With the vastness of the country and the richness in a culture that it possesses, it is no wonder that India has more than 6 lakh villages on its lands. According to the 2011 census of India, 68.84% of the people live in Indian villages. Incredible, isn’t it? With all these villages having their own interesting lifestyle and habits, visiting them would be the quest of a lifetime.
If you are tired of the typical “big cities” and would like to explore the village side of India, we can help you select some of the most enchanting of them all. Some of these are lesser-known places, but that makes it all the more memorable and exciting. Get ready to bring home several cherished memories.
1. Enjoying the Solitude in Majuli, Assam
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If you are tired of the pressure from work, and the constant chatter all around you, take a break for a few days and visit Majuli, Assam. It is actually a freshwater river island, with a total area of 650 sq.km. Around the island, you have River Brahmaputra in the South and Subansiri and Kherkutia Xuti Rivers in the North. The people of the island have their own rich culture and tradition and follows Neo-Vaishnavism.
2. A Day of Leisure at Cherai, Kerala
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Cherai is a beautiful village in Ernakulam, Kerala. It’s got a rich cultural heritage spanning more than 700 years and has played a vital role in the history of the country. The Portuguese, Dutch and British have been attracted by the beauty of the village, and you can still find traces of their influence here.
Cherai beach is a popular spot for tourists to hang out in Kerala. There are plenty of resorts in the area, and many of them offer rejuvenating spa and Ayurveda packages. Pallipuram fort built by the Portuguese in 1503 is a must-visit place on the way to Munambam beach from Cherai.
3. View the Shimmering Sunset at Gokarna, Karnataka
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Gokarna in Karnataka is a coastal village you would love to escape to when you want a weekend break. The place is so calm and serene that you can safely stay in a tent and watch the night go by. The scintillating sunset at the Om beach is so popular that people travel long distances to just come here and watch the same.
4. The ‘Desert-ed’ Beauty of Khimsar, Rajasthan
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Khimsar is a quaint little village in Rajasthan, with the backdrop of the Thar Desert to make it more enticing and romantic. It is located on the highway from Jodhpur to Bikaner. You can see spectacular pieces of history in the form of relics, fort, etc. You can also go on a memorable desert safari as well.
5. The Best of Nature at Matheran, Maharashtra
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Matheran is a hill town in Maharashtra, mesmerizing and beautiful. It is a great place to visit if you love to enjoy raw nature, untouched and virgin. You can choose to participate in trekking tours, visit waterfalls, attend adventure camps, and enjoy the tranquility of the place. You can get to the town from Mumbai and Pune, as it is connected by rail.
6. Exploring the Quaint Little Town of Ziro Valley, Arunachal Pradesh
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The stunning landscape of this quaint little town in the Himalayan town in Arunachal Pradesh is incredibly beautiful and pristine. It is a place where you get to relish the true beauty of nature. The dense bamboo settlements, murmuring rivulets and acres of lush rice paddy fields make this village enchanting beyond words. However, you need to get official permits from the Government of Arunachal Pradesh to visit the valley because it is a restricted area.
7. Visit Malana, Nestling in the Hills of Himachal Pradesh
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Malana is a village every nature lover would love to visit. Though a solitary village, the people living there claim to be the direct descendants of Alexander, the Greek ruler who dreamt of conquering India. The village is located in the side valley of Parvati Valley, along the northeast side of the Kuala Valley. You can easily reach Malana village if you are coming from Himachal Pradesh, through Chanderkhani Pass and Rashol.
8. Entering the Land of Teak Plantations at Nilambur, Kerala
Nilambur is one of the beautiful places located in the Malappuram district of Kerala. The town is easily accessible as it shares its borders with the Nilgiri Hills, Eranadu, Palakkad and Calicut. Nilambur is famous for its oldest teak plantation in the world, the Kannimara Teak in Parambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary is a major attraction. The Teak Plantation known as Conolly’s Plot is one of the largest teak plantations in the area.
9.Breathing in the Invigorating Air of Mawlynnong, Meghalaya
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Mawlynnong is an enchanting little village in Meghalaya. And it is one of the cleanest too, as it was awarded the title, “cleanest village in Asia in 2003”. The entire community is dedicated to keeping the village clean by promoting eco-tourism and the government supports them. Trekking in the rich wilderness is one of the most exciting activities in the village, especially from Mawlynnong to the Living Roots Bridge.
This bridge, engineered out of live roots is a sight to capture and commit to memory. There is a tower in Mawlynnong that would let you glimpse Bangladesh. People relish the scenic Umterming waterfall and other smaller waterfalls.
10. Relish the Solitude of Nako at Lahaul Spiti
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Nako is a small town in Spiti Valley and is known for its moon-like landscape. There is an ancient monastery as the village is close to the Tibetan border. This place is truly a blessing of nature, and a trek to Tashigang village would just be the thing for you. Tabo, the proposed UNESCO heritage site also has a monastery that dates back to 9th century AD.
Going on a village tour in India is a rustic affair, and each of these villages is so unique and different, that you will have a great time chronicling your travels. These villages form the true essence of India.
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