Yoga classes feature heavily at a new eco hotel on India's east coast. Located north of Pondicherry, the Dune Eco-Beach Hotel aims to combine high style with sumptuous living, wrapped up an environmentally-friendly package.
Set in 30 acres of grounds, the 25 houses and 10 rooms are made from reclaimed building materials from south Indian colonial houses and palaces, and the hotel has been fitted with solar hot water systems and a waste water treatment plant.
Early bird hatha yoga classes, taught by Yoga Master Mr Magesh, run from 7am to 8am every morning and additional private classes can be arranged. A range of treatments is also offer and the hotel pool backs onto the beach.
The Indian government is keen to promote the country's ecotourism agenda and two states, Himachal Pradesh and Madha Pradesh, now have formal ecotourism policies in place.
However, critics have warned there is a long way to go, with little formal evidence of a consistent sustainable agenda, and an infrastructure still hugely inadequate to cater for the country's booming tourism industry.
The pace of tourism to India has rocketed over the last few years: international arrivals between 2002 and 2005 leapt from 2.38m to almost 5m.
UK holidaymakers form the largest section of overseas tourists to the Indian sub-continent, accounting for 16.5% of total visitors in 2005.
For details of packages to the hotel see www.colours-of-india.co.uk