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As a very old country, India has a unique past. You can see its history while traveling through cities. Even if you live in India and just want a break or something new, why not get a taste of a non-Indian place in India? There are many European towns in India (not anymore technically, but stylistically) that you can spend a week in and get a taste of Europe.

India was colonized by different countries in different areas, some more recently than others. The foreigners have left, but they left behind some European charm. Others were never taken over by their dopplegangers but just look incredibly similar. These aren’t actual European cities in India.

Places in India that look European

1. French in Pondicherry

The French are long gone from Pondicherry, now known for the surf. It has a French look in many ways from the paint jobs of the buildings to the cute cafes.

13 European Cities in India, europe in indiaFrance / Pondicherry

2. Ancient Ruins of Rome or Athens in Hampi

If you want to wander around ancient stones from the people of the past, you can do that in Hampi just like in Athens or Rome. Read more on Hampi: Guide to Hampi

13 European Cities in India, europe in indiaRome / Hampi

3. Scotland in Coorg

It’s not far-fetched to call Coorg the Scotland of India, as many do with its bright green hills and mountains with mist. Here, people worship the nature. Coorg is one of the coolest places in India. Check out this article 11 kickass things to do in Coorg.

13 European Cities in India, europe in indiaScotland / Coorg (Thadiyandamol)

4. Azores in Munnar

West of Portugal is an island known as the only tea plantation in Europe. India has its own town known for tea called Munnar in Kerala.

13 European Cities in India, europe in indiaAzores / Munnar

5. Iceland in Sikkim

Want to do some outdoor snow activities? Find adventure with the glaciers of Sikkim, which could be confused for the lakes of Iceland.

13 European Cities in India, europe in indiaIceland / Sikkim

6. Portuguese in Panjim

The old churches still stand tall and people even now are Catholic in this area of India. If you wonder Panjim, the capital, the alleys are very telling of Goa’s past. Many locals have the last name D’Souza or Fernandez.

13 European Cities in India, europe in indiaGoa (Panjim) / Portugal

7. Britain in Mumbai or Mysore

When wondering through the streets you can’t help but notice the British architecture. For example compare Big Ben to the Rajabai tower! There’s still a strong connection between the Britain and India in many cities, but I especially loved it in these two.

13 European Cities in India, europe in indiaUK / Mumbai

8.  Venice in Udaipur

The floating palace in the lake of Udaipur makes it feel very romantic and luxurious. There’s no surprise that Udaipur is called the “Venice of India”. Some also call the backwater boats in Kerala “Venice of India” so I guess there are two!

13 European Cities in India, europe in indiaVenice / Udaipur

9. Swiss in Khajjiar

When you wander through Shimla’s charming town, you won’t be surprised that it’s where the British chose to vacation back in the day. It looks very similar to the Swiss towns I saw while backpacking through the Alps: rolling green hills, snow-capped mountains, cute little homes.

13 European Cities in India, europe in india Switzerland  / Khajjiar

10. Greek Islands in the Andaman’s

The Andaman’s are a group of stunning islands of India. Clear blue water, luxury villas dotting along the water, and a big diving and honeymoon destination, it’s great to know India has a place like this!

13 European Cities in India, europe in indiaGreek Islands / Andamans

11. Ireland in Maharashtra

When driving through the coast line of this state in the rain, I couldn’t help but be brought back to when I hiked along the coast of Ireland in the rain. The forest up to the ocean isn’t tropical palm trees, but looks like one I would see in Ireland or somewhere like Oregon.

13 European Cities in India, europe in indiaIreland / Ratnagiri

12. Lithuania in Jaipur

The Rambagh Palace in Jaipur is what many consider to be a similar castle to Trakai Castle in Lithuania. I don’t disagree it has some charm, but it’s not a perfect math.

13 European Cities in India, europe in indiaLithuania / Jaipur

13. Bordeaux or Tuscany in Nashik

Want wine? Check out the very European looking vinyard of Sula wines in Maharashtra.

13 European Cities in India, europe in indiaItaly / Nashik

There are so many amazing places in India that are great on their own. Even if an Indian national didn’t leave their country, they could see so much beauty of the world! One thing I love about India is its huge array of landscapes. This isn’t to say Europe doesn’t have it’s charm, but to show you how varied India really is!




About the Author:

Rachel Jones left a career in nursing and lived on the beaches of Goa, India for the five years. Now she lives in Mexico where she gives advice on the 40+ countries she’s visited in the last 10 years. She’s the author of two India travel e-books: Guide to India and Insider’s Guide to Goa. Her blog, Werkenntwen, like its name, is a contradiction combining off-beat adventurous places with glamorous and bespoke travel. Werkenntwen has been featured in ELLE, Marie Claire, Grazia, and Cosmopolitan magazines. She’s a writer for Bravo TV.


  1. venus john September 30, 2015 at 8:54 pm - Reply

    very interesting article..but its a totally different feel one gets in Europe..perhaps because the weather,people and clean environment..and less people..different smell..
    different spirit..
    I remember wondering ..’am I inside of an English movie..?’ while I was in train or bus in Europe and looking outside..

    • Rachel Jones October 1, 2015 at 11:25 am - Reply

      You’re totally right as well! Europe’s charm is totally different and more relaxing/clean than India’s.

  2. rebecca October 1, 2015 at 8:29 am - Reply

    oh wow! Impressive article! It’s so easy to forget how big India is and how much we don’t know about. Is this article a sign that you are missing Europe?

    • Rachel Jones October 1, 2015 at 11:27 am - Reply

      Yes a little! I was just in London & Vienna but I want to go back in the summer soon and go by train again to places I missed the first time around.

  3. LeAnna October 1, 2015 at 9:34 pm - Reply

    Ok, some of these were EERILY spot on!!! But I do agree with others, Europe has a COMPLETELY different feel, atmosphere, culture etc from Europe….which is what makes traveling all over the world that much more special

    • Rachel Jones October 2, 2015 at 2:19 pm - Reply

      Yes they may look the same, but are not similar in culture at all lol

  4. phoebe nygren October 1, 2015 at 10:18 pm - Reply

    Rachel- I really enjoyed this post! The pictures were so similar and it is crazy to see how similar landscapes can be all over the world–just filled with completely different societies, cultures, people, smells, tastes, etc.!

    I would love to go to all of these places in India and abroad. Loved this, thanks for sharing.


  5. RunawayBrit October 6, 2015 at 7:14 am - Reply

    I really enjoyed this article (especially as I am missing Europe like crazy, right now!). I have been to a few of these places, and will definitely be heading to more over this year. Europe does have a completely different feel, to me at least, yet when I travelled to Europe with two Indian friends over the summer they spent the whole time in Hamburg commenting on how it was “just like Bombay!” I must admit that I struggled to see the similarities, but to them it was very clear :D

  6. Anjali October 7, 2015 at 1:19 pm - Reply

    Hello Rachel
    Nice post Rachel . Looks so similar but Europe is far better than India because India has several sick states and Europe is a prosperous country . And India it will NEVER be prosperous because of corruption . People over there only think about money, scam, money, scam, and money.

  7. shahid November 28, 2015 at 1:33 pm - Reply

    haha really nice and interesting post

  8. Human June 9, 2016 at 1:13 pm - Reply

    Interesting post. But I sadly beg to differ.

    Its not just one small stretch/monument/alley taken in a photograph which makes it closer to Europe. Its the entire experience, which includes people, behavior, place, population, smell (like pointed by Venus), climate, town architecture (not just one alley/road), food etc. And in that scenario, above mentioned India places are nowhere close to its counterpart European locations. Mumbai & London..Definitely no! Just a Gothic architecture here and there doesn’t make it anywhere close to London.

    Good luck & have fun!

  9. Conrad D'costa November 3, 2017 at 10:35 pm - Reply

    It’s such an irony that people are much more fascinated by things that are not their own. I left Goa to be in Europe and you left Europe to live in Goa. As they say, the pastures are always greener on the other side. But overall, a good blog indeed.

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