Eco tours help to promote the well-being and sustainability of local people of a
place along with being a travel proclamation. They also promote the relation with nature and its own inhabitants. India is gifted with a wide landscape of natural resources and splendour and hence eco-tourism is being promoted on a large scale. Here are some of the best eco-tourism destinations in India:
Kerala – Paradise on Earth:
‘God’s Own Country’, Kerala is situated in the south western coast of India and is like a green haven for eco visitors. The Nilgiri mountain ranges and the sandy beaches add to the charismatic beauty of Kerala. The Rajamala National Park is a must visit spot for the eco-tourism visitors. One can also get a glimpse of the wildlife sanctuary which is home to elephants, bison and several species of reptiles and birds.
Corbett National Park – Explore the Wildlife:
The Corbett National Park is a must for anyone when it comes to eco tours in India since it holds the pride of being the first and the oldest national park in India. The tiger rules here along with the presence of many other wild species such as wild elephants, chitals, sambars, nilgais, gharials, king cobras, wild boars, hedgehogs, common musk shrews, flying foxes, Indian Pangolins and about 600 other varied species. Corbett is also known as one of the richest regions of birds in India.
Andaman and Nicobar – The Pristine Island Beauty:
Andaman and Nicobar are India’s most famous tropical islands where one can experience some of the untouched eco-spheres of pristine beauty which is beyond one’s imagination. The island is backed by an efficient tourist support network that caters to every possible comfort and is loaded with adventure opportunities and equipment for swimming , scuba diving, wind surfing, snorkelling(with elephants that too) and just for lazing on the beach.
Valley of flowers – The Booming Bouquet:
The Valley of Flowers National Park, spanning over an area of 87.5 sq km in the state of Uttaranchal, has the largest potpourri of wild flower species and the River Pushpavati and many other water falls flow through the valley. The splendour and the stunning beauty of the valley attract tourists from all over the world.
Sunderban Eco Tour – Explore the Wilder Side:
Sundarban is a nature’s school for the eco-tourists offering many of the wonders of nature to the visitors. Besides the famous Bengal tigers one can also spot estuarine crocodiles, water monitor lizards and bird species such as kingfishers, white-bellied eagles etc. It is a delight for animal lovers.
Arunachal Pradesh – The Mystical Land of Bliss:
The ‘Land of Rising Sun’ has many wonders such as the vacillating rivers, the snow clad mountains, the stubborn plains, extra-ordinary flora and fauna and cultural heritage. One of Asia’s largest Orchidarium is in Arunachal Pradesh which has its own exclusive and rare variety of orchids. It is the only Indian state to have four major varieties of the big cats in its jungles- tiger, leopard, clouded leopard and snow leopard.
Ladakh – The Enchanting Beauty:
Ladakh is situated in North India between Western Himalayas and Tibet and is home to the enchanting Hemis National Park. This incredible beauty houses a number of adventure activities including trekking, white-water rafting, camel and wildlife safaris and sightseeing. Besides the scenic beauty, Ladakh is also a homeland for a number of cultural resources and ancient monasteries and also preserves a very high-altitude ecosystem of endangered flora and fauna.
Kutch – The Land of Diversified Habitat:
Kutch is one of the most unique places in the entire country for the sheer variety of ecosystems like the desert thorn forests, scrub lands, and marshy vegetation. Hence the diversity in habitat fosters a variety of flora & fauna species. Kutch is also known for its rich wild life species such as the Great Indian Bustard, Lesser Florican, Indian Courser, Chestnut-bellied Sandgrouse, Black Francolin, Eurasian Thick-knee, Yellow-wattled Lapwing, etc.
Goa – The Holiday Paradise:
Goa has many historic churches and colonial building which were built by the Portuguese in Goa. Everyone knows that the main tourist attractions in Goa are its sunny golden beaches but the place is also known for its own local traditions, culture and architecture. There are plenty of tourist attractions in Goa that include temples, churches and villages.
Dandeli – Sunderban of the South:
Dandeli is an ideal vacation destination in northern Karnataka that offers an incomparable mix of scenic beauty. It is known as the Sunderbans of the South since it is surrounded by deciduous forests filled with wildlife habitat of rare animals and birds. Many adventure activities such as rappelling, rock climbing, rafting and kayaking performed here attract people from all over the world.
Ecotourism in India helps one get closer to nature and helps to open up to new ideas hence provide wonderful new experiences without harming the environment.