ECO TOURISM IN INDIA - A PERSPECTIVE
Tourism should be transforming,
fascinating, intensely personal yet sharable experience of the
natural, cultural and ethnic treasures that exist in out world
and that make it such a wonderful place. Travel should
be transforming, enriching, rejuvenating and fulfilling.
Travel in not luxury and more but a healthy and rewarding
necessity in our fast changing global village. Tourism must be
respectful and responsible.
Four pillars of Eco- tourism.
- Minimum environment impact.
Minimum impact on and maximum respect for host cultures.
Maximum economic benefits of host country “Grass roots” .
Maximum re - creation satisfaction to participating tourists :
come back a new
Eco tourism is a vacation concept, which falls into
three board categories.
- Working on a community based
project for a volunteer organization.
Journey on outdoor adventure that includes protecting of
environment by planting
trees or on site maintenance.
Taking a trip with a specialist to increase one’s awareness
of fragile Eco system or endangered culture. You have an
opportunity to work on a community based project for a
volunteer organization; journey on outdoor adventure that
includes protecting of environment by planting trees or on
site maintenance; taking a trip with a specialist to increase
one's awareness of the fragile Eco systems or endangered
cultures. All these activities with minimum environment
impact, minimum impact on and maximum respect for host
cultures, maximum economic benefits of host country 'grass
roots' and maximum re creation satisfaction to
participating tourists: 'come back a new person!.'
The concept seeks to take you to some places
where other travelers may not get to. It helps you learn and
understand a little more about conservation, nature, beauty
and indigenous culture.
1. ANDAMAN AND NICOBAR
India’s most famous tropical Island,
verdant and lush green where you will experience some of the
untouched Eco-spheres of pristine beauty beyond imagination.
The Andaman, a chain of Islands in the Bay of Bengal, remained
in a charmed cocoon from explores for centuries, as the
tempestuous waters and dense forest blocked all
entrances. As a result, today the islands are unspoiled
treasure trove of exotic flora. The midst of a
lapis lazuli sea, 650 different tropical plants
(540 indigenous to the island) grow in all their lush
greenery. Where nature has not woken up to the
rest of the world
BHARATPUR BIRD SANCTUARY
Once an impregnable fortified city - today more
famous for the Keoladeo Ghana Bird Sanctuary. Where soft gray
and white clouds with sudden flashes of
brilliance- change to a whirring of wings and bird songs as
they draw nearer. The Indian Saras and Siberian Crane, all in
the sky loud with the beat of feathers against a sunset of the
most incredibly, stagnant sway.
This tour takes the participating members
to the most famous of North India’s bird sanctuary where one
can watch more than three hundred varieties of avifauna in
their natural habitat including the annual migratory birds -
3. CAUVERY FISHING CAMP
There is no doubt that Mahaseer remains Asia’s premier
sporting fish. Aptly called “Maha” - great and Seer-
head or lion, the Mahaseer retains its status as the prize for
all committed fisherman.
To keen angler offers two exclusive packages, one on the Beas,
in Himachal Pradesh the other on the Cauvery, in Karnataka.
The location of the fishing camp in Karnataka is unique with
the stretch of the Cauvery river which is about 12 kms. and
abounds in sudden deep pools where there is abundant food for
the legendary “Mahaseer”. The camp is also in the
vicinity of the wild elephant sanctuary & sandalwood
100 Kms from Bangalore off the village of Bhimeshwari
lies the Cauvery fishing camp on the banks of the river
Cauvery. The green tents that serve as accommodation blend
beautifully with the undisturbed countryside, the food
is simple but nourishing and the staff courteous and
KAZIRANGA NATIONAL PARK - RHINO COUNTRY
Kaziranga National Park covers area of 430 sq. kms of grass
land and impenetrable vegetation comprising thorny rattan
green elephant grass and tall semi-deciduous forest. The park
with the mighty Brahmaputra river flowing to its north is
approachable either from Guwahati or Jarhat in Assam.
The tour visits the last of the one horn rhino conservation
national park set amidst the Assam Himalayas in Eastern India
with well preserved wildlife.
5. KERALA BACKWATERS
There is a Kerala that lives along these back
waters, throbbing with its own unique culture. For you, as a
visitor to Kerala it can be an incredibly different experience
just floating these waters in a country craft and
absorbing this unusual representation of Kerala life.
A relaxed tour taking the members through the backwaters of
Kerala in South India. One sees the unique culture of the
State, overnights are spent at indigenously made country boats
and absorbing the unusual representation of Keralas’ life in
its tranquility are few of the lifetime experience included in
6. KODAIKANAL - A GIFT OF
Cradled in the Southern crest of the upper Palani hills,
in the Western Ghats, 120 kms from Madurai, Kodaikanal rises
2, 133 meters above sea level founded by American missionaries
in 1845, Kodaikanal is steeped in history. Relics and
artifacts on the Paliyans who once lived in these hills can
still be seen in the Shenbaganur Museum.
The South Indian hill resort is steeped in History, set amidst
the most scenic surroundings and still enjoys the status of
“Jewel of South Indian Hill Resort”.
7. KOVALAM - PICTURESQUE SEA BEACH
India’s most spectacular beach resort just 16 kms from
Thiruvanathapuram (formerly Trivandrum) Kovalam is a sheltered
natural bay. The setting has an illusory quality
about. A sheet of silvery sand curves into an arch, that is
bordered on one side by azure blue waters, and on the other
side by a sumptuous spread of green palm groves.
A tour which provides complete relaxation with stay at Kovalam,
famous for its Eco friendly surroundings & white sandy beaches
Ayurvedic health resorts.
8. KUMARAKOM - BACKWATER
This tour goes to the backwater lagoon resort of South India.
Staying at authentic designed wooden cottages and appreciating
the rich avifauna in an relaxed environs is the major
highlight of this tour.
9. LACCADIVES - THE LAST OF
THE ENCHANTED ISLES
This tour takes you to the last of the sparingly inhabited
island paradise located near the tip of South India. There are
abundance of sea sports facilities located at the Island
for a complete relaxed holidays.
10. MAHASEER FISHING / TROUT
Some of the anglers
paradise and few of the most sought after premier Mahaseer
/ trout sporting places are included for the pleasure
of keen anglers through this tour.
Sprawling tea plantations picture - book town. Winding lanes
filled with the heady fragrance of fresh tea...All 1800 meter
above sea level. In act Munnar has the highest peak in
South India - Anamudi which towers over 2695 m. An assortment
of wildlife such as the Nilgiris Tahr, Nilgiri langur,
Sambhar, Gaur and the Lion tailed macaque are found in the
rich tropical forest around. Set amidst
sprawling tea plantations, a picture perfect town, winding
lanes filled with heady fragrance of fresh tea. The stay at
this South Indian hill resort is an experience in itself
during your India visit.
12. NAGARHOLE NATIONAL PARK
Set amidst a diverse terrain of river,
lake, pond, swamp, hill and jungle are some of the perfect
settings for seeing at close hand the most magnificent of wild
cats. It is a Kipling’s picture perfect countryside full with
bison’s, deer, pythons, wild elephants and to relax there is
the Eco Friendly designed period decorated Kabini Riverside
Lodge to ward away those relaxed moments.
13. PERIYAR WILDLIFE SANCTUARY
Cradled in mist shrouded mountains, Periyar nestles close to
the dense rain forests of the High Ranges. The luxuriant
vegetation, sudden gushing waterfalls & an exhilarating view
of the velvet valleys below form a scenic background to the
journey up the Ghats.
A relaxed tour for participating members who will be taken to
the tranquil hill retreat in the Southern India, famous for
its diverse well preserved ecosystem with the help of
14. PICHAVARAM MANGROVE
Very few people know of the existence of these
places as far less even visit them. But the occasional
visitor and the inquisitive foreigner have managed a trip and
soaked in the natural beauty of their surrounding. Fourteen
kilometers from Chidambaram is the extensive Pichavaram
Mangrove forest. mangrove forest constitute unique ecosystems.
They are found in the coastal areas of tropical and
sub-tropical regions where the level of the saline water rises
and falls with the tides twice every day.
No where else in Indian sub - continent you will encounter an
Eco system as found in Pichavaram. Very few
people know of its existence as far less even visit them. It
is a place in the deep Southern India for those who can manage
to go there and intern get soaked in the natural beauty of
their surroundings. A true trip for Eco conscious members.
15. RANTHAMBORE NATIONAL PARK
Sprawled on the Aravali and Vindhya ranges of
Rajasthan, Ranthambore National park encompasses an area of
410 sq. km. with a healthy population of about 40
This tour takes goes to the North Indian Tiger National Park
where the you will appreciate the density of Royal Bengal
Tigers, which is highest and this is the National Park where
they have been found their conservation project to be best
16. RANN OF KUCHCHH
- VISIT THE
FLAMINGO CITY & MARINE
The Indian Desert which is also known as the Thar Desert, is a
continuous part of the contiguous land mass of the great
desert of Sahara & Arabia. The desert has a variety of
ecologically interesting land forms. At places water and
wind erosion have washed away the soil leaving behind only
gravel and stones. A characteristic feature of all
deserts is salt flats of various sizes and depths, mostly
shallow which dry after the rains the largest of these flats
is the Greater Rann of Kuchchh. Visit to the
variety of ecologically interesting land farms; the pride of
the Thar desert in Gujarat State is the extinctions Flamingos
which nests and breed here in their natural habitat and the
tour also takes you to visit of nature’s most enchanting
underwater splendour at the marine national park.
17. SOMATHEERAM BEACH RESORT
Somatheeram, however, is a new take on resorts it is a retreat
specializing in Yoga, Ayurvedic and Meditation treatments. It
is where people go in pursuits of mental and physical nirvana.
Rich with traditional culture and overwhelming natural
splendour. The perfect locale for the perfect holiday resort.
The resort is located in an spectacular scenic beach with
intensive facilities for Yoga, Ayurvedic and Meditation
Somatheeram is on the picturesque Malabar coast 8
km from the renowned tourist center of Kovalam and 21 km South
of Trivandrum, the capital city of Kerala. Set in
the tantalizing environment of palm trees and bewitching blue
waters, Somatheeram is untouched by the ravages of tourism.
Traditionally styled bungalow's and cottages welcome you to a
warm, relaxed atmosphere.
18. SUNDERBANS SANCTUARY
Along the extreme southern reaches of West Bengal, the
state resembles a
coconut palm leaf seen in close up. The
land is split by numerous rivers and water channels all
emptying into the blue of Bay of Bengal. And throughout the
soiled ground is covered by dense forest and vast saline mud
flats. This is the area known as Sunderban. The biggest
estuarine forest in the world. There are no roads in the
watery wilderness. The waterways are the only path ways in to
the heart of the forest Sunderban is actually composed of 54
19. VALLEY OF FLOWERS
40 Kms from Badrinath spread over an area of 87.5 sq. km, the
valley of flowers is one of the most beautiful gardens
laid-out by nature, varying in altitude between 3325 and 6500
meters, the small valley barely a 2 km long and half a km
wide, holds over 300 species of wild flowers the largest
profusion being in bloom during the peak monsoon period from
end July to mid August the sight of an endless no of
snow peaks and glaciers at the head of the valley is
considered by many as beyond compare elsewhere in the world.
The Valley of Flowers falls under the International Bio-Sphere
reserves and in the month of July to August one can see more
than 250 varieties of flowers in bloom, some of them are rare
and this can be once in a lifetime memorable experience for
any nature lover.