Of late the Indian tourism ministry has been focusing on rural tourism by developing certain Indian villages known for their uniqueness. The idea behind this initiative besides providing a livelihood to the villagers is also aimed at preserving the unique culture and heritage of the villages India and increasing the environmental consciousness among the people.

Defined as an activity which takes place in the countryside, rural or village tourism in India is multi-faceted and may entail farm/agricultural tourism, cultural tourism, nature tourism, adventure tourism, and eco-tourism. Village tourism also aims to benefit the local community economically and socially as well as enabling interaction between the tourists and the locals for a more enriching tourism experience. It is pretty much experience oriented, meshes with seasonality and local events and is based on preservation of culture, heritage, and traditions.

If rural tourism catches and your fancy and inspires you to take an off beaten track, then below are some of the unique villages that you can visit. The good thing is that most of these villages are spread throughout the county so you can take your pick. But do note, accessibility can be a problem so make sure that you have prepared well and done your research.

Rural Tourism Sites and their USPs


States Name of the Villages USP
 Gujarat Heritage village at Tera Heritage
Village Hodka, District  Kachchh Mirror work/Embroidery
Navagaon and Malegaon villages, District  Dang Culture & Eco-tourism
Nageshwar, District  Jamnagar Mirror Work and Heritage
Dandi Village, District  Navsari Mahatma Gandhi Heritage
 Maharashtra Sulibhanjan-Khultabad District  Aurangabad Sufi tradition and Culture
Morachi Chincholi Farming
Rajasthan Neemrana, District  Alwar Historical
Samode Village, District  Jaipur Lac Work, Pepper painting, Gems stone Painting
Haldighati, District  Rajsamand, Historical


States Name of the Villages USP
 Chhattisgarh Village Chitrakote, District Bastar (I) Chitrakote Water falls
Village Chitrakote,District  Bastar (II) Chitrakote Water falls
Nagarnar, District  Bastar Bell Metal/ Terracota
Kondagaon, District  Bastar Bell Metal/Terracota
Mana-Tuta, District  Raipur Adventure Tourism
Village Chilpi, District  Kabirdham Silk weaving and
Baiga tribe cuilture
Village Odh, District  Raipur Terracotta
 Madhya Pradesh Chaugan, District  Mandla Lantana Craft
Pranpur, District  Ashoknagar Chanderi Sarees
Orchha, District  Tikamgarh Historical and Adventure (River rafting)
Amla, District  Ujjain Historical
Village Devpur, District  Vidisha Spiritual heritage
Seondha, District  Datia Wood and stone craft
Budhni, District  Sehore Historical, Spiritual and Wood craft


States Name of the Villages USP
 Bihar Nepura Village, District  Nalanda Tusser Silk weaving
 Jharkhand Amadubi Art “Pyatkar” painting
Deuridih, District  Saraikela,Kharsawan Chhau Dance
 Odisha Raghurajpur, District  Puri Stone Craft and Pattachitra
Pipli in Puri District Applique work
Khiching, District  Mayurbhanj Folk Music “Bhagabat Tongi” Clorite Stone Craving
Barpali, District  Bargarh Sambalpuri sarees
Hirapur, District  Khurda Historical
Padmanavpur, District  Ganjam Puppet Dance, Tiger Dance and Textile weaving
Deuljhari, District  Angul, Spiritual
Gurukul of Konark Natya Mandap Stone Craft and Pattachitra
 West Bengal Ballabhpur Danga, District  Birbhum Folk Dance
Sonada Village, District  Darjeeling Heritage
Mukutmonipur, District  Bankura Sari weaving
Village Antpur, District  Hoogly Sari weaving
Village Kamarpukur,District  Hoogly Spiritual & Craft


States Name of the Villages USP
Andhra Pradesh Pochampalli, District  Nalgonda Cotton & Silk Sarees
Konaseema Village,District  East Godavari Eco-tourism (Coast development)
Puttaparthi,District  Anantapur Culture (Spiritual life)
Chinchinada, District  East Godavari Eco-tourism (Coast development)
Srikalahasti, District  Chittoor Kalamkari work
Village Etikoppaka, District  Vishakhapatanam Wood Craft
Village Dharmavaram, Anantapur Handlooms & Craft
Village Kuchipudi, District  Krishna Culture & Dance form
Village Nirmal, District  Adilabad Paintings
Village Cheriyal, District  Warangal Scroll paintings
 Karnataka Kokkare Bellur, District  Bellur Eco-tourism
Attiveri Bird Sanctuary,District  Uttar Kannada Eco-tourism
Banavasi District  , Uttar Kannada Stone machinery, Wood Carving and Musical instruments
Anegundi, District  Koppal Banana Fibre Craft
Coorg, District  Kodagu Coffee Plantation
Kerala Kumbalangi, District  Ernakulam Ethnic Cuisine and traditional boat ,carpentry
Arnamula, District  Pathanamthitta Mural Paining
Balrampur ,District  Thiruvananthapuram Weaving of traditional sarees
Villege Kalady, District  Ernakulam Spices Village
Village Anakkara, District  Idukki Spice Village
Village Clappana Fishing
 Puduchery Village Alankuppam Craft
 Tamil Nadu Kazhugumalai, District Thoothukudi Spiritual and Pottery making
Theerthamalai, District  Dharmapuri Historical
Karaikudi, Chettinadu,District  Sivaganga Palm leave baskets, Gold Jewelry
Devipattinam Navbhashnam,District Ramnathpuram Stone Carving
Thirukurungudi, District  Tirunelveli Historical
Thiruppudaimaurthur,District  Tirunelveli Historical
Village Kombai, District  Theni Spice
Thadiyankudissai, District  Dindigul, Spice Village
Village Vedanamalli,District  Kancheepuram Eco-tourism


States Name of the Villages USP
 Haryana Jyotisar, District  Kurukshetra Dari weaving
 Himachal Pradesh Nagar, District  Kullu Topi and Shawl weaving
Paragpur, District  Kangra Himachal Heritage
Village Baroh, District  Kangra Gurukul Culture
 Jammu & Kashmir Village Pahalgam, District Anantnag Pilgrimage
Village Akingaam, District  Anantnag Culture(Folk Dance :Bhand Pathar)
Village Drung, District  Baramula Adventure
Village Dandmoh, District  Baramulla Kangri and basket making and carpet weaving
Village Gohan, District  Baramulla Pilgrimage
Village Chahel & Sahakote, District  Baramula Gaba Saji Craft
Surinsar, District  Jammu Adventure (Trekking)
Village Jheri, District  Jammu Adventure
Gagangir, District  Srinagar Adventure
Manasbal, District  Srinagar Carpet weaving
Village Litter, District  Phulwama Pilgrimage
Village Khag, District Budgam Adventure
Village Tegar Semor, District  Leh Handloom & Craft
Village Marwari karool,District  Doda Pilgrimage
Wader Wader Bala, District  Kupwara Culture
Village Bhawani (Mangla Mata), District  Rajouri Culture
Village Naranag, District  Gandherbal Culture & Craft
Village Hirpora, District  Sophian Adventure (trekking)
Village Vasaknag Adventure
Village Dori Degair Cuture
Village Watlab Adventure (Water
Village Rafiabad Craft
Village Nowgam Culture
Village Shar-Shalli Culture
 Punjab Boothgarh, District  Hoshiarpur Glass Work
Rajasansi, District  Amritsar Carpet weaving
Chamkaur, Sahib, District  Ropar Spiritual
Jainti Majri, District  Mohali Woodcraft
Village Chhat Phulkari Embroidery
 Uttarakhand Jageshwar, District  Almora Spiritual
Agora Village (Dodital)District  Uttar Kashi Eco-tourism
Mottad and its satellite station, District  Uttarakashi Eco-tourism
Chekhoni Bora, District  Champawat Adventure
Koti, Indroli, Patyur,District  Dehradun Eco-tourism
Mana, District  Chamoli Trekking Adventure
Village Sari, District  Rudraprayag Eco-tourism
Village Adi Kailash, District  Nainital Adventure
Padmapuri,District  Nainital Adventure
Nanakmatta, District  Udham SinghNagar Spiritual
Tryuginarayan, District  Rudraprayag Spiritual and Adventure
 Uttar Pradesh Bhitar Gram, District  Rae Bareli Historical Culture
Mukhrai, District  Mathura Folk Dance
Bhaguwala, District  Saharanpur Ban Grass Craft
Village Barara, District  Agra Handicraft


States Name of the Villages USP
Assam Durgapur, District  Golaghat Bamboo Craft and Cuisine
Dehing-Patakai Kshetra,District  Tinsukia Culture and Eco tourism
Sualkuchi in District  Kamrup Patta and Moga Silk weaving
Village Asharikandi, District  Dhubri Terracota Craft
Arunachal Pradesh Village Rengo, District  East Siang Culture and Bamboo Cane handicraft
Ligu village, District  Upper Subansiri Culture
Village Ego-Nikte, District  West Siang Culture
Village Nampong, District Changlang Culture
Village Deke, District  West Siang Ethnic tribal culture
 Manipur Khongion, District  Thoubal Manipur Dance
Village Noney, District  Tamenglong Manipur Dance
Andro, District  East Imphal Bamboo Craft
Village Liyai, District  Senapati Ethnic culture
 Meghalaya Village lalong, District  Jaintia Hills Adventure
Village Sasatgre, District  West Garo Hills Bamboo Craft
Village Mawlynnong, District  East Khasi Hills Eco-tourism
 Mizoram Village Thenzawl, District Serchchip Handloom weaving and ethnic culture
 Nagaland Mopunchupket, District  Mokokchung Shawl weaving
Avachekha, District  Zunheboto Tribal Culture
Changtongia, District  Mokokchung Tribal Culture
Leshumi, District  Phek Tribal Culture and
Thetsumi, District  Phek Tribal Culture
Kuki Dulong, District  Dimapur Tribal Culture
Longsa, District  Mokokchung Tribal Culture
Mitikhru, District  Phek Art & Craft (Woodcraft), Hand loom
Chungli Yimti,District  Tuensang Historical & Tribal Culture
Village Longjam, District  Zunheboto Craft /Hand loom (Mekhala and Shawls)/Culture
Village Shena Old, District  Zunheboto Adventure (trekking and bird-watching)
Village Longidang, District  Wokha Wood craft and carving
 Sikkim Lachen , District  North District Rugs and Carpet
Chumbung, District  West Sikkim Eco-tourism (Home stay)
Tingchim, District  West Sikkim Trekking, Bird watching and Butterflies
Maniram Bhanjgyang Culture
Village Rong Culture
Village Jaubari, District   South Sikkim Adventure & Eco tourism
Village Tumin, District  East Sikkim Culture
Village Srijunga Martam, District  West Sikkim Culture
Village Darap, District  West Sikkim Eco Tourism
Village Pastenga Gaucharan, District  East Sikkim Culture and Ethnic Lifestyle
Village Pendam Gadi Budang, District  East Sikkim Culture
 Tripura Kamlasagar, District  West Tripura Historical
Jampui Hills, District  North Tripura Eco-tourism
Durgabari, District  West Tripura Tea Gardens
Devipur, District  West Tripura Farming
Malayanagar, District  West Tripura Tribal Culture and Eco-tourism
Village Banabithi, District  West Tripura Eco-tourism and tea gardens
Village Harijula, District  South Tripura Eco-tourism
Village Kalapania, District   Sonamara Sub Division Religious
Village Sarsima, District  Belonia Eco-tourism
Village Bagbari, District   Sadar Sub Division Eco – Tourism