All of us have stories and like most, ours starts with 3 friends,
but from different generations of middle-class backgrounds.
Born in 60s did his MS in the US and is settled in Muscat-Dubai. He has a design consultancy and an ecotourism company.
70s model, raised in UAE, did his MS in UK, worked in Muscat with Sanjeev, and returned to manage his estates near Mangalore.
Born in 90s is a quintessential Goa millennial – met Sanjeev on a bus ride during his engineering, and threw in his lot.
So, the 3 amigos setup a social business that enables families to responsibly enjoy the nature and monsoon vistas of the ghats – maybe own a rustic village cottage in a small valley farm. Then, our first purchase exposed us to the ordeals of land verification, ownership, pricing and registration paperwork – we wish to ease this process and registered our brokerage pursuant to RERA regulations. We met farmers in ghat areas, NGOs, city folk who have gone organic, etc., to realise that developing a farmstead, its upkeep is an expensive hobby and labour/time-intensive…plus the asset does not gain value. Meanwhile, we see biodiversity disappear as forests don’t rejuvenate. The idea to forest idle lands with native species in 0.25 acre to 1-acre parcels with small cottages at affordable cost is our mantra as it saves endemic species, protects watersheds, and spurs low-impact tourism.
Being environmental science specialists with architect-developer experience, we crafted low-impact Nature’s Wilderness Trails (NWTs) within less than 1-acre parcel in a typical 4 to 5-acre farm. Selecting natives from local forests for soil, undergrowth, and canopy trees to cover the diversity of wild fruits, flowers, herbs, bamboos, insects, etc., allowed us to develop the NWT at low-cost within 2 years.
Our USP is enabling proper purchase of 1-acre farm and developing it with low maintenance ‘forest- cottage’ genre for about Rs. 50 lakhs – i.e., 1/3rd the cost of 3-BR flat with >10x space of serene wilderness. Ascertaining with registrar on parcelling of farm lands, obtaining legal opinion on land transfers, and enabling developer’s agreements were all considered in clustering 3 to 4 NWTs close to roads and villages.
Overnight travels to spend weekends and mini vacations at NWTS enables urbanites to disconnect from cities and catchup work while hosting families at their resorts or hopping across to Goan haunts. Our brokerage + NWT model as a social enterprise appeals ESG-driven funds as it binds ecology-social, urban-rural & culture-conservation linkages in a low-carbon, high-return, and future-ready manner. Our ESG driven social ventures enables Ecoblu develop green economy in the scenic ghats. So, we invite customers to invest in this lifelong hobby and develop their roots as we are always around to take care of them.