Rural tourism spots in India serve as a haven of serenity and recreation. Tourism in the rural sector is slowly gaining popularity in recent times and villages across the
country can serve as unique holiday spots if you’re looking to enjoy the
culture and customs that the villages have to offer and experience the magic of
An ideal time to visit these alluring spots would be between
November and Mid-February, during which the climate in most parts will be
pleasant and you’ll be able to travel comfortably.
The Villages of
Northern India - A Cultural Oasis
Rajasthan Village Circuit
Rajasthan is a rising rural tourism centre, especially with
villages like Barmer, Bundi, and Nathdawara that are must visit places you
shouldn’t miss. Every village has it unique traditions, rituals and crafts and a visit to these villages is a must when planning a holiday in Rajasthan.
The exotic villages in this area are also famous for the
architectural value of their buildings. The villagers are very friendly and
have a warm smile across their faces at all times.
A few of the activities that you can enjoy in these villages have been given
- On most nights, the local tribes including
Bhils, Banjaras and Meenas dance gracefully to the tune of the Kavelias and
Mirasis, enchanting the onlookers.
- You can opt for farming tours, where you can
take a peek at some traditional farming practices and visit the bustling
village market where craftsmen showcase their talents.
- Visits to the Vaidhya, the village doctor who is
an expert in the science of Ayurveda, are also arranged in such rural centers.
You’ll gain a natural health tip or two through such visits.
- In most Rajasthani villages, including the
enchanting village of Samode, camel rides are organized through the vibrant
alleys and you should try these out.
Hodka in Gujarat is a popular heritage spot in North-Western
India. You can enjoy the overnight camel safari tour and this will surely be an
amazing experience. You can also whip up your creative skills and make artistic
leather articles and mud crafts with the help of the rural folks.
in Himachal Pradesh
Naggar and Raisaon are two picturesque rural tourist spots
included in most of Himachal Pradesh tours. Take a trip and enjoy the freshness and tranquility of the
mountain scenery and absorb the rich heritage that the villages have to offer.
A number of fairs and festivals such as Shoolini Mela,
Shivratri Trade Fair and Minjar Fair are celebrated here where you’ll be lost
in a sea of merriment and color.
The Eastern Village Circuit
– A Tryst With the East
Enchanting villages are nestled away in the Eastern part of
India. Some of the notable rural tourist destinations include Saulkuchi and
Durgapur in Assam, Neepura in Bihar, Lachen in Sikkim, and Mukutmanipur and
Ballavpur Danga in West Bengal.
· Bamboo crafts are extremely famous in Bengal. Visit
the Mukutmanipur Mela, a colorful fair which takes place during the first week
of January. During this event, rural people dance to traditional folk songs,
adorned in attractive and vibrant attire and the craftsmen display their magnificent
In Lachen, you can witness or take part in the
popular Mask Dances and Yak Races, which form an intricate part of the rural
South Indian Villages
- A Unique Experience
In South India, Banavasi and Anegundi in Karnataka;
Kumbalanghi, Annakara and Aranmula in Kerala; Pochampally in Andhra Pradesh
and Thadiyankudissai, Karaikudi, Kazhugumalai and Kurangini in Tamil Nadu are
some of the rural hamlets that are gaining popularity as tourist spots during a trip to South India.
You’ll be able to witness great diversity when it comes to
religion, culture, customs, cuisine, traditions and the way of life in general
between the villages from the north and those down south.
Most villages in this region lie along the coast and depend
upon fishing (rather than farming) as a source of income. Various fishing
expeditions can be arranged during your trip to these coastal villages.
In Kerala, an overnight stay on a houseboat is something that
you shouldn’t miss. The villagers celebrate unique festivals such as Pongal and
Onam, and various boat races are held in Kerala that can hold you in awe for
If you’re looking to escape the hustle and bustle of city
life, just embark on a rural tour across India’s enchanting villages where you
can rejuvenate and find peace.