Eco-friendly hotels can be a conscious decision you make as an individual when you choose to travel to reduce your carbon footprint. But you don't have to give up on the luxury of a fancy resort, no matter where you are in India. In fact, this list of eco-friendly hotels offers you an opportunity to immerse yourself in the lap of nature without losing out on the amenities you crave on your perfect vacation. So, go green this summer at these properties that will show you a great time!
1. Coconut Lagoon, Kerala Backwaters
The Coconut Lagoon is in the heart of nature and values its environmental responsibilities. The property has special provisions for the conversion of waste into fuel, use of vermiculture, a chemical-free zone, composting and organic farming.
Built near the Kanha National Park, it is situated in 16 acres of forest and is the ultimate wildlife experience you've been craving. The experience includes jeep safaris, birding walks, nature trails and cycling. The lodge has been constructed out of locally-sourced stones and recycled waste wood.
Coorg is a nature lover's paradise and The Tamara reminds you of the fact every second. Imagine waking up to aromas of coffee, cardamom, pepper, and honey grown in the plantation around. Add to that the waterfall nearby, the candle night dinners and a chlorine-free swimming pool. However, kids under 12 years of age aren't permitted to stay here.
Located at the Chola Ghat near Goa-Karnataka border, this resort has a beautiful view of the valley. This quaint property has been constructed out of eco-friendly materials; it operates conservation programme; and it uses eco-friendly washing and hair products. Moreover, there is also zero plastic at the location.
The Dune Resort and Spa has art pieces designed by renowned artists from around the world. Also, it is home to an artist residency programme. The property uses solar heated water and reclaimed timbers and features a wastewater treatment plant, which add to the brilliance of this beachside wonderland.
Formerly known as Orange Country Kabini, this resort offers cottages that epitomise the culture and diversity of the area. Located at the Nagarhole National Park and surrounded by the Kabini River, it uses windmills to generate electricity. Not just that, every room has reverse osmosis water filtering and treatment of the sewage waste.
Constructed using environmentally-sensitive indigenous materials, Barefoot at Havelock is the first ecologically friendly resort in the Andaman Islands. The rooms are made of bamboo, timber, and other renewable resources, not to mention how drop dead gorgeous the space is.
Spanning across 100 acres, the resort is surrounded by Sal forests and looks over Rishikesh and the Ganges valley. It offers a wellness and fitness experience and is famous for its varied organic cuisine.
9. The Blackbuck Lodge, Velavadar National Park, Gujarat
Made from eco-friendly materials, you just need to look out of the window to watch vultures and falcons begin their day. With recycling and organic farming at the core of their values, the resort wins at the wildlife game.