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

 VILLAGE TOURISM SITES IN WEST INDIA

StatesName of the VillagesUSP
 GujaratHeritage village at TeraHeritage
Village Hodka, District  KachchhMirror work/Embroidery
Navagaon and Malegaon villages, District  DangCulture & Eco-tourism
Nageshwar, District  JamnagarMirror Work and Heritage
Dandi Village, District  NavsariMahatma Gandhi Heritage
 MaharashtraSulibhanjan-Khultabad District  AurangabadSufi tradition and Culture
Morachi ChincholiFarming
RajasthanNeemrana, District  AlwarHistorical
Samode Village, District  JaipurLac Work, Pepper painting, Gems stone Painting
Haldighati, District  Rajsamand,Historical

VILLAGE TOURISM SITES IN CENTRAL INDIA

StatesName of the VillagesUSP
 ChhattisgarhVillage Chitrakote, District Bastar (I)Chitrakote Water falls
Village Chitrakote,District  Bastar (II)Chitrakote Water falls
Nagarnar, District  BastarBell Metal/ Terracota
Kondagaon, District  BastarBell Metal/Terracota
Mana-Tuta, District  RaipurAdventure Tourism
Village Chilpi, District  KabirdhamSilk weaving and
Baiga tribe cuilture
Village Odh, District  RaipurTerracotta
 Madhya PradeshChaugan, District  MandlaLantana Craft
Pranpur, District  AshoknagarChanderi Sarees
Orchha, District  TikamgarhHistorical and Adventure (River rafting)
Amla, District  UjjainHistorical
Village Devpur, District  VidishaSpiritual heritage
Seondha, District  DatiaWood and stone craft
Budhni, District  SehoreHistorical, Spiritual and Wood craft

VILLAGE TOURISM SITES IN EAST INDIA

StatesName of the VillagesUSP
 BiharNepura Village, District  NalandaTusser Silk weaving
 JharkhandAmadubiArt “Pyatkar” painting
Deuridih, District  Saraikela,KharsawanChhau Dance
 OdishaRaghurajpur, District  PuriStone Craft and Pattachitra
Pipli in Puri DistrictApplique work
Khiching, District  MayurbhanjFolk Music “Bhagabat Tongi” Clorite Stone Craving
Barpali, District  BargarhSambalpuri sarees
Hirapur, District  KhurdaHistorical
Padmanavpur, District  GanjamPuppet Dance, Tiger Dance and Textile weaving
Deuljhari, District  Angul,Spiritual
Gurukul of Konark Natya MandapStone Craft and Pattachitra
 West BengalBallabhpur Danga, District  BirbhumFolk Dance
Sonada Village, District  DarjeelingHeritage
Mukutmonipur, District  BankuraSari weaving
Village Antpur, District  HooglySari weaving
Village Kamarpukur,District  HooglySpiritual & Craft

VILLAGE TOURISM SITES IN SOUTH INDIA

StatesName of the VillagesUSP
Andhra PradeshPochampalli, District  NalgondaCotton & Silk Sarees
Konaseema Village,District  East GodavariEco-tourism (Coast development)
Puttaparthi,District  AnantapurCulture (Spiritual life)
Chinchinada, District  East GodavariEco-tourism (Coast development)
Srikalahasti, District  ChittoorKalamkari work
Village Etikoppaka, District  VishakhapatanamWood Craft
Village Dharmavaram, AnantapurHandlooms & Craft
Village Kuchipudi, District  KrishnaCulture & Dance form
Village Nirmal, District  AdilabadPaintings
Village Cheriyal, District  WarangalScroll paintings
 KarnatakaKokkare Bellur, District  BellurEco-tourism
Attiveri Bird Sanctuary,District  Uttar KannadaEco-tourism
Banavasi District  , Uttar KannadaStone machinery, Wood Carving and Musical instruments
Anegundi, District  KoppalBanana Fibre Craft
Coorg, District  KodaguCoffee Plantation
KeralaKumbalangi, District  ErnakulamEthnic Cuisine and traditional boat ,carpentry
Arnamula, District  PathanamthittaMural Paining
Balrampur ,District  ThiruvananthapuramWeaving of traditional sarees
Villege Kalady, District  ErnakulamSpices Village
Village Anakkara, District  IdukkiSpice Village
Village ClappanaFishing
 PuducheryVillage AlankuppamCraft
 Tamil NaduKazhugumalai, District ThoothukudiSpiritual and Pottery making
Theerthamalai, District  DharmapuriHistorical
Karaikudi, Chettinadu,District  SivagangaPalm leave baskets, Gold Jewelry
Devipattinam Navbhashnam,District RamnathpuramStone Carving
Thirukurungudi, District  TirunelveliHistorical
Thiruppudaimaurthur,District  TirunelveliHistorical
Village Kombai, District  TheniSpice
Thadiyankudissai, District  Dindigul,Spice Village
Village Vedanamalli,District  KancheepuramEco-tourism

 VILLAGE TOURISM SITES IN NORTH INDIA

StatesName of the VillagesUSP
 HaryanaJyotisar, District  KurukshetraDari weaving
 Himachal PradeshNagar, District  KulluTopi and Shawl weaving
Paragpur, District  KangraHimachal Heritage
Village Baroh, District  KangraGurukul Culture
 Jammu & KashmirVillage Pahalgam, District AnantnagPilgrimage
Village Akingaam, District  AnantnagCulture(Folk Dance :Bhand Pathar)
Village Drung, District  BaramulaAdventure
Village Dandmoh, District  BaramullaKangri and basket making and carpet weaving
Village Gohan, District  BaramullaPilgrimage
Village Chahel & Sahakote, District  BaramulaGaba Saji Craft
Surinsar, District  JammuAdventure (Trekking)
Village Jheri, District  JammuAdventure
Gagangir, District  SrinagarAdventure
Manasbal, District  SrinagarCarpet weaving
Village Litter, District  PhulwamaPilgrimage
Village Khag, District BudgamAdventure
Village Tegar Semor, District  LehHandloom & Craft
Village Marwari karool,District  DodaPilgrimage
Wader Wader Bala, District  KupwaraCulture
Village Bhawani (Mangla Mata), District  RajouriCulture
Village Naranag, District  GandherbalCulture & Craft
Village Hirpora, District  SophianAdventure (trekking)
Village VasaknagAdventure
Village Dori DegairCuture
Village WatlabAdventure (Water
Sports)
Village RafiabadCraft
Village NowgamCulture
Village Shar-ShalliCulture
 PunjabBoothgarh, District  HoshiarpurGlass Work
Rajasansi, District  AmritsarCarpet weaving
Chamkaur, Sahib, District  RoparSpiritual
Jainti Majri, District  MohaliWoodcraft
Village ChhatPhulkari Embroidery
 UttarakhandJageshwar, District  AlmoraSpiritual
Agora Village (Dodital)District  Uttar KashiEco-tourism
Mottad and its satellite station, District  UttarakashiEco-tourism
Chekhoni Bora, District  ChampawatAdventure
Koti, Indroli, Patyur,District  DehradunEco-tourism
Mana, District  ChamoliTrekking Adventure
Village Sari, District  RudraprayagEco-tourism
Village Adi Kailash, District  NainitalAdventure
Padmapuri,District  NainitalAdventure
Nanakmatta, District  Udham SinghNagarSpiritual
Tryuginarayan, District  RudraprayagSpiritual and Adventure
 Uttar PradeshBhitar Gram, District  Rae BareliHistorical Culture
Mukhrai, District  MathuraFolk Dance
Bhaguwala, District  SaharanpurBan Grass Craft
Village Barara, District  AgraHandicraft

VILLAGE TOURISM SITES IN NORTHEAST INDIA

StatesName of the VillagesUSP
AssamDurgapur, District  GolaghatBamboo Craft and Cuisine
Dehing-Patakai Kshetra,District  TinsukiaCulture and Eco tourism
Sualkuchi in District  KamrupPatta and Moga Silk weaving
Village Asharikandi, District  DhubriTerracota Craft
Arunachal PradeshVillage Rengo, District  East SiangCulture and Bamboo Cane handicraft
Ligu village, District  Upper SubansiriCulture
Village Ego-Nikte, District  West SiangCulture
Village Nampong, District ChanglangCulture
Village Deke, District  West SiangEthnic tribal culture
 ManipurKhongion, District  ThoubalManipur Dance
Village Noney, District  TamenglongManipur Dance
Andro, District  East ImphalBamboo Craft
Village Liyai, District  SenapatiEthnic culture
 MeghalayaVillage lalong, District  Jaintia HillsAdventure
Village Sasatgre, District  West Garo HillsBamboo Craft
Village Mawlynnong, District  East Khasi HillsEco-tourism
 MizoramVillage Thenzawl, District SerchchipHandloom weaving and ethnic culture
 NagalandMopunchupket, District  MokokchungShawl weaving
Avachekha, District  ZunhebotoTribal Culture
Changtongia, District  MokokchungTribal Culture
Leshumi, District  PhekTribal Culture and
Adventure
Thetsumi, District  PhekTribal Culture
Kuki Dulong, District  DimapurTribal Culture
Longsa, District  MokokchungTribal Culture
Mitikhru, District  PhekArt & Craft (Woodcraft), Hand loom
Chungli Yimti,District  TuensangHistorical & Tribal Culture
Village Longjam, District  ZunhebotoCraft /Hand loom (Mekhala and Shawls)/Culture
Village Shena Old, District  ZunhebotoAdventure (trekking and bird-watching)
Village Longidang, District  WokhaWood craft and carving
 SikkimLachen , District  North DistrictRugs and Carpet
Chumbung, District  West SikkimEco-tourism (Home stay)
Tingchim, District  West SikkimTrekking, Bird watching and Butterflies
Maniram BhanjgyangCulture
Village RongCulture
Village Jaubari, District   South SikkimAdventure & Eco tourism
Village Tumin, District  East SikkimCulture
Village Srijunga Martam, District  West SikkimCulture
Village Darap, District  West SikkimEco Tourism
Village Pastenga Gaucharan, District  East SikkimCulture and Ethnic Lifestyle
Village Pendam Gadi Budang, District  East SikkimCulture
 TripuraKamlasagar, District  West TripuraHistorical
Jampui Hills, District  North TripuraEco-tourism
Durgabari, District  West TripuraTea Gardens
Devipur, District  West TripuraFarming
Malayanagar, District  West TripuraTribal Culture and Eco-tourism
Village Banabithi, District  West TripuraEco-tourism and tea gardens
Village Harijula, District  South TripuraEco-tourism
Village Kalapania, District   Sonamara Sub DivisionReligious
Village Sarsima, District  BeloniaEco-tourism
Village Bagbari, District   Sadar Sub DivisionEco – Tourism