In most Indian homes the preparations for Diwali begin long before the festival arrives. However, this Diwali, people across India have taken a different approach. With global warming and alarming level of pollution, many across India wish to celebrate Diwali in an eco-friendly way, without compromising on the festivities.
From healthier savouries and online gifts to eco-friendly lights and crackers, Diwali has undergone significant metamorphism over the years. And for the people who are increasingly choosing to get away from noise and pollution during the festive season, here are a few places you can visit to have a quiet and clean Diwali.
Offbeat parts of God's Own Country and the backwater regions are an excellent getaway for this Diwali. The backwaters, such as Kumarakom, offers many serene holiday options. As this paradise is mostly filled with tourists, the celebrations are on a meagre scale. Therefore, you can enjoy a much-needed noise-free vacation amid the picturesque beauty of the location. From houseboat and floating cottage to a luxurious resort, pick your ideal stay from the varied options. Offering Kerala cuisine and Ayurvedic spa options, Kumarakom is a perfect getaway to spend your time languorously enjoying the grandeur of nature.
Located at a distance of 230 km from Rajkot airport, Diu is a charming village resort by the sea. This paradise hosts many beaches and offers plenty of activities such as early morning walks and the sight of red crabs scurrying about the seashore. You can also enjoy driving your vehicle on the beach! Diu has many resorts and shacks that provide a serene and relaxing stay far from the raucous of Diwali.
Coonoor, located in Tamil Nadu, is the perfect escapade for smoke and noise-free Diwali. Oak, Pine, Phoenix and dense forests in Coonoor will let you breathe a much required fresh air during Diwali. In addition to that, Coonoor is less crowded, unlike other cities and towns in India, making it an ideal destination for peaceful people who are keen to stay away from loud, grand and elaborate celebrations.
Since Diwali is celebrated during winter, it also brings about the weather that is perfect to go vacationing in Mahabaleshwar. And when it comes to having a noise-free, cleaner and relaxing vacation in Maharashtra, there is no place better than the very serene Mahabaleshwar. Plan an itinerary, apply for leaves, pack your bags and go for a Diwali trip that will have a lot of visual retreats, fresh food, a cultural dive and the very alluring nature vibe.
Located amidst the beauty of the green meadows and mountains, Shillong is one of the best places to visit for a quieter and cleaner Diwali. Often overlooked because of other marvellous hill stations in the Northeast, Shillong is a beautiful little paradise that will provide you with enough respite from the cacophony of city life. Trekking, mouth-watering food, fantastic culture make this a lovely spot for unwinding without a rigorous sightseeing plan.
Located about 120 km away from Goa, Gokarna is a beach paradise, is a perfect Diwali destination if you are stationed somewhere in South or Western India. Stretching across the west of India, Gokarna sits by the Arabian Sea and can be your first brush with the hippie culture in India. Gorge over some local and international authentic food when here, enjoy a stroll and cycling by solitary beaches or just lay by the beach, Gokarna makes for a beautiful Diwali escape.