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5 Stunning Eco-Stays in India for the Perfect Romantic Getaway

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With a gradual growth in the concept of eco-friendly tourism in India, these nature-based destinations offer inventive retreats that are devoted to conservation, cultural sensitivity, isolation and style. They are imperative to the development of future tourism industry. Constructed from recycled building materials, they use solar water systems, sewage treatment plants and low power consumption bulbs. They hire local staff that in turn benefits native communities. Here are 5 such places where you can take your beloved.

5 Stunning Eco-Stays in India for the Perfect Romantic Getaway:

  1. Kerala
  2. Uttarakhand
  3. Karnataka
  4. Pondicherry
  5. Tamil Nadu

1. Wayanad: Nature in it's best form

Wayanad: Nature in it's best form
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source: HolidayIQ reviewer Tinu Dalal from Bangalore shot this in Wayanad

Plantations, forests and wildlife are what comprises Wayanad. HolidayIQ reviewer Sanjay Kumar says, "It is a cool place to relax and rejuvenate our body, mind and soul. An excellent choice for a vacation which is close to nature and wildlife." Situated in the midst of the Western Ghats, it sports pleasant climate all year round.

Must-see: HolidayIQ reviewer Pritvi says, "The places of interest around Wayanad include Chembra peak, Lakkidi, Muthanga wildlife sanctuary and the Banasura sagar dam." Other attractions are Papanashini, Neelimala View Point, Korome Mosque, Begur Wildlife Sanctuary, Ananthanatha Swami temple, Edakkal Caves among others.

Eco-friendly stay: Stay at Banasura Hill Resort, Asia's largest "Earth" resort, constructed from mud known as rammed earth. The 31 rooms are nestled on a 35 acre eco-friendly farm in Vellamunda. It also sports a rejuvenating Ayurvedic spa.

2. Bageshwar: At the confluence of the Saryu, Bhagirathi and Gomti

Bageshwar: At the confluence of the Saryu, Bhagirathi and Gomti
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Bageshwar has spiritual significance as it is believed to have received the blessings of Lord Shiva. HolidayIQ reviewer Sanat says, "The city is grown up at the confluence of Gomoti river and Sarju River. This is the place where the trekkers of Pindari and Sundarduga are taking rest for the night." The town of Bageshwar is surrounded by various tourist destinations like Suraj Kund, north of Bageshwar, and Agni Kund, to the south. On the east are the Bhileswar Mountains and to the west are the Nileshwar Mountains.

Sanat further adds, "Nearest rail way station of Bageshwar is Kathgodam is approx 180 Km away. Any one can take a bus from Haldowani or hire a car from Kathgodam. Nainital, Almora is on the way of Kathgodam."

Must-see: Bagnath Temple, Baijnath, Vijaypur among others.

Eco-friendly stay: Experience heaven at Shakti 360 Leti, perched on a ridge at a height of 8000 feet. It uses solar energy as its main source of electricity and also uses grey water reuse systems to reduce water consumption in a water-scarce area.

3. Gokarna: Quieter version of Goa

source: HolidayIQ reviewer Vishnu Katara from Bangalore shot this video in Gokarna

Gokarna is an intriguing amalgamation of two varieties of crowd, the religious and the beach-lover. HolidayIQ reviewer Srinivas says, "I strongly recommend this place for couples." From cafes to beachside restaurants, hotels to luxury dining, the place has something for everyone. HolidayIQ reviewer Priyanka says, "Gokarna has 5 popular beaches: Om Beach, Kudle beach, Half moon beach, Paradise Beach and Gokarna beach."

Must-see: Anshi National Park, Karwar, Mirjan Fort, Jog Falls, Kotitirtha among others.

Eco-friendly stay: SwaSwara, located on Om beach is all about wellness. You can try morning yoga on the beach, meditation, Ayurvedic massages and treatments, pottery classes or Warli painting at the art studio, and learn cooking from the chef. It sustains on vermicomposting, rainwater harvesting, along with recycling waste water in the garden and turning kitchen and solid waste into biogas for cooking and organic fertilisers.

4. Pondicherry: A potpourri of culture

source: HolidayIQ reviewer 7rishabh shot this video in Pondicherry

The heritage city of Pondicherry, a living legacy of the French in India, is a conglomerate of different cultural influences. HolidayIQ reviewer Brolin says, "Very good place for couples." The French part of Pondicherry still exhibits the streetscapes and the architectural style of the colonial era and the Tamil part is typical of the Tamil architectural style.

HolidayIQ reviewer Millo says, "Pondicherry is best for travelers who loved to be charmed by life as it is. This place is so culturally vivid and amalgamated with the character of the town, it is amusing and fascinating at the same time. Rock beach is a very pretty side of the town, that has the pier, the Gandhi statue and the french memorial. It's a very clean street and simply elegant."

Must-see: Auroville, Villianur, Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Alliance Francaise PondicherryOusteri Wetland and National ParkThe Sacred Heart BasilicaMatrimandirBasilica Of The Sacred Heart Of Jesus.

Eco-friendly stay: The Dune is the best place for you and your partner. It is an oasis of calm and well-being, which sports a seven-acre organic farm, equipped with its own composting yard—which supplies fresh produce for the in-house Fun restaurant.


5. Kodaikanal: Developed by the Americans

Kodaikanal: Developed by the Americans
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source: HolidayIQ reviewer Sreesha Divakaran from Bangalore shot this in Kodaikanal

The clean air, the fantastic climate,  vibrant, colourful, bursting with life, the amalgamation of both tribal life and the modern Tamil settlements make Kodaikanal a big hit vacation spot all around the year. HolidayIQ reviewer Deepika says, "Kodai lake is very famous, there you can do boating or go cycling around the lake. Take a walk at Coakers to enjoy the Kodai view if the sky is clear." While HolidayIQ reviewer Amith felt "the viewpoint" is "romantic", HolidayIQ reviewer Narendra says that it is great for "children and senior citizens."

Must-see: St Peter Church, Mannavanur Lake, Solar Physical Observatory, Mahalakshmi Temple, Moir Point

Eco-friendly stay: Elephant Valley is a 100 acre nature reserve and organic farm has a stunning location on an old pachyderm migration route in the Palani Hills of Tamil Nadu. Every bunglow has its own private garden, overlooking the Gangavaar River and the pesticide-free coffee plantation. Guests are offered fresh food made with produce from the organic garden and steaming cups of local filter coffee.

The views above are collated from opinions expressed by travellers on www.holidayiq.com

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