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iXiGOers May 30 2013

Which are the Eco-tourism destinations in India?

Jigyasha Prasad Jun 01 2015
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Need a green vacation this summer? Here is a list of top 10 eco tourism destinations in India.

1. Matheran, Maharashtra

Matheran, located on the Western Ghats in Maharashtra, is the smallest hill station in India. It is declared as an eco-sensitive region by the Ministry of Environment and Forest, Government of India. You can reach the hill station from Mumbai. The distance is 44 kms and taking about 2 hours in a Mumbai to Matheran taxi.

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The effect of Matheran’s atmosphere is such that you will feel relaxed and rejuvenated. The forest ecosystem at Matheran is unique and the cliffs here offer remarkably stunning look-out points.

2. Mawlynnong, Meghalaya

Mawlynnong, also referred to as ‘God’s own garden’ has been acclaimed as the cleanest village in Asia. The village is located around 90 kms from Shillong and is a community based eco tourism initiative.The village offers picturesque natural beauty, trekking amidst nature in all its glory and is a treat for eyes and head for nature lovers.

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3. Thenmala, Kerala

Thenmala or the “hills that flow with honey” is situated about 72 km from Thiruvananthapuram in Kerala and is the the first planned eco tourism destination in India.

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Managed by Thenmala Ecotourism Promotional Society, which is an undertaking of the Government of Kerala, this place offers equal opportunities for fun, adventure, leisure and for learning the significance and necessity of eco-friendly measures for promoting tourism related activities.

4. Horsley Hills, Andhra Pradesh

The lush green forests of Horsley Hills are ideal for nature walks, picnics and drives.

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The Eastern and Western viewpoints are great places for sunrises and sunsets. Kids frolic in the tiny gardens here. A small natural lake, 1 km down the hill, is good for angling.

5. Coorg, Karnataka

Plantation stays are the USP of Coorg country. Here you understand what it means to ‘live close to nature’. If your heart is in eco-friendly travel, this is the place for you. Take a lovely stroll to the lush coffee plantations to soak up the local experience! And don’t miss the Namdroling Monastery and you will love its architectural brilliance. Check out various Coorg tour packages available and choose according to your requirements.

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6. Naggar, Himachal Pradesh

Perched on a wooded slope, with a group of beautiful temples and an ancient castle, the hill station of Naggar is charming. It’s a place for solitude and days spent rambling through forests, orchards and hilly villages.

Roughly 2 km above the bus stand is the house of Russian artist Nikolai Roerich who spent many years in the Kullu Valley. Now it is a museum which houses Roerich’s prints, paintings and family memorabilia. The museum is jointly operated by the governments of Himachal Pradesh and Russia.

7. Mirik, West Bengal

Pretty Mirik is an easy 50 km from both Siliguri and Darjeeling but is comparatively less crowded.

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It offers the beauty of tea plantations as well as the grandeur of mountains, especially the Grande Dame Kanchendzonga, as a splendid backdrop.

8. Lahaul-Spiti, Himachal Pradesh

The Trans-Himalayan area of Lahaul is one of Himachal’s least explored and loveliest part. Spiti Valley is exquisite but requires you to give up your notion of lush green beauty.

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9. Tawang, Arunachal Pradesh

The hill station of Tawang is lost in a fog and its picturesque beauty has innumerable monasteries, villages and stories. Perched high up in the north-western corners of Arunachal Pradesh, Tawang is breathtakingly beautiful.

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10. Bandipur National Park, Karnataka

Along the Mysore-Ooty Highway, in the foothills of the Nilgiri mountains, lies one of India’s best elephant countries. Bandipur National Park is one of them. In 1931, Bandipur was established as a hunting reserve by the maharaja of Mysore and it was expanded in 1973 to become the Bandipur National Park and Tiger Reserve.

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Take your pick from the list of 10 eco-tourism destinations in India and be ready for a green vacation.

Bhushavali Natarajan Oct 26 2013
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