Eco-friendly hotels are growing in popularity among travellers from all over the world. From simple to elegant, India has some of the best eco-friendly hotels, eco-villages and nature resorts that lure tourists to visit the country. These hotels have proved that hospitality and eco-consciousness can co-exist. The best part is that they are situated in some of the most picturesque parts of India. And the experience they offer is exceptional.
Top Eco Friendly Hotels(Resorts) in India
Here are some of the outstanding green hotels in India that offer guests an eco-friendly and world-class holiday experience.
Coconut Lagoon, Kerala Backwaters
Coconut Lagoon is situated on the banks of the scenic Vembanad Lake in Kumarakom, Kerala. It’s a heritage backwater resort owned by the CGH Earth group. The resort is accessible only by boat, and there lies its beauty. It will bowl you over with its lush greenery and countryside charm. You can stay in lakeside pool villas or splendid traditional cottagesand is ideal for a romantic getaway as well as a family holiday. You can enjoy sunset cruisesand Ayurvedic massages during your stay. The resort runs on fuel generated from wasteand encourages organic farming. It is also a plastic-free zone.
For More information, click on its official site here – Coconut Lagoon
Banasura Hill Resort, Wayanad
This resort is situated in a tropical forest, which is rich in flora and fauna. It is called the mud haven as the resort is constructed using mud excavated from the very site, and recycled wood. There are 31 rooms nestled on a 35 acre eco-friendly farm. And these rooms don’t need any AC even during the height of summer as they are always cool. Hikingand visits to caves, waterfalls and the nearby tribal village are some of the activities you can do here. You can also go for a luxurious Ayurveda body massage.
Check its official website of Banasura for more information here.
Vythiri Village, Kerala
No sounds, except that of the waterfall and the chirping birds welcome you as you enter the Vythiri Village in Wayanad, Kerala. It is situated in the middle of 24 acres of lush green forest sprinkled with vegetable gardens growing turmeric, jackfruit, pepper, ginger and tapioca. It is one of the finest tree house resorts in India situated at an altitude of 2,600 feet above the sea level. It features a manmade waterfall, which is one of the highlights of this eco friendly resort. You can go for trekking, cycling, archery, long walks along the stream or just relax and enjoy the sounds of the jungle. If you are lucky you may get to see a few wild boars or elephants. You can also interact with the local tribes and enjoy a spa session.
Spice Village is situated on 14 acres of pesticide-free land featuring rooms with a thatched roof. It is filled with greenery all around. You will see fruit trees, a variety of flowering plants, rare herbs and a lot more. It is just a stone throw away from the Periyar Tiger Reserve. You get to taste authentic Kerala delicacies and interestingly, most of the vegetables are sourced from the vegetable garden within the resort. The artworks displayed in the hotel are all sourced from the tribal community. Solar panels meet the entire electricity requirement and there are no air conditioners in the resort.
Mountain Trail is situated in the middle of a 2.5 acre orchard farm on a hill slope facing the Himalayas, 52 km from Nainital. Guests can enjoy a wide range of activities like bonfires, bird-watching, trekking etc. There’s also a library, children’s play area, and stunning sunset point on the ridge just behind the hotel. The hotel recycles its waste in-house and uses water sourced naturally. The organic garden at the resort is 100% chemical free.
Kaama Kethna Ecological Village, Goa
This extraordinary eco-tourism venture was established by a German couple in 2005. If you enjoy peace and quiet, this is the place to be. All the five cottages open to the outside and are secluded in every possible way. There is also a tree hut. It is a yoga retreat, which has highly trained teachers who adapt the class to the personal needs of each individual. They serve vegetarian and vegan food. Various well-being activities and workshops, including yoga, are held here. The hotel is built using natural materials and houses an organic farm.
Wildernest Nature Resort, Goa
Wildernest is an amazing nature resort in the Swapnagandha valley, set on over 450 acres of forest land overlooking the Vazra falls and the entire panoramic view of Goa. There are 16 cottages, built in effortless rural style. Guests can enjoy nature walks, folk dances, bonfires, trekking or a visit to the conservation point. The resort is constructed using eco-friendly materials. All the products used are also eco-friendly.
Shergarh Tented Camp, Kanha National Park
It is the best place for wildlife lovers. You get to stay in tented accommodations and has its own water reserve situated in the middle of the camp. There are six units of super luxury tents from where you can spot plenty of birds, including cormorants, kingfishers, and the seasonal breeding of hundreds of egrets. Food is prepared using home-grown fruits and vegetables or sourced from nearby villages.
Yoga Magic Eco Retreat, Goa
Yoga Magic is an oasis of peace situated just two kilometers from Anjuna beach, North Goa. It is a popular yoga retreat in Goa, surrounded by coconut trees and paddy fields. It is only open from mid-November to mid-April each year. Buildings are constructed from locally sustainable materials like mud, stone, bamboo, wood, palm leaves and cow dung. The tents have composting toilets, and the hot showers are powered by the sun.
The Dune Eco Beach Hotel, Pondicherry
The hotel is built using reclaimed materials and furniture sourced from colonial houses, palaces, Kerala planters’ mansions, etc. The Dune, spread over a 35-acre property just north of Pondicherry, has 30 villas and 20 rooms. They’re all exceptional and are designed by various artists, designers and architects from all over the world. Guests can indulge in spa therapies, or join for a yoga and meditation session. There are a waste water treatment plantand organic farm within the property.
INDeco Hotels, Swamimalai, lies amidst three UNESCO World Heritage destinations – Darasuram, Gangaikondacholapuram and the Bragadeeswara Temple in Tanjore. A house, which is more than a 100 years old, has been converted into a hotel. It has a rich history, too. It has played host to many freedom fighters and religious leaders – notably the great Hindu pontiff Sankarachrarya of Kanchi Mutt. It has the ambience of a village with all the luxuries. Most guest supplies are sourced from the vicinity benefiting rural suppliers. It is also a plastic-free zone.
Our Native Village, Bangalore
If you want to experience village life, then head to Our Native Village. As the name suggest, youget the real taste of a village life at the hotel. Just an hour’s drive from Bangalore and you are transported to a farmland, where you can bathe in ponds and indulge in traditional Indian games. The best part is you can take your pet along. You also get to enjoy unique activities like bullock cart rides, milking cows and even try a hand at organic farming. It is the perfect retreat from the hustle and bustle of the city to rejuvenate. They use recycled products and organic produce. It even has a pool, which is free of chemicals.
For the ultimate India experience, include some of these most beautiful eco-friendly hotels in your travel itinerary.
Manu Vipin, a journalist and travel writer, has worked with some of the leading publications like The Times of India and The New India Express for over a decade. This article was written by the author on behalf of INDeco Hotels, a unique heritage hotel and resort in Mahabalipuram, Tamil Nadu.