The mission was doubly challenging because he decided not to engage traditional experts and consultants to develop a master plan. When asked about his plans he would often say, “How can I show you a rigid plan when change is the only constant? Exciting new ideas compel me to constantly update the master plan.” A significant part of this project – right from the land development, road paving, cottage construction all the way to the fish pond digging and landscaping was done based on his natural intuition and instinct.
The other challenge Sundar (as he likes to be called) took on was to work with local workers, although they were inexperienced in working with environmentally friendly materials. The team built mud and wooden huts without having prior experience in the field. Many saw fly-ash bricks for the first time when they came all the way from Bangalore where they are manufactured.
After three years of untiring effort – the restaurant, hall, dormitories and about ten cottages are ready from where you can comfortably enjoy nature and all that it offers. ‘Thenmala Ecoresort’ is now open to the world.
Sundar’s vision is to make Thenmala Ecoresort a fifty-room space where people can unwind with nature and practice sustainable living. He also hopes that his initiative will benefit the local population and put Thenmala on the world tourism map!
APPAVU SUNDARAM’s vision and dream lives on…