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The Tapestry of Existence

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Design Philosophy – Creating an Environment where man and nature Coexist.

Only eight years ago, what existed as a neglected coffee plantation in Wayanad soon changed, when we planted more than 8,000 native trees. The once bare site of Stone Lodges was transformed into a lush forest, with carefully selected endemic species of plants and trees. Native birds like the Malabar Grey Hornbill soon returned, enhancing the birding experience.

Today, it’s not rare to see native birds around the deck of the residences, coexisting in harmony. With an abundance of butterfly-friendly plants, it’s an everyday occurrence to spot dozens of native butterfly species too.

Architects of Nature: Found only in the forests of the Western Ghats, the Malabar Grey Hornbill is an interesting bird with a unique cackling sound. Before laying her eggs, the female incarcerates herself within a cavity by sealing the entrance with a cement-like substance. The entrance to the nest retains a narrow aperture through which she receives food from her male partner.

Photograph: A Malabar Grey Hornbill spotted at Stone Lodges, Wayanad.

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