No sight can be as pleasant as that of lush greenery. While we humans are not really doing a great job when it comes to preserving nature, some places on this beautiful planet have managed to successfully stay away from urbanization and maintain their green forest cover. India is blessed with some states where you can still find an impressive expanse of green. (ALSO SEE Here are the 10 cleanest cities of India for 2017!) Not only do these states provide great views and breathtaking landscapes, they also help maintain the ecological balance. One visit to any of these lush green states can be rejuvenating enough for you to face the pollution and hustle bustle of your urban lives. Here are the greenest states in India that have stood the test of time and the brutal brunt of modern development.
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India’s northeast is perhaps its greenest region. The state of Mizoram has close to 90 percent of its area covered in forests making it the unanimous winner for greenest state in India. It is not the best state when it comes to tourism in northeast India. However, attractions like Vantawang Falls and Phawngpui Hills are hidden gems worth exploring in this state.
Arunachal Pradesh greenery
Known for its lush green hillocks, gushing waterfalls, and magnificent monasteries, Arunachal Pradesh is the second greenest state of the country with around 80 percent forest cover. While it is difficult to move about in this state on account of the bad roads, it is still a delight for those who like to tread off the beaten path.
Nagaland, Meghalaya. Manipur
Forest cover in Nagaland
The other northeastern states of Nagaland, Meghalaya and Manipur too have a thick forest cover with more than 75 percent land covered in greenery. Meghalaya is perhaps the most touristy of these states being home to popular attractions like Cherrapunji, the double-decker living root bridges, Asia’s cleanest village Mawlynnong and the vibrant city of Shillong. CHECK OUT 10-day itinerary to explore the best holiday destinations in northeast India
A delight for honeymooners and water sports enthusiasts, Lakshadweep is one of India’s Union territories and has a wide forest cover. With 36 atolls. Lakshadweep’s coral reefs make it a place worth visiting. The view of green forests from the water is a sight to behold.
Andaman and Nicobar islands
Greenery in Andaman and Nicobar islands
Andaman and Nicobar islands are India’s own exotic holiday spot. With a thick mangrove forest cover, Andaman and Nicobar islands has a considerable portion of its land covered in greenery. The palm-lined, white sand beaches are the biggest tourist attractions of the Andaman and Nicobar islands. The islands are known for their coral reefs and diverse aquatic life making them a preferred destination for scuba diving and snorkeling.
The northeastern state of Sikkim is a paradise for trekkers. Sikkim too has close to 47 percent forest cover. Around 500 sq km of Sikkim’s area is under very dense forests, 2,161 sq km area under moderately dense forests, and 698 sq km is under open forests. This gives Sikkim a considerable green canopy making it one of the greenest states in India.
It should come as no surprise that one of India’s prime monsoon destinations is also one of its greenest states. Known as God’s Own Country, Kerala is abundant in natural beauty. Its beautiful tea gardens and serene backwaters draw in tourists from all around the world. Close to 45 percent of Kerala is covered in greenery. It would be fair to say that Kerala is India’s greenest popular attraction. (DON’T MISS Top 5 monsoon destinations in Kerala you must visit)
It may surprise you but despite the heavy tourism and commercialization, Goa remains one of the greenest states in India. This only adds to the allure of this wonderful beach destination which is considered to be India’s biggest party spot. Beautiful beaches dotted with palm trees overlooking lush green hillocks with an occasional rainbow stretching across the sky – that’s Goa for you!
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