Experience Kerala’s alluring green farm in Sharjah

SHARJAH: Welcome to Green Heaven Farm & Camping. Sudheesh Guruvayoor’s dream project promises to give you the experience of Kerala’s green farm in Sharjah, UAE.

Thatched hut in the middle of a rice paddy field. A rustic tent on a mound with a waterfall flowing from above. A traditional wooden boat, a large pond with fish and water lilies. A variety of vegetables growing in a well with a field and water in the centre. Welcome to the desert country UAE where you soak in nature amidst the chirping of birds in this 3.5-acre farm, you could be forgiven if you thought you were in the rural setting of Kerala. TheBrew.AE’s Managing Editor, Shaneer Siddiqui, recently visited the Green Heaven Farm where a couple has lovingly recreated a piece of their home in Kerala, here in the UAE.

Keeping age-old green traditions

Nestled in the heart of Sharjah is a farm that consists of a hut in the middle of a rice paddy field with a rustic gazebo Perhaps the most admired Indian agriculture enthusiast with several records, including the Guinness World Record in the field of farming in the UAE, Sudheesh Guruvayoor wants Indians to feel like they have entered a village in their homeland, known for their lush greenery. goes. Greenery, paddy fields, water bodies and age-old traditions.

Visitors to the farm were amazed by the feat of the couple. It is not just the greenery that he has set up to evoke nostalgia of Kerala for the Malayalee diaspora, which is estimated to be over 2.5 million in the UAE. An old-fashioned tea stall, a small shop selling village sweets and a well from which they can draw water using a winch, rope and bucket are certainly there for that. Water has been stored in an “excavated well” of concrete and brick to give the feel of a ‘real’ well, Guruvayoor said. The hut among farms, Oman with coconut palm leaves woven from salalah also includes a large room with en-suite bathroom. “We opted for a red oxide floor to give the hut a traditional feel,” Guruvayoor said.

It took Sudheesh about four months for the first time in 2016 to convert desert soil into rice paddy patches, but it now took him only three months to do so in his new project in Sharjah’s Al Jubeir area. Guruvayoor said that he took the land on a 20-year lease from his emirate owner three months ago to make his dream a reality. Although all the big trees and some animals bordering the farm were already there, Guruvayoor’s idea was to turn the center’s barren land into the Kerala model village he envisioned.

Memories of the farm

Visitors can see many things from the past that were popular in Kerala, including ‘Charukasera’ (wooden rocking chair), ‘Ammikalam kuttiyum’ (grinding stone and roller stone), ‘Ulakkayam uralam’ (wooden rice) ka stamper and large wooden mortar) and ‘muram’ (fan).

The area is mainly powered by solar lights, with lamps in the shape of traditional kerosene lamps used to illuminate the shops and the area around the hut. About 30 varieties of vegetables and herbs are cultivated in this plot, which also has a beautiful patch of sunflower field. A large arch frame for climbing plants adds a little drama to a green space.

The farm is another gem in Sharjah’s crown after it was recognized as a family-friendly city in 2021.

If you want to make the most of your weekend, visit The Green Heaven Farm & Camping, Al Zubair, Sharjah, and make sure to give our reference.

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Shaneer N. Siddiqui

A news aficionado, Shaneer, Managing Editor of TheBrew.ae, is a keen observer of how news and mass communication industry is bringing about an invigorating change. He has a vast journalistic experience and writes on topics covering politics, social and development issues.

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