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PURUSHOTHAMA KAMATH

Alungal Farms

SOUTH ASIA - Cochin

This is not a wonderland with fairies and elves. But here, one can find lots and lots of singing birds, dancing squirrels and sweet smelling flowers. And the place becomes truly magical when we consider the fact that it exists in the heart of a city with busy roads and concrete structures. Our wonderland is called Alungal Farms but we would like to call it the Alungal Woods. A V Purushothama Kamath owns the woods. He is the master and the creator of a dense thicket of rare trees and plants.Sitting in the coolness of the verandah, Kamath unravels the tale of this success story. He says that they have been living in the typically traditional way with a passion for horticulture. Horticulture is in my blood. Both my father and grandfather were agriculturists. Some years back, I read about rare medicinal plants facing extinction and wanted to do my bit to save at least 10 varieties. That's how I got started.

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HORTICULTURE WONDERLAND

PURUSHOTHAMA KAMATH

INDIA, KERALA, COCHIN

Wonderland - Alungal Farms

Meet Purushothama Kamath, a horticulturist, who is on a mission to protect endangered herbs and trees:
"The love for plants is there in my blood."
Purushothama Kamath


Photo: Sudhith Xavier

PURUSHOTHAMA KAMATH

INDIA, KERALA, COCHIN

Wonderland - Alungal Farms

“I like to leave a few fruits like mangoes on the trees for the birds and squirrels to have their fill. We must, after all, think of everyone,” Kamath remarks, as he looks fondly at his garden.

Photo: Sudhith Xavier

PURUSHOTHAMA KAMATH

INDIA, KERALA, COCHIN

Wonderland - Alungal Farms

There is something really interesting in Kammath's style of growing plants. He lets them free, allowing them to grow tall and wild, without unnecessary pruning or styling. He gives them a safe place to grow and lets nature do the rest of the job.

Photo: Sudhith Xavier

SPIRIT to discover

PURUSHOTHAMA KAMATH

This is not a wonderland with fairies and elves. But here, one can find lots and lots of singing birds, dancing squirrels and sweet smelling flowers. And the place becomes truly magical when we consider the fact that it exists in the heart of a city with busy roads and concrete structures. Our wonderland is called Alungal Farms but we would like to call it the Alungal Woods. A V Purushothama Kamath owns the woods. He is the master and the creator of a dense thicket of rare trees and plants.

"The love for plants is there in my blood." says Kammath who belongs to a family of farmers. In his 1 acre plot in South-Janatha Road, he has cultivated all sorts of plants ranging from water apple trees to Analivegam, a plant used to treat snake bites. He has a huge variety of medicinal plants which used to be common in Kerala but are now in the verge of extinction. His farm also has many types of exotic fruit trees. Kammath is more interested in growing plants which are either disappearing from the face of earth or not so common in this region.

There is something really interesting in Kammath's style of growing plants. He lets them free, allowing them to grow tall and wild, without unnecessary pruning or styling. He gives them a safe place to grow and lets nature do the rest of the job. Considering the good yield that his plants are giving him, it seems like the plants are enjoying Kammath's way of treating them. He also make sure that a share of the produces are kept aside for the co-owners of his land - the insects, birds and animals.

Text:ROUTE COCHIN Ananya Rajoo
Photos:ROUTE COCHINSudhith Xavier

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