Tourism is a concept which many people know. In layman’s language, it means to spend some time with family and friends and rejuvenate the mind and soul. But very few people are aware of the term ecotourism and what does ecotourism mean.
Well, ecotourism means to travel responsibly to areas that protect the environment, sustains the well being of the people living there and includes the understanding of the employees and the visitors.
India is a land of varied geographic specifications and offer may tourist destination spots which not only de-stress you but also refresh you. There are many ways to enjoy the beauty of Mother Nature in a way which may be the most untouched way. Places like Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Arunachal Pradesh, Kerala are some places where you can enjoy the cherished riches of Mother Nature. Thenmala in Kerala was the first place which planned ecotourism in India and produced a need to cater to the eco-tourists and nature’s lovers.
Since this is all about making tourism eco-friendly, it definitely has numerous benefits attached to it.
- The ecotourism is beneficial not only to the environment but also the locals as well. Because these firms are managed by the locals, so anybody can be an eco-tourist guide, can sell crafts and provide food and accommodation to the tourists. It also helps in creating various jobs which acts as a driving force for the youth to stay with their families and not move to the cities in search of a job.
- With the help of the concept of ecotourism, many of the world’s natural resources can be appreciated by the tourists. This helps in encouraging the tourists to guard their natural environment by creating national parks and sanctuaries. Providing funds for nature-friendly tourism can be done by charging an entrance fee, parking fee, camping fee, the fee for safari tours and etc.
The principals of ecotourism includes some points like
- Minimizing the physical, social, psychological impact on the environment
- Creating the awareness and respect regarding the environment.
- Giving the best and positive experience to the natives and the tourists.
Eco trips in India can be planned to places like Kerala, Leh-Ladhak, Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya and many other places whose native people take the responsibility for protecting the environment and conserving it for the future times.