Evolve Back: Stories from Orange County Resorts

Friends of the Earth!

Nanju and Jayamma are of the Beda tribe whose ancestors lived in the forests of Bandipur. Relocated in 1975, following the building of the Kabini dam, members of his community took their ancient culture into their new life outside of these forests. It was a heritage founded on an innate respect for the land which showed itself in everything they did.

Aesthetically, his house, built using locally available materials, blends seamlessly with the surroundings and will leave no trace on the earth after its useful life. Though we are unable to maintain his high standards in leaving almost no ecological footprint, this ideology of sustainability has been our inspiration and guiding light. It has influenced our architecture and activities in great measures.

Long before the term ‘green’ was born, the likes of Nanju and his ilk were living it naturally and without pretensions. They are the friends of the earth… inspiration for our ‘Spirit of the land’ philosophy!


Local Heroes is our ongoing journey to bring to you captivating stories about our land and its people; a symbiosis that we explore and celebrate through expressive and uplifting video and photo essays every month. We believe this Responsible Tourism Initiative will cause you to see 'evolution' in a new light.

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  1. Balaji Jayaraman says:

    Pic says it all .

  2. james says:

    Great picture and concept. But how far are we moderns willing to embrace this ‘noble’ life style?

  3. leela Patil says:

    I was humbled ..

  4. MGR Maran says:

    I am familiar with the maxim, missing the woods for the trees. In going green, this is a case of not missing the tree for the woods. Well Done

  5. Venkatesh says:

    The efforts that the staff of Orange county take to keep the surroundings clean and natural and their genuine concern for environment and the great lengths to which they go to preserve the natural ecosystem is very inspiring and deserves great praise.

  6. amit says:

    very inspiring for all of us who stay in cities.
    there lies a huge responsibility on each of us today.
    we all need to share a small quantum towards mother nature