of more than 30 countries have been volunteering since 1968 to regenerate
what was a barren plateau overlooking the Bay of Bengal on the Coromandel
Coast of India. Their continued involvement with the land and the people
has forged a unique pattern of development in the region.
Social Research Centre of the International Township of Auroville is offering
STUDY TOURS to explore and understand the unique character of the emerging
township, an international community devoted to experiment in human unity
and sustainable living. In this way, it intimately participates in the
social, cultural and environmental dynamics of the southern state of Tamil
principal contributions to date have been environmental in nature, in
particular, water conservation and reforestation. The greening of a barren
countryside is a story in its own right that is unlike any other in the
subcontinent. The subtle but rewarding exchange between Western technological
vision and the depth of local knowledge has formed a socio-economic matrix
that is unique and worthy of study.
You will commence your introduction to Tamil culture at Mahabalipuram,
site of the world famous Shore temple of the Pallava era. Two nights will
be spent at the beautiful Ideal Beach Resort before travelling the East
Coast Road 90 kilometres south to the International Township of Auroville.
Six days will be spent in Auroville studying its bio-region and the transformation
wrought through the presence and involvement of the emerging township
over the last three decades.
Through a series of fields trips and presentations our clients learn from
the professionals who work in the fields of Auroville ecology, water conservation,
applications of alternative technology, rural development strategies and
reforestation. During the ample recreation time we will facilitate our
clients to explore their individual interests in these and other major
areas of development in Auroville, such as education, artistic expression
and alternative health techniques.
A five-hour road trip will then bring you into the rice bowl of Tamil
Nadu, the Cauvery Delta, to spend four days at the exotic Ideal River
View Resort situated on the banks of the Vennar River. During your stay
there you will make visits which will include the bronze industry of this
region, still active and renowned since ancient times, and the impressive
Brihadeswara Temple. This monumental legacy of the Chola dynasty was built
in the 11th century A.D.
closing sessions of the study tour, which will be held in this serene
setting, will be an occasion for recapitulation, reflection and relaxation
before returning to Mahabalipuram and then home.