About 130 km from Kochi, the quaint town of Munnar is a famed tourist destination. I was here a couple of years ago when I rode an Activa from Kochi to Munnar. The small town has everything you need – departmental/medical stores, scenic homestays, good roads, and good food. Munnar is easily accessible from Kochi which has an international airport.
Network connectivity can be a concern, however, the hotel in Munnar where I stayed had a pretty good 4G connectivity. Waking up beautiful sunrises along with fresh air, your mornings can’t be any better. In fact, many of you would become a morning person if you decide to work remotely from Munnar. Also, the town is quite peaceful which makes it a great remote working destination in India.
Panchgani is my second home. I spent almost 5 years in a boarding school in Panchgani and I always love going back there. It is about 120 kms from Pune which is well connected by flight, road, and train. The town is smaller compared to Munnar but it has everything you’d ever need. The weather is simply superb all around the year. The market is bustling and makes a perfect place for an evening walk.
Moreover, there are more than 40 schools in Panchgani, hence you will go back in time looking at the kids. Network connectivity was an issue a few years back, but I guess they have 4G connectivity there now. For stay, you have a lot of homestays springing up giving you scenic views making it a good remote working destination.
Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh
If there is one place that I love going back to is Varanasi. My paternal family spent most of their life in Varanasi and even I spent a few early years of my life there. Being an international tourist destination, Varanasi is well connected by air from major airports in India. Though Varanasi today isn’t the one it was a few decades ago, it still makes a wonderful place as a good remote working destination.
Whether you are a religious/spiritual person or not, there’s magic in the air of Varanasi. Starting your day with a walk along the ghats, yoga, or meditation every morning followed by lip-smacking food. Further, there are a lot of homestays in Varanasi and network connectivity shouldn’t be a concern.
Shimla, Himachal Pradesh
One of the next remote working destinations that I want to work from home would be Shimla. Though there are a lot of other small towns nearby Shimla, I haven’t been there (regret not visiting those places :() While accessibility to Shimla may be a concern as you still need to go through a long bus journey to reach Shimla. Like any other hill station, Shimla is just perfect and offers some of the best views nature has to offer. While Munnar and Panchgani are good, Shimla is situated higher. Plenty of homestays and food even has dominos! Network connectivity has improved over the years and I have few friends who are currently working from Shimla.
Vizag, Andhra Pradesh
If you’re wondering Vizag is on this list because of the beach, you’re wrong. I’ve been to Vizag quite a few times and love it more every time I go. Apart from the beach, Vizag is on the foothills of the eastern Ghats. With the hills on one side and the beach on the other, Vizag is a wonderful place. Though the weather can be extremely humid at times which can trouble you, visiting Vizag at the end of the year makes sense.
The greenery and the beaches in Vizag are simply amazing. In terms of connectivity, you can reach Vizag by flight from Hyderabad. Further, it is a well-developed town and hence connectivity will not be a challenge at all. Also, you’ll have plenty of options to stay as well.