Palkadavu Warium Villa Homestay, Wayanad, Kerala
If a house was built in 1946, then chances are that the place might just be eco-friendly given the architectural practices of the time. The place overlooks a green field and is covered with tropical plants. There’s also a bamboo tree hut to enjoy awesome views of the field. Apart from its eco-friendly nature, the homestay is situated at a beautiful remote location. It can accommodate 10+ guests and takes bookings for corporate orders too. Try it out if you are headed to Kerala!
(Price- Rs. 3,000/ per night)
The Only Place Log Cabin, Munnar, Kerala
The Only Place, as the name suggests, is one of a kind log cabin in a farming town of Munnar called Vattavada. Situated in the Kurinjimala sanctuary, it is surrounded by national parks so you will experience plenty of flora and fauna while staying there. Each of their rooms accommodates five guests so you can take a big group along! Many have been to Munnar but on the well beaten path of touristy sightseeing spots and spice trails. Try Munnar with a slice of solitude this time.
(Price- Rs. 6,300/ per night)
Bunny’s Cottage Homestay, Jibhi, Himachal Pradesh
If you are a snow lover, then this one's for you. Jibhi is experiencing snowfall currently and you can be there just in time for a white Christmas. In other seasons, you can hear and see the gushing river nearby from the room. Nestled in pine and apple trees, Bunny’s Cottage Homestay is trying to achieve holistic sustainability by growing vegetables in their backyard, running a compost pit, prohibiting single-use plastic, and only using ceramic dinnerware. What’s more is that the host is a super cook! You will get to relish some amazing Indian and Italian cuisine there!
(Price- Rs. 7,000/ per night)
La Belle Vie Naukuchiatal, Bhimtal, Nainital
Just the thought of a house made of natural stone and reclaimed wood makes us reminisce about the times spent in the mountains. The La Belle Vie Naukuchiatal Homestay has us longing for Nainital yet again. Located just 100 metres from the Naukuchiatal Lake, it is tucked away in a forest next to an eco-resort! So you could probably grab a bite at the restaurant at the neighbour’s. The homestay is ideal for a group of six. Rest assured, you will be blown away by the tasteful decor of the place.
(Price- Rs. 12,254/ per night)
Let us know if you plan to travel and where you could be headed in the comments. Till then, stay sustainable and be safe.
Miniscule amounts of lockdown restrictions are being relaxed in every phase here in our corner of the world. The day when we will be able to travel again won’t seem so far soon. But rather than skipping your home country altogether and risking international travels, give your nation a chance to surprise you. We have curated a list of stays that are more responsible than your regular hotels and resorts.
Cabo Serai, Goa
Nestled in the hills, minutes away from the Cabo de Rama beach, Cabo Serai is an exquisite resort in the heart of South Goa that would prove to be a sure delight for any eco-conscious traveller. Woven in the fabric of sustainability, every nook of the space speaks of the mindful investment of natural resources. Besides the comfortable abode, the resort offers various well-being activities from yoga classes to bird walks and adventure trails. Helmed by compassion, one is bound to be charmed by the hospitality and the unmarred wilderness that has been preserved.
Rs. 8,000 and above
The Pahadi Organic, Uttrakhand
As authentic as it gets, this humble dwelling in the hills of Uttrakhand stays true to its name and offers you a true pahadi experience. Right from the architecture that includes a fully wooden dwelling with beautiful local carvings to the truly organic food served, the Pahadi Organic has retained most beautifully the sustainable, eco-friendly culture of the mountains and thus, lets the guests immerse themselves in the true joy of nature’s bounties.
Rs. 8,500 per night upwards
Hoysala Village Resort, Karnataka
A respite from the bustling life, Hoysala is a treasure trove in the hinterland Belur in Karnataka. An elegant luxury resort that offers rustic environs with delicately crafted interiors, including the most noteworthy tall wooden ceilings. Hoysala is a tasteful amalgamation of the traditional and the modern. The resort promises its guests not just a rejuvenating holiday but an experience to be one with the roots of the rural life richness. The organic farm food is sure to leave its mark on your taste buds for long.
Rs. 9,000 per night and upwards
Windermere, Munnar, Kerala
When you get on to building masterpieces, no two look alike. Such is the case of the beautiful cottages at Windermere. The interiors are tastefully adorned by handcrafted furniture while the exteriors greet you with lush plantations in this 52-acre estate that offers luxury at its best!
But what sets Windermere apart is the feat of achieving this grandeur in a sustainable manner. All care has been taken to follow the minimalistic design and operations approach. Like cosy cottages are built on rock formations, menu is based on fresh farm produce, rejuvenation activities are designed in the calm milieu that soaks in the aromas of coffee and cardamom.
Rs. 12,500 per night on an avg
Diphlu River Lodge, Assam
The Royals stayed here! Well, that’s not what makes it special but that does catch your eye, right? The Diphlu River Lodge, at the periphery of Kaziranga National Park, is an exclusive property, which may not easily come up in your search results but that’s for a purpose—to keep its serenity and unscathed charm intact. This large private property has sustainability weaved in its being. All 12 cottages (8 individual and 4 semi-detached) are built of bamboo and other local materials. Every nook of the lodge mirrors the wild richness of the ethnic rural char. The commitment to responsible tourism is evident in its operations with organic farming and recycling as a major part of its functions. What a delight to live in a space that gives back to the environment right?
Rs. 9000 to Rs. 12000 for a night
Which one excites you the most? While there’s still time for travel and tourism to resume, keep this list handy and plan a trip to explore these safe and nature loving places. Bet you’ll have an experience truly satiating.