And, people travel to those indigenous places that are on the verge of extinction and contribute their part to the extinction. Sad, isn’t it?
We have been all unknowingly or knowingly in some way or the other responsible for the destruction of these natural spaces making it difficult for others to live.
With Ecotourism everything changed! This revolution implies at a responsible travel expedition to some of those areas that is responsible for protecting and safeguarding the environment while ensuring the well-being of the local people and comprises of interpretation and imparting of knowledge on how each one of us can play a significant role.
Kerala is one of those places where Eco tourism is very much prevalent and it has been very much successful at its struggle to ensure each and every one of the tourists contribute to make it a perfectly Eco tourist destination.
Here, are the 10 Ecotourism destinations in Kerala that you need to visit at least once in a lifetime:
Periyar is nature’s gift for people like you who are wanderlust and are travelling because your heart needs it. The place is abundant in the diversifying biodiversity that blooms across blanketing over the mountains. The highlight of Periyar are its assets that comprises of the Tiger Reserve, Elephant Reserve and the Periyar National Park that lies embedded amidst the Cardamom Hills and Pandalam Hills, which borders the State of Tamil Nadu. A man-made lake is another highlight of Periyar that was built centuries ago to restrict the flow of the ever gushing Periyar River.
The place is for nature lovers and also, we bet you will have a crush on the place once you are here. The beauty of the landscape and the geography of each of its dimensions are notably alluring and anyone would fall in love with these. Periyar is the home to diverse wildlife and also, a unique aquatic ecosystem in itself.
You can explore the wildlife deeper with help from the tribal trackers and armed guides who are masters at it. Also, enjoy some trekking and go for a bamboo rafting while in Periyar.
Do not miss a beautiful stay at the eco-lodges in the tents, tree houses or the thatched cottages where you can weave unforgettable memories while contributing to eco tourism.
Another popular and most beautiful ecotourism destination in Kerala is Konni. The village of Konni is a forest in itself.
The beautiful forest-village is located on the banks of the beautiful Achankoil River. Also, another interesting fact about Konni is that it is one of the first forests in Kerala to be listed out under the reserve areas.
The place is famous for the diverse flora and fauna and also, the rivers and streams gives a chill of lovely shiver across your spine if you are a nature lover. As you move towards the denser areas of the forest you will be bawled at the greenery that comes into sight along with the haven of wild elephants and rubber plantations that it gives way to.
Also, the place has an elephant museum and sanctuary and has succeeded at preserving these species that were ruthlessly poached once.
Nelliyampathy being one of the ecotourism place in Kerala is even least known to travel lovers who are passionate of taking the roads less traveled by others.
The dense and green flora and the diversification in the fauna is something that makes this beautiful place even more alluring. The peaks of the Nelliyampathy hills manage to touch the clouds and are even more beautiful. Also, the height of these hills ranges from 467 m to 1572 m.
Do not miss boating across the Pothundy Dam which is another picturesque location that is even more appeasing for someone who is searching for a place to relieve their mind and soothe their body and senses.
Though this is one among those places that is not easy to reach but can be one of those most memorable tourist places that you have ever visited is showered with nature’s love in abundance. The two hour jeep ride from Kumily where you can catch a glimpse of the beautiful Kerala waterfalls, cardamom plantations, forests and tea gardens is something you will fall for.
The awesomeness of its sparkling waterfalls, carpets of green grasslands, tropical Gavi forests, the valleys, hills and the diversity in its rich flora and fauna which includes the Nilgiri Tahr, and even the Lion-tailed Macaque which is found in places such as the Western Ghats are prominent here.
Bird watching, boating, canoeing, and trekking are some of the activities that you can indulge yourself in while you are at Gavi Kerala.
The Kuruva Island in Wayanad is one of the ecotourism spots in Kerala that is famous all over the world for its beauty and attractiveness.
It consists of 950 acres of evergreen forest that lies across the tributaries of the beautiful Kabini River. Also, the island is famous for two of its fresh water lakes. If bird watching is your hobby, then this is the place where you have to be in as it has a number of migratory birds that you have never seen before this in your life.
If you are very much in love with the Kerala backwaters, then this is the place you need to be in now. Pathiramanal an inhabited island lies embedded in the awesomeness of the Muhumma-Kumarakom backwater route. Also, this beautiful place is surrounded by the beautiful Vembanad Kayal Lake.
Pathiramanal is home to 88 species of birds, 23 varieties of spiders, 34 species of butterflies, 160 plant species and 58 different varieties of fishes.
Some of the migratory birds that you can find here include the Large Cormorant, Black Bittern, Purple Heron, Median Egret, Cattle Egret, Grey Heron, and Chestnut Bittern.
Heard of these before? No? Then, Pathirmanal is a must visit for you.
Poovar could be termed as one of the very few places that has been untouched and unspoilt by the hazards of pollution. Poovar beach is one of those beautiful beaches in Kerala that is embedded in the beauty of the backwaters.
Some of the major attractions of Poovar beach includes swimming, houseboat cruising, water sports, and much more.
Check-in to one of the awesome houseboats and avail the Ayurveda rejuvenation treatment that will rekindle your body, mind and senses.
Kumbalangi is another beautiful island in the Cochin district of Kerala. This tiny island is also one of the popular fishing destinations in Kerala.
Also, a special effort is being implemented into transforming this tiny island into one of the Fishing villages and tourism hot spots in Kerala.
Kerala is one of the States that takes too much of efforts in the up-bringing and development of the most backward states and Kumbalangi was one of the places to receive the government’s special attention.
Do you know what Thenmala means?
It refers to a mountain or hill made up of honey.
So, the name suggests the sweetness of the place that has landed it into the list of ecotourism holiday destinations in Kerala.
The place is beautiful with dense forests embedded in it.
Some of the highlights of these honey hills are the Cultural Zones, Leisure Zones and the Sculpture garden that are overloaded with nature’s beauty.
Last but not the least, we have added Parambikulam to the list of the 10 Kerala ecotourism destinations.
It is one of the best spots where you can enjoy eco tourism in its pure form.
The place is abundant with Kerala wildlife sanctuaries and teak plantations that spreads across a huge area of the land.
The teak plantations here are famous and Kannimara Teak tree is the most popular among these.