Environment & Forests

Tamil Nadu Ecotourism Policy 2017(Sectoral)

Following its definition, ecotourism is “responsible travel to nature areas that involves interpretation and education, conserves the environment, and sustains the well-being of the local people.” To provide ecotourism options to support the preservation of Tamil Nadu’s rich natural and cultural heritage and to improve the dependent people’s ability to support themselves. The principal goals of this policy are


  1. To recognize, market, and advance natural places as destinations for ecotourism.
  2. To manage the influx of visitors within the threshold level to maintain the holiness of the site, and to grow ecotourism on each site depending on the carrying capacity.
  3. To encourage environmentally sustainable infrastructure that adheres to the guiding principles.
  4. To encourage collaborations amongst all parties involved in the creation, marketing, and upkeep of ecotourism destinations.
  5. To provide means of subsistence and distribute earnings to the nearby communities in exchange for their support of conservation.
  6. To improve hospitality ethics, enhance tourist experiences, and increase the ability of all stakeholders to interpret the natural and cultural aspects of the places.
  7. To develop visitor and sustainable tourism codes of conduct that are site-specific.
  8. To enhance tourist learning experiences for conservation and to promote nature conservation through teaching and awareness-raising.  


Year: 2017

Department:  Environment & Forests

Sustainable Tourism Practices Community-based Tourism Biodiversity Conservation in Tourism Eco-friendly Tourism Initiatives Protected Areas Tourism Local Community Participation in Ecotourism Wildlife Tourism Regulations Heritage and Nature Tourism Tourism and Environmental Sustainability Promotion of Responsible Tourism Cultural Heritage in Ecotourism Tourism Infrastructure Development Partnerships with Local Communities Conservation of Natural Landscapes Ecotourism Development Plans Tourism Impact Assessment Eco-friendly Accommodations Tour Guide Training in Ecotourism Policy Implementation and Monitoring