Untravel weekends: Leave Greenprints at Green Path

A 50 room serviced apartment ideally located in north Bangalore provides organic food, uses rain water and solar panels and follows a green lifestyle.


Travelling green gets easier, with a 50 room serviced apartment ideally located in north Bangalore that provides organic food, uses rain water and solar panels and follows a green lifestyle.

If a green stay with finger-licking organic food at your service, rooms with beautiful warli-interiors, solar heating, waste management and a healthier experience is what you are looking for, then the Green Path Eco Hotel is the place to be.

A 50-room serviced apartment and located in north Bangalore, it provides 21 homely and tranquil apartment units, each of them with 2-3 rooms, a spacious common hall, kitchen and beautiful balconies.

Going the green way

Freshly cooked organic food and other “green” amenities will help you effortlessly reduce your carbon footprint. Opened in June 2008, the hotel is the very first of its kind in Bangalore with a vision to create more than just an ordinary apartment hotel.

“I never thought about it. I started farming ever since I was four. I started experimenting with organic farming and slowly a network started building up and then we started this hotel,” says H. Jayaram, the hotel’s owner.

Even though the building was not designed as a green building initially, it was ensured that it followed an eco-friendly lifestyle after completion. Rainwater harvesting facilities with water tanks, solar heaters on the rooftop and a bio-mass system that provides gas to the hotel restaurant are some of the green features of this unique hotel. The wood used in the pillars of the lobby has been recycled and all the furniture comes from sustainable sources.

“We don’t sell bottled water here. There are some principles that we never fail to follow even at the cost of a couple of customers,” says Jayaram.

Special reverse-osmosis water filters provide high quality drinking water free of cost in every apartment unit and help to avoid excess plastic in the form of bottles. A variety of plants and trees around Green Path bring a pleasant atmosphere and add to the special character of the building demonstrating that urban farming is easy and possible even on a small balcony or terrace.

“We have chosen many edible plants like banana, mango or herbs to inspire people to start gardening at their home,” he says.

This green hotel only uses natural cleaners which are chemical free and handmade natural soaps are imported from Pondicherry. The furniture comes from sustainably managed wood plantations of rubber wood and bamboo.

How is it different?

When it comes to profit margin, it is difficult to say. The hotel does not compromises on the quality of organic food they offer, which may be a bit higher than what other hotels use. But rest of are easy to maintain. The electricity bills are cheaper due to solar power, while water bills are cheaper thanks to rainwater harvesting. The hotel prepare their own compost and segregates its waste, leading to a larger greener space and plants. The organic farms help in supplying vegetables to the hotel,  saving on more costs.

The hotel is preferred by large companies, NGOs or other groups coming for training purposes or conferences. As yet, there are not too many individual customers.

Since the hotel does not sell bottled water and runs only on RWH and Cauvery water, the drinking water to the guests is purified through RO.

Challenges faced

Getting the right team is the biggest challenge when it comes to maintaining a sustainable hotel like this. Also changing the mindset of people is important. most of the people are not even aware of what all things they can do at their personal level to live a sustainable life.  Getting the right person in the food department has also been an important issue, because this is something the hotel can not compromise with. Also, there is no stability, the staff members shift in some months or an year to different and better opportunities with a better pay.

Pic courtesy: Green Path Hotel

Untravel Weekends is a feature series on resorts, homestays and guesthouses that are built and run on the foundations of responsible travel by means of nature conservation, using alternative energy, reducing waste, recycling, rain water harvesting, organic farming, sourcing and feeding into the local economy or promoting indigenous cultures.


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Shreya Pareek is a development journalist who is passionate about grassroot change and sustainable living. Follow her on twitter @shreya08 more

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Shreya Pareek is a development journalist who is passionate about grassroot change and sustainable living. Follow her on twitter @shreya08 more

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