Talavata is a village in Sagar Taluk in Shimoga District in Karnataka, India. Talavata is located 63.4 km away from its district main city Shimoga. ‘Talavata’ is similar to any other village in the Malenad area. A street, few houses on one side of the road and the areca nut plantations on the other side. With Jog Falls very near to the village (10 km) and paucity of accommodation options stimulated a thought process in the group about having a ‘Home stay’ concept. With hard work and limited funds, they have built up a decent homestay called “Nammane”(means ‘Our Home’) inside a plantation. It would accommodate two families (8 people) easily. With all basic facilities available, it forms a nice option for stay near Jogfalls. What separates this from other “luxury” places is that the entire idea was conceived and executed by the villagers themselves. There is no involvement of “investors” who have surplus money and desperately trying to put money on lands.