This summer, ditch the usual getaways and book your tickets to one of these destinations for a much-needed O2 boost.
1. Mawlynnong- The Cleanest Village in Asia
Mawlynnong, located in Meghalaya, is called “the garden of God”. It was awarded the title of “Asia’s Cleanest Village” by Discover India in 2003. Cleanliness must be its most important aspect, but it has accomplished much more than that. From a one hundred percent literacy rate to a highly progressive scenario for women. Mawlynnong has a pleasant weather all throughout the year. Every waste product and garbage item, even dry leaves go into the dustbin. Plastic bags and smoking are strictly prohibited here. Those who fail to follow these rules are charged very heavily. Mawlynnong also converts its own manure from the garbage gathered. People also clean roads and plant trees along with keeping their own rooms clean. One of the most popular attractions of Mawlynnong village is The Sky View which is the vantage point. This site has a viewing tower which is eighty five feet high and completely out of bamboo. Every morning, 90 families from the village clean their homes and the surrounding area. And every Saturday, the villagers clean the village and remove the waste. Biodegradable waste such as leaves are buried and used as manure while other types of waste are removed from the village and burned.
2. Pathanamthitta, Kerala
Pathanamthitta is the second least polluted town in India in terms of air pollution. Pathanamthitta is a municipality located in the central region of Travancore in the state of Kerala, India, spread over an area of 23.50 km2. It is the administrative capital of the Pathanamthitta district. The city has a population of 37,538 inhabitants. The Sabarimala Hindu Pilgrimage Center is located in the Pathanamthitta district; As the main transport hub to Sabarimala, the town is known as the ‘pilgrim capital of Kerala’. In Pathanamthitta, the PCB had measured the Suspended Particulate Matter (SPM) called PM10, meaning particulate matter with diameter less than 10 micrometre (also called micron). One micron is 1/1000000 of a metre. Solar panels power the whole complex, at times returning additional power generated to the state power board. Pathanamthitta has a moderate climate, more or less the same as is prevalent elsewhere in Kerala. The South-West monsoon is usually very heavy. About 75% of its annual rainfall is received during this season.
Pothukal is located between Palunda and Munderi. Pothukallu is well known for its greenery, hospitality of the natives, and availability of all basic amenities, including schools, hospitals, shopping centers etc. There is a police station, mosque, church, and temple at nearby locations. Pothukallu is located at the boundary of three districts namely, Wayanad and Malappuram of Kerala state and The Nilgiris of Tamil Nadu. Pothukallu village is one of the most beautiful places in Malappuram district. People from all communities live with cooperation and unity.
4. Gavi in Pathanamthitta- Ecotourism at Its Best
Gavi is also an adventure hub in God’s Own Country! A serene and tranquil hamlet in the Pathanamthitta district of Kerala, this quaint hilly abode is located off the NH-22, and it rose to fame after the ‘Alistair International’ listed Gavi as one of the ‘Leading Eco-tourism Centres and Must See Place’ in India. It is very close to Periyar tiger reserve and is blessed with a rich population of flora and fauna. Gavi village is surrounded by cardamom plantations managed by Kerala Forest Development Corporation (KFDC), a department of Kerala Government. KFDC operates an ecotourism program with the permission of the forest department. Owing to the lush, evergreen, and favourable climatic conditions, Gavi takes the pride of being an ideal home to a wide range of wildlife species. Nature or wildlife lovers visiting Gavi during their Kerala trip can go for wildlife safaris, bird watching, jungle camping, stay in tree house, and several other amazing activities. Gavi can be quite chilly during the winters; it is the best time for those who loves the winters and want to explore the misty appeal and outlook of this scenic hill station. Temperature remains pretty much below the average level and is accompanied by cool and crispy winds throughout the season.