About Us

Its probably exactly same like yours..just different places & names. Two things you can already guess: it’s a love story and it’s about travel.

As the name suggests ‘Nativefolks’ is a start up which all about local folks – the natives, their culture, their way of life, all the drama and the stories. It is dedicated to connecting culturally sensitive travelers to culturally rich rural communities. This initiative looks forward to tread the path of a cultural entrepreneurship, unique to each community. Its ultimate aim is to open up alternate livelihood opportunities for locals, create more exposure to local arts, heritage and culture and in turn rejuvenate the local economy. So far Nativefolks has operations in Goa, Orissa, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and its services range from homestays, customised experiences to travel packages in countryside locations.

Founders Story: Picture & Story

THE INCIDENT

A visit to a certain village in Maharashtra in 2012, changed something deep within. I found smiles and laughter amongst the poorest of people, learnt that there are more ways to look at anything and everything and that there is no limit to what one can learn & evolve. I went to villages with a feeling to help them only to realise that the villages had much more to give back. The humility of the people, the community bonding, the deep rooted culture, the abundance of indigenous knowledge. Further realization stuck when we returned to our homes- I saw my house, my people, my surroundings differently. Showers became shorter and every action more thoughtful. I could no longer wait to travel again, to learn and to know more kind- hearted people.

THE DREAM

My journey through various villages of India left me amazed at the stark differences between urban & rural world. This led to the dream..to do something which works hard at changing hearts, minds and habits. To do something which helps in preserving and enhancing the dynamics that makes rural life special and sustainable. A belief that Art & Travel both have the potential to do more than just entertain, that it has power to revive humanity by altering perceptions, emotions and actions for the good of us all, paved the way for many ideas. Cutting the initial struggle & story short, next we jump to the launch 🙂 

THE LAUNCH

Year 2014. Nativefolks was born with a dream to help travelers experience this intoxicating spirit of bonding. We started off with identifying & developing our first set of homestays at Divar island and slowly added a few more homestays & experiences at other parts of Goa. The idea is to bring about a positive change in people’s thinking just by living and appreciating other people’ lives and culture. Going further we wish to bring to you some new experiences by covering distinct countryside locations, communities, their cultures, their way of life, all the drama and stories.

At the heart of Nativefolks

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Uncle & Aunty (Divar)

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Our Netravali star – Gajanand Bahu,Netravali, Goa

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The graceful hostess – Mrs Alvares, Goa

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The talented artist – Tuttoo, Odisha

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The wise aunty – Sikkim

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The Cheer-driver – Mariano, Goa

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