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Earth Day: Stays and resorts in India that promote conservation tourism

If you want to become a sustainable traveller, this Earth Day is a great time to start. While planning may be easy, if you don’t know where to stay, these properties in India help with conservation tourism and help you make more mindful choices.

Travel has been rapidly moving towards sustainability as young travellers seek to save the earth on their expeditions. This has given rise to conservation tourism, which is a practice that sustainable tourists follow with an aim to reduce the trash they spread, opt for properties that give back to nature and leave behind as low a carbon footprint as possible. It encourages travellers to be mindful of their actions and educates more people about nature and conservation.

Conservation tourism or ecotourism involves meticulous planning — right from the mode of transport to the place you’ll be staying, the food you eat and even the products you use or carry with you. Travellers typically opt out of single-use plastics, carrying their own bottles, cutlery and more from home, to minimise the waste they generate on the trip. Eating local, seasonal produce is another major way to help travel sustainably, as imported goods generate a lot of carbon footprint, especially when transported across countries.

This Earth Day, if one of your pledges is to start travelling mindfully, we suggest checking out these properties in India that promote conservation tourism through recycling, community-driven and nature-inspired methodologies.

11 properties in India that help promote conservation tourism

Shivgarh Sustainable Living, Mozamabad

The farm stay, located about an hour’s drive from Jaipur, is a 200-acre property with natural bodies, lush greenery and activities for children and adults alike. The place has six cottage-style accommodations, with more under construction, with various themes of celestial occurrences — a great way to connect with the skies and teach children about astronomy.

Indulge in hikes, birdwatching experiences, and understand farming with the various crops on the property. Unwind with a book under the shade of one of the one lakh trees on the property, or take a dip in one of the three lakes at this farm stay. Enjoy meals that are farm-fresh and sustainable, and understand what slow tourism and conservation tourism really mean.

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CGH Earth Coconut Lagoon, Kerala

Like other CGH Earth properties, Coconut Lagoon is also built on the core principle of sustainability – for the environment and for the community. The property’s many cottages were built from the remnants of an old mansion (or tharavads). The place features its own sacred grove and is aimed at being an extension of the village sans walls and borders, to allow you to freely interact with the locals. The property also employs locals, creates biogas and other material from its wet waste and is a heritage-conscious property that allows flora and fauna to thrive in their natural environment and habitat.

Enjoy a relaxing stay at the backwaters of Kerala at this eco-conscious property, which will connect you with nature while helping you practice conservation tourism.

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SUJAN Sher Bagh

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The intimate property has just 11 rooms, including suites, tents and more. The property, spread over a vast area, encompasses the core values of sustainability, by being one with nature with farm-to-table meals, white cotton canvas tents, wooden furniture and more, without compromising on luxury.

With crackling campfires, delectable meals and a starry sky, be sure to feel one with nature here, as you take a step towards being a conservation tourist, and explore what the earth has to offer when you give it back in the same way.

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Barefoot In The Andamans, Havelock Islands

Explore the untouched forests, soak in the sun by pearly white beaches with clear, pristine blue water and be surrounded by lush greenery at this property. The local tribal architecture, delectable local cuisine, and stay in wooden tents, villas and cottages. Go for a dip in the pool or trek across the island as you explore the various natural secrets it hides while ensuring that your trip is nature-friendly and gives back to the environment.

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Meena Bagh, Ratnari

 

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Meena Bagh Ratnari is located in the middle of an apple orchard and permaculture farm, about 17 kilometres from Narkanda and 85 kilometres from Shimla. The place is a luxury accommodation that provides you with a serene, tranquil getaway complete with nature and farm animals to give you company. The food, made on order, is prepared from ingredients grown at the farm and the property tries to provide as many farm-to-table meals as possible. The stone, mud and wooden walls of the property are a mix of traditional Himachali architecture combined with a more modern-style chalet, incorporating incorporate local aesthetics with luxury and promoting the local culture. 

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The Dune Eco Beach Village and Spa

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The eco-friendly beach resort is spread over 35 acres and is a place where one can interact with nature. Opt from among their many accommodations, which also involve cottages that have been built using Casuarina trees and weaved coconut palm leaf roofs. These sea-facing rooms have private gardens and are equipped with solar water systems, low consumption bulbs and more, which saves power. The natural sea breeze is enough to keep you cool and comfortable.

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Banasura Hill Resort

Among the properties that promote conservation tourism in India is Banasura Hill Resort. Spread over 35 acres, this destination provides the ultimate getaway for families who want to be close to nature, honeymooning couples, and more. Take a dip in the pool, which itself is surrounded by nature, or indulge in Ayurvedic spas and treatments and learn more about your body and soul.

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The Tamara Coorg

 

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Lush greenery, aromatic coffee, cardamom and pepper plantations, stunning streams and gushing waterfalls are what await you at this resort. The place is nestled in the hills, allowing you the opportunity to rediscover the joy of being in nature. The property has tried to keep nature undisturbed, making the most of what has been available to make the stay sustainable and luxurious, making this an ideal choice for those looking for conservation tourism spots in India.

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Pench Tree Lodge, Madhya Pradesh

One of the many sustainable lodges by Pudgungee Safaris, Pench Tree Lodge is located in the small tribal hamlet of Sarahiri. The place is great for those looking for ecotourism opportunities, as the rooms are decorated with local crafts and safari experiences, while the property aims to keep its carbon footprint at the bare minimum. Indulge in cycling, wildlife safaris and more, and make the most of the natural surroundings as you interact with the flora and fauna species around you.

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Nimmu House, Ladakh

 

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The charming boutique property is nestled amid the Himalayas. Nimmu House offers something for everyone — tents, rooms, yoga retreats and more — to unwind in the way you want. Explore your surroundings and experience nature in Leh, learn Ladakhi cooking with locally sourced ingredients and give back to the community at this property as you relax and enjoy your getaway.

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Evolve Back, Kabini

Enjoy food cooked over a wood fire, experience the best of local tribal culture and interact with the people at Evolve Back Kabini. The property is filled with activities to keep you entertained while allowing you to experience nature at its best.

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