. This toilet is also used if you need to pass urine only. At the very end, all the green areas are rinsed with the health faucet.Close
Depending on your agreement with us, some or all of the payment for stays at Indhrivanam has to be made in advance. The advance payment and any balance payment can be paid electronically by using one of the following methods. Paying via NEFT/IMPS is, depending on your bank, likely to be free. Using any other payment method will incur a fee payable by you. We will confirm receipt as soon as technically possible.
Depending on your bank's payee information requirements, some or all of the information below may be required in order to make the payment.
Bank: Central Bank of India
Branch name: Kumily
Branch address: Ottaplakkal Building, K.K. Road, Kumily 685509 KE
Payee name: Tiptoe Travel and Tourism Pvt. Ltd.
Payee address: Indhrivanam, Valiyapara Road, Chakkupallam PO, Kumily 685509 KE
Payee phone: +919995530428
Payee email: email@example.com
Account type: Current
Account no.: 1987202893
IFSC: CBIN0281339 (the 5th character is a "zero")
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If your payment facility is Indian, i.e. issued by an Indian bank, you may pay through our payment gateway, Razorpay, with netbanking (not all banks) and debit/credit cards (Mastercard, Visa, Rupay). Please click the Razorpay button and follow the instructions to make the payment.
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If your payment facility is not Indian, i.e. issued by a bank that isn't Indian, you may pay through one of the companies that offer cross border payments. We recommend using Wise.com for the ease of use and low fees. Wise.com accept payment by bank transfer or via debit/credit card.
To successfully make the payment, you will need to add the following information about the recipient in the Wise.com payment interface:
Recipient email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Recipient name: Tiptoe Travel and Tourism Pvt. Ltd.
Account number: 1987202893
Reference/purpose of payment: Booking + your name