Responsible Travel

07 December  |  Adventure & Travel

The Rise of Ecotourism

Tourism is one of the biggest industries in the world, a lifeline for many regions. From cosy homestays to larger than life luxury hotels, the tourism industry needs a lot of resources to run. Travellers contribute to a large section of the carbon emissions. With unsustainable business models and the vagaries of climate change becoming a real concern, ecotourism has risen as a responsible option for a large majority. In fact, ecotourism is the fastest growing segment of the entire tourism industry.

Ecotourism allows you to enjoy all the luxuries of travel, but in a manner that is in harmony with the destination that you have chosen. The focus on ecotourism is the exclusive natural beauty of a place, and business models of this type tend to contribute to conservation efforts. Wildlife is an integral part of ecotourism and the number of travellers opting for a jungle safari as a highlight experience is increasing every year.A traveller who is conscious of his or her impact on the local environment, and enjoys more rustic and earthy experiences, would choose the ecotourism route, and the rewards are plenty.

How can I be an eco-friendly traveller?

The profile of an eco-conscious traveller can be described as someone who is informed and passionate about the destinations he or she covers. If you love the outdoors, then ecotourism is tailor-made for you. Find a minimally intrusive, activity-based itinerary that would put you in the midst of nature.

Riverine landscapes allow for some of the most eco-friendly activities that also provide a big dose of exhilaration. Kayaking is an increasingly popular recreational activity and Southern India’s forest regions are full of water bodies waiting to be navigated. If you are looking for something more relaxing, you can enjoy a session of boating.

To be an eco-friendly traveller, you also need to ensure that the hotel or resort you stay in uses green methods as part of its operations. It could be self-generated energy or responsible water resource management. Building designs go a long way in determining the amount of energy required to run them. Ecotourism involves architecture and engineering that is in harmony with the local area.

Innovation and smart engineering are the hallmarks of a fun ecotourism destination. Local traditions and resources are maintained while modern amenities are not compromised. Choose resorts that work on promoting natural beauty over luxury, the latter should be an add-on rather than the main attraction.

You don’t have to head off too far for some sustainable travelling. There are many resorts near Bangalore and surrounding districts where you will enjoy unique and responsible experiences. A Kabini safari is a great introduction to the rich wildlife of the Nilgiris Biosphere Reserve, one of India’s largest patches of continuous wilderness.Find Kabini river resorts where you can literally immerse yourself in the pristine, untouched environment whilst relishing all the modern luxuries. You can even organize a corporate day outing based on the principles of sustainability, local flavour, and of course, lots of fun.

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