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13 Indian Villages That Are Unique In Their Own Way

Updated on June 21, 2018
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It is said that India lives in her seven hundred thousand villages.Though urbanization has taken its toll and the rural youth is migrating to the cities in search of better opportunities and better living conditions but still, villages form the core of India. And every village of India has a different story to tell.

Here are 13 unique and unusual villages in India that will make you wonder if they really exist:


The soul of India lives in its villages.

— Mahatma Gandhi

1. Shani Shingnapur, Maharashtra

Can you imagine a house without doors? Can you imagine sleeping in your house or going out without locking the door? But the residents of Shani Shingnapur village have no such qualms as their houses have no doors. No house in this village has doors. People keep their money and valuables out in the open and not in any almirah or locker. No thefts are officially reported in the village. In fact, the village has a lock-less bank too, the first of its kind in the country.

The villagers believe that God Shani (Saturn) punishes anyone who attempts theft. The famous Shani temple of the village is believed to be a jagrut devasthan which means that a deity still resides inside the temple. 30-45000 people visit the temple daily and on amavasya or no moon day, the visitors are approximately three lakhs.


2. Kodinhi, Kerala

Kodinhi village in Malappuraam district of Kerala has more than 400 twins. Though it is rare for Indian mothers to give birth to twins, Kodinhi has one of the highest twinning rates in the world which continues to be a mystery for the researchers. Out of the population of 2000 in the village, 414 were born as twins or triplets. The national average rate of twins births is approx. 9 in 1000 births but in Kodinhi, the rate is as high as 45 in 1000 births. Inspite of much genetic studies and research, the researches failed to give any scientific explanation and attribute it to some natural anamoly.



3. Shetpal, Maharashtra

Now this village is quite unusal as well as scary? Imagine entering a house and seeing snakes and cobras moving freely around! Well, such eerie and disturbing sight is a normal one for the villagers of Shetpal for whom snakes are family. Deadly snakes roam freely on the village streets and inside the houses. The people here do not kill the snakes nor do they live in fear of them. Every house has a resting place called devasthan built especially for snakes preferably in the hollow spaces of wooden rafters in the ceiling where they roost, feel cozy and comfortable. And even more astonishing is the fact that no cases of snake bites have been reported in the village.


4. Mattur, Karnataka

Sanskrit is an ancient language in which most of the Indian scriptures are written. With time, the usage of Sanskrit has decreased and nowadays it is hardly used except by the priests during traditional ceremonies. However for the residents of Mattur village in Karnatka, Sanskrit is a way of life. Mattur is a tiny hamlet in Shimoga district of Karnatka and is situated on the banks of the perennial river Tunga. The villagers lead a Vedic lifestyle, chant the ancient texts and converse fluently in Sanskrit. More than 90% of the villagers converse in Sanskrit in their daily lives and ensure that the ancient language flourishes in their village. It is amazing to see how this remote village is trying to keep Sanskrit alive!

5. Rongdoi, Assam

Now this one is really ludicurous! Residents of Rongdoi village in Assam marry off wild frogs to please the Rain God Indra so that He blesses them with good rainfall. Wedding of frogs is conducted in a traditional way with all the rituals that humans follow.

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6. Barwaan Kala, Bihar

The remote village of Barwaan Kala in Kaimur Hills has not witnessed a wedding in fifty years, making it a 'village of bachelors'.The village has more than 150 bachelors in the age group 16-80 as the village is quite unpopular among the girls due to its poor infrastructure and inaccessibility. The consistent efforts of the locals towards building roads bore fruit when the village welcomed its first bride in March 2017. The villagers themselves built a six km stretch of road, cutting through the hills and forest. It took them seven years but this reduced the circuitous route of 40 km to the block headquarters to just eight km and made the village accessible.

India's way is not Europe's; India is not Calcutta or Bombay. India lives in her seven hundred thousand villages.

— Mahatma Gandhi

7. Kuldhara. Rajasthan

The cursed village of Kuldhara in Jaisalmer district of Rajasthan has a chilling tale to tell. It was once a prosperous village and was inhabited by Paliwal Brahmins. Fearing brutal acts of the Diwan Salim Singh, the villagers deserted the village overnight in early 19th century and went to an unknown place. Nobody came to know about their whereabouts ever after. It is said that before leaving, they cursed the village and as a result, the village has remained deserted and haunted ever since.


8. Punsari, Gujarat

Punsari village in Gujarat is a modern 'model village' with all the modern amenities. The village which didn't have electricity and clean drinking water a decade ago now boasts of WiFi, CCTV cameras, solar-powered street lights, a public addressal system, two schools, health centres, and everything else that a city dweller enjoys. The village's young headman Himanshu Patel shares that the village has been visited by more than 300 officials from all over India so that they can study its development model and replicate the same in their respective states.

9. Hiware Bazaar, Maharashtra

Villages in India are considered as poor and drought-prone regions. But this wonder village is an exception. 60 of the 235 families residing in the village are millionaires, thus making it the richest village in India. And so it is rightly called as the 'village of millionaires'. The village has the highest per capita income in the country. The villagers earn an average of Rs 30,000/- per month.


10. Mawlynnong, Meghalaya

Mawlynnong is a small hamlet in East Khasi Hills of Meghalaya and was granted the title of Asia's cleanest village in 2003. It is often referred as God's own garden.

Cleanliness is a way of life for the villagers. Every villager takes the onus to keep the village clean. It is common to see the villagers picking up leaves, cleaning the roads and throwing the litter in the dins. Garbage bins made up of bamboos are placed in every corner of the village.



11. Dharnai, Bihar

Electricity is still a luxury in many Indian villages but Dharnai prides in being India's first fully solar-powered village. With the help of Greenpeace, the village installed a solar-powered micro-grid providing 24×7 electricity to its houses and streets, thus making the village energy-independent.

12. Jambur, Gujarat

Jambur is a mini-Africa in Gujarat. This village amidst the Gir forests is home to the Siddi tribe, originally Bantu people of sub-Saharan Africa. The community follows most of the Indian rituals but adheres to marrying within their own tribe strictly. The tribe speaks Gujarati fluently and celebrates all Indian festivals.

13. Mayong, Assam

Mayong is termed as India's Black Magic Capital. The village has more than 100 magicians who indulge in black magic and tantra. The villagers firmly believe in the power of black magic and the village also has a museum on tantra.


The magical village - Mawlynnong , Meghalaya India

© 2018 Shaloo Walia

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    • swalia profile imageAUTHOR

      Shaloo Walia 

      15 months ago from India

      Thank you, Linda! India is a beautiful country with diverse cultures. I am sure you will like it if you ever visit here.

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      Linda Crampton 

      15 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

      This is a very informative article. I loved learning about the villages that you've described. I've never been to India. It sounds like such an interesting country.

    • swalia profile imageAUTHOR

      Shaloo Walia 

      15 months ago from India

      Thank you Manatita! Sanskrit is a beautiful language which needs to be revived. I had Sanskrit as a compulsory subject in school and studied it for three years. B ut you can't really learn a language till you use it in daily routine.

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      manatita44 

      15 months ago from london

      Incredible villages! Let me live in Maharasthra as I wish to be a millionaire and the next village in Bihar as I admire cleanliness.

      Awesome to see that child with the cobra. Perhaps they speak a silent language.

      Open doors and lockless banks? NZ was like that once. At least the open doors.

      Many twins in my extended family.

      Keeping Sanscrit alive is awesome! It is the root of language and sings the song of Sanatana Dharma, the Bhagavad Gita, Upanisads and much more.

      I believe Lord Shankaracharya wrote his Vivika Chudamani in Sanscrit.

      Some frogs are better than some humans, perhaps.

      Awesome villages. Another on my list. For next life, perhaps. Salaam!

    • swalia profile imageAUTHOR

      Shaloo Walia 

      15 months ago from India

      Thank you Chitraganda! You are right...We city dwellers don't know much about villages. I have just returned from a holiday in a serene village near Dehradun. I was really touched by the simplicity and helping nature of the natives.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      15 months ago from New Delhi, India

      This is an excellent article about the uniqueness of India, with special reference to it’s villages.

      Honestly, we Indians also do not know so much about this. I have visited some villages, but not many.

      You have created so much interest, by providing this informative article.

      Excellent article, very well written and on a unique subject.

      Thanks for sharing!

    • swalia profile imageAUTHOR

      Shaloo Walia 

      16 months ago from India

      Thank you Matt! Do plan a visit to India for a longer duration as there's so much to see here.

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      Matt Doran 

      16 months ago from Manchester, UK

      Great hub to read and great photos to with the text. I thought I'd see if I'd been to any of the villages. Alas, I've never even heard of them (lol!) but I've barely scratched the surface of India. Hoping to visit again for a longer period soon and hope to get off the beaten track a bit more this time.

    • swalia profile imageAUTHOR

      Shaloo Walia 

      16 months ago from India

      @Venkatavhari ji...glad that you liked it.

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      Venkatachari M 

      16 months ago from Hyderabad, India

      Amazing facts about these incredible villages, Swalia! Even we Indians do not know most of these things.

      Thanks for sharing them.

    • swalia profile imageAUTHOR

      Shaloo Walia 

      16 months ago from India

      Thank you Bill...India is full of surprises

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      Bill Holland 

      16 months ago from Olympia, WA

      700,000 villages? That puts things in perspective...amazing...fantastic photos....loved this article!

    • swalia profile imageAUTHOR

      Shaloo Walia 

      16 months ago from India

      @Threekeys lndia is magical indeed. The geographical and cultural diversity adds to it's charm.

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      threekeys 

      16 months ago

      WOW! Shaloo. India sounds fantastic for colour, intrigue and mystery. Some of these villages I'd visit in a heartbeat. Others I would be in two minds. On one hand they would frighten me and I would want to run away from these villages. Yet because of this same inclination I'd be tempted to visit these same villages that I was frightened of.

      Great read.

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