Solo travel is a self-discovery journey; it lets you explore your likes and dislikes, your limits and comforts. Solo travel is something that everyone should experience at least once in their lifetime. Unfortunately, when it comes to India, because of safety concerns, women are typically anxious about travelling solo. Even those who themselves wouldn’t mind putting a brave front often face regulations and restrictions from family members. This article puts together a list of beautiful and safe tourist destinations for women travelling solo.
Mysore is the Majestic city of India, with beautiful Mysore Palace, and popular for Dussehra celebration is must visit place in India. The Palace is filled with astonishing pieces of history and culture, the open museum and with exquisite variety of vintage cars. Other wonderful sites to visit are Mysore Zoo with wide range of wildlife & the light and sound show in magnificent Brindavan Garden. Mysore is also popular for the elegance of different Indian attires like silk sarees, also sandalwood, yoga etc.
This mesmerizing hub of Karnataka is a very popular tourist destination. Mysore welcomes thousands of tourists every year and because of its friendly locals, well-lit roads and well-connected transport system, this place is very safe for women tourists. Mysore Palace, Chamundi Hills, Government House, Rangacharlu, Jubilee Clock, Sri Chamundeswari Temple and Rail Museum are some of the popular places. Every area of Mysore is vibrant, so even a casual stroll through the local marketplace will be an experience worth cherishing.
Located in Kerala, Munnar is a paradise of greenery, serenity and it is the Safest Hill Station ever. Mostly known for tea plantations, Munnar can also cater to your daring side, as various camping, climbing and other adventure activities happen in places around Munnar. The locals here are friendly and honest and we bet that you would cherish each and every moment of your stay in Munnar.
Munnar also offers the solo travellers a paradise to explore. The alluring waterfalls and the majestic valleys and mountains provide a serene environment, an idyllic station for any solo traveller. You can enjoy tea plucking in the tea plantations, breathing in the aromatic air of the fresh tea. Eravikulam National Park, Rajmala etc are best for trekking even for solo travellers. You get to stay in exclusive resorts or home stays, which are legally valid. Hence, your stay can be safer.
Mahabalipuram or Mammalapuram as it is officially known, is an excellent destination with a great ambience, just a short drive away from Chennai along the superb ECR highway from Chennai to Pondicherry. The small town itself consists of many tourist spots to visit. The local people here are so good and friendly with the visitors, it is completely safe for a solo women traveller to visit this place and explore the town.
Mahabalipuram is a significant place for tourists interested in witnessing South Indian architecture. This place is known for many resorts, sea-side temples, beaches and museums. The shore temple, descent of the Ganges, monuments of Mahabalipuram, arjun penance, Pancha rathas, India sea shell museum, Krishna’s butter ball, varaha cave temple, marina &golden beach, light house heritage museum, are some popular places to visit in Mahabalipuram.
Rugged terrain, captivating vistas, unperturbed locals, adventurous rides and most importantly, Pangong Lake, make Ladakh an absolute favourite for tourists. Here women can travel and explore as freely as men, for locals do not bother the tourists at all. Even the main road does not have shopkeepers ready to dupe people who are not from the hills. Some of the most popular places to visit in Ladakh are Shanti Stupa, Leh Palace and Nubra Valley.
India’s favourite holiday destination for beach lovers is also very safe for women. Though Goa did see a few notorious cases in the past, if one follows the basic rule of remaining alert, informed and responsible, then there is no way Goa can harm you. The locals are quite friendly and one should try and get accommodation near Baga or Calangute beach because most of the tourists stay around these places making it crowded and safer.
There are more than 18 beaches in goa to visit, and not only beaches there are some adventurous water sports like Scuba Diving in Malvan, Sunset kayaking at Mandrem Beach, Flyboarding at Morjim, Sunset Sailing at Dona Paula, Trek to Todo Waterfalls, Snorkeling At Grande Island, Rafting at Valpoi River and many to enjoy in goa.
How can a sacred place like Varanasi not be safe for female solo travellers? The city of temples is known for its large number of ghats built next to the holy Ganges River. Varanasi a truly friendly place where people are helpful and will oftentimes go out of their way to help out a stranger in need. The city thrives on its tourism, and as such, is considered a very safe spot for travelers to soak in the Hindu culture.
Shimla being the former summer capital of the British Empire, has somehow always been organized, well equipped with facilities and, hence, extremely safe for women. The popular spots in Shimla are crowded throughout the year, so locals are used to seeing many tourists. The town has a number of safe lodging facilities, especially for women. Viceregal Lodge, Town Hall, Jakhu Temple, Gaiety Museum, Christ Church, State Museum, Kali Bari Temple, Himalayan Bird Park and Kufri are some of the must visit places.
Visakhapatnam is a port city and industrial centre in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh, on the Bay of Bengal. It’s known for its many beaches, including Ramakrishna Beach, home to a preserved submarine at the Kursura Submarine Museum. Nearby are the elaborate Kali Temple and the Visakha Museum, an old Dutch bungalow housing local maritime and historical exhibits.
This city has a very low crime rate which makes it one of the safest city for a women solo traveller. Katiki waterfall, Rishikonda Beach, INS Kursura Submarine Museum, RK Beach, Borra Caves, Indira Gandhi Zoological Park, Simhachalam Temple, Kailasagiri are popular places in Visakhapatnam.
Hyderabad is the capital of southern India’s Telangana state, it is known as city of pearls. Hyderabad is considered one of the safest cities in India, it is pretty much westernized and women-friendly. This city will be a perfect travel destination for a women who prefer to travel solo. This city consists of number of tourist spots and mostly popular for shopping jewellery, perfumes, bangles.
Center of attraction for the city is charminar, a 16th-century mosque whose 4 arches support towering minarets, is an old city landmark near the long-standing Laad Bazaar. it’s home to many upscale restaurants and shops. Its historic sites include Golconda Fort, a former diamond-trading center that was once the Qutb Shahi dynastic capital. Apart from this Mecca Masjid, Qutb Shahi Tombs, Hussain Sagar Lake, Ramoji Film City, Salar Jung Museum, Chowmahalla Palace are some famous tourist places must to visit in hyderabad.
Udaipur, the beautiful capital of Mewar, Rajasthan, is a royal tourist destination for travellers who love history, culture and architecture. It is quite a renowned destination owing to its massive palaces, ancient forts, beautiful lakes, lush green gardens, age-old temples, romantic backdrops and so much more. It is popularly known as the “City of Lakes” because of its sophisticated lake system.
Udaipur is generally regarded as being extremely safe, especially for solo female travellers. Lake pichola, city palace, fateh Sagar lake, sajjangarh palace are some must visit places in Udaipur.
So, where would you plan to go next ? Have a SAFE & HAPPY time travelling all by yourself!