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NATURA (National Trust for Urban and Rural Alliance)
NATURA, founded by Natesa S Iyer , a social work practitioner and a host experiencing a mystic journey known for his philanthropic activities. Natesa has been a host since 2009, hosted and met people from more than 70 nations. The mystic journey and inquiring spirit of the founder has been transforming lives by building safe spaces for youth to share and care for the fellow being and moving ahead with a mission of transforming communities. Being a social entrepreneur, Natesa has been blessed to meet a lot of brighter minds who were sharing their soulful journeys through CouchSurfing, hosting over 300 Couch Surfers and with the experiences gained in hospitality business, Natesa has felt that there is much more scope for the energy evolves out of human connections. Keeping aside the commercial motive, he set the mission towards enhancing livelihood opportunities and empowering lives around him through sustainable community living spaces in varied environment for people from various walks of life who are experiencing a transition in both material and spiritual means.
Until 2016, the founder himself involved in the day to day affairs later he has began to give energy towards empowering the team members in synergy with their own rhythms and continuing to explore his inner journey and reflects on it time to time.
So far the following facilities were launched and functioning in the spirit of breaking barriers, connecting people, supporting each other and build meaningful relationships via hospitality.
These facilities will continue to offer a safe, clean and friendly environment for people who are on their journey in search of content in their life.
Property 1: Community Hostel
One who wish to experience the life in Indian Gullies, this would be the best place. Located very close to the developed and reformed Urban Slum in the North of Pondicherry Heritage Town, one can be able observe the lively dynamics of people who live in a marginal economy and their efforts in transforming their lives also the challenges.
Community Hostel has 24 rooms, 45 beds in total in which 35 are reserved for professional immigrants and retired elderly who wish to contribute their time for community well being. Rest 10 beds are open for short visitors such as backpackers or business travelers; it’s a preferred facility for men. The building has 4 floors, a common kitchen, dining, Bike parking, Television, Washing Machine, News Desk, WI FI zone are there to facilitate the people. There is roof top hanging out space for yoga, meet ups and open sky watching etc.
Rajesh, the project pilot for community hostel and the elderly are available for orientation. The kitchen serves home-made South Indian food. The facility employs the women from the neighborhood in provision of food, hygiene and sanitation. There are launderers from neighborhood provides services at door and the fruits, veggies and groceries shops in neighborhood gets revenue generation from the inmates and visitors. We encourage buying from locals.
The long term residents are encouraged to share their leisure time in working in voluntary projects and events around Pondicherry supporting education, water conservation, sanitation, palliative care, hunger alleviation and afforestation etc.
Community Hostel serves as a common point of Communication for the visitors. Visitors will be facilitated with the transportation to the other facilities.
Property 2: Incubation House
To stay in the middle of the city in a walking distance from the main tourist attractions and wish to enjoy self cooking, this facility will be a better choice. Located very close to the commercial district Incubation House provides you an option to stay longer and work on your start up ideas as it has plans for having a work station and a launch pad in near future.
Currently the facility has 8 beds and 8 more beds will be added by March 2020. It is placed in a 4 storey building in which two builder floors having 1 room, 1 living space, 1 kitchen, 1 washroom and a dining space with 4 beds in each are open to host budget travelers.
To reach this facility one can arrive in Community Hostel which is in 400m, from there we can facilitate with transportation and access.
Property 3: The Red Lily - Community House
If you are looking for a peaceful stay around Auroville closer to the beach and main roads, The Red Lily – Community House will be the befitting choice.
The Community House is an experimental project aims at creating a sustainable livelihood for retiring elderly and rural women with minimal education. There is herbal garden café and a facility to host people with creative spirit. Currently there are 3 private rooms which can accommodate 5 people in total and 2 dormitories under making. By April 2020, the Community House can host 15 people. We are working on providing experiences such as permaculture, wetland walks, cycle tour, bird watching and herbal spotting. If you enjoy the company of birds, animal and trees, you can opt to stay at the Community House.
The Red Lily is a consciously built space for accommodating people who look for comfort as well as simplicity. With a mixed style of Chettinad, French and contemporary architecture in Auroville Compressed Earth Bricks, the space is well lighted and ventilated, the house is surrounded by coconut grooves and greenery, the herbal garden café serves close to 10 varieties of herbal tea fresh from the garden and delicious South Indian delicacies. Linen used in this facility and our other facilities are from handloom to support handloom weavers, similarly we source our honey and tea directly from Tribals in Nilgiris, to support their livelihood. The facility is located close to Auroville Bakery and the Primary Health Centre. Auroville Beach is in a walking distance.
To arrive in The Community House, one can reach the community hostel in the city and from there our team members can arrange you the transport at a reasonable cost. Bike Rentals are also available.

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Over all Natura is a value for money...enjoyed staying here..friendly host..
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Mand, 25-30
The location was not what we were expecting, you stay in an area with all the local people! But the owner Rajesh was absolutely wonderful! This was our first night in India and he could tell that we were a little uneasy and did everything he could to make us feel at home!
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Par, 18-24
Had a wonderful saty in pondicherry at natura. Thanks for hosting us.
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