From March to July, India comes alive with mango madness. More than 1,000 varieties of mangoes are produced across the country, particularly in the states of Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Goa, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Odisha and West Bengal.
Mango tourism is starting to catch on in Maharashtra, where the popular Alphonso mango (locally known as hapus) is grown. Come mango season and people flock to the Ratnagiri and Sindhudurg districts to feast on fresh mangoes. Mango festivals are also held all over in India in honor of the "King of Fruits".
01 of 08
Ganesh Agro Tourism, Ratnagiri, Maharashtra
Located at Nate, in the heart of mango country between Ratnagiri and Sindhudurg, Ganesh Agro Tourism has a substantial organic mango farm with more than 2,000 Alphonso mango trees spread over 30 acres. The hilly terrain above the ocean is picturesque and the sunset views are superb. Owner Ganesh Ranade has done an outstanding job of embracing mango tourism. Visitors can go on a safari of the mango farm, learn how the mangoes are grown, and sample them (pick for free and pay per kilogram).
Ganesh's wife also operates a canning factory on the property where you can buy delicious mango products such as pickles, amba poli, and mango pulp. Other possible activities include bird watching, boat rides, and bullock cart rides. Or, simply relax in a hammock! Tasty, home-cooked traditional vegetarian cuisine is served. There are five simple but spacious and clean guest rooms. A one night package costs 3,000 rupees for a couple, including all meals, local sightseeing, and farm tour. Visit their... website for more information.
02 of 08
Dwarka Farmstay, Talawade, Maharashtra
One of India's top farmstays, Dwarka is a bright and modern place on a 15 acre organic orchard in Maharashtra's Sindhudurg district. It's located in Sawantwadi, approximately 30 minutes drive inland from unspoiled Vengurla beach. The property has more than 200 Alphonso mango trees. Coconuts, cashews, bananas and pineapples are also grown there. There's a dairy as well! When you've had enough of mangoes (if that's possible!), try local activities such as visiting a pottery village, bamboo workshop, and mat weaving. Room rates start from 2,800 rupees per night, and packages with all meals included are offered. Visit their website for more information.
03 of 08
O'Nest Homestay, Devrukh, Maharashtra
Lush O'Nest is located off-the-beaten-track in Devrukh, atop a hill near National Highway 17. I visited this rustic oasis while exploring Maharashtra and was delighted by its nature and birdsong. It's nestled into a mango grove and is owned by the same family as the newer Oceano Pearl below. Like Oceano Pearl, O'Nest also has a fabulous tree house for guests to stay in, as well as rooms and individual cottages. Visits to local mango (and cashew) farms can be arranged. Other possible activities include botanical sessions, fishing, bird watching, trekking, pottery, and bullock cart rides. Pune-based The Western Routes organizes 2-night Mango Picking and Tasting Tours in May, staying at O'Nest Homestay. Visit their website for more information.
04 of 08
Oceano Pearl: A Beach Homestay, Ganeshgule, Maharashtra
Oceano Pearl is a popular new boutique homestay that's situated on a mango and coconut grove fronting an untouched stretch of beach at Ganeshgule, 20 kilometers south of Ratnagiri town in Maharashtra. During mango season, you'll be served fresh Alphonso mangoes and a huge variety of mango dishes as part of every meal. It's also possible to go mango picking at a local orchard. Four categories of rooms are offered, with rates starting from 2,800 rupees per night. There's a luxury air-conditioned tree house, only a few minutes from the beach, priced at 3,800 rupees per night. Visit their website for more information.Continue to 5 of 8 below.
05 of 08
Kailash Farms, Hoshiarpur, Punjab
The extensive mango orchards of Kailash Farms are situated around seven hours north of Delhi, at the foothills of the Shivalik range in Punjab. The welcoming owners recently ventured into farm tourism, and they've built attractive guest rooms and cottages amid the mango trees on their sprawling property. Orchard walks and bicycle rides through the orchards, fruit picking, and tractor rides are all offered. There's even a swimming pool! A perfect family getaway among nature, the kids will never be bored. Rates start from around 3,800 rupees per night including breakfast. Visit their website for more information.
06 of 08
Baghaan Orchard Retreat, Garhmukteshwar, Uttar Pradesh
If you can't make it south to Maharashtra, don't despair. Baghaan Orchard Retreat has 25 luxury cottages on a mango orchard two hours from Delhi. It's a peaceful retreat surrounded by farmland. Facilities include kids' play area, games room, and swimming pool, Apart from mangoes, guests can go on boat rides down the Ganges River to spot dolphins, go bird watching, horse riding, or go on a bullock cart or tractor ride. Expect to pay 8,500 rupees per night for a double. Visit their website for more information.
07 of 08
This delicious mango festival was started in 2013 by female mango grower Jyotsana Kaur Habibullah at her mango orchard, with the aim of promoting the region's mangoes, and supporting small farmers and women in agriculture. The finest mangoes are available for sampling and purchase direct from the farmers at the festival. There are also delicious mango delicacies, mango eating contests, and plenty of children's activities. Food at the festival is cooked by locals in the village. Folk music and dances will entertain the crowd under the mango trees.
- When: June 24, 25 and 26, 2017.
- Where: Mango orchards near Lucknow, and Janeshwar Mishra Park in Lucknow.
08 of 08
International Mango Festival, Delhi
People in Delhi can get their fill of mangoes at the annual Mango Festival organized by Delhi Tourism. This renowned festival started way back in 1988 at the orchards in Saharanpur. It expanded to Talkatora Stadium in 1991 and then shifted to its present location at Dilli Haat in 2010. Around 500 varieties of mangoes from all over India are on display and available for trying. You'll be surprised how different each tastes! Visitors can also purchase mangoes, mango products, and mango trees. Other activities include mango eating competitions, quizzes, magic shows, and cultural performances.
- When: July 9 and 10, 2017.
- Where: Dilli Haat, Janak Puri.