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There’s something very soothing about the pristine beauty of the villages that tugs our hearts. And our Bollywood film-makers leave no stone unturned in discovering the hidden gems of our country. Let us help you pick a beautiful village, shown in Bollywood movies, where you and your partner can rejuvenate yourselves.
From the waterfalls of Ram Teri Ganga Maili to Daaku Gabbar Singh’s adda, here we have covered the beautiful countryside of India where you can take a break from the gridlock traffic and the fast-paced lifestyle of big cities.
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Tu hi re, tu hi re, tere bina main kaise jiyun... The soulful number against the rain drenched lush green landscape of the mighty Bekal Fort was a chartbuster in the 90s. If you are planning to woo your partner in a special way, then a small getaway to experience the raw beauty of Kerala is all you need to make it more memorable. Enjoy the seafood, pamper yourself with a day in spa and last but not the least, don’t forget to try Sadhya in which the feast is traditionally served on a banana leaf.
The landscape is as perfect for the adrenaline junkies as it was for ‘Daaku Gabbar Singh’ of Sholay. Located in Karnataka, around 50 km from Bangalore, Ramanagara is excellent for trekking, ziplining, rappelling and many other adventurous activities that you can think of. If you and your partner are daring enough to take such challenges, then this should be a must on your to-do list that you can do together.
Around 90 kms from Pune, lies a picturesque village Menawali, better known as Charanpur of Swades, Tejpur of Gangajal and Shivgarh of Singham. Take a tour to the Krishna River, Ganapati Aali Ghat and Menawali Ghat at Wai, that’s famous for the Dholya Ganapati temple and the big bell and it’s totally worth a day’s trip with your partner. It’s a perfect weekend road trip for you and your partner that would leave you mesmerised with its ethereal beauty.
Pollachi is pure heaven for nature lovers. Hugely unexplored, except by the Bollywood and the regional film industry, it is believed that over 1500 movies have been shot here. Around 40 kms from Coimbatore, this lovely village is a must visit with your partner, especially during the monsoons. With the balmy air soothing the greenery all around, rivers flowing through the lush farmlands and the ancient places on the magnificent Western Ghats as the backdrop is all you need to rekindle your love.
Remember the village shown in Roja? Its divine beauty has managed to cast a spell on everyone who has seen the movie. True to what’s shown in the movie, it’s a magical place with abundance of beauty. Numerous waterfalls, cascades, winding river, greenery, the mist and countless spa resorts make it an ideal pick for your next vacation together. After all, it’s known as the ‘Spa of the South’ for a reason!
History is intriguing. If you and your partner enjoy taking a trip down the mysteries of the past, then Abhaneri, a small village 45 km from Jaipur, would be a perfect choice. The Chand Baori stepwell has featured in many films like Bhool Bhulaiya and Paheli, along with some international flicks like The Dark Knight Rises and The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.
If you wish to indulge in some adrenalin pumping vacation, head over to the exquisite canyons of Meghalaya. Some 30 odd kilometers from Shillong, there is a lesser known destination that will take your breath away. Although the movie didn’t do well, Rock On 2 brought this place in the limelight. The winding roads of the Laitlum Canyon, vast expanse of green, sparkling stream, tiny houses on the cliff, it’s an awesome place to enjoy pristine and virgin beauty of the nature.
If you can move your eyes past the iconic waterfall scene of Mandakini in the movie Ram Teri Ganga Maili, you would fall in love with the village Harsil, where a song of the movie was shot. It’s a small village and a cantonment town hidden secretly in the lap of Himalayas on the banks of river Bhagirathi with panoramic views of the mountains. Known as the camper’s bay of Uttarakhand, Harsil is an ideal destination for couples to the winter abode of Goddess Ganga and seek her blessings.
Situated around 140 kilometres from Mumbai, Malshej is a panoramic hill station with several waterfalls, abundance of wilderness, beautiful bird sighting points and plenty of breathtaking views. Other villages along the Malshej Ghat like Kumbe are equally beautiful and perfect for a quick monsoon getaway. Many big-ticket films have been shot here like Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi, Raavan, Tees Maar Khan and many more. It’s also a favourite location for ad films and Marathi films.
The long stretch of lush green farmlands, coconut trees and the fresh air is what you and your partner need to relax after a hectic week. Tenali region that lies in Andhra Pradesh, where Shreyas Talpade’s well-acclaimed inspirational movie, Iqbal was shot, is exactly what you should be looking for. There are some well-known sanctuaries in the vicinity like the Kolleru Lake Bird Sanctuary and the Coringa Wildlife Sanctuary that offer excellent views and wildlife sightings.
If you are aware of other such unexplored villages in India, do share it with us in the comments below. Have a perfect weekend with your partner!