- Tourism associated with geological attractions and destinations.
- Deals with the abiotic natural and built environments
- First defined in England by Thomas Alfred Hose in 1995
Benefit : Geotourism adds to ecotourism’s principal focus on plants (flora) and animals (fauna) by adding a third dimension of the abiotic environment. Thus it is growing around the world through the growth of geoparks as well as independently in many natural and urban areas where tourism’s focus in on the geological environment
What is in news :The Geological Survey of India (GSI) has identified certain geological sites across the Northeast for promotion of geo-tourism as some States in the region prepare to ‘unlock’ from September.
Famous geo sites in INDIA
|Rama Setu is also known as Sethusamudram should be considered as a national monument and the symbol of national unity in India. This ancient bridge of 30 km long separates the Palk Strait with Gulf of Mannar and should declared as a national monument of Bharat.
|Peninsular Gneiss is one of the older gneissic complex and identified one of the best exposures of this rock mass. The famous Lalbagh gardens of Bangalore city has declared it as a National Geological Monument and called as the Lalbagh rock.
|Bhedaghat Marble Rock
|Marble Rocks at Bhedaghat are metamorphic rock found along the Narmada river in central India. The Marble Rocks are a gorge along part of the river and rich in magnesium.
|Chambal river basin has a unique geographical feature characterised by an undulating floodplain, gullies and ravines. The Ravines of Chambal hosts tourist lodge and other facilities to promote eco-tourism.
|Lonar crater lake is a saline soda lake located at Lonar in Buldhana district, Maharashtra. The Crater of Lonar is the worlds oldest and largest crater in India,created by a meteor impact.