Hippie Destinations in South India

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Hippies Guide to South India

Do you wish to visit free spirited places where you can celebrate life and vacation away without being judged for enjoying your time to the fullest? Here's a list of Hippie towns in India. Yes such towns exist. They are all about a vibrant and carefree culture. Hippies don't bother about your actions as long as you don't nudge them around. On the outside it seems like they hold the belief of carpe diem. They get high, they sway away and you'll thoroughly enjoy the happy vibe, least you're a disciplinarian. So just get going and tripping in these Hippie towns and experience the most careless trance of your life.

Here is the list of 8 Hippie Destinations in South India

1. Mahabalipuram, Tamil Nadu

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Known For : Shore Temple Mahabalipuram Beach Five Rathas

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This temple town has a hippie vibe. You can casually chill around here and no one will bother. You can see religious saint wandering around, and smoking up in tiny lanes. The town has a sacred side to it but also bears a bohemian culture which is reflected in the Fisherman's Street which is a tiny stretch of lane that houses some Indo-Continental eateries & hostels & souvenir shops & is a favourite hub of the tourists. It is definitely a free spirited town with all sorts of tourists traversing through.

Best Time: November to February

2. Vattakanal, Tamil Nadu

Take a trek to the Hippies Paradise, Vattakanal. It is a mountainous hippies destination where you can find people chilling by the echo point and dolphin nose and drinking or smoking up in a quiet corner. You can spot many along camping spots. You will find many people on solo trips for treks here. Liquor shops flank the road whilst you take the roads here. Yes, there are some legal issues, but it is chill otherwise. You can't help but follow suit with the very hippie atmosphere here.

3. Pondicherry - The French Riviera of the East

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Known For : Paradise Beach, Pondicherry Aurobindo Ashram Cafes in Pondicherry

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A town which is all about fun places and attractions. With a cultural blend of the French and Indians, it makes for a breezy destination with a happy spirit. The beaches, the French styled avenues, the colonial heritage and very organised structural framework makes for a joyous destination. The crowd too, is very diverse here so you can mingle around with people with different cultural backgrounds. It is indeed, a hippie and happening vacation spot.

Best Time: October to March

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4. Varkala, Kerala - The hidden treasure of Kerala

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Known For : Water Sports in Varkala Varkala Beach Edava Beach

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Kerala is known for its churches and backwaters, but this is the unexplored and non-commercial side of the state. The Varkala Beach is home to a large number of expats and hippies and is a known haven for getting ‘trippy’. No one will disturb you here because no one cares; and for those hunger pangs later, you can head to the shacks or cafes. So, find a corner on the spectacular beach, maybe under one of those tall palm trees and drift away in your world while listening to some serene trance music.

Best Time: Throughout the year

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5. Gokarna, Karnataka - Land of palm trees, blue seas and golden sands

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Known For : Om Beach Mahabaleshwara Temple Paradise Beach, Gokarna

This simple, untouched beach town is adorned by wall art and its much loved beach-side shacks. Yes, it is known for the famous Mahabaleshwara Temple, but the bhakths are not restricted to the temple alone if you know what I mean. The place is grim, not too crowded (barring a few beaches) and no one will disturb you. That’s what a trippy traveller like you, would want, right? All you have to do is hit that Floyd playlist, make use of the ‘pot’ and let Gokarna do the rest for you.

Best Time: Throughout the year

6. Idukki, Kerala - Eco-village in the western ghats

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Known For : Hill View Park Kulamavu Dam

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Home to the Anamudi peak, this rocky land is a favourite with the hippie crowd. Blessed with several rivers and surrounded by beautiful lush greenery, this district in Kerala is world-famous for its ‘pot’. Get some of that magic and head to the beautiful hill station of Munnar nearby and spend time exploring this magic. Though not the easiest of tasks, once you get it, you’ll know why it was all worth it.

Best Time: Throughout the year

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7. Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu - The Princess of Hill Stations

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Known For : Green Valley View (Suicide Point) Kodai Lake Bear Shola Falls

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One of Tamil Nadu’s favourite misty hill stations, this place is known for drawing the hippie crowd, especially sometime during the month of September. It’s the perfect place for a quiet getaway, and the weather is a great plus for a peaceful holiday. If rave is what you’re looking for, you can head to Vattakanal and rave all night at those surreal parties. Look around for a bit, and you’ll see the ‘calmness’ that this place is famous for. It’s exactly what a hippie would want; see it and then believe it.

Best Time: September to May

8. Hampi, Karnataka - The abode of bygone ruins, rusty colors and fascinating landscape

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Known For : Virupaksha Temple, Hampi Vithala Temple Lotus Palace

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It’s on UNESCO’s list of the World Heritage Sites, and for a good reason. However, let that not fool you into thinking that this one of those touristy, steeped in only history destinations; because it is more than just that. It is all that but it also hippies dancing around in this gorgeous rocky land with covered in murals of psychedelic mushrooms. You’ll get all sorts of ‘drinks’ and ‘smokes’ along with likes of Nutella pancakes. If you’ve reached a ghost town where you can hear Bob Marley somewhere in the background and maybe an elephant too, then you’re probably in the right place.

Best Time: October to March

Follow this hippies trail in South India and let us know what you think in the comments below!

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