Welcome to your home away from home!
Vaksana Farms is a 13-acre natural, organic permaculture farm located in a beautiful, remote, picture-postcard village. Two beautiful farmhouses are set amidst the fruit orchards for people to stay and experience farm life firsthand. You interact with many farm animals: cows, calves, pony, rabbits, dogs & puppies. Two large ponds are filled with rainwater, which is excellent for swimming. The highlight of the stay here is the homely food prepared by 90-year-old Lakshmi Paati and her daughter, 72-year-old Kasthuri Ammal.
What time is check-in and check-out?
12:30 PM is the check-in
10 AM is the check-out.
The 2.5 hours in between is needed for deep cleaning and sanitizing the farmhouse in preparation for your arrival.
What is the tariff for the farmstay?
The current tariff (as of 2023) is Rs.8000 per night.
This rate is for upto 6 people. For additional persons, it is Rs.1000 extra per person per night.
How do I know which days are available?
The best way to find out available days is to check out the website www.VaksanaFarms.in. This has real time data on which days are available.
Is the tariff inclusive of GST?
Yes, the cost is inclusive of GST.
How far is the farm from Chennai?
Vaksana farms is about 2.5 hours drive from Chennai. The NH4 highway is wonderful and makes for a very nice drive. The roads leading all the way to the farm are excellent.
Can I know the exact location of Vaksana Farms?
Vaksana Farms is located in a beautiful, remote, picture postcard village called Rettanai. The farm is between Tindivanam and Chenji. Here is the Google Maps link that shows the precise location of the farm. https://goo.gl/maps/
Does the farmhouse have WiFi? What is the speed of the connectivity?
We have high-speed broadband and WiFi. The average download speed is about 50 Mbps. It’s a miracle that a farmhouse located in the middle of an agricultural farm which is on the outskirts of a remote village has high speed Internet.
What food do you provide?
We provide cuisine that are well known here in our village. It is healthy, vegetarian food. The vegetables and greens are sourced both from the farm as well as farms that are nearby. Do check out these photos to get an idea of the food we serve.
What farm animals do you have?
We have 7 beautiful cows, 5 friendly dogs and a lovable pony.
Can we bring pets?
Yes, we are a pet-friendly farm. You can bring your pet but only one pet is allowed.
How do I make a booking?
There are two simple ways you can make the booking.
1) You can book via the website www.VaksanaFarms.in
2) You can GPay the money to 9551664553 (Name: Kasthuri)
Can I come directly to the farm and book?
No. We do not encourage walk-ins. Guests are allowed in only after prior booking. Please visit www.VaksanaFarms.in for checking the available dates.
What is your cancellation policy?
1) If you cancel any date longer than 12 days before the day of stay, the cancellation charge is 20%
2) If you cancel within 12 days from the day of stay, then the cancellation charge is 50%
3) If you cancel within 7 days of stay, then the cancellation charge is 100%
At 90 & 72, Amazing Grandmas Run a Gorgeous, Successful Farm Stay With Fresh Food
An enchanting farm stay in Tamil Nadu called Pico is run by two senior citizens — Laxmi and Kasthuri. With organic farm fresh vegetables, they also offer modern amenities like WiFi.
For several years, Laxmi Ammal and Kasthuri Sivaraman (a mother-daughter duo) lacked the confidence of being independent. Both of them grew up in conservative households where they did everything their parents told them to do.
There, women were not encouraged to think independently and to a certain extent discouraged from expressing their opinions. Moreover, while Laxmi (90) studied only till Class 3, Kasthuri (72) completed Class 7 in a Tamil-medium school. After marriage, they followed their husbands’ orders.
It can be daunting for some to make decisions and take action when they are habituated to getting directions from others.
Original price: Rs.12000.
Reduced price: Rs.8000
Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner Combo: Rs.800
Single Meal alone: Rs.400