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Munnarakkunnu Trust

Wilding our world

Munnarakkunnu means "three and a half hills" in Malayalam

മൂന്നരക്കുന്ന് ട്രസ്റ്റ്

A hundred plants may get extinct and nobody will know about it, but we
will know the effects because the forest is in unity, and if you disturb
the forest, you disturb the whole unity. When you disturb the forest,
you disturb the ecology of the whole country. If you destroy the ecology
of the whole country you will disturb the climate also

– Wolfang Theuerkauf (1948-2014, Visionary and Founder Trustee) in 1986


Established in 1996, Munnarakkunnu Trust supports plant conservation, rainforest regeneration, nature education and ecological advocacy. We believe that land-based cultures are essential to vitalising the planet. We address the current extermination event of all life through diverse strategies in several locations.


Our primary centre of action is in Wayanad at the Gurukula Botanical Sanctuary.

Our second is the Thiriyannara Refuge in the Nilgiris.

Our head office is in Bangalore, Karnataka.



Gurukula Botanical Sanctuary

A centre for plant conservation, habitat restoration, and nature education

Green Phoenix

The outreach aspect of the rewilding initiative of the Sanctuary.

School in the Forest

This includes all the educational work with children and youth at the Sanctuary.

Thiriyannara Refuge

Thanks to a grant from Rainforest Concern, our UK based partner, we have engaged in a long term project in the Upper Nilgiris, with land on a steep cliff side which is a tea and wattle plantation. Our efforts to bring wildlife and native species into this depleted area will unfold over the next decades.

Apprenticeship in Ecological Nurturance

Opportunities for young adults to work and learn


Life serving life


help sustain our worK

Your contribution endorses the protection and nurturance of this region's biodiversity.


Munnarakkunnu Trust (MKT) is the legal and financial entity behind the conservation and  education activities of the Gurukula Botanical
Sanctuary, and its offshoot missions: School in the Forest, the Green Phoenix, Thiriyannara Refuge, and Apprenticeship in Ecological Nurturance.

MKT is registered under the Indian Trusts Act (Registration No: 408/1996-97  Date: 9th July 1996) with permission to receive money from India under section 12 A and 80G of Income Tax Act, 1961 and from abroad under the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA). MKT is also registered for undertaking CSR activities.

Registered Office:

Munnarakkunnu Trust,
545, Banagiri Nagar, Banashankari III Stage,
Phone: +91 9448059414+91 7025097426


  • Anna Theuerkauf
  • Annamma (Laly) Joseph
  • Kaustubh Rau
  • Shyamal Lakshminarayanan
  • Suprabha Seshan (Managing trustee and founder)

Former Trustees:

  • Late Wolfgang Theuerkauf (founder)
  • Late Shirly Joseph
  • N. Venu (founder)
  • Late Dr M. S. Mayilvahanan