Agave is a large genus of short-stemmed half woody plants bearing a rosette of long, erect, pointed, fleshy leaves. About 275 species of the Agavoceae family are distributed in tropical South America.
6 species, Agave were introduced in India during the 15th century by the Portuguese. These are now completely naturalized and cultivated in different parts of the country particularly in the dry zones. Farmers in South India grow it for its medicinal properties and for its fibre (used in making ropes). Before the widespread cultivation of tea in Munnar, it is believed that Agave Sisalana was introduced in Munnar by the British, to cultivate it for its fibre. However, the yield was not enough to bring in a profitable turnover leaving the British to dispose the idea, and later on introducing tea in Munnar. There are still remnants of the Sisal found in and around Munnar.
We, at Blackberry Hills Retreat & Spa have also spotted and preserved the limited number of Sisals found in the property. Our logo also depicts a Sisal.
While we are constantly working towards making the space available to us into a Shola forest, we have a few guests who are not native to the region. One of them is the Sisal. And the reason why we preserve these species in spite of not being endemic to the region, is to bring into cognisance the idea of Co-existence, which is also our motto.
In the current scenario where various species are under threat of extinction or being endangered and where coexistence between man and nature is the need of the hour, we felt this is what we can do best. Make everyone and make ourselves feel at home in the serenity of Mother Earth, leaving little to no carbon footprints and lastly, coalesce into Nature, for we are truly a part of the nature just as much as minute parachute worm is!
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