Uravu Bamboo Factory - History, Timings & Entry Fee

Museum / Gallery

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Distance (From Kalpetta KSRTC Bus Station): 22 Kms

Trip Duration (Including Travel): 1 Hour

Place Location: At Thrikkaipetta Village

Transportation Options: Cab / Auto

Travel Tips: None

At a distance of 12 km from Kalpetta, and 22 km from Sulthan Bathery, Uravu Bamboo Factory is a social organization that promotes skill training activities and ecotourism in Wayanad. Situated at Thrikkaipetta village, it is a beehive of activities and among the most popular places to visit in Wayanad in recent years.

Established in 1996, Uravu Indigenous Science & Technology Study Centre, commonly known as Uravu Bamboo Factory, is a non-profit bamboo based developmental organization that strives for rural empowerment through sustainable solutions. It is an initiative to provide employment for the rural craftspeople through the art of making crafts using bamboo, and also for environmental and economic benefits. It is an excellent place to see how one can carry out socio-economic development while caring for natural resources.

Uravu means 'the bamboo village' and, quite appropriately, the locals here earn their living as bamboo craftspeople. The organization implements integrated, end-to-end programs in the bamboo sector that include providing skill training in bamboo processing, establishing micro-enterprises, marketing bamboo handicrafts, cultivating bamboo, and promoting ecotourism, etc.

At Uravu, visitors can find several bamboo-processing activities on the premises. The center facilitates bamboo cultivation and bamboo craft products. Here one can see how bamboo is used to make excellent products, like lampshades, trays, pens, baskets, etc. One can also see masks, paintings, and carvings. More than 200 products are displayed in the shop. Visitors can also take a tour to find out more about bamboo plantations, and see how artisans make crafts using bamboo.

Timings: 9.30 AM - 6.30 PM

Entry: Free