Eco Travel in India – 5 Top Spots to Hit!
Travel and tourism with concern for the environment has emerged as a hot favorite of tourists and environmentalists all over the world, including India that has an abundance of biodiversity ranging from the foothills of the Himalayas to the scenic backwaters of Kerala.
Eco-tourism has become especially popular with those who prefer to venture out from the hubbub of the daily urban chaos to places that are soothing to the senses and where they can broaden their mental horizons. A snapshot of some of the top eco- tourism attractions in India:
Kerala is a verdant tropical paradise with exquisite landscape and meandering rivers that present the perfect opportunity for exploring the backwaters of the state. The scenic beauty is to be marveled at and you can be one with nature with relaxing boat rides and invigorating treks that will reveal how carefully the local ecology is being preserved. Even though the density of the population is quite high in many places, the locals have learnt to preserve the beauty and ecological balance of the region. The Thenmala Eco-Tourism, the country’s first planned eco-tourism destination has planned zones that give tourists an insight in the state’s culture, craft and cuisine.
Located in the Bay of Bengal, these are a collection of 572 islands with a great variety of unspoiled verdant forests that range from lush mangroves to evergreen woods. There is a vast population of different species of animals that are completely distinctive such as the feral elephants that live in the many sanctuaries and protected forests. Strikingly beautiful beaches and the crystal clear waters of the sea provide a matchless opportunity for tourists to engage in a number of water activities such as scuba diving, snorkeling, swimming or boating in glass-bottomed boats to admire the rich marine biodiversity beneath the waters.
Famous for its amazing fields of colorful flowers, this national park in the West Himalayas is extremely picturesque. Visitors from all over the world are drawn to it not only for the flora and scenic beauty but for its rich population of animal life that includes the snow leopard, the Asiatic black bear, red fox, musk deer, brown bear, etc. Forming the core of the Nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve, the valley is located at 3658 mts altitude and covers 87.5 sq. kms. Visitors need to abide by the strict standards and rule governing tourism.
Situated on the banks of Kali River in the district of Uttarkannada, Dandeli has acquired great popularity of being a wildlife sanctuary without parallel. Tourists can go on safaris conducted by trained naturalists on open jeeps to view the tigers, black panthers, leopards, elephants, deer, as well as a large number of birds and insect life. The dense forests are especially inviting for trekkers who can follow the mountain trails with the help of experienced guides to scale the peaks of hills from where spectacular views of the place can be obtained. Those with a penchant for whitewater rafting will enjoy having a thrill on the kayaks. There is an abundance of heritage and cultural spots where tourists can learn about the many facets of this engaging spot.
Despite the presence of many tiger reserves in India that are better known, tourists are usually thrilled with a visit to the Tadoba Reserve simply because the large tiger population ensures that you can get a good sighting of these magnificent creatures. The un-spoilt and relatively pristine ecosystem encompasses a large variety of wildlife as well as an astounding plant and floral diversity. You can spend a few days in a well-appointed Tadoba resort to experience wildlife such as sloth bear, leopard, many varieties of deer, antelope, gaur, rusty spotted cat as well as birdlife such as honey buzzard, grey-headed fishing eagle, crested serpent eagle, paradise flycatcher and more. The tropical deciduous forest contains specimens of teak, bamboo, silk cotton trees, and a host of indigenous trees.