India’s one of the picturesque destination brags of some of the exceptional biodiversity. This tiny land located on the Malabar Coast of India is widely known as “God’s Own Country”. What makes it or from which things it catches this title? Without a doubt, we can say from its rich natural beauty and exotic heritage and culture. Compared to any other Indian state, the people in Kerala lived in harmony without the boundaries of caste and religions. Kerala promotes eco-tourism by offering a wonderful opportunity to explore the rich and diverse destinations. To feel and the true inner beauty of our Mother Nature come and discover it with some Kerala tour packages from any leading local tour operators. Kerala has a large number of wildlife sanctuaries and National parks. These are home to lots of rare and endangered species of flora and fauna that you cannot find out from any other places in the world. Each place has its own uniqueness. Eravikulam National Park, Pambadumshola, Silent Valley, Aralam Wildlife Sanctuary, Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary, Thekkady, Periyar Tiger Reserve, Thenmala, and Gavi are some of the popular eco-tourism spots. The aim of the Kerala Tourism Department by ecotourism is to promote the vibrant destinations and resources we have like backwaters, hill stations, wildlife, rivers, and of course its culture.
Thenmala is the first planned ecotourism spot in India. It is a part of Shenduruney Wildlife Sanctuary and located 72Kms away from Trivandrum. In the local language, Thenmala means “Honey Hills”. A Dam and surrounding places are included in this ecotourism project. Trekking, biking, hiking, sculling on the lake, and other adventures and entertainment activities are there to enjoy. Thenmala travel attractions are Palaruvi waterfalls, Ambanad hills, and Pathimoonnu Kannara Palam.
Ecotourism is now defined as "responsible travel to natural areas that conserves the environment, sustains the well-being of the local people, and involves interpretation and education" (TIES, 2015)
As a citizen, we all are responsible to protect our Mother Nature. So before going to explore these destinations, we all should care about not to pollute.