Eco friendly tourist destinations in India
The diversity of this land extends to the realm of bio-diversity that offers various spheres of flora and fauna, landscapes features and communities that create a perfect destination for a get-away holiday. India is home to a number of forests, wildlife sanctuaries, hill stations that let you immerse in nature and will be your perfect detox from the hustle of a city. If your passion for nature takes you to places, these locations should be ticked off on your visit to India.
Situated in Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh, Pragpur is the first heritage village in India.This village takes you on a tour of Kangra, Rajput, British, Portugese and Italian styles of architecture through the cobbled lanes, mud walled houses, slated roofs, mansions and prominent public structures. Experience a life of heritage and simplicity and while at this village make certain to pay a visit to the past era through the tales of the locals.
Located in Maharashtra, Matheran is the smallest hill station in India and is declared as an eco-sensitive area. The reason makes it a completely automobile friendly area. Step into this village for a breath of fresh air in all its literal sense, with the essence of lush greens that is sure to soothe your eyes. A walk through this village will take you to serene locations and
prominent structures, all in close proximity that will not make you realize the lack of vehicles.
3. Mawlynnong village
Located in Meghalaya, this village is the cleanest in Asia. An epitome of the concept of eco-friendly, the village boasts initiatives such as plastic ban and abundant use of bamboo.Tourists are drawn into the local lifestyle of shelter in bamboo guesthouses, litter free streets and the use of bamboo dust bins. The living roots bridge is one of the most popular attractions along with a number of picturesque locations that let you truly immerse in nature.A visit to this village offers a complete package of eco-tourism and is sure to grasp you in the cleanliness and untouched beauty of nature.
Thenmala, located in Kerala is the first planned eco- tourism destination in India. Embraced by the Western Ghats, these green hills offer something for every traveller be it food, culture,adventure or just the biodiversity of pure nature. Literally translating into “honey hills”,thenmala holds some of the dense evergreen forests thriving in rubber plantations. With sanctuaries that are home to wide range of flora and fauna, scenic locations, adventure spots or just a serene spot amongst the hills, the unexplored region of Thenmala gives you a number of reasons to be your complete destination of an eco-friendly destintion.
A unique travel experience is offered at this tiny island near Kochi in Kerala. Surrounded by backwaters, this fishing island is a part of the Kumbalangi Integrated Tourism Village project. The initiative aims at providing tourists a local experience through flavours,vernacular homes and traditions that have been passed down through generations. Chinese
fishing nets, rich aquatic life, mangrove forests are few of the elements that add to the uniqueness of this island. Kalagramam is a fishing theme based artist’s village located on the island that displays equipment and handicrafts that are prominent in the village.
Located on the Western Ghats of Karnatake, Coorg is known for its well-preserved biodiversity and the wide array of flora and fauna. Popularly known as the ‘Scotland of India’, a visit to Coorg takes you into a sphere of misty hills rolling down in lush green vegetation and gushing water, engages you in the essence of coffee and cardamom plantations and also takes you on a tasting tour, and embraces you in the hospitality of the Kodava community.
7. Khangchendzonga National Park
Covering almost 30% of the total land of Sikkim, this national park is a World Heritage Site under UNESCO. With Mt. Khangchendzonga setting the backdrop to the breath taking landscape created by the lakes, glaciers, rivers, valleys, plains and caves, this park is home to almost half of India’s bird species and one third of the country’s flowering plants. A trek
through this region is the best way to explore this region and embrace yourselves for an experience that surpasses any words that can be put together.
With biodiversities depleting with every second all over the planet, eco- tourism plays an important role in preserving the future. With the immense biodiversity around us, an initiative as tourists to explore them is integral to shape and improve such eco-friendly destinations. Above all, a journey surely remains incomplete without taking a moment to pause and soak in the purity of nature.