Heritage Villas and Hotels in Ooty

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Plantation Homestays and Villas in and around Madikeri and North Coorg

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Premium Bungalows and Villas in Lonavala and Khandala

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Premium Plantation Bungalows and Villas around Chikmagalur

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Premium Villas and Self Catering Options in North Goa

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Self-Catering Cottages and Villas in Manali

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Small Resorts and Homestays around Nainital

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off beat traveller @ Nivalink


Nivalink has extensively travelled all over India since year 2000 (300+ trips) and recognises that homestays / heritage hotels / hotels with an off-beat character represent a specific experience for a traveller. 

Nivalink has visited more than 90% of these personally and has handpicked some of these that have distinct character and charm and are able to consistely offer an experience. We have segmented them under different sub-categories such as Plantation bungalows, beach bungalows, heritage homes, backwater homestays, Hillside Homestays etc. Some of these are specifically documented in under experiences section. You may also browse through some of the documented experiences seggregated statewise as below. 

Alternatively email to for specific inputs on these and we would be able to offer standalone getaways or a custom short break or holiday that has some of these stays in it.

Offbeat Traveller Options In India

Offbeat Traveller options in India Comprise 

North India - Hills

# Kashmir (Pahamgam, Sonamarg, Gulmarg, Srinagar)

# Ladakh (Nimmu, Thiksey, Nubra Valley, Themisgam, Around Leh)

# Himachal Pradesh (Naggar, Tirthan Valley, Shoja, Sangla, Thanedar etc.)

# Uttarakhand (Bhowali, Ramgarh, Sattal, Dhanachuli, Dehradun, Lansdowne etc.)


North India - Plains

# Punjab - Himachal Plains (Pragpur, Gurdaspur, Nalagarh, Bharatgarh, Ludhiana)

# Rajasthan (Deoghar, Khimsar, Dausa, Shekhavati, Pokhran, Pali, Bera, Chandelao etc.)

# Uttar Pradesh (Rampura, Chambal, Kuchesar etc.)


South India - Plains / Plantations

# Kerala (Kannur, Wayanad, Alleppey, Marari, Thodupuzha, Teekoy etc.)

# Tamil nadu (Swamimalai, Pondicherry, Tranquebar, Valparai, Meghamalai etc.)

# Karnataka (Coastal Karnataka, Coorg, Sakleshpur, Chikmagalur, Tirthanhalli, Koppa etc.)


Central India 

# Madhya Pradesh (Alipura, Mahoba, Hameergarhi, Halali, Tawa etc.)

# Chhattisgarh (Kanker, Bastar, Bhoramdeo, Kawardha, Barnawapara)


Western India 

# Goa (Siolim, Palolem, Vagator, Canacona)

# Gujarat(Mandvi, Sayla, Patdi, Nakhatrana etc)

# Maharashtra (Coastal Maharashtra, Matheran etc)


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North India - Kashmir

Areas of of Kashmir, Ladakh, Himachal Pradesh, Garhwal (Uttarakhand) and Kumaon (Uttarakhand) are renowned for offbeat traveller stays and options. 

- Kashmir with its riverside, lakeside and Himalayan character is where one can sit hours doing nothing. Thats what exactly offbeat travellers arrive here for. Some walking, bird watching, ethnic cuisine and village walks also go with this do nothing agenda. Houseboats in Srinagar, Charming stays in Kullan (near Sonamarg), Heritage Hotels in Gulmarg and Riverside Cottages in Laripora (Pahalgam) are ones that attract travellers here from April - Dec. 

Stay Ideas
- Destination Ideas for Kashmir (Common list for Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh)

Hotel Recommendation List for Offbeat Travellers (Filter for Jammu and Kashmir)

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Kullan - A riverside area, 16 kms before Sonamarg (Kashmir) is perfect for Offbeat Travellers

North India - Himachal Pradesh

Himachal Pradesh is renowned for Himalayan Triangle of Thanedar - Sangla - Shoja, which is the mother of all offbeat traveller itineraries. Besides these Naggar (near Manali), Tirthan Valley (Kullu Valley) and areas around Shimla offer excellent offbeat traveller options offering Himalayan views, countryside character and completely cut off from tourists.

Hotel Ideas - Destination Ideas for Himachal Pradesh for offbeat travellers

Hotel Recommendation list for Offbeat Travellers for Himachal Pradesh

Around Shimla

Villas and Self Catering Stays around Shimla

Offbeat Traveller stays around Shimla

Around Manali and Kullu Valley

Charming Heritage Style Hotels in Manali

Villas and Self Catering Stays around Manali

Tirthan Valley and Banjar Valley


Heritage Hotels in Dharamsala 

Cottages and Villas in Dharamsala / Mcleodgunj 

Punjab and Himachal Plains

Offbeat Traveller Heritage Hotels in Punjab and Himachal Pradesh

High Himalayas

Offbeat Stays in Sangla Valley

Camps and Retreats in Sangla

Stay options in Spiti Valley


Ex-Chandigarh Activity Centric Getaways 

Standalone Offbeat Traveller stays in Himachal Pradesh

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Holiday Cottages (March 2010) are a popular option for offbeat travellers to Manali

North - Central India - Uttarakhand - UP - MP

Garhwal and Kumaon region of Uttarakhand are renowned for some stays that offer excellent nature centric and Himalayan experience. These are also in drivable proximity to New Delhi / NCR and are considered popular getaways for the elite looking to avoid touristy Nainital and Mussoorie.

Stay Ideas
for Uttarakhand - Travel Ideas for Uttarakhand 

Stay Ideas for Uttar Pradesh - Travel Ideas for Uttar Pradesh

Stay Ideas for Madhya Pradesh - Travel Ideas for Madhya Pradesh

Travel Idea for Chhattisgarh

Hotel recommendation for Offbeat Travellers to Uttarakhand




Hotel recommendation for Offbeat Travellers to Uttar Pradesh / Central India

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Kalmatia Sangam (Feb 2007) - Favorite option for Offbeat and Experiential Travellers to Almora

North - West India - Rajasthan

Rajasthan is a renowned tourist destination and a haven for offbeat and experiential travellers. Rajasthan is home to some of the most authentic homestays, offbeat heritage hotels and experiential stopover retreats that double up as standalone offbeat getaways.

Travel Ideas for Off Beat Travellers to Rajasthan (Filter for Rajasthan)

Stay Recommendations for Offbeat Travellers of Rajasthan

Experiential Stopover Retreats as Offbeat Getaways for insights / recommendations and cost estimates for your trip.

Bundi (March 2008) - Renowned destination for Offbeat Heritage Travellers

Western India - Gujarat - Maharashtra - Goa

Western India States of Gujarat, Maharashtra and Goa has some of the most unique options for Offbeat Travellers. Offbeat Travellers to Gujarat look forward to the stays with Desert and countryside character. Coastal Maharashtra homestays offer simple stays and delicious ethnic coastal cuisine. Goa offers heritage villas having Portuguese heritage and countryside character.

Stay Ideas for Goa - Travel Ideas for Goa

Stay Ideas for Maharashtra - Travel Ideas for Maharashtra

Stay Ideas for Gujarat - Travel Ideas for Gujarat

Stay Recommendations for Offbeat Travellers for Goa, Maharashtra and Gujarat



Goa for insights / recommendations and cost estimates for your trip.

Heritage Bungalows in Goa (April 2010) are popular with offbeat travellers

South India - Karnataka

State of Karnataka in South India offers offbeat travellers some of the most celebrated plantation homestays, standalone nature centric getaways and Stays around the Coastal Karnataka.

Stay Ideas
for Karnataka - Travel Ideas for Karnataka

Stay Recommendations for offbeat travellers to Karnataka

  • Coastal Karnataka - Homestays around Jog Falls

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Elephant Corridor Homestay (March 2010) - Homestays are Popular with Offbeat Travellers in Coorg

South India - Tamilnadu

State of Tamilnadu for an offbeat Traveller is renowned for its heritage homes of Chettinad area, Beach bungalows of Tranquebar, Plantation bungalows in Valparai and heritage cottages in Ooty / Coonoor area :

Stay Ideas for Tamilnadu - Travel Ideas for Tamilnadu

Hotel Recommendations for Tamilnadu area

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Colonial Bungalows (April 2011) in Ooty / Coonoor are popular with Offbeat Travellers

South India - Kerala

State of Kerala is haven for offbeat traveller and different types of stays here include beach bungalows in Kannur, Plantation homestays in Wayanad, homestays in Alleppey, Houseboat stays in Alleppey / Nileshwar and heritage hotels of Fort Cochin. 

Stay Ideas
for Kerala - Destination Ideas for Kerala

Hotel recommendations for Offbeat travellers to Kerala

Beach, Lakes and Backwaters

Plantation Highlands

Heritage Areas

Urban Areas

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Emerald Isle Heritage Villa, Alleppey (May 2009) - A Popular homestay in Alleppey

East and North East India

East India offers Himalayas, Plantation areas such as Heritage homes of Itachuna (West Bengal), Plantation bungalows of Darjeeling and North Bengal area.

West Bengal

North East

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Pinewood Shillong (April 2008) - A Popular Heritage Hotel

Holidays for Off Beat Traveller

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