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6 Best Places in India for the Perfect Retired Life

Updated on March 8, 2018
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An increasing number of people plan for their retirement days quite early in life. Gone are the days when retirement from job and work were considered synonymous with loneliness and possible illness. With increased medical facilities, modern infrastructure, improved social connectivity, and better rail-road facilities, the senior population in India is able to enjoy happier and fuller lives.

The older generation of today is no longer concerned about whether their children would be willing to look after them in their old age and give them shelter in their residence. They rather look forward to have their own freedom, explore new hobbies, travel the world, plan get-togethers with old buddies, resurrect long-buried dreams and basically having fun. This makes the old adage - “old age is one’s second childhood” a very true statement.

Choosing the right place to live in their retirement years is a challenge most people face. If you are planning to live in India, here are some exciting places to retire.

1. Coimbatore

Coimbatore, located in the southern part of India, is a city in the state of Tamil Nadu. Referred to as the Manchester of South India, it is a quiet place and second largest in terms of economy, size and population. You can most definitely have a great life here. The scenery, contributed by proximity to the mountains is the highlight of living in this city.

It is the most preferred choice for the young and old, because you can see plenty of posh localities where the elders live, and budding corporates and industries where entrepreneurs with fresh and bright ideas try their luck. You can enjoy almost continuous water supply through the Siruvani dam, excellent medical facilities, and commendable rail and road connectivity.

2. Goa

Goa is known for its beaches and churches, and it is also known for its retirement properties. If you see a horde of young tourists milling about on the beaches and would like to bring out the youth in you as well, go ahead.

People who settle in Goa are absolutely fascinated by the unique mix of eastern and western cultures. One thing the locals love is the music, and you can hear various forms of music flittering in from the shops when you walk down the streets. The healthcare facilities are also very good with several popular hospital chains operating in the state, like Wockhardt and Manipal. The elderly care services and home nurse facilities are also excellent and rampant. Nachinola and Siridao have excellent retirement properties, so if you fell in love with Goa you can retire there.

3. Kerala

Kerala is a dream destination for many. Especially for people who arrived here for work and business, and then fell madly in love with the location. The best part of the state is that the opportunities far outweigh the risks, so if you are looking for a safe place to live in your retirement years, try Kerala. Thiruvananthapuram, Kochi, Thrissur and Kozhikode are the best cities in Kerala for a retirement life. The key indicators that attract people to Kerala are health, road connectivity, medical facilities, education, safety, public facilities, entertainment and so on.

National Geographic Traveler magazine included Kerala in the first 50 must-see cities in the world. The beauty of the state can never be replicated in any other Indian city. Once you view the sprawling tea plantations, the beckoning rivers, backwaters and the panoramic vistas of misty mountains, you will echo the same feelings. Kerala has the lowest priced retirement places in the world as well.

4. Dehradun

If you want to spend your retirement days basking in spiritual glory, visiting ancient temples, and living in the abode of peace and quietness, then you can select Dehradun. You can visit Rishikesh, Badrinath and Haridwar to your heart’s content and soak up the natural beauty and enjoy simple living. It is 230 kilometers from Delhi, boasts of a laid-back lifestyle, and is well connected by road.

There are different kinds of housing developments for you to choose from, including luxury properties and premium residential and commercial properties. You will enjoy the Shivaliks in the south, Yamuna in the west, Himalayas in the north and Ganges in the east when you are in Dehradun. Nowhere else would you get such beauty mingled with decent living.

5. Chandigarh

Chandigarh is famous for highest per capital income in India, is pollution-free and has a low crime rate. If you are looking for clubs to fraternize, you are in luck, the city produces some of the best clubs in the country. The city is great for those long walks in the springtime too.

There are two gardens of international reputation - Rock Garden and Zakir Hussain Rose Garden, the largest such in Asia. Metro rails are also being planned in the city, so moving within the city will be a piece of cake. As Chandigarh is close to Delhi, you have the added advantage of that as well. The crime rate is considerably lower in the city, as per NCRB statistics.

6. Jaipur

Jaipur, with its rich history and unique heritage is a great place to retire too. The city went on a booming spell after 2005, so there are plenty of good places to retire in. Interestingly, it is one of the peaceful cities in India. Vidyadhar Bhattacharya did the architecture of the pink city in 1727, so you can imagine how old it is. However, the locals are friendly, and you will feel an instant bond with them.

The real villages in the city are a sight to behold. The people exist in total harmony, untouched by the extravagant luxuries of life, but instead living in total containment with the bare necessities of life. Jaipur is so secure too, because practically everybody knows everybody, and you will never feel the undercurrent of a fast-paced life here. It is the perfect place to lead a peaceful life of retirement.


The cities that we have mentioned here are Tier II and Tier III cities, because they offer some of the best in terms of facilities as well. They give you security and peace, minus the heavy mad rush that you see in the metros.

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