Fisherman's Nest B&B is an elegant Villa, built on a half acre lush green land about one kilometer from the sea shore, bringing you the warmth of home and pleasure of the beach. The house is located at Cherai, a coastal fishing village in Vypin Island, Kerala. We provide air conditioned accommodation along with breakfast to our guests. Other main attraction about our place is the authentic traditional kerala sea food delicacies, which will be served on prior request. Traditional Kerala Vegetarian Dinner is also available. We will be glad to offer our guests any assistance for well planned guided tours, transport arrangements, fish farm visit, boating , sight-seeing, special local experiences, leisure activities, or just about anything else which will make their stay in Cherai memorable.
Other main attraction about our place is the authentic traditional kerala sea food delicacies, which will be served on prior request. Traditional Kerala Vegetarian Dinner is also available. We will be glad to offer our guests any assistance for well planned guided tours, transport arrangements, fish farm visit, boating , sight-seeing, special local experiences, leisure activities, or just about anything else which will make their stay in Cherai memorable.
The International Ecotourism Society defines Ecotourism as: "responsible travel to natural areas that conserves the environment and improves the welfare of local people". We have done our best to promote Eco-Tourism. Our Responsible ecotourism Policy lies at the very heart of all of our operations and underpins the principles and philosophy. It consists of three main sections namely our social, economic and environmental commitment.
Introducing tourists to only those areas where the local communities welcome them. We request our guests to do likewise, by providing them with information about cultural and religious traditions & values and encouraging them to learn some basics in the local language. Local guides are involved to help guests to understand local customs and traditions. Encourage interaction with local people and ensure at least a minimum level of local involvement in our holidays.
Where possible, we support traditional lifestyles by providing a regular income from jobs that compliment a traditional way of life, enabling indigenous peoples to maintain their chosen existence. For example, we employ local fishermen and their boats as guides on to get a fishing experience for our guests. We source fish and other items from local market and food is prepared by the local house-wives (expert traditional chefs). We also suggest our guests to visit the nearby fishing area where Chinese fishing nets are used.
Supporting local ecotourism development projects (eg: njarakkal fish farm) either through our suppliers or directly. We aim to initiate and develop new community projects, in areas where these could be beneficial to the local people. Also promoting the heritage projects (muziris heritage project) backed by UNESCO.
The suppliers, products and services are the most ethical option available. This includes being prepared to pay reasonable additional premiums (if required) compared to other options available on the market. It means that we favor suppliers who provide economic benefits to local communities through raising community levies or investing in local community projects. Buy the local handicrafts, local handloom products (ex: chennamangalm handloom), natural fiber products, and "kudumbasree" local food products. This ensures that the money we pay suppliers stays within the host country and benefits their economy.
Employing local people directly wherever possible in our operations overseas e.g. local tour guides, local “housewife” to cook the food. We encourage our guests to be a part of local tourism initiatives, such as the njarakkal & malippuram eco tourism projects, Cherai carnival, muzaris heritage programs and also to purchase locally manufactured products rather than imported alternatives, and buy gifts (Kerala saris) and crafts from local shops and markets.
We have used locally available coconut timber and bamboo for the furniture and other items in the room and common area. We have taken efforts to use less plastic in the rooms. Energy efficient star rated Electric equipments and low wattage CFL lamps are used in the rooms. Water is being used efficiently considering the gray water for gardening.
We are also taking initiative to educate our selves, guests and local people about the Sustainable eco tourism and specialty of the Local places. We are also trying to identify and share the history, local special experiences, local products, and local recipes of that area to our guests. We are in the process of organizing a coffee table Library for the benefit of our guests.
Supporting and encouraging local conservation efforts at the destination are very important. Promoting the local guides who understand the environmental issues of the areas visited and can ensure that tourists avoid areas of sensitivity.