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“Hidden gem” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Aranya Naturals

Aranya Naturals
Srishti Welfare Centre | Tata Global Beverages Limited, Munnar 685 612, India
91 4865 230340
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Hannover, Germany
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“Hidden gem”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2013

We went to spend an hour or so at the Srishti Welfare Centre but ended up spending three hours there. First, we did a tour and learnt how paper and fabrics were made. It was very interesting to see. Staff was very friendly and immediately offered us a tour. This is not a tourist trap but a hidden gem where the visitors can really see how the products are manufactured by mentally and physically challenged people. At the end we went to their showroom, a very small place but it is packed with nice procducts, like cool printed Sarees, handmade paper products and many more. Must see!

Visited October 2013
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Liverpool
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“Quality souvenir shopping for tourists”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2013

We made our guide take us to Aranya, he wasn't aware it existed,but it's on his list now. Leaving aside the wonderful purpose of the enterprise it's worth a visit if you are one of those people who wants to bring something a bit different and of great quality back from their travels. Scarfs, shawls, saris made from natural fabrics with natural dyes to the highest quality as well as a range of paper goods including the elephant poo paper. I did a fair bit of my Christmas shopping their. Highly recommended.

Visited September 2013
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Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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“Beautiful, welcoming and humbling - NOT TO BE MISSED”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

We walked to Aranya Naturals from the Tea Museum in Munnar. Very pleasant walk amongst the tea plantations. We were welcomed by Victoria, an amazing lady who started the entire project in order to help the differently abled children of tea pluckers who would not be able to help on the plantations. She showed us around and explained the different processes used. Victoria is a mine of knowledge about textile and has travelled the world extensively to learn more about it. She now passes her knowledge to the people who work at Aranya. The products they make are beautiful and you can buy some in the little shop (no hard selling, no pressure at all). The working conditions were excellent, lots of light, lots of space, very clean and welcoming. There were two French students spending a few weeks learning about natural dyes. We were able to talk to them and they confirmed that this was an amazing place to work in and that Victoria is a very special lady.
We were also able to visit the paper making workshop next door, where they make all different types of paper with flowers, seeds, elephant poo etc.
We understand that the project also has a school and a bakery amongst other things.

If you visit one place in Munnar, make sure it is Aranya Naturals (follow the signs for "Shrishti" from the tea museum).

Visited August 2013
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Santa Cruz, CA
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“Not to be missed”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2013

Aranya Natural is not far from the town of Munnar in the beautiful tea plantation area of the surrounding hills. The drive to Aranya is wonderful. You see workers collecting and carrying tea as well as uniformed children on their way to school. It's very peaceful (and relatively litter free). The project at Aranya Natural is inspiring, as others have said. I will just add that I spent 4 days with the dyers as part of a special workshop and tour for fiber enthusiasts. It was one of the most magical experiences I have ever had. All of the people there are incredible. Everything that you see on a short visit is really as it appears. The teachers, students and workers are happy. Everyone is very proud of the work that they do. There's a terrific shop where you can purchase some of the beautiful products they produce, from silk and pashmina scarves and shawls to handmade paper and jam. You will not find this quality in many places. Don't pass up a purchase. If you are anywhere near this area, you cannot miss this. You will never forget it.

Visited October 2012
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58 reviews 58 reviews
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Reviews in 27 cities Reviews in 27 cities
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“Such a nice place, do go!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2013

Just a short car or tuk-tuk trip outside Munnar, this is a lovely place surrounded by a beautiful, lush garden (no photos allowed though). At no expense they will show you the stationary factory where they dye papers and make greeting cards, folders etc, and the cloth dying factory. In their outlet you can buy their beautiful handmade scarfs, cards, candles etc for very little money (with a Westener's perspective). We bought all our traveller's gifts to people back home and souvenirs for ourselves here.

Visited February 2013
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