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Responsible and Sustainable Tourism for Biodiversity Conservation

About Us

“Environmentally responsible travel and visitation to relatively undisturbed natural areas, in order to enjoy and appreciate nature (and any accompanying cultural features, both past and present) that promotes conservation, has low negative visitor’s impact and provide for beneficially active socio-economic involvement of local population.” -IUCN, 96

That’s why ecotourism is considered to be an important tool for attaining Millennium Development Goal. But what happens when an ecologically fragile landscape become famous? A good number of outside players (Resort groups) start their own venture, thus taking away a major share of income which otherwise will be a part of the local economy. This kind of leakage leads to the draining of local economy, directly affecting the socio economic stability of local communities. In ecotourism, linkages and leakages acts as an indicator to check the involvement of local community regarding their empowerment, involvement in capacity building, awareness, strength of their institution and their socio-economic conditions. The ultimate aim of sustainable tourism is to strengthen the network of biodiversity conservation.

Majority of locals residing in the outskirts of protected areas have agriculture as their primary occupation. Monsoon plays an important role is shaping agriculture landscape both spatial and in temporal scale. If Monsoon is good, harvest will be plenty, thereby directly leading to the socio-economic well-being of the local community; but if rainfall is in excess or deficit, farmers will have to pay a huge price. In order to overcome such situation and to upgrade their socio-economic status, it’s important to empower the local communities in various ecotourism programs with sustainable development in a landscape like Periyar Tiger Reserve where tourism is the leading factor.

Monson Retreats is a model concept where we try to blend the architectural design in such a way that it hardly hinders the aesthetic as well as biological diversity of the area. All cottages stands at a height of 10 to 15 feet above the ground making it possible for all farming community to concentrate on agriculture without wasting even a cent of agricultural land in the name of tourism infrastructure but at the same time, earn some additional financial benefits from tourism. In other words, we try to blend agro with ecotourism, that too in sustainable way. Thus avoiding depletion of land in the name of resorts or home stays which otherwise can be used for agricultural production. Sustainability with minimum negative impact on the nature is the basic need of the hour

what we are best at

Crafting Eco Experiences

Our Mission is to create awareness about Climate change and the importance of local biodiversity with the help of sustainable and responsible tourism.

Our Mission

Our Mission is to create awareness about Climate change and the importance of local biodiversity with the help of sustainable and responsible tourism.

Our Vision

Monsoon Retreats Eco-stay is situated in the midst of thick cardamom plantation where we had tried to blend Agro cum Ecotourism. Here we have planted large number of native plants to attract the local biodiversity and the same time retains our agricultural practise to create agricultural awareness hand in hand with ecological awareness. 

About The Owner

Hi, I am Subish Sebastian