Indians are known for their love of travelling. With destinations like the backwaters of Kerala and the vibrant beaches of Goa, they often get into their comfort zone, hesitant to go that extra mile to choose an overseas locale. By the time they go through all procedures and get their tourist visas done, they are totally spent and no longer excited to travel. That is why it is probably a blessing that innumerable countries make it easier for such travelers to travel first and then get their visas on arrival. Getting a visa issued on arrival is a good thing, but not needing a visa at all, is ideal. Visiting these eye-catching destinations that do not need a tourist visa, for a certain period of time at least, definitely makes travelling abroad more enjoyable. While some nations allow a two week stay for Indians, some offer a longer period, often going up to three months.
Located 5110 kilometers away from India, Mauritius is known for its beautiful weather, which is best experienced from September to December and from April to June. Places like the Blue Penny Museum, famous for its collection of rare stamps, and the François Leguat Reserve, home to fruit bats and tortoises, are the major attractions of this idyllic place. If you want to get a feel of the local life of this destination, the Central Market, located in Port Louis, is the perfect place to visit. The trademark clear blue waters and the beaches with white sand, makes this island a favorite romantic hot-spot.
With a distinctive fragrance of nutmeg wherever you go, if you are looking for some peaceful time alone or with your partner, Grenada is the place to be in, especially in the month of December. This laidback destination is surrounded by two other islands, the Carriacou and the Petit Martinique, which make for a vacation to remember. Popular activities that tourists delve into are hiking and deefer diving. In case you want a slice of the rich heritage of Grenada, popularly known as “Spice Island”, go ahead and visit St. George.
Montserrat, once a beautiful island in the Caribbean region, changed dramatically after the 1995 catastrophic volcanic eruption. Presently though, the tourist destination is considered safe, and is visited by millions of travelers hoping to catch a glimpse of the remains left behind by the eruption. Travelling to the Jack Boy Hill, Montserrat Volcano Observatory, or even the Belham Valley, to fathom the destruction unleashed on Plymouth, the capital city is an experience in itself. And if you want a change from the views of mud and ash, do visit the paradise-like beach, Rendezvous Bay.
The thought of Jamaica brings to mind the light-heartedness of reggae music. However, music is not the only thing that this beautiful place has to offer. Visit Jamaica, and you are introduced to a world of rich heritage, art, outdoor activities, delectable food, and the finest alcohol. Scuba diving, hiking or snorkeling—take your pick if you are into adventurous activities and water sports. Do stop by the Bob Marley Museum at Kingston, if you are an admirer of the Rastafarian singer. As for soaking in the beauty of this island, the Glistening Waters, also known as the Luminous Lagoon, is your best choice. And if you are out there to just let your hair down, there are numerous clubs and parties that you can shake a leg at.
5. Kish Island
Kish Island, in Iran, is an attempt at breaking away from the preconceived notion that the country is violence-ridden. Here rules are slightly relaxed and people are a bit more tolerant. Even women are allowed to swim at the Ladies’ Beach, though within a certain code of ethics of the land. If you want a taste of Iranian history and heritage, then plan a day’s trip to the Harireh. Harireh was a town formed around AD 1000, which is now all in ruins, and yet one of the most enchanting places on the Kish Island. Though not very popular with foreign tourists because of the existent gender discrimination, the beauty of the resort island makes it worth a visit, in particular from November to March.
If you are looking at an idyllic tourist spot, Seychelles makes it as one of the top picks. This beautiful destination proudly lays claim to the Bird Island, home to mammoth Aldabra tortoises and a variety of birds, and the World Heritage site, Vallée de Maior. As for a more romantic locale, head straight to the alluring Anse Source d’Argentor beach. Be it the somewhat isolated La Digue Island, or the, or even the bustling town, Victoria, located in Mahé, this archipelago in the Indian Ocean is the place to be if you love water sports, wildlife and nature. What’s even better is that you can choose between a luxurious holiday and an affordable yet worthwhile trip.
Despite the devastating earthquakes that occurred from April to May in 2015, Nepal still remains one of the best affordable tourist spots in the world. If you are a nature lover, the Chitwan National Park is your best bet. Ride atop an elephant, and you are in for a surreal jungle safari, with rhinoceroses and a large variety of birds being the most common sights. City-states, Patan and Bhaktapur, are both examples of the finest architectural magnificence, and they house some of the most famous temples of Nepal, like the Golden Temple and the Bhairabnath Temple. Also, if you want to experience the serenity of Buddhism, the Bodhnath Stupa is a must-visit. Nepal’s proximity to India makes it an even bigger attraction for Indian travelers.
Another spectacular island on this list, Bermuda is the perfect place to be if you like a good mix of peace and quiet, as well as a vibrant night life. If you want to dabble in water sports, Bermuda is known for snorkeling, wreck diving and stand-up paddle board activities. The Cristobal Colon, the largest Spanish ship ever to have drowned in the waters of Bermuda, is one of the best places to go wreck diving. The Royal Naval Dockyard, the surreal Horseshoe Bay and the busy capital City of Hamilton, are a few other places that you just cannot leave out of your itinerary. To enjoy the weather of this wonderful destination, travel in the months of March and April.
9. Costa Rica
Costa Rica is paradise on earth, with its ample opportunities for trekking, and horse riding, along with enjoying the diverse flora and fauna of the place. Some of the best beaches in this spectacular country are the Playa del Coco, the Playa Conchal and the Playa Manzanillo. In case you love wildlife, visit the Reserva Biológica Bosque Nuboso Monteverde, Jaguar Centro de Rescate, and Parque Nacional Corcovado. You are sure to spot spider monkeys, sloths, snakes, macaws, and tapirs. For a slice of the breathtaking city life, head straight to San José, a city that might not be attractive at the first sight, but is sure to eventually grow on you.
A French island located on the Indian Ocean, Réunion has some of the most awe-inspiring views to offer to a tourist. The Piton de la Fournaise, an active volcano, is one the most frequently visited places, especially if you want to experience a panoramic view of the whole island. As for adventure sports, the choices offered are diverse. Opt for horse riding, paragliding, hiking, diving, rafting, or even watching the majestic whales. The Centre Ville with its colonial-style architectural brilliance, the Cirque de Salazie volcanic region, and the Thermes de Cilaos hot springs are must-sees in the Réunion Island. In case you want to avoid extremes of temperature, embark on your trip between May and June.
11. Pitcairn Islands
Pitcairn Islands, consisting of four islands, is located in the South Pacific Ocean, 17,174 km away from India. Out of the four islands, it is Pitcairn’s capital city, Adamstown, which has the whole of its population. The other islands, namely, Ducie, Henderson, and Oeno, are ideal spots for a quiet and isolated vacation, far from hectic life. On a visit to this stupendous place, Bounty Bay, with its museum, and the Henderson Island, a World Heritage Site, known for its corals, should not be given a miss.
12. Federated States Of Micronesia
A group of numerous small islands, Micronesia is located in the western Pacific Ocean. Kosrae, a state in Micronesia, is exemplary of a place that is not too crowded. These islands are famous for their biodiversity, especially their flora. Beaches being the main attraction here, the Nan Madol, the Lelu Island, and the Yap Island are the most important places to visit. If you are an art-lover, the Ethnic Art Village in Colonia, the capital of the Yap state, provides a welcome change from the beaches.
13. St Vincent & The Grenadines
This group of islands in the Caribbean Sea is known for its pristine charm, the crystal-clear beaches with white sands, and the much-needed solitude it provides. The Princess Margaret Beach is considered to be one of the most idyllic destinations, apart from viewpoints like the Belmont Lookout, the St. Vincent Botanic Gardens, the Old Hegg Turtle Sanctuary, and Fort Charlotte.
14. Hong Kong
Hong Kong in China is a favorite with tourists. If you are a foodie and are up for some authentic cuisine, like the Bor Lor Bao, Black Sesame Tong Yuen, and roast duck, you could opt for either Hong Kong Food Tour in the Kowloon District, or the first Chinese three-Michelin star restaurant, Lung King Heen. As for those who want do some bird-watching in Hong Kong, you could visit the Mai Po Nature Reserve. Other popular sight-seeing spots are the Man Mo Temple and the Tian Tan Buddha statue. Hong Kong is also quite famous for shopping, and one of the most frequented places is the night market on Temple Street, known for clothes, watches and cookware.
15. Saint Kitts & Nevis
Saint Kitts and Nevis, a country having two islands, is famous for its sugar cultivation. The best places to visit would be the Brimstone Hill Fortress National Park, the Eden Brown sugar estate, the historical Bloody Point, Alexander Hamilton Museum, and South Friar’s Bay. The journey becomes enjoyable if you travel in May and June.
Known for its hot springs, this volcanic region in the Caribbean Islands is exactly what you need if you have been looking for solitude. Tourism isn’t too developed here yet, but it does have quite a lot to offer in terms of scenic beauty. A boat ride on the Indian River, the glorious Trafalgar Falls, and the incredible Emerald Pool are places that will leave you stupefied. Travel during October-December, and you won’t be disappointed.
17. Turks & Caicos Islands
This too is in the Caribbean region, and proves to be the perfect spot for a peaceful, romantic holiday. The spots that tourists are known to frequent, are the Caicos Conch Farm, the Columbus Landfall National park, the Grace Bay Beach, and Cheshire Hall. For some authentic Caribbean cuisine, you may visit the Sand Bar in Cockburn Town, for its finger-licking burgers, or even the reasonable restaurant, Island Thyme Bistro, in Salt Cay.
Macau, a spectacular city in China, is not unique to Chinese culture, art and architecture. It is also known for the heavy influences of Portuguese heritage, which are extended to its churches, buildings and cuisine. The islands, Coloane and Taipa are two of the most popular tourist haunts, while the ruins of the Church of St. Paul, the Macau Museum of Art, and the Guia Chapel and Fort, are meant to satisfy your inquisitive self.
Bhutan, very close to India, is the perfect place to visit, if you want to enjoy and learn from Buddhist culture. The place is known for having a mystical quality, and for being a nation that abides by their “Gross National Happiness” policy. What is most awe-inspiring about the country is its stunning scenic beauty, along with different species of birds and animals. This picturesque place is a perfect balance between religion and architecture, with monasteries like the Trashi Chhoe Dzong, Paro Dzong, and the Punakha Dzong.
This one’s another Caribbean country on our list. After the recent 2010 earthquakes, Haiti is gradually getting back its reputation of being a popular vacation spot. Though home to spectacular beaches, this nation is famous for its historical and cultural significance. The famous fortress, La Citadelle la Ferrière is architectural brilliance at its best, and a fun place to explore, if you love mystery and adventure. For some indigenous Vodou sculpture with a modern twist, do visit the studios of the Grand Rue artists at the Port-Au-Prince. Finally, to bask in the stunning beauty of nature, the Bassins Bleu, a group of three pools, is quite a unique place to be in.
21. British Virgin Islands
The British Virgin Islands, located in the Caribbean Sea is an archipelago with a laidback atmosphere, and houses the Baths, the Sage Mountain National Park in Cane Garden Bay Area, and the Spring Bay. If you love fine alcohol, then be sure to visit the Callwood Rum Distillery in Cane Garden Bay. And in case you want to purchase memoirs to remind you of your wonderful trip, St. Thomas is the best place for good bargains. The British Virgin Islands offer accommodation options ranging from budget hotels like Hummingbird House and the Cow Wreck Beach Resort, to 4 star resorts like the Bitter End Yacht Club and Frenchman’s.
22. Turkish Republic Of Northern Cyprus
This island in Europe is distinguished not just by the places to visit, but also the hospitality of its citizens. Steeped in significant historical events, a tolerant mix of religion and culture, and breathtaking scenic views, Northern Cyprus is a popular tourist hot-spot. For original Turkish cuisine, you have got to taste the mouthwatering kebabs and the special haloumi. Famagusta, a ghost town, and the Bellapais Abbey are must-visits in this region. The best time of the year to visit this beautiful place is between February and April.
23. Trinidad & Tobago
These twin islands are actually so different, that they make for a complete and satisfying vacation. While Tobago’s tourism thrives on its beaches, Trinidad is known more for its rainforests and mangroves. Once there, you could head towards the Emperor Valley Zoo, or the Fort King George, or the Indian Caribbean Museum, if you want to know more about the history of the place. If you love outdoor activities, there are many options to choose from, including the local favorites like cycling and swimming. And when you are hungry, delve into local food like granola, grilled fish and fruits.
24. The Cook Islands
Located in the South Pacific Ocean, Cook Islands have proved itself worthy of being called one of the most popular holiday destinations. Its largest island is the Raratonga, with its pristine beaches, rugged mountainous terrain, plantations of taro, and lush green forests. In the Cook Islands, it is next to impossible to miss the Aitutaki, a coral lagoon, and the Cook Island Christian Church. If you love intricate handicrafts and jewelry, you have got to visit the Beachcomber Gallery.
Another island in the Pacific Ocean, Fiji is one of the most sought-after destinations for diving, snorkeling and swimming. The Yasawa and the Mamanuca islands are usually frequented by globetrotters. The capital city, Suva, is your best bet for its clubs, if you are a party-hopper. For a journey into the culture and heritage of this place, you have got to go to the Fiji Museum, and in case you are religious, step into the famous Mariamma Temple. Fiji is also a haven for food lovers, because it offers palatable fare like tuna, prawns, scallops, cassava, and ‘purini’, which is a burnt sugar pudding.
Ecuador is home to myriad wildlife species like the iguana, sea lions, toucans, dolphins, and tortoises. This country is famed for its cuisine, and also its beautiful textiles. A favorite pursuit for tourists is to watch sea lions in the Galapagos Islands. In case you love knowing more about the history of a place, you can choose from numerous museums in Ecuador, the most visited being the Museo de las Culturas Aborígenes in Cuenca, and the Museo Nacional in Quito. As for those who love to learn about the traditions and customs of the inhabitants, you can spend a couple of days amongst the tribes in the Amazon jungle, or even visit the Inca ruins.
Vanuatu is an unpredictable place, known for beaches, like the Port Resolution, as well as active volcanos like Mt Marum and Mt Benbow. To enjoy your trip to Vanuatu to the fullest, go on a cruise to the Tranquility Island, explore the turtle sanctuaries, and head to the L’Hippocampus, the Sea Horse Ranch for horseback riding and treks. If you love picking up trinkets for yourself and your loved ones, visit the Nambawan Market and the Vila Market for an exceptional collection of wood carvings and jewelry, and also an assortment of fresh seasonal fruits like mangoes and raspberries. At the markets, you could also bite into the popular street food, fish coated with herbs.
28. El Salvador
The pride of Central America, El Salvador boasts of volcanic lakes, views that are easy on the eye, and the hospitality of their people. The major attractions in this country are the Iglesia El Rosario church and the Jardín Botánico La Laguna in San Salvador, and the Chaparrastique volcano in San Miguel. Visit these places, or better still, sit back and relax on a cruise in the Banderas Bay.
Niue is the smallest independent country in the world. Though an island, it is better known for its variety of activities to thrill the explorer in you. Go ahead and check out the limestone caves, Avaiki and Palaha, or travel to the Hio Beach to watch tropical fish, humpback whales, coral reeves, and pursue water sports like snorkeling and scuba diving. The best time to visit this picturesque island is from May to November.
Samoa is characterized by the nonchalant and unflustered attitude of its locals, and this relaxed atmosphere is sure enough to pass on to the tourists. Unwind on the beaches the whole day, and when you need a break to do something more active, you could visit the Pulemelei Mound, a pyramid-like monument, the Lava field near Mt Matavanu, the To Sua Ocean Trench and the Robert Louis Stevenson Museum.