Sustainable Tourism – the Bamboo way

Presentation and discussion on bamboo as an innovative solution to Sustainable Tourism

Event Details


swissnex India
Rest House Crescent Road, Bangalore, 560001


June 10, 2015 from 12:00 pm to 2:30 pm

swissnex India is hosting presentations and discussions on Sustainable Tourism – Best practice study with a focus on Uravu an eco-friendly community tourism project in Wayanad district, Kerala. The focus of the presentation is on the use of natural and local resources, training local labour, and empowering workers to gain knowledge. Uravu Eco Resort Project is an initiative to bring about innovative and sustainable tourism wherein Bamboo is used as a sustainable material for construction of cottages. Furthermore, participants can gain insights on:

  • Sustainable Tourism – Best practice study in Wayanad, Kerala
  • Uravu, as an Eco friendly community tourism project
  • Architectural Designs in bamboo as a key element of innovative sustainability

Speakers are Corinne Karlaganis, T. Sivaraj, Juerg Grunder and Vincent Weil, all are contributors of the Uravu Eco Resort Project.

05.30 – 06.15 Arrival

06.15 – 06.25 Introduction by swissnex India by Dr. Balz STRASSER and Maitree DASGUPTA

06.25 – 06:55 Sustainable Tourism – Best practice study in Wayanad, Kerala by Vincent WEIL

06:55 – 07:15 Uravu – bamboo in a social context by Corinne KARLAGANIS and T. SIVARAJ

07:15 – 07:35 Innovative Sustainability by Juerg GRUNDER

07:30 – 07:55 Q and A session

07.55 -8.00 Vote of thanks by Maitree DASGUPTA



Juerg Grunder is an Architect and Professor from Switzerland who co-founded IN: CH architects and planners Pvt Ltd  in Bangalore, India in 2010. He is passionate about architecture,  art, design and social projects especially to work in the field of resort, housing and hotel projects.


Corinne Karlaganis is the Project Manager of the Uravu Bamboo Grove eco-friendly community tourism project. She has been working with Uravu Eco Links since 2012 and was involved in the formulation of concepts, project management and marketing of the Uravu Bamboo Grove project.


Sivaraj Thekkayil is Managing Director of Uravu Eco Links Ltd and one of the founders of the Uravu Indigenous Science & Technology Study Centre in Wayanad, Kerala . He coordinates the activities of Uravu Eco Links such as the Uravu Bamboo Grove eco-friendly community tourism project, sustainable construction activities and bamboo trading. He is a member of the Kerala State Bamboo Mission.


Vincent Weil is a final-year student in Management and Tourism at the Sierre University  (HES-SO) in Switzerland. He is currently working as an intern for Uravu Eco Links in Wayanad, Kerala. Fascinated by new technologies and news trends he tries to be always updated on his favorite topics such as sustainable tourism, eco-projects or alternative ways of living.