These environment-conscious travelers are taking initiatives to save the eco-sensitive Coorg. Find out how you can contribute to being a responsible traveler.
The downside of tourism, like increasing pollution, waste, and disruption of local communities, has led many environment-conscious travelers to protect ecologically fragile Coorg. Let’s find out how.
The coffee plantations, the pleasant climate, and the hill ranges have earned Coorg the title of “Scotland of India”. The remote and less explored waterfalls attract offbeat and ecologically sound travelers from around the world for beautiful pictures and natural beauty. This makes Coorg one of the best eco-friendly destinations in India.
From the rich biodiversity to lush coffee plantations, look at the top measures taken to maintain eco-tourism in Coorg.
Initiatives by Environment-Conscious Travelers
The top tourist attractions that invite nature lovers and environmentalists to Coorg have to be protected to sustain tourism in Coorg. Here are some initiatives taken by responsible travelers for sustainable tourism in Coorg.
A 5-Acre Estate Amid Forest For The Eco-Conscious Traveler
In Kadagadal village, 7 km from Madikeri town, lies a 5-acre property owned by a team. Comprising coffee, pepper, and cardamom plantations, this property aims to preserve the rich biodiversity of the forest-covered land. They don’t use this area for revenue purposes.
Due to the increase of tourism in Coorg, this stay constructed cottages on naturally cleared land. They offer eco-friendly accommodations with basic amenities to their guests. They aim to conserve energy and water and recycle the waste collected.
This estate is located amidst the forest and is ideal for the nature-loving traveler. The beauty of this place is enhanced by a small creek running beside the forest and is part of the estate. They try to maintain the estate organically.
The host provides one room with one bathroom. Tents can also be pitched, depending on the number of volunteers (who sign up to help hosts complete their estate by doing Gardening, Coffee picking (seasonal), Pepper picking (seasonal), etc.
The IBNII – Eco Luxury Resort Offers The Best of Luxury And Nature
This eco-luxury resort owner believes in sustainable development and takes every possible measure to keep the natural habitat intact.
The IBNII is one of Coorg’s best luxury resorts welcoming families, leisure travelers, and luxury travelers amidst hills. The resort is spread over a wooded former coffee estate with lakes, early morning dew, and birds chirping from all sides. Thus, this property believes in providing luxurious experiences to its guests while balancing ecology.
As per their efforts in conserving the environment, The IBNII have built a small pond to save rainwater. They try to save water by encouraging the guests not to give their bathrobes/towels for washing when not required.
Food leftovers are used as manures for plants. Moreover, no preservatives are added to the food and is consumed in its natural form. They don’t use plastic bottles inside the premises to maintain eco-friendliness.
Rainforest Retreat Combines Eco-tourism With Sustainable Agriculture And Environmental Education
Founded by Dr. Sujata and Dr. Anurag Goel in 1994, Rainforest Retreat at Mojo Plantation is an internationally renowned eco-lodge in the rainforests of the Western Ghats of Coorg.
Sujata, a Ph.D. from the Botany Dept of Delhi University, and Anurag, with a Ph.D. in Molecular Biology from Toronto, Canada, welcome ecologically sound travelers from all walks of life to experience harmonious existence with nature. They left their urban life to live organically in nature. And with joint efforts with their daughter Maya, they have made this rainforest their home.
This paradise is ideal for witnessing biodiversity and exploring idyllic valleys and forests. Learning about coffee, cardamom, pepper, etc. cultivation here is a lifetime experience for nature lovers. Plus, trekking and birding tours are organized for an immersive experience.
They have lived and worked developing this place for conservation through agroecology and sustainable tourism for over 25 years. Sujata is also an active member of OFAI (Organic Farmers Association of India). Once you stay here, the hospitality and environment of this retreat will urge you to come back here.
Eco-friendly School In Coorg Is Educating The Underprivileged On Environmental Conservation
Preserving the environment to ensure our future generations do not bear the brunt is important. And this is possible by educating young minds. Keeping this in mind, Morning Glory, an English-medium school managed by a Bangalore-based educational foundation funded by Evolve Back, combines education and eco-friendly initiatives.
The students at this school are mainly plantation workers, tribal communities, and the underprivileged, and they are not charged any fees. The students are trained on environmental practices and the importance of saving nature. The school has a garden where kids are taught to take care of the plants.
Waste segregation practices, conservation of natural resources, and natural educational aids like leaves, sticks, pebbles, rocks, and pressed flowers are included in their syllabus. Plus, the use of plastic has been reduced, and the furniture is designed to reflect the vintage concept.
The school gives children books, bottles, bags, and other necessary items, along with two free meals per day.
How Can You Contribute To Sustainable Tourism in Coorg While Enjoying Your Holiday?
Coorg is an eco-sensitive destination and needs constant measures for protection due to increased tourism. Therefore many travelers have come up with methods to create an environment for other environmentally-conscious travelers to enjoy their holiday while maintaining the ecological balance.
Homestays have come up as one of the best forms of eco-tourism in Coorg. Their concept has reduced the large-scale hotel building, providing a chance to stay and connect with nature and local people. Choose homestays for your stay in Coorg and support this conscious decision. It will help you understand this region’s social, cultural, and environmental issues.
If you are into adventure, go on treks into the reserved forests like Nagahole National Park or let homestays organize them for you as it ensures not many tourists are disturbing nature at once. Besides this, guided walks through lush coffee plantations are a great way to enjoy nature’s beauty.
If you wish to visit Coorg, we encourage you to be a responsible traveler, as the feeling of enjoying a holiday without disturbing nature is quite rewarding. Book Coorg tour packages by Indian Holiday, customized as per your needs and budget.
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