Older than Hampi, this village is also a part of the World Heritage Site because of its ancient forts and temples. But my interest to visit this place was completely different. I went there to know about the Kishkinda Trust (TKT) Banana Fibre Cottage Industry. It made me understand what the term ‘Women Empowerment’ actually is. I saw a number of women creating a range of products (baskets, ropes, tea coasters, mats, bags, hats, boxes, photo frames, etc.) using banana fibre. They were busy doing their work and in between chatting with each other and smiling occasionally. The eco-friendly initiative has definitely given them wings because with this, they are able to contribute to the finances at their home.
For those who love to learn something new while travelling, this place is a must visit. It will give you a real perspective to livelihood opportunities for women. Moreover, you can buy those unique products from here itself.
That’s how I spent eleven days in Karnataka, covering Bangalore, Mysore, Coorg, Gokarna and Hampi. This has been among my best journeys so far. I got to see palaces, flora and fauna, beaches and archaeological sites. The diversity of this south Indian state is unique, and you have to go there and see it for yourself at least once.
Check out my complete Karnataka trip here:
11 days in Karnataka (Part 1): From Beaming Bangalore to Mesmerising Mysore
Coorg: 2 Days of Coorgi Hospitality, Elephants, Coffee and Spirituality in Scotland of India
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