Are you a movie buff? Do you fantasize visiting the magical location that you see in the movies? Have you ever felt like clicking a pic of yourself in those famous places? To help you fulfil these wishes, we’ve gathered a list of top 10 movie locations, which are also great tourist spots. Get ready to holiday, Bollywood style.
Popular tourist spots where Bollywood movies were shot
- Thailand: Kaho Na Pyaar Hai, Student of the Year, Ready, Housefull 2, Awarapan, Baaghi.
- Mauritius: Ek Villain, F.A.L.T.U, Josh, Main Khiladi Tu Anari, 36 China Town, No Entry, Sorry Bhai, Kuch Kuch Hota Hain, Chashme Baddoor.
- Dubai: Race, Sarkaar 3, Welcome, Bewakoofiyan.
- Hong Kong: Awarapan, Company.
- China: Chandni Chowk to China, The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor, Kung fu Yoga.
- Korea: Gangster.
- Indonesia: Bheja Fry 2.
- Maldives: Kites, Ek Villain, Maine Pyaar Kyun Kiya.
- Singapore: Krishh, Pyaar Impossible, De Dana Dan, Aur Pyaar Hogaya, Dil Mange More, Fraser’s Hill.
- Switzerland: Dhoom 3, Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge, Jab Tak Hai Jaan, Vaastav.
- USA: Pardes, My Name is Khan, Dhoom 2, Dhoom 3, Dostana, Ta Ra Rum Pum
Thailand, ‘The land of smiles’, is the buzz word when it comes to holidays. This place is blessed with beautiful beaches, mountain trails, historical sites, making it an ideal place for a vacation. This popular tourist spot is also known for its hospitable people who welcome everyone with the warmest smiles. The title song of the Bollywood hit, ‘Kaho Naa Pyar Hai’, captured the eyes of the audience with the location, which shows the ethereal white sand, calm water and picturesque desolation of the Island in Thailand. Other famous Bollywood movies shot in Thailand are, ‘Student Of The Year’, ‘Housefull 2′, ‘Ready’, ‘Awarapan’. Many others show the grand hotels with the classy galleries and luxurious villas, the gorgeous islands and beaches, the rocky waterfalls, the architectural marvels of the ancient city, majestic pavilions, massive structures, solemn monuments and impressive idols which includes the beautiful idol of Buddha. Recently movies such as ‘Baaghi’, which has some beautiful scenes shot, ‘Veere Di Wedding’, where the girls in the movie plan a trip to Phuket.
In short, Thailand is a country to witness the spectacular backgrounds used in various Bollywood movies and experience the mesmerizing locations.
Top touristy things to do in Thailand
- Visit the Grand Palace in Bangkok
- Explore the floating markets of Damnoen Saduak
- Visit the magical Phi Phi Island.
- Relish the unique street food
- Explore the night markets of Thailand
Mauritius, better known as the island of emotion, is like a pearl in the ocean. This place has always been a favorite to shoot Bollywood movies. Bollywood hits like ‘Ek Villain’ and ‘F.A.L.T.U’ featured the Rochester Falls which is the best waterfall in Mauritius. This breathtaking waterfall is an ideal place to stop by and have a nice picnic and enjoy the serene atmosphere. The Bollywood movie ‘Josh’ showed the Crystal Rock, off the south-west coast. This crystal rock sits in the middle of the ocean with a magnificent view of the Le Morne Mountain, where one can swim with the marine life. Dolphin watching at this place is phenomenal. Snorkelling near the rock in the soothing colour of the water is magical.
Other movies shot here include ’Main Khiladi Tu Anari’, which was shot at the Albion Lighthouse. Some of the other Bollywood movies shot in Mauritius are ‘No Entry’, ‘Sorry Bhai’. Le Caudan Waterfront is a place where friends can meet up for a drink or can take a long walk along the harbour, hangout and chill. Some of the movies shot here are ‘Kuch Kuch Hota Hain’, ‘Chashme Baddoor’, ‘36 China Town’ to name a few.
Apart from these, there are many more things to see and do on this beautiful island. Be it waterfronts, museums, gardens, shopping markets, different activities, day tours to various sights, everything adds to the beauty of this place. Visitors can easily fall in love with Mauritius’s immaculate beauty.
Top touristy things to do in Mauritius
- Go on an adventure in Black River Gorges National Park
- Visit the iconic Le Morne Brabant
- Take up kitesurfing and Dolphin spotting
- Go on a romantic getaway in Isle aux Cerfs
- Take up scuba diving in Blue Bay Marine Park
Witness the shooting locations of famous movies with a vacation in Dubai. Be it the car chase in the movie ‘Race’ or the romantic songs of ‘Dabbang’ or ‘Happy New Year’, they all have been shot here. And with Hollywood blockbusters such as ‘Mission Impossible’, shot extensively in Dubai. There are several reasons why Dubai should be chosen as a place to explore, one of them being, to experience the view of the Bollywood locations in real and its proximity to Mumbai.
Some of the other Bollywood movies shot in Dubai are ‘Sarkaar 3’, the comedy hit ‘Welcome’, ‘Bewakoofiyaan’ to name a few. Dubai has excellent assortment of locations. It offers all possible entertainment options, the best possible shopping experience and also has the glamour quotient that one associates with an international destination.
Top touristy things to do in Dubai
- Get the birds-eye view of Dubai from Burj Khalifa
- Shoot up your adrenaline levels by going on a Desert Safari.
- Visit the Dubai Mall for a mind-bogglingly good experience
- Explore the Gold Souks (old markets) of Dubai
- Relax at some of Dubai’s Beaches
Hong Kong, well known as the pearl of the orient, is famous for its dazzling skyline, the legendary star ferry and its thriving street markets. This dazzling country has been one of the favourites for the Bollywood movie makers. Emraan Hashmi’s ‘Awarapan’ too many shooting locations in Hong Kong. Another Bollywood movie shot in Hong-kong is Ram Gopal Verma’s ‘Company’. The movie also showed the harbor view and the islands on the South China Sea. There is a lot more on the Hong Kong island.
If a single image cold encapsulates Hong Kong, it would be the panorama from Victoria Peak. By the day your eyes would stretch across the sparkling skyscrapers and in the evening panorama melts into pink and orange before reincarnating as a dazzling galaxy of light. You can visit the Madame Tussauds right at the top of The Peak. The crescent-shaped stretch of sand; Repulse Bay is one of the most beautiful beaches in Hong Kong. Close to the Repulse Bay are the Stanley markets, which is a great place for shoppers, where shoppers can bargain with the shopkeepers to get the typical Chinese souvenirs and endless items one can fall in love with.
Top touristy things to do in Hong Kong
- Visit the Iconic Victoria Peak in the evening
- Spend a thrilling day in Hong Kong Disneyland
- Enjoy the beautiful promenade of Hong Kong from Tsim Sha Tsui
- Visit the Hong Kong Museum of History
- Taking a trip to the nearby Hong Kong island, ‘Lantau Island’ is yet another popular thing to do here.
China boasts a large number of wonderful tour destinations, splendid cultural heritage, amazing natural wonders and delicate water towns. One of the Bollywood movies shot in China is ‘Chandni Chowk to China’ which covers maximum scenes from China, in and around the Forbidden City, where as the action packed moves by our very own Akshay Kumar were shot on the ‘Great Wall of China’. Other movie, ‘The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor’, from Hollywood was also shot in China. This movie features the scene in Tianmo, Dongguan, and the main city of Shanghai.Another movie which starts Jackie Chan, Sonu Sood, Disha Patani is ‘Kung Fu Yoga’.
Top Touristy Things to do in China
- Visit the Forbidden City or the Palace Museum, at the center of Beijing.
- Hangzhou (Paradise on Earth) is a lovely city centered on famed West Lake, full of gardens, tranquil temples and bustling historic streets.
- Jiuzhaigou Valley, famous for crystal blue lakes and multi-level waterfalls.
- Explore the Potala Palace, Lhasa.
Korea, the land of morning calm, is a place to experience enchanting mornings and mesmerizing sun rises. The locations in Korea are absolutely eye catching. One of the Bollywood movies shot in Korea is ‘Gangster’, which shows the place Seoul, which is a mix of old and new, the Buddhist temples, fascinating palaces and charming pagodas. The movie showed the Grand Park, Cheonggyecheon Park and Nami Island in Seoul. The same movie was also shot in Busan, which bursts with mountains and beaches, hot springs and seafood and the enchanting and shimmering sights.
Apart from these places, Korea is famous for its Jeju islands, which is a favourite holiday destination for most of the people. This island has beautiful beaches and lush countryside. It pulls vacationers and honeymooners in thousands. If one has shopping and eating on the list, Korea is a pretty good choice. Korea serves exotic seafood and the best Korean traditional desserts. Not to forget, one can enjoy doing the Gangnam style in the Gangnam district. Korea also has theatres and concerts, showing the culture, art and performances winning the hearts of the viewers. In other words, it can be said that Korea has more than one reason to visit.
Recently not many movies have been shot in Korea, but a lot of Bollywood movies have been adapted from Korean movies. Some of the popular Bollywood movies Aishwarya Rai Bachchan’s comeback movie ‘Jazbaa’, John Abraham’s movie ‘Rocky Handsome’ is also adapted from a Korean movie.
Top touristy things to do in Korea
- Visit Bukchon Hanok Village in Seoul
- Have a blast in the world’s largest indoor Amusement park, Lotte World
- Explore the Gyeongbokgung Palace
- Take a trip to Mount Namsan
The tourist attractions in Indonesia are its sprawling archipelago, natural beauty, historical heritage and cultural diversity. One of the famous Bollywood movies shot in Indonesia is ‘Bheja Fry 2’ has been shot here where it captures Bali in most of the scenes. Bali is one of Indonesia’s most popular destinations and it has beautiful beaches, mountains, forests and more. It is among the world’s favourite vacation islands, with a fascinating natural landscape.
Many Bollywood film producers are showing interest in capturing the beauty of this island. Indonesia is a hub for historical Java, has magnificent temples and National Parks. If peace is all that you are looking for, Gili islands is the best place to visit with a relaxed and laid back place, no cars or motorbikes to disturb the peace.
The adventurous vacationers can trek at Gunung Rinjani or surf the great waves at the coast. Indonesia’s most famous diving and snorkelling areas are Bunaken and Raja Ampat and here a famous location Baliem Valley offers a glimpse of the Stone Age world. Many Bollywood movie producers look forward to choosing Indonesia as their film shooting site to capture the beauty and elegance of this country as it gives mesmerizing backgrounds for different scenes in various movies.
Top Touristy things to do in Indonesia
- Relax at Bali’s famous beaches
- Visit the National Monument in Indonesia’s Capital Jakarta
- Wonder at the magnificent volcanic mountain in Java
- Go snorkelling in Gilli islands
Commonly known as the sunny side of life. The Maldives is sunny all year long; it has waves like nowhere else in the world and underwater beauty like paradise. Talking about Bollywood movies shot in Maldives, movies like ‘Kites’, and ‘Maine Pyaar Kyun Kiya’ featured a few scenes from Maldives. Recently the movie ‘Ek Villain’ was shot in Vaadhoo Island in the Maldives.
The Maldives is home to perhaps the best beaches in the world, every resort in the Maldives is its own private island. Maldives with it’s crystal clear blue skies and white coral beaches, makes a picture perfect romantic destination for weddings, honeymoons, celebrations and vacations. It is a place where the weather is a dream and the deep rays of sun awaits to engulf you in their arms. Maldives is a favorite destination of the Bollywood stars for partying and holidaying on various occasions. They say paradise has been found when one happens to visit Maldives.
Top Touristy things to do in Maldives
- Diving and world class snorkeling Submarine ride,
- Go Sunset cruising,
- Tantalizing your senses at the glow-in-the-dark-beach in Vaadhoo Island
- Indulging in a romantic massage
Singapore is a global city with multiple attractions and iconic skyline. It is no easy task to choose the impressive things to see and do in Singapore. Many Bollywood movies like ‘Krrish’, features the Cavenagh Bridge, which is one of the oldest bridges in the Singapore also the magnificent ‘Fountain of Wealth’ which is the largest fountain in the world. The trailer of the film, ‘De Dana Dan’ had highlighted many venues in which this film was shot from Sentosa to Fusionopolis and majorly Pan Pacific in Singapore. Other movies like ‘Pyaar Impossible’ and ‘Aur Pyaar Ho Gaya’ showcase the artistic and creative Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay, the beautiful Tiger Balm Gardens and Raffles place. Other places that are worth visiting in Singapore are the Universal Studios, a movie themed entertainment park where one can step into the glamorous world of movies.
Some of recent movies shot here in Singapore are ‘Badrinath ki Dulhania’ starring Alia Bhatt, ‘Dear Zindagi’, again starring Alia Bhatt and Shah Rukh Khan.
The Park has movie themed zones, thrilling rides and a Hollywood walk at the Hollywood zone. You can also experience here a ride in the Singapore Flyer which is the world’s largest observation wheel, giving breathtaking panorama views that are so radically different during the day and night. Passengers will get to see the Singapore River, Raffles Place, Marina bay, and so many beautiful things from this flyer. One can also experience the night safari, Gardens by the Bay, Marina Bay and many other things in Singapore which makes this place a perfect destination to visit.
Top Touristy things to do in Singapore
- Marvel at the beauty of Gardens by the Bay
- Have a Blast the Universal Studios
- Take a trip to the Sentosa Island
- Take a Singapore Sightseeing Tour
Malaysia gets lots of love from Bollywood as well as Hollywood. There is a list of movies that are shot in Malaysia. Around 80% of the Bollywood hit ‘Don’ was filmed in various locations in Malaysia, including Pulau Langkawi, which is the longest free span and curved sky bridge. Shah Rukh Khan returned to Malaysia for his other movie ‘Don 2’, covering scenes at Malacca Prison. Other Bollywood Movies shot in Malaysia is ‘Humraaz’. Some of the scenes were shot at the world famous, iconic skyscrapers towering 88 floors, The Petronas Twin Towers and Sunway Lagoon, a theme park with water slides, man-made river rides, a surf beach and other dry land activities too.
The movie ‘Dil maange More’ was shot at the ‘Fraser’s Hill’, a highland resort destination nestled among the mountains of Pahang. This movie also features the Seri Sajana Bridge, which is a transparent, elegant and futuristic slender looking structure. Recently the Bollywood movie ‘Roy’ starring Ranbir Kapoor and Arjun Rampal was shot here in the beautiful locations of Langkawi, Malaysia.
Top Touristy things to do in Malaysia
- Head to the Iconic Petronas Twin Towers
- Visit the famous tourist attraction in Malaysia; the Batu Caves
- Reconnect with yourself in Fraser hill
- Experience Bliss in Mount Kinabalu
Switzerland is among the most beautiful places in the world. The panoramic mountain views, the beautiful snow-capped mountains make Switzerland one of the top places to visit. A lot of Bollywood movies have their song sequences shot in Switzerland. The white snow in the background and the eye popping costumes of the actors, will be an eye catching sight on the big screen.
Movies such as ‘Dhoom 3’ where Aamir Khan rides his bike on the Verzasca Dam in Ticino is a scene shot in Switzerland. One of the best Bollywood Movies to be shot in Switzerland is ‘Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge’ made Switzerland so famous that they still thank Indian movies for boosting their tourism. The amazing scene among the sunflower garden, the train scene are all very picturesque and beautiful locations.
Bollywood movies such as ‘Jab Tak Hain Jaan’ starring Shah Rukh Khan and Katrina Kaif, the movie ‘Vaastav’ starring Sanjay Dutt are some of the famous movies shot in Switzerland.
Top Touristy things to do in Switzerland
- Visit Switzerland’s iconic Chapel Bridge
- Take a scenic train ride in Jungfraujoch
- Take a trip to the Rhine Falls
- Experience Bliss in on a boat ride around Lake Lucerne
USA does not require any introduction. This vast land has many beautiful locations and places to see. Hollywood movies here are always amazing to watch. USA has been a common movie location for Bollywood movies for a long time. Movies such as ‘Pardes’ shows exactly how the USA is and the movie also includes many famous places in the USA. Another popular Bollywood Movie shot in USA is the ‘My Name is Khan’. It deals with how Muslims underwent criticism and racism here in the USA. This movie was critically acclaimed all over the world.
Other famous movies shot here include ‘Dhoom 2’, ‘Dhoom 3’, ‘Dostana’ which is shot in Miami, Florida. ‘Ta Ra Rum Pum’ is a movie starring Saif Ali Khan, where he plays the role of a NASCAR driver.
Locations such as New York, California, Boston are all popular locations for shooting a Bollywood movie.
Top Touristy things to do in USA
- Visit the famous Statue of Liberty
- Have a blast at the Universal Studios Hollywood
- Go on a road trip along the Pacific coast highway
- Enjoy the drinking culture Napa Valley
- Visit Yellowstone National Park