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About us

We enjoy hosting guests and helping them discover our multicultural hometown.

An entrepreneurial and adventure loving family, we constructed the Ama La Vida home-stay which has 5 fully-furnished and well equipped apartments.


Pushpa Kothari

Entrepreneur for over thirty years, Pushpa founded Offbeat with her husband, and Bagtrendz where she works with women from nearby villages. She brought up four children, her son, daughter and two nephews in Pondicherry and still managed to keep her entrepreneurial spirit alive. 

Samarth Kothari

Samarth is a third generation Pondicherrian and works with an NGO called Sikana that makes educational video programs to empower people through skill development and spread health and environmental awareness. He studied at Sri Aurobindo International Centre of Education in Pondicherry and then moved to Paris 11 years ago. He shuttles between the two cities regularly and loves traveling and discovering new cultures. He has trekked in Peru, Ecuador, Bhutan and Tanzania. When he is in Pondicherry, you can find him playing ultimate Frisbee or tennis in Auroville or jamming in his family's heritage home. 

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For travelers, by travelers...

Discover some pictures of our treks around the world.

My brother and I hiked to the summit of Cotopaxi in 2017. The warmth, the vibrant colours, the joy of living were our key takeaways from our trip to South America.

To etch the memories in stone, we built the Ama la Vida residence to offer a comfortable stay to folks wanting to discover themselves in Pondicherry. 

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