India throughout the decades has been a one-stop eco-tourism hub housing a good population of flora and fauna. India with its highly diversified nature is one of the most popular ecotourism destinations in the world.
Let’s go for a refreshing journey through some of the best ecotourism destinations in India
Nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve, Uttarakhand
The Nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve, also known as the Nanda Devi National Park, is a spectacular expanse of wilderness in the upper reaches of the Himalayas. The Nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve and the Valley of Flowers, both a part of the prestigious UNESCO World Heritage List, encompass a unique transition zone between the Zanskar mountain range and the Great Himalaya.
The vast expanse of forest, dotted with more than 600 species of flowering plants and also medicinal plants and other alpine trees, giving shelter to some of the endemic Himalayan animals and birds pulls in a large number of wildlife enthusiasts, naturalists, and leisure travelers. Apart from some community-based ecotourism to small portions of these parks, this area acts as a control site for the maintenance of natural processes, and is of high significance for long-term ecological monitoring in the Himalayas.
Best time to visit – The reserve remains open from May to October and the best time to visit is till September.
Ranthambore National Park, Rajasthan
Ranthambore National Park is located about 13.5 kilometers from the city of Sawai Madhopur in Rajasthan. Located at the junction of the Aravali and Vindhya hill ranges, this is one of the finest places to view wild animals, especially as they are used to being stared at here. The park covers an area of approximately 400 sq km, and if combined with the Sawai Man Singh Sanctuary area, is around 500 sq km.
Ranthambore National Park is an outstanding example of Project Tiger’s efforts at conservation in India. This place is a jewel for wildlife enthusiasts. You get a chance to explore the grand creatures in the barren. Thanks to the efforts of conservation workers and government incentives, you can explore eco-tourism at its peak.
Best time to visit – The winter season starts from October & lasts till March, is a great time to visit.
Sundarbans National Park, West Bengal
Sundarban National Park in West Bengal, the tiger makes his round with unmatched stealth and grace. The air feels wet and damp, while the silence is interrupted by the melodious singing of birds and roar of motor boats. Inside these world’s largest mangrove forests, creeks and tributaries form an intricate system of networks. The Sunderban National Park is many things at once, a biosphere reserve, national park and tiger reserve, such is the richness of this mangrove ecosystem.
One can achieve eco-tourism prospects in this striking destination without hindering the distinct flora and fauna of the region. The park being located at the confluence of many distributaries of the Ganges and Bay of Bengal receives some unique geographical features, mudflats being one of those features that is largely dependent on tidal currents.
Best time to visit – October to March
Honey Hills – Thenmala Eco-Tourism, Kerala
Ecotourism and medical tourism are the fast-developing tourism segments of Kerala. Thenmala, which lies at the conjunction of the Kollam-Shenkottai road and the Trivandrum-Shenkottai Road, boasts of India’s first planned Ecotourism destination. It has 10 Ecotourism spots that cover the great hill ranges of Thiruvananthapuram, Pathanamthitta and Kollam districts. ‘
Thenmala’ translates to ‘Honey Hill’ and so it is no surprise that high-quality honey is exported from this area. Its terrain is dotted by forests, rubber and tree plantations and was selected by the World Tourism Organization as one of the premier eco-friendly projects in the world.
The destination is known for its ecotourism and beautiful landscapes which are not only comforting but also stimulating.
Best time to visit – Summers marks to be the ideal time
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