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What you offer

Hours per day

Help out and collaborate with your host only a few hours per week.


Help with a wide range of repairs.

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What you get

Days off per week

Have some time off for yourself, go explore the city or rest for a while.

Shared Dorm

Be ready to meet people while staying in a shared dorm.


A billion stars over your head and a comfy tent to sleep in.


Get your free breakfast, the most important meal of the day.

Free Laundry

There's a special place where all the clothes get cleaned for free.

Free Tours

Don’t miss a thing! Get free tours and explore.

Bikes at your disposal

Hop on my bike, baby! Free to use bicycles.


Right on, dude! Free to use surfboards.


Worldpackers team will guide and advise you before, during and after your trip.

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The Experience

We need volunteers with basic carpenter handyman skills to help us build a catamaran. Plans & training will be provided. Located on the southeastern tip of the subcontinent, the Gulf of Mannar is known to harbour over 3,600 species of flora and fauna, making it one of the richest coastal regions in Asia. 117 hard coral species have been recorded in the Gulf of Mannar. Sea turtles are frequent visitors to the gulf as are sharks, dugongs, and dolph

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  • Intermediate English

What's not included

Flights, Travel Insurance, Internal Transportation and Visa

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Stay at least
2 weeks

Talk to those who have lived the experience

2 Reviews

Host & Staff

Hours & Tasks

Guest House

Learning & Fun


I could not ask for a better experience, our hosts, the staff and the place are wonderful. Everyone was always happy to teach, and show me their culture, which is amazing.
I enjoyed my tasks, I was able to get my creativity out, I have projects, therefore there was not a set schedule, we always had time to relax, go for a run, to the beach, etc. They are very open to new ideas, and they are very fun to work with.
Food at Kathadi is Delicious!!!
I certainly will miss my new friends at Kathadi North and South :)
Safe Travels!

over 1 year ago

United States

I definitely recommend Kathadi North to travelers who want to experience the local food, culture and beauty. Hosts and staff were smart and very profesional. My experience in KN was educational and loads of fun. I just hope to come back one day.

over 1 year ago

About Kathadi North

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About the host

The Palk bay & Gulf of Mannar offers umpteen opportunity for exploring the coral reefs, the ghost town of Dhanushkodi & the Ramanathaswami Temple. We first arrived in this region as explorers trying to find secluded beaches, scenic surroundings & all the ingredients that add up to a perfect get-away on mainland India. It was stunning & since then we settled down. Choosing local & earthy material was our priority so we used a mix of coconut tha...

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