Centre Releases List of 90 Potential Sites For Ecotourism In India: Full List Here

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Forests and wildlife are elements of nature and inseparable parts of the environment. Because of the intricate nature of the interface between nature and human beings, nature conservation entails interactions with people as a central concept.

Such interaction includes not only the forest fringe dwellers but also those who are living away from the forests for the purpose of creating an experience for the visitors.

Eco-tourism may be developed in and around designated sites in the forest and wildlife-rich areas and ex-situ conservation areas, and such designated sites may include sites of biological, geographical, geophysical, and eco-heritage importance such as mangroves, sacred groves, mudflats, beaches, streams, wetlands, waterfalls, rivers, hills, caves, etc.

Eco-tourism has the potential to create significant opportunities for building public awareness and mass movement towards conservation of nature and natural resources while expanding overall returns to the economy, improving skill base, creating new knowledge and green jobs, and improving the livelihoods of the local communities.

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In a bid to promote low-impact nature tourism, the Environment Ministry has released an indicative list of 90 potential eco-tourism sites in India.

Out of 90, the highest nine sites were identified in Gujarat followed by seven in Himachal Pradesh, five in Karnataka, and four each in Assam, Odisha, Rajasthan, Uttarakhand, and West Bengal.

Sites in India for Ecotourism

S. No.Name of Protected AreaState/UT Administration
1Mahatama Gandhi Marine (Wandoor) National ParkAndaman & Nicobar Islands
2Mount Harriett National ParkAndaman & Nicobar Islands
3Ross Island Wildlife SanctuaryAndaman & Nicobar Islands
4Coringa Wildlife SanctuaryAndhra Pradesh
5Pulicat Lake Wildlife SanctuaryAndhra Pradesh
6Itanagar Wildlife SanctuaryArunachal Pradesh
7Orang National ParkAssam
8DeeporBeel Wildlife SanctuaryAssam
9Hollongapar Gibbon Wildlife SanctuaryAssam
10Pabitora Wildlife SanctuaryAssam
11Vikramshila Gangetic Dolphin SanctuaryBihar
12City Bird Wildlife SanctuaryChandigarh
13Sukhna Lake Wildlife SanctuaryChandigarh
14Kanger Valley National ParkChhattisgarh
15Pamed Wild Buffalo Wildlife SanctuaryChhattisgarh
16Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife SanctuaryGoa
17Dr. Salim Ali Bird (Chorao) Wildlife SanctuaryGoa
18Gir National Park & Wildlife Sanctuary &Gir LandscapeGujarat
19Marine (Gulf of Kachchh) National ParkGujarat
20Barda Wildlife SanctuaryGujarat
21Girnar Wildlife SanctuaryGujarat
22Jessore Sloth Bear Wildlife SanctuaryGujarat
23Kachchh Desert Wildlife SanctuaryGujarat
24Nal Sarovar Bird Wildlife SanctuaryGujarat
25Thol Lake Wildlife SanctuaryGujarat
26Wild Ass Wildlife SanctuaryGujarat
27SultaNational Parkur National ParkHaryana
28Morni Hills (Khol-Hi-Raitan) Wildlife SanctuaryHaryana
29Nahar Wildlife SanctuaryHaryana
30Great Himalayan National ParkHimachal Pradesh
31Dhauladhar Wildlife SanctuaryHimachal Pradesh
32Kalatop-Khajjiar Wildlife SanctuaryHimachal Pradesh
33Kibber Wildlife SanctuaryHimachal Pradesh
34Manali Wildlife SanctuaryHimachal Pradesh
35Pong Dam Lake Wildlife SanctuaryHimachal Pradesh
36Renuka Wildlife SanctuaryHimachal Pradesh
37Dachigam National ParkJammu & Kashmir
38Gulmarg Wildlife SanctuaryJammu & Kashmir
39Hemis National ParkLaddakh
40Changthang Wildlife SanctuaryLaddakh
41Dalma Wildlife SanctuaryJharkhand
42Bannerghatta National ParkKarnataka
43Kudremukh National ParkKarnataka
44Cauvery Wildlife SanctuaryKarnataka
45Daroji Bear Wildlife SanctuaryKarnataka
46Pushpagiri Wildlife SanctuaryKarnataka
47Eravikulam National ParkKerala
48Silent Valley National ParkKerala
49Thattekad Bird Wildlife SanctuaryKerala
50Pitti Island Bird SanctuaryLakshadweep
51Madhav National ParkMadhya Pradesh
52National Chambal Wildlife SanctuaryMadhya Pradesh
53Pachmarhi Wildlife SanctuaryMadhya Pradesh
54Sanjay Gandhi (Borivilli) National ParkMaharashtra
55Lonar Wildlife SanctuaryMaharashtra
56Thane Creek Flamingo Wildlife SanctuaryMaharashtra
57Keibul-Lamjao National ParkManipur
58Balphakram National ParkMeghalaya
59Nokrek Ridge National ParkMeghalaya
60Phawngpui Blue Mountain National ParkMizoram
61Intanki National ParkNagaland
62Harike Lake Wildlife SanctuaryPunjab
63Beas Conservation ReservePunjab
64Bhitarkanika Wildlife Sanctuary & National ParkOdisha
65Chilika (Nalaban) Wildlife SanctuaryOdisha
66Gahirmatha (Marine) Wildlife SanctuaryOdisha
67Nandankanan Wildlife SanctuaryOdisha
68Keoladeo Ghana National ParkRajasthan
69Desert National Park SanctuaryRajasthan
70Mount Abu Wildlife SanctuaryRajasthan
71National Chambal Wildlife SanctuaryRajasthan
72Khangchendzonga National ParkSikkim
73Maenam Wildlife SanctuarySikkim
74Gulf of Mannar Marine National ParkTamil Nadu
75Vedanthangal Wildlife SanctuaryTamil Nadu
76Point Calimere Wildlife SanctuaryTamil Nadu
77KasuBrahmananda Reddy National ParkTelangana
78Clouded Leopard National ParkTripura
79Trishna Wildlife SanctuaryTripura
80Katerniaghat Wildlife SanctuaryUttar Pradesh
81National Chambal Wildlife SanctuaryUttar Pradesh
82KachuaWildlife SanctuaryUttar Pradesh
83Gangotri National ParkUttarakhand
84Nanda Devi National ParkUttarakhand
85Valley of Flowers National ParkUttarakhand
86Kedarnath Wildlife SanctuaryUttarakhand
87Gorumara National ParkWest Bengal
88Jaldapara National ParkWest Bengal
89Neora Valley National ParkWest Bengal
90Singalila National ParkWest Bengal

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