Stay At These Incredible Eco-Friendly Hotels In India With Stunning Locations Across The Country

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India is a land of diverse traditions. However, one commonality between the different cultures of the country is the unified love for Mother Earth. And where better to immerse yourself in, than at one of the country’s growing number of sustainable hotels?

What are Eco-friendly hotels?

The best eco-friendly hotels in India are known to respect nature, engage with community, and care for every being in their surroundings. These one-of-a-kind accommodations not only excel in their holistic sustainability ethos’ but also provide the very best in luxe accommodations.

Read on to see how these properties approach everything, from building materials to water treatment to cut down the carbon footprints; and be sure to take a look at the best heritage boutique hotels in India to add some royal glamour to your holiday too.

Eco-Resorts in Rajasthan

1. Khem Villas, Ranthambore

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Location: On the outskirts of Ranthambhore National Park.

Khem Villas is a luxury jungle camp at Ranthambore, designed to provide peace and tranquility within its luxurious and very personal atmosphere.

Environmental responsibilities: The focus at Khem Villas is not just about tigers but is also involved with two NGOs: Ranthambhore Foundation and Tiger Watch which help in providing health care, education, afforestation, dairy development, employment generation, monitoring of Tigers and more importantly sustainable livelihoods.

Cost: 34,000 INR/night onwards for 2

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2. SUJÁN The Serai, Jaisalmer

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Location: 45 minutes from downtown Jaisalmer, Rajasthan.

SUJÁN The Serai is among the highest-rated eco-friendly hotels in India, re-defining the concept of glamping. Going beyond standard luxuries, they offer lavish indulgences such as walled gardens for privacy, heated jacuzzi pools, king-sized beds adorned by the finest of linen, and en-suite bathrooms.

Environmental responsibilities: Conservation, though, continues to be a SUJÁN trademark. Guests can thus expect farm-to-table dining, unmatched insight into local wildlife, and a chance to partake in community enhancement programs.

Cost: 73,278 INR/night onwards for 2

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3. SUJÁN Sher Bagh, Ranthambore

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Location: Ranthambore Tiger Reserve, Rajasthan.

Another SUJÁN property to make the list, SUJÁN Sher Bagh, an award winning 12-tent resort is the topmost destination to see the national animal of India in its natural habitat. Offering a 1920s colonial camping experience with modern-day opulence, the tents come with brass bathtubs, open showers, patios, walled gardens, an outdoor fireplace, and heated plunge pools.

Environmental responsibilities: However, at the core of SUJÁN is a family heavily invested in wildlife conservation and community building, like providing health benefits to locals, employment, wildlife protection, anti-poaching measures, and a school adoption scheme.

Cost: 1,04,076 INR/night onwards for 2

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Eco-Resorts in Madhya Pradesh

4. Pench Tree Lodge, Pench National Park

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Location: 20 mins from Pench National Park in Madhya Pradesh.

Environmental responsibilities: Ethical glamping at its best, Pench Tree Lodge is constructed using local sal wood and other natural materials, with a pool for a refreshing dip, night trails for the adventurous, a lounge to mingle, and a library to learn more about the local flora and fauna help make every visit here even more eventful. Perched 18-feet above the ground, they grant spectacular panoramic views of the forest and a patio to sit and enjoy stunning sunsets.

Cost: 18,050 INR/night onwards for 2

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5. Kanha Earth Lodge, Kanha National Park

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Location: Spread in area of 16 acres adjoining the buffer zone of Kanha National Park.

Kanha Earth Lodge has 12 luxury bungalows which have been inspired by Gond tribal architecture.

Environmental responsibilities: They offer environmentally sensitive, low-impact accommodation through their design and use of local stone and waste wood, while the absence of neighbouring lodges or highways creates an ideal setting for nature walks, birding and cycling trips through the surrounding forest.

Cost: 15, 884 INR/night onwards for 2

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Eco Resorts in Maharashtra

6. Abode Bombay, Mumbai

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Location: 100 m from Gateway of India.

Abode Bombay is a boutique hotel that has done everything in its power to keep its environmental impact low and its social impact positive.

Environmental responsibilities: The hotel has introduced a number of sustainable initiatives, from eliminating plastic to recycling soap ends in partnership with the Kalwa-based Sundara Fund. The hotel employs local guides, partners with a firm of all-women taxi drivers, and works with the national association of the blind to work with their therapists for the hotel’s spa offerings.

Cost: 5,352 INR/night onwards for 2

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7. Maachli, Sindhudurg

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Location: In a village named Parule, on the Konkan coast and in the Sindhudurg district of Maharashtra. (Less than 50km of North Goa)

Award-winning Maachli is a rustic retreat-cum-farmstay, designed with the concept of bringing man back into union with nature and embracing the simplicity of life.

Environmental responsibilities: Simple A-framed huts are designed in a way to maximise the breeze as natural air conditioning (rather than the electric alternative), and the activities here extend to going for a walk, appreciating the plants, learning about pottery making, or simply sitting back and reading a book.

Cost: 8,848 INR/night onwards for 2

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Eco Resorts in Goa

8. Alila Diwa

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Location: 15mins from Gonsua Beach, Majorda, South Goa.

Alila Diwa is an authentically unique sustainable hotel in Goa. Ensuring no trees were cut during its construction, the hotel strongly believes in maintaining a balance between luxury and its surrounding environment, and the design uses traditional Goan architectural elements that feature different regional materials such as red laterite stone.

Environmental responsibilities: Simultaneously Alila Diwa works with the community, helping the local youth club and maintaining a nearby beach. Dinner at the culinary hotspot, Spice Studio, is a must for gourmands who enjoy homemade food.

Cost: 21, 098 INR/night onwards for 2

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9. La Mangrove, Galgibag

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Location: South of Goa- by the Galgibag River and is located in Canacona.

La Mangrove, is a real “hidden gem” which not many travellers venture this far south in Goa. It is a luxury ‘glamping” resort with just six teepee style tents – which come with full size double beds, plush linens, power outlets to charge your phone, and even space to hang your clothes inside.

Environmental responsibilities: Private bathrooms are a few meters away with composting toilets and wonderful outdoor rain-showers.

Cost: 11,208 INR/night onwards for 2

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Eco Resorts in Karnataka

10. Evolve Back, Kabini

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Location: Kabini, Karnataka (56 mins from Mysore Airport and 17o mins from Bangalore International Airport).

Evolve Back takes inspiration from the local Kadu Kurubu tribe, that encapsulates the design ethos of a traditional village with abodes made using locally sourced natural elements that blend seamlessly with the surroundings. Contemporary elements include large lounging areas, grand bathrooms, and courtyards. Among the best features here are the two swimming pools. The adults-only infinity pool epitomises romance, whereas the family pool presents an activity-laden setting for all ages to enjoy.

Environmental responsibilities: The property has been built to leave the smallest ecological footprint and provides authentic local experiences to guests while engaging extensively with the local community.

Cost: 46,000 INR/night onwards for 2

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Eco Resorts in Kerala

11. Spice Coast Cruises by Coconut Lagoon, Kumarakom

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Location: Along the shores of Lake Vembanad, Kumarakom.

CGH Earth, who run the serenely beautiful Coconut Lagoon Resort has developed a more sustainable version of the houseboat too-

Environmental responsibilities: A traditional Kettuvallom (rice barge) that operates using a mixture of solar power and vegetable oils in order to mitigate environmental damage. The crew of these boats are simple fisherfolk, men who know these waters from their early years. However, they do more than just pilot these behemoths, alternating between navigating the waterways, preparing meals for the guests onboard and generally keeping things ‘shipshape’; terming as ‘hospitality from the heart’, a common CGH Earth feature.

Cost: 21,600 INR/night onwards for 2

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12. Vythiri Resort, Wayanad

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Location: Wayanad- 16 mins from Banasura Sagar Dam and 28 mins from Edakkal Caves.

Vythiri Resort is a luxury resort in perfect communion with nature.

Environmental responsibilities: There are hanging bridges that cross rivers, cabins in the trees, a menu adapted to the reality of the area, local workers, and a construction that respects the materials of the area. “Tread softly, you’re entering nature’s home ground” is Vythiri’s motto, which is fitting for a thoughtfully designed resort located in dense, tropical rainforest.

Accommodation here is made up a range of tree houses, pool-side villas and suites, and some secluded cottages for a complete jungle hideaway experience. There’s a spa, Ayurveda centre and a choice of pools to soothe your limbs after hiking around the property’s grounds.

Cost: 20,000 INR/night onwards for 2

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Eco Resorts in Puducherry

13. Dune Eco Village & Spa, Puducherry

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Location: Along Coramandel Cost- 15km outside Puducherry, Tamil Nadu.

Dune Eco Village and Spa is a wellness resort that highlights the liberal nature of Puducherry. The waterfront property has a total of 62 rooms, bungalows, and houses- contemporary in their facilities, all guest rooms have classic design touches that give them a characteristic appeal.

Environmental responsibilities: Our preference, however, are the sea-facing Eco Bungalows, built using wood from casuarina trees and palm leaves for roofs, they are the reason Dune is constantly listed among the best eco-friendly hotels in India. Guests staying in the bungalows can expect solar water heating, energy consumption bulbs, traditional cooling methods, and organic linen. Plus, Dune Eco Village has two restaurants that serve organic locally sourced food and an excellent healing centre conducting various Ayurvedic treatments.

Cost: 7,392 INR/night onwards for 2

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Eco Resorts in North East India

14. Diphlu River Lodge, Kaziranga, Assam

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Location: On the banks of Diphlu River just 3 kms from the Bagori Forest range office in Kaziranga National Park.

Diphlu River Lodge is a much acclaimed haven of calm and natural beauty in North East India, having a casual, laid back but intimate environment with a focus on appreciating the surroundings.

Environmental responsibilities: There are 12 cottages, all beautifully made with natural materials such as wood and bamboo, and thatched with palm leaves to blend in seamlessly with the surroundings. They also practice organic farming and a number of waste reducing methods, such as composting and grey-water recycling.

Alongside jeep safaris in the park, the resort also arranges river trips to see river dolphins, river cruises on the Brahmaputra, and tea garden visits.

Cost: 16,940 INR/night onwards for 1 adult

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15. Kohima Camp, Nagaland

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Location: Situated in the Jakhama part of Kohima.

Set up for summer each year for the Hornbill festival, Kohima camp is a luxury tented camp set up in the forest wilderness, lending a touch of glamour and luxury. The tents are large and come with en suite luxury bathrooms and verandahs. Each tent boasts a large four-poster bed, colonial style desks, chairs, sofas and armchairs and large cupboards.

Environmental responsibilities: Each camp has a Reception Tent and a Dining Tent, with the former equipped with an extensive library and board games and the latter offering local, Indian and international dishes made from locally sourced ingredients.

The camps offer guided, immersive tours ensuring that guests get an insider’s experience of Nagaland, its traditions and cuisine.

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Eco Resorts in Uttarakhand

16. Vana, Dehradun

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Location: Mussoorie Road, Dehradun, Uttarakhand.

Situated in the foothills of the Himalayas, Vana is a wellness retreat consisting of open spaces, neutral color tones, and delicate interiors, helping visitors rejuvenate their minds with a sense of purity that forever lingers in the air. Not one to compromise on modern-day luxuries, all the rooms in the hotel are well-appointed and comfortable. Our favourite, the Vana Suite, is a 3140 sq-ft abode with 180-degree views, a separate therapy room, a private pool, and a meditation corner.

Environmental responsibilities: Adding further to the bespoke environment of Vana are various eco-friendly endeavours across the property. From rainwater harvesting and solar heating to using organic linen, 99% LED bulbs, and an in-house bottling plant, Vana creates a blissfully inviting eco-friendly space.

Cost: 1,84,080 INR/3 nights(minimum) onwards for 2

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Eco Resorts in Ladakh

17. Nimmu House, Leh

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Location: Located in the small village of Nimmoo, 45 minutes from the airport in Leh.

Occupying a 100-year-old traditional residence, Nimmu House is a seasonal escape, hidden among the mountains at an altitude of 3100 metres. Operating from mid-April to mid-October, it is one of the most extraordinary eco-friendly hotels in India. Nimmu Houses’ is all about staying here and enjoying spacious heritage-infused abodes that come with modern conveniences.

Environmental responsibilities: However, extra efforts by the hotel, such as using solar energy, water recycling, and organic farming, make it a foremost example of sustainable hospitality. Additionally, Nimmu House sells fair-trade handmade products in their gift shop to help the local artisans and neighbourhood economy.

Cost: 14,096 INR/night onwards for 2

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18. Nubra Eco Lodge, Nubra Valley

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Location: Near Sumur sand dunes in the Nubra Valley.

At a 2,700m altitude, Nubra Eco Lodge is nestled into Nubra’s sandy valley with stunning views onto the Karakoram mountain range and desert valley. Wild apricots grow in the orchard, and much of the vegetables are grown on site in the lodge’s organic garden.

Environmental responsibilities: In addition to the organic garden and low-impact tented accommodation, Nubra Ecolodge uses solar power for all its hot water (meaning deliciously hot showers on demand) to lower its environmental footprint. The lodge does its best to encourage guests to drink the fresh Himalayan filtered water as opposed to adding to Ladakh’s plastic waste problem through buying bottles.

Cost: 6,160 INR/night onwards for 2

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Eco Resorts in East India

19. Calcutta Bungalow, Kolkata

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Location: North Kolkata. (3.6 km from Kolkata Railway Station)

This beautiful period bungalow is full of charm, character and little touches that make a stay here every bit a warm and memorable experience. With only 6 rooms, this Kolkata hotel is a bit of a secret and is run by the founder of Calcutta Walks. Environmental responsibilities: The hotel is located in an old Kolkata neighbourhoods that is made up of closely-knit communities, making this somewhere to experience the “real Kolkata”. The hotel provides bicycles to explore the neighbourhood, and the ghats (steps) of the Hooghly River are a 10-minute walk away. Or you can opt to join one of the tours offered by Calcutta walks.

Cost: 5,634 INR/night onwards for 2

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