A Treehouse Honeymoon in India

There are many ways you can get closer to nature on your eco-friendly honeymoon but you may not have considered spending some time at a tree house resort in India. India is a great place for a honeymoon, particularly if you want to avoid the busier cities. There are many tranquil resorts where you can stay in eco-friendly accommodations that are a lot more unusual than a standard hotel room!

Vythiri Resort, Wayanad

This resort is in Kerala and is very eco-friendly. Located in the heart of a rainforest, the views from the rooms are amazing. The location also means that you are well placed to find out more about the local wildlife and the conservation work that has been carried out here. Don’t be fooled into thinking that staying in a tree house means that you have to compromise on luxury. The accommodation here includes features such as Jacuzzis and plunge pools.

The Machan, Lonavala

This region is already a hit with those from Mumbai and Pune as a destination for a short break. The Machan resort is a luxury destination where you can enjoy comfort and style 40 feet above the ground. The resort is 100% off-grid and only sustainable materials were used to build it.

Tree House Hideaway, Bandhavgarh

The accommodation here has every modern convenience that you could want. In the heart of a tiger reserve, this is a great place to observe the local wildlife.  Local materials and craftsmen were used to create the resort, which offers air conditioned rooms and other amenities. The resort has been named as one of the top 100 in India.

Tree House Cottages, Manali

This is a family-run resort that offers you many different options for your stay. There is a vegetarian menu served by the resort or you can make use of your own kitchen to prepare your own meals. The resort can also arrange for you to go on one of several day trips to nearby attractions. Most of the accommodation is cottages but you can also choose to stay in a Swiss tent.

Vanya Tree House, Thekkady

With electricity generated by solar power and wind turbines, this eco-friendly resort is located in the Periyar Forest on a 12 acre site.  Guests can enjoy the local Kerala cuisine that is cooked on traditional wood burning stoves.  The water for the site is taken from a well and guests need to be careful with the amount of electricity that they use because the only supply is that which is generated on-site. This is a great place, not only if you want to get back to nature, but if you want to make sure you are conserving the Earth’s natural resources.

These are just a few of the treehouse resorts that are available in India. No matter which one you choose you can rest assured that your stay has not had a great impact on the environment.

 

Eco-friendly Wedding Details for 2017

So you want to plan your eco-friendly wedding this year?  With environmentally friendly products and services becoming much more popular, you might think that it would be easy to do this, but if you want to stay on trend there are a few things to take into consideration that will not damage the planet any further.

Wedding décor

Using recycled materials and locally produced items, you can dramatically reduce the environmental impact of your wedding. Try fresh flowers for decoration – these are biodegradable and can be taken home by guests at the end of the day.  The one thing you really need to avoid are balloons. While most people favor them because they are cheap, cheerful and easy to use, they are not the environment’s best friend. The actual rubber material used to make them is harmful for the environment and can easily end up in the water system where they can be consumed by fish and birds.  You could as an alternative, decorate the room with rented items such as parasols or create your own from recycled paper.

Eco-friendly confetti

While many people still use the less-than green variety of confetti, they love the idea of an environmentally-friendly version. Flower petals are the best choice here – they are biodegradable and let’s face it, they look much better in the wedding photos than tiny pieces of colored and coated paper. The paper version can actually be around much longer than you might think and it is so easy for it to be picked up by birds too.  You could make your own confetti. Why not get your own flower petals, dry them and then crush them so they are in fairly small pieces?  They retain the color and will still look great in the photos. You can mix it with birdseed too if you prefer – the birds will be attracted to the seed so it doesn’t just hang around on the pavements.  Don’t mix the petals with rice – this can be damaging if the birds pick it up.

A bird’s eye view

Up until a couple of years ago if you wanted aerial views of your wedding, you had to hire a helicopter.  Needless to say not many couples chose to go down this route, mainly because of the cost but some people were also mindful of the environmental considerations. However, this year aerial photos are going to be big news at all weddings and this is due mainly to the rise in popularity of the humble drone!  You can get aerial photos of your big day without seeing a spike in your carbon footprint – why not ask one of your guests?  There are a lot of people who own drones these days and the cost should also be fairly low.

Finally – don’t forget that recycled gold and jewelry are big news at the moment.  Ecoura can supply you with renewed gold rings that have not had a dramatic environmental or social impact.