20 famous movie locations in India which you can re-visit in real
The list of places in India, which most of us have watched in awe through movies, is just endless and we can go on and on with it. Here are 20 of them:
1. Ramnagara – Sholay
The historic movie Sholay featured Ramnagara near Bangalore as Ramgarh. Any movie lover is sure to have the images of this place imprinted in his/her memory as Gabbar Singh’s hideout.
Closest city – Bangalore (55kms)
2.Athirappally – Raavan, Guru
The mysterious waterfalls that you see in Raavan and the ‘Barso re megha’ song in Guru showcases the natural beauty of this location. Athirappaly waterfalls and its surroundings has been a favourite shooting spot for many movie makers.
Closest city – Kochi (66kms)
3.Fort Aguada – Dil Chahta Hai
The song sequences where the guys sit on a rocky plain above and watch the sea beneath is one of the most watched sequences in the movie. That was the historic Fort Aguada in Goa located at the banks of Mandovi River, south of Candolim.
Nearest City – Panjim (15kms)
4.Bhuj – Lagaan
The famous period movie Lagaan has been shot majorly in the district of Bhuj in Gujarat. The romantic song sequences, the village set up etc highlights the barren beauty of the land.
Closest city – Rajkot (235kms)
5.India Gate – Rang De Basanti, Rockstar
The beauty and the patriotism evoked by the visuals of the India Gate have been highlights of movies like Rang De Basanti and Rockstar. It should definitely be a great inspiration to visit India Gate for anyone who hasn’t visited it yet.
Closest city – New Delhi (2kms)
6.Pangong Lake – 3 Idiots, Jab Tak Hain Jaan
Most people are sure to remember the stunning location where the climax scene of 3 idiots was shot, or that lake where Shahrukh Khan saves Anushka Sharma in Jab Tak Hain Jaan. It is the breathtakingly beautiful Pangong Tso (lake), situated at the Himalayas at an altitude of 4350m.
Closest town – Manali (238kms)
7.Rohtang pass – Jab We Met, Highway
The hit song ‘Ye ishq haae’ featuring Kareena Kapoor in Jab We Met and the route Randeep Hooda takes along with Alia Bhatt in ‘Highway’, has captured the beauty of this pass to the core and many people are sure to wish to make a visit to this place at least once.
Closest town – Manali (51kms)
8.Marine Drive, Mumbai – Munnabhai MBBS, A Wednesday
Marine Drive has featured in several bollywood flicks like A Wednesday or Munnabhai MBBS (both opening scenes). The beautiful 3.5km boulevard in South Mumbai may be a regular sight for Mumbaites, but for the others it is one place to visit once you are in Mumbai.
City – Mumbai
9.Hogenakkal , Tamil Nadu – Roja
Remember the song ‘Chinna china aasai’ in which there is a stunning sequence of a round coracle boat moving through a gorge nears the waterfall. Hogenakkal has been featured in many movies, mostly from south.
Closest town – Dharmapuri (46kms)
10.Thekkady, Kerala – Dil se
The lake sequences in the ‘Jiya jale’ song in which Shahrukh Khan romances Preity Zinta is shot at the beautiful setting of Thekkady in Kerala. Many other movies feature Thekkady and surroundings.
Closest city – Kochi (155kms)
11.Chamba valley – Taal
This is the picturesque location where Aishwarya Rai dances to the the melodious ‘Dil ye bechein ve’ song. The greenery and light drizzle at the location has added immense charm to the song sequences.
Closest town – Shimla (342kms)
12.Amritsar – Veer-Zara
Amritsar was the perfect Indian location for the perfect Indian love story. The beauty of Punjab was skillfully captured in the movie and the raw ‘Indian feel’ of it made all of us fall in love with the place.
Nearest city – Amritsar
13.Munnar Tea Gardens, Kerala – Chennai Express
Munnar has always been a cinematographer’s paradise with its lush green tea gardens and the misty hills. The ‘ban ke titli’ song sequences in the movie have made Munnar look stunning and like a foreign locale.
Nearest city – Kochi (140kms)
14.Mehrangarh Fort, Jodhpur – The Dark Knight rises
The great film maker Christopher Nolan shot the opening sequences of the ‘Dark knight Rises’ at the grand old Mehrangarh fort in Jodhpur. Many mistook the location for Egypt or Middel East, but it is our very own Rajasthan.
Nearest town – Jodhpur
15.Octopussy (James Bond) – Udaipur
Yes! James Bond was here in Udaipur. The famous Roger Moore starrer Bond flick ‘Octopussy’ featured the Monsoon Palace in Udaipur with all its grandeur. Indian actor Kabir Bedi and ace tennis star Vijay Amritraj featured in this movie.
Nearest city – Udaipur
16.The Myth (Jackie Chan) – Hampi, Karnataka
This world heritage site in Karnataka has featured in the Jackie Chan movie ‘The Myth’. The 800 years old ruins and fort remains have added to the mysterious plot of the movie itself and had offered a very different feel as compared to other Jackie Chan movies.
Nearest town – Hubli (145kms)
17.Hum Dil de chuke Sanam – Jaisalmer, Rajasthan
Remember the palaces and plains in the blockbuster ‘Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam’? Very few movies have highlighted the rustic beauty of Rajasthan, especially Jaisalmer. Like this movie did. The sheer beauty of the locations has made many wanting to travel to the place.
Nearest city – Jodhpur (275kms)
18. Jewel Thief – Sikkim
It has been nearly 50 years since the evergreen Dev Anand movie ‘Jewel Thief’ has been released. But even today, the people of Gangtok remember the film shoot. The movie was one of the first to be shot in the North East.
Nearest city – Gangtok
19.Koyla – Tawang
We movie lovers got to see the glimpse of the stunning Tawang in the movie Koyla, where Shahrukh Khan romanced Madhuri Dixit in the song ‘Dekha Tujhe to’. The beauty of the movie is yet to be fully explored by movie makers.
Nearest city – Guwahati (480kms)
20.Pollachi, Tamilnadu – Billu Barber
Wondered where the beautiful village is where the superstar meets a small time barber in the Shahrukh Khan and Irrfan Khan starrer Billu Barber? It is Pollachi, popularly known as the film shooting hub of South India. The exotic locales and the ethnic settings gave a real raw beauty to the scenes.
Nearest city – Coimbatore (64kms)