Jaffna’s arid climate has been a challenge for centuries. Thinnai Organic is now giving leadership in facing this challenge,with sustainable practices that will transform the agricultural and food habits ensuring an organic experience for both its citizens and its visitors.
Thinnai Organic is a farm that supplies organic produceexclusively to The Thinnai Hotel to prepare selected dishes for its discerning guests. Calm and serene, the farm offers the visitor luxurious accommodation and a unique experience in sustainable farming. Most of all, it is a symbol of the culture of Jaffna. You can relive the glorious past of the Jaffna peninsula in a setting where the colours, architecture and the service assure you that Jaffna’s rich culture is still alive.
Spread over ten acres in Chunnakam, Jaffna, the farm has vegetable plots where carrots, beetroot, winged beans, long beans, onions, leeks, brinjals and tomatoes among many others are grown. Furthermore, cabbage and brinjalare grown inside a greenhouse. Everything is organic and no chemical fertilizers, herbicides and insecticides whatsoever are used. That is The Thinnai promise. It is what makes Thinnai Organic unique.
There are fruit trees such asbanana, pomegranate and guava. Visitors have the unique experience of participating in farm activities including the plucking of vegetables and fruits for their meals prepared at Thinnai Organic. Yes, you can pick the produce that is used to prepare your food.
An areaadjoining the green house also has cattle, goats and poultry. They are fed natural foods. Not only do they produce milk and eggs, but also contribute to the much-needed organic fertiliser.
Ploughing and tilling the soil in a dry arid land is a laborious job. The fertilizer too needs to be prepared. For this, large compost barrels are used to mix of cow dung, urine and gliricidia which is grown along the fence. Staff on the farm prepare the soil, plant, fertilize, weed and harvest.
Thinnai Organic is in the process of adopting some of the sustainability goals published by the United Nations. It collects waste materials such as treated water and food waste from The Thinnai and uses them in the farms. The Thinnai provides free education in the hospitality industry and provides employment to the local community as does Thinnai Organic.
The Thinnai Organic offers a variety of glamourous options for accommodation. If you’re the adventurous type, the Kudil tent is what you will enjoy most. Featuring a verandah and bedroom with comfortable beds, towel and shoe racks and easy chairs, you could relax and enjoy the starlit nights.
With two Queen sized beds, an attached washroom and an open verandah, the superior farm room is the MaruthaManai. It has been located to give the visitor a more authentic experience of the farm’s organic vegetable gardens, the vegetable preparation area and the cows and the chickens nearby.
For those who wish to have a more secluded stay, the ideal location is The Pasumai Farmhouse. Two bedrooms, a large living space, open verandah and a private garden provides a more contemplative atmosphere in harmony with nature. It is furnished with all the amenities necessary for a comfortable stay.
Thinnai Organic intentionally does not provide television sets in its accommodation. However, the accommodation facilities feature Bluetooth speakers so that you could connect your own portable device andrelax while you listen to your favourite music. Those who wish to view television can do so at the Arangaham Lounge on the first floor of the Saantham Experience Centre.
Saantham means ‘Peace’ in Tamil. The Saantham Experience Centre is an open hall of more than 4,700 sq. ft. and is the epicentre for the peaceful events at The Thinnai Organic. It is here that the guests can mingle freely with the team of culinary artistes during the dining, culinary and farming experiences. Further, the venue offers ample space for weddings and corporate events with a large expanse of lawn surrounding the building. There is also an open-air stage for yoga and meditation and for an evening of entertainment.
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