Siruvani’s Irula farmers return to organic farming and reap a great bounty

Armed with a sickle, Vellingari, an Irula tribal, walks quietly on a long, narrow stretch of road in Singampathy village of Siruvani hills. That is Kalkothi mountain from where we get water, says Vellingari, as he looks at the vast expanse of mountains behind him.

Located 35 kilometres from Coimbatore in Tamilnadu, Siruvanis global popularity is for the second sweetest water in the world.

Here, there are six tribal hamlets, where close-knit Irula tribal communities live.

These tribal hamlets are remote, and disconnected from outside world. Though buses sporadically ply into these hamlets, they are open only for the tribal community. As access to these hamlets is limited, bringing in any development initiative here is a serious challenge.