Bollywood is the lifeblood of India. Many of us dream of visiting a Bollywood film set and seeing the grandeur of the way the cinema is shot. While closed Bollywood movie sets may not be accessible to us, we sure can visit plenty of the outdoor locations that are used as sets in so many Hindi movies! Here are some of the most popular ones from movies most of us have definitely seen. Maybe it’s time you planned a vacation to check them out!

Athirapilly Waterfalls: Guru and Bahubali

Athirapally Waterfalls

Considered the Niagara Falls of India, this is the backdrop which brought Aishwarya Rai’s performance to life in the movie Guru. Athirapally Waterfalls was also the set of the famous epic movie Bahubali. This is the largest waterfall in Kerala and drops from a height of 80 feet! It gained so much prominence in the moview Bahubali, that it came to be even known as the “Bahubali Waterfall”.

Explore the Athirapilly Waterfalls here:


CST Station: Slumdog Millionaire

CST Station

Remember the song “Jai Ho” from the movie Slumdog Millionaire? Technically, even though the movie was not a Bollywood movie, the song gained huge prominence in India after its global success.  Shot at Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus in Mumbai, the song has become an anthem of sorts. CST station as it is popularly known is also a historically significant landmark that is recognised as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.  Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, although being a popular Mumbai landmark, has become internationally acclaimed after its appearance in the movie.

Revisit it here:


Pangong Lake: 3 Idiots

Pangong Lake

Who could ever forget that iconic ending scene of 3 Idiots where they finally find Rancho in the picturesque Pangong Lake? Known to the locals as Pangong Tso this lake spans across Ladakh and West Tibet. Situated at a height of almost 4,350m, is the world’s highest saltwater lake. While you do need a permit to visit this lake, it is completely worth it as the stunning blue waters result in gorgeous photographs, and a memory you will cherish for a lifetime. Incidentally, the lake can also be seen in the Bollywood movie, Dil Chahta Hai.

Visit it here:


Kongdoori Station: Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani

Kongdoori Station

Remember the stunning scenery from the winter trip in Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani? Kongdoori Station is a popular spot for Bollywood filmmakers and now you can see it too. Lying between Gulmarg and the summit on the Apharwat mountain range, Kongdoori is stop or station that draws skiers and snowboarders from across the country and parts of the world. It is the perfect place to catch a glimpse of the Nanda Devi Peak and the Pir Panjal range.

Visit it virtually, here:

Amber Palace: Jodha Akbar

Amber Palace

Visit the palace where Hrithik Roshan played the iconic role of Akbar the Great, the Amber Palace. 11km from the city of Jaipur, in the town of Amer, this colossal fort and palace complex overlooks the Lake Maota. Made entirely of red sandstone and marble, the complex is one of the most major tourist attractions in Rajasthan. In 2013 it was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Check it out on Google Earth here:

Next time you plan a vacation, make sure you add at least one of these amazing places into your itinerary, so you can awaken the Bollywood buff in you!