Udupi: Sukanthai cottage - a wooden beauty is dream house in our own land

Clement Pais

Pics by Dayananda Kukkaje
Daijiworld Media Network - Udupi

Udupi, Feb 26: Where to from Inna?(Innadinda ellige?) A question which used to bother Chandrakantha Rao of Udupi district, has finally found an answer. What we see around Praakruti Fruit Farm today is a result of his search for the answer to that question.

Chandrakantha Rao, a man who nurtures an intense love for his homeland, says, "I should return at least something to the place from where I have received abundantly." Being the first rank holder of mechanical engineering in NITK Suratkal, he could have settled in any part of the world if one considers the companies where he has worked.

He has brought the quiet village of Inna to the attention of all and sundry. A world class farm is not complete without a farmhouse, hence a Thai designed farmhouse with teak (green teak of 32 to 35 years old) imported from Thailand. A small team from Thailand and a local team of 12 carpenters are all it took to assemble this project in less than three months. The wooden beauty required almost six months of finishing by 12 craftsmen. The house has been built at a cost of Rs one crore.

The Thai connection goes further. The name ''Su Kantha i'' (Sukanthai Cottage), derived from Supriya and Chandrakantha (''Su'' and ''Kantha'') couple and ''I'' from Inna, not only fits perfectly, but even sounds Thai.

Chandrakantha Rao has showcased his love for his motherland in the form of his trust ABCD and E (Advaitha Bharathiya Community Development and Education). He is helping in the education of 600-700 students in one or the other form annually and he has set up a fruit farm to cater to the financial expenses of these students.

Speaking to daijiworld at the cottage, Chandrakantha Rao said, "I want students to learn English from Kannada. Hence I will teach them English through special tutorials and four Kannada medium high schools (Inna, Palimar, Belman and Kedinje) have these courses implemented along with free science and mathematics tutorials and computers."

The farm has abundant variety of fruits to add to its glory. Right from guava from Thailand, there is milk fruit from Cambodia, along with three varieties of sapota (chickoo) plants, 15 varieties of jackfruit and varieties of mango plants. With more than 15 varieties of fruit plants, it is indeed a dream farm. Chandrakantha Rao says that about 90% of the income from the farm is for the ABC & E Trust for social service.

Apart from the farm he has set up another source of income for his noble cause. He has set up a green lawn with 8000 sq ft party space for about 250-350 people along with generator, catering and shamiyana facilities. This makes the place truly a marvellous spot for a function or a party, with a tributary of Shambhavi river in the backdrop providing a magnificent setting.




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  • Thomas M., Alangar/Moodbidri/Kuwait

    Thu, Mar 05 2015

    Great Great Great achievement by Chandrakant Rao Sirji. It looks Heavenly...I can't believe this.The wooden structures are amazing and so of the designs and naturally the location.Sure I will visit this place in July. A great visionary no doubt, what ever you dreamt you created and it is in front of us all, and we love and appreciate it with whole heartedly.If we find few people like Chandrakant in South Canara how beautiful our nature will be...May God Bless him and his family.

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  • Suzie Pinto, Udupi/Mumbai

    Mon, Mar 02 2015

    Excellent house! Good work for development and upliftment of students. God bless you and your family for the good work and contribution towards society.

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  • KrishnaR, Udupi/Washington DC

    Sun, Mar 01 2015

    Great Job Mrs and MR Chandrakanth Sir ! House looks fabulous and surrounding areas are good too.. I did not like interior photos which are curved. It is strain to eyes. Straight photo would have been enough. Otherwise Nice coverage

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  • Ranjith.S.Shetty-London, udupi

    Fri, Feb 27 2015

    Amazing ! Beautiful! Good taste and implementation! Congratulations!! this shows our tulu nadu land beauty , i am sure down the line we can attract many tourist who are not aware about costal karnatak's beauty and i urge our local elected government representatives should work hard to get the basic facility to all with out any compromise which include good roads, drainage, water , electricity along with developing local business specially agricultural and other to keep our beauty alive for the new generation to invest in our home land !!!

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  • Chandrakantha Rao Inna, Inna

    Thu, Feb 26 2015

    First of all, my Sincere thanks to Daiji world team for visiting the site and ( Mr.Clement & Mr Dayanand) for this wonderful Photographic treat!
    I thought I will give some more insights. In Thailand, this kind of homes or built on a stilt. Ditto here. Space below offers and excellent work area, car parking and an area for small get together parties. Thai Teak has unique Yellowish finish and looks grand on finishing. Interior has been coated with melamine and exterior with exterior grade Transparent PU . The cottage was built in May 2011 and still looks new. Hopefully with proper care, it should last 100 years like I have seen many bunglows in Thailand. I had choice to bring one old home. But I thought, it will not suit our Vaastu requirements! The pillars are also Teak Trees. Each pillar is kept underground in Concrete boxes and there is no contact between ground and wood. The entire place was treated with anti termite treatment. We have used stainless steel nails and bolts to avoid corrosion. In my understanding, every thing which we have done is world class. We did not want any shortcoming in ution. While roof design is like Thai architecture, we have used Mangalore Tiles. The only weakness we have observed is that the tiles developed have green algae patches despite giving 4 coatings of PU. We are awaiting new tiles being Launched in Mangalore by M/S George Albuquerque Family to possibly replace! All we want to do is to Put Inna in the map of Dakshina Kannada and share our happiness.

    Chandrakantha Rao Inna

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  • Rafi, Ksd/ Dubai

    Thu, Feb 26 2015

    Looks nice, but sorry not an option for us. If everyone start building ‘Wood Houses’ then we can forget all our forest.

    I think there is a learning curve before someone really become environment conscious. Most of the ‘environment-friendly’ initiatives we see are stemming from our guilt of being selfish all our life and most of the time, it might be detrimental. Take for example the lawns. It looks green and creates a sense of positive effect, but it takes lot of water to maintain and destroys all other vegetations and doesn’t help our eco-system. I can cage a bird and pretend to be a bird lover or really work to retain and enhance our environment so that birds can have better eco-system.

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  • Chandrakantha Rao Inna, Inna

    Fri, Feb 27 2015

    I agree,Teak Houses are not for every one. Some one who has a taste and perseverance for such thing can only build and enjoy. The heartening feature is we have used Green Teak from Thailand which means, these trees were grown for harvesting after 30 to 32 years. We have not used Wild teak. Thai Green teak is certified Environment friendly in US and Europe. Any facility like lawn is a complimentary facility to the farm for children and adults to play and relax. We have 58 popup sprinklers which use the least amount of water to maintain. Let me also add, for 6-7 months it rains in coastal Karnataka.We have added more than 3000 trees in that area and hence it is highly environment friendly and well balanced Orchard. I feel, after 2-3 years the place will be like a thick forest!

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  • Rita, Germany

    Thu, Feb 26 2015

    Such block houses are good for severe cold and heat also.in cold Region,they resist cold and hot times,inside will be very cool.Depends on what type of Wood is used.In India I am sure,have to paint with woodenoil in and outside because of tropic weather.and extreem hot weather.and salt mixed moisture.But I am not sure.otherwise Wood may dry and split.why did they not raise on about some inches from ground with metal or cement?because of floods and extreem moisture mayget in.anyway not all can dream of it.does Teak not available in India instead of from Thai.

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  • R, mysore

    Thu, Feb 26 2015

    Fish Eye photographs of house interiors does not do justice. Rather simple photos would look good

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  • Dinesh Shetty, Inna - Padpu House

    Thu, Feb 26 2015

    Beautiful wooden house and garden and well maintained- Congratulation Mr. Chandrakant. Our village needs people like you to develop.Once again congratulation for your trust ABCD and E for the educational work and love you have shown in your home land.

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    Thu, Feb 26 2015

    nice but prone to fire

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  • Eric Coelho, Mangalore

    Thu, Feb 26 2015

    These homes are called as "Log Homes". These homes you will find in Europe, Russia, North America etc. You can also construct such houses from Dead Tree. Building Log homes involves lot of hard work and patience. I am sure it was constructed with lot of precision and accuracy. For sultry weather of South Kanara District, these houses are good but there is a lot of maintenance thereafter. What surprise me this house must have been built 8ft above ground level. At the most it could have been done 3ft above ground. Nowadays you will see such wooden decorative arabic culture structure in UAE. A company "Al Qawarib Wood Industries FZE" is doing it.

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  • richard monis, shakthinagar

    Thu, Feb 26 2015

    house looks beautiful.congrats.whether this house all weather suits condition?
    our cement built houses lasts only not more than 80 years.

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  • VM, Udupi

    Thu, Feb 26 2015

    Beautiful !. Most of the houses in Papua New Guinea are like this.

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  • N.M, Mangalore

    Thu, Feb 26 2015

    just curious..is it practical to have wooden houses in places such as Coastal Karnataka where it rains heavily every year?

    Wont such wooden houses be susceptible to damage due to moisture and dampness?

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  • Ronald D, Udupi

    Thu, Feb 26 2015

    Beautiful! Good taste and implementation! Congratulations!!
    I wonder if any precautions needed to sustain coastal rainy season and moist weather conditions??

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  • Suleman Byari, Udupi

    Thu, Feb 26 2015

    What a nice dream come true....

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  • RPB, Mangaluru

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