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"You must be the change you want to see in the world" - Mahatma Gandhi

Your donation will contribute to meeting the needs of the most impoverished: work, food, education, awareness building, health care. Your financial support is an investment in dignity, freedom and equality, for the greatness of humanity.

Our vision and philosophy

We have to shift our emphasis from economic efficiency and materialism towards a sustainable quality of life and to healing of our society, of our people and our ecological systems."
- Janet Holmes

Environmental, social and educational Philosophy

We believe in:

Ecofriendly society with

  • "Respect of the biodiversity". Biodiversity is the essence of nature and life. We must urgently preserve it to save the planet and the young generation.
  • "Food sovereignty" which is the right of people to define their own healthy and culturally appropriate food systems through ecologically sound and sustainable methods. Food sovereignty put the individuals who produce, distribute and consume food at the center of decisions on food systems and policies, rather than the corporations and market institutions they believe have come to dominate the global food system.
  • "Degrowth" which is based on ecological economics and anti-consumerist.
  • "Ecotourism" which is ecologically sustainable tourism with a primary focus on experiencing natural areas that fosters environmental and cultural understanding, appreciation and conservation".
  • "Mass education" with practical knowledge to build vital skills and know-how, with convivial tools opposed to machines.
  • "Research of truth and non-violence" under Mahatma Gandhi thinking and experience

We want to:

Respect and protect the environment.

India is part of the 12 world mega-diversity countries and counts 25 of the richest and most endangered ecological zones of the planet. India is the 101th world rank in terms of environment preservation. It is urgent to sensitize the Indian population to respect their environment, for them and the future generation. In a time of strong economic growth, then environmental issues must be a priority.

Because India is one of the most important place of environmental issues in the world, because the country currently knows a context of strong economical growth, because future generations will need Nature, we suggest guests they do a first step towards Future by eco-gestures.

Increase public awareness on environmental issues

It is essential for Catamaran to increase public awareness but also to initiate different part of the population, beyond local communities. By receiving companies, NGOs, students and tourists, we want to enlarge our targeted public to a large number of persons.

  • A company produces a large amount of waste, consume large quantities of water and energy and its activities can be harmful for environment
  • NGOs, working with local populations are the first in line to observe the consequences of environmental contamination on populations, mostly the poorest;
  • Universities and their students are the "brains" of the country, and its future;

Finally, India has become in the past few years a privileged touristic destination for foreigners as well as for domestic travelers… Everybody needs to increase awareness to protect the nature and understand the fragile balance between Man and his Environment.

Think global and Act local

We want our guests to understand and experience the links between global environmental issues and daily behavior and gestures: "Think global, act local". It is about understanding the issues of environmental protection in a stimulating natural and preserved location, which give the will to act and protect the nature. They have to leave Catamaran knowing that every little positive gesture can help save our environment.

Beyond the fact that the main part of our staff has been locally hired, Catamaran works with local communities, like fishermen and merchants. We strongly believe that working with local populations will allow the project to last and get stronger.

For example, cleaning campaigns are organized in the villages as initiation to green ideas and swimming classes for the children to create a close relation with Nature.

Work in a peaceful atmosphere

The place is quiet, surrounded by a wild beach and trees. No sound of car, only the sound of birds and the wind in the leaves. Catamaran is a perfect place to think, to learn, to exchange as it allows its customers to enjoy Nature.

Also, the team is dedicated and attentive to the demands of our guests. It will make everything so that your stay at Catamaran will be as peaceful as possible.

Upcoming Events + More

  • 12/06/2018 : Catamaran welcome you to improve your knowledge and skills on biodiversity and make a big difference in your life.

  • 12/06/2018 : Turtle conservation. Catamaran support the action of the government to save the Olive Ridley turtles.

  • 18/12/2016 : In Catamaran center organic agriculture training program is conducted for the guests.

  • 03/12/2016 : The Catamaran has settled one exhibition on Biodiversity!

  • 25/10/2014 : Catamaran is conducting a research on protection of safe water against all type of pollution, coastal and marine biodiversity conservations.

  • 23/04/2014 : Catamaran is promoting the protection of marine biodiversity, coastal wildlife through community education and research

  • 23/04/2014 : Catamaran is organising green schools around Marrakanam block. Government School children and teachers are sensibilise on organic kitchen garden, waste manageme...

Contact Us

Catamaran Centre
Vallathanam Kovil street,
Chettikupam Village, Marakkanam block,
Villupuram District, 604303 Tamil Nadu, India.
Tel : (+91) 7708407792
Email : info@catamaran-pondy.com