Man-made wonders are taking over the world these days, including those in India, but nothing can beat the natural beauty that has made tourists fall in love multiple times. Whether you’re a traveller or just a person on vacation, India’s natural beauty will go out of its way to astound you. There is vibrancy in the countryside of India like no other, and that makes it one of the perfect places for a countryside retreat. India has always taken pride in its charming rural and tribal culture, which is represented in the countryside parts of many areas. So, here’s a look at some of the most beautiful countryside holiday destinations of India.
Number one on our countryside marvels list is the beautiful and snowy Leh-Ladakh, located in the northernmost part of India. Twisting passes, deep valleys, daring trekking points and a spectacular landscape that surpasses anything you’ve ever seen, Leh-Ladakh takes the cake when it comes to a beautiful countryside location. For an adventure lover and an enthusiastic traveller, Ladakh is a place that should not be overlooked. There is mesmerizing beauty in almost every part of this countryside, be it the nature, culture, cuisine or the rich Buddhist heritage. It is peaceful and bold at the same time, and will surely leave a lasting impression upon a visitor.
India’s north-east region might not be the first on your list, but it should well be, because there is ample natural fineness in the state of Arunachal Pradesh. With the stunning setting of the Himalayas and a culture that is envied by so many other places, Arunachal Pradesh has everything you could ask for as a traveller. If you’re visiting Leh and Ladakh, the north-eastern region of India will be open to access, and there is plenty to see and explore in those parts. Wildlife, monasteries, snowy terrains, river rafting, waterfalls, looming mountain peaks, hill-treks and resorts are just a few of the amazing things that north-east India offers in terms of natural beauty.
Gujarat’s lovable district of Kutch is known for its tradition and culture that goes back centuries. Art and craft, textiles, food, and architecture among other amazing things are what makes Kutch what it is. This sprawling landscape is home to the most culturally rich heritage of India, and tourism is its best asset. If you wish to explore some exquisite natural beauty as well as learn about the deep-rooted heritage of Gujarat, Kutch is one of the best places to do so. There is a lot that can be discovered in Kutch, and a countryside vacation here would prove to be quite rewarding. Indulge in camel-safari, stay in quaint resorts, experience the Rann Utsav (cultural festival of Kutch), visit traditional temples, and see the wildlife sanctuaries. Many such amazing activities will make for the experience of a lifetime in Kutch.
The southern state of Kerala needs no introduction when it comes to natural beauty. Kerala is filled with numerous hill-stations, rivers, beaches, charming villages, flora and fauna, and tea plantations etc. which keep a traveller stuck with a camera for a long while. The picturesque environment of Kerala is fuelled by its deep trenches and nature retreats that provide the adventure of a lifetime. This southern coastal state is everything a nature-lover needs in life, and it surely will prove to be quite unforgettable when it comes to a countryside holiday. Old-fashioned cottages amidst nature and charming resorts are scattered all around Kerala, and there is ample landscape of greenery that will prove to be one of the most tranquil parts of your travel to this serene location.
Maharashtra’s very own charming and tranquil attraction is Konkan, which is famous for its authentic cuisine and ethereal beaches. If there is one thing that a tourist visits Konkan for, it’s the food. What better way to explore the bountiful natural surroundings of Konkan than with the delicious food and exotic music and dance? With the Sahyadri mountains giving it a backdrop and the Arabian Sea providing some envious beaches, Konkan manages to give its visitors a peek into the rich culture and tradition of Maharashtra, Karnataka and Goa. Beach resorts and motels that will make your stay even more enjoyable are easily found in Konkan, which will make the experience worthwhile.
There is unparalleled beauty in the countryside regions of India, which prove to be a tourist’s paradise on any number of visits. Don’t forget to add the aforementioned locations to your list for the next natural retreat you plan!
Rohit is an avid traveller and nature lover. He shares his adventures and experiences from the various parts of India on TransIndiaTravels.com.