Bronze Awardees

Khokhara Village, Madhya Pradesh

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Khokhara has been recognized as Best Tourism Village 2023 in Bronze category.
Khokhara village emerges as a hidden gem, exuding the charm of rural India while embracing the spirit of sustainable tourism. This quaint village is not just a destination but a testament to the fusion of nature and culture.

Khokhara's allure lies in its commitment to preserving the environment and celebrating its rich tribal heritage. Surrounded by lush green forests, towering mountains, and tranquil dams, the village derives its name, "Khokhara," from the deep caves that encircle it.

At the heart of this village's transformation are remarkable initiatives. From eco-tourism ventures like farming and nature walks to the preservation of indigenous seeds at Shri Anna Sangrahalaya, Khokhara thrives on its sustainable ethos.

The thriving homestay culture, marked by vernacular architecture, has not only enriched local families but also enhanced the tourism landscape.
The village stands as a beacon of community-based tourism, with a strong commitment to solid waste management and the active involvement of local governance.


Khokhra village is located in Ratlam tehsil of Ratlam district in Madhya Pradesh, India. It is situated 25km away from Ratlam, which is both district & sub-district headquarter of Khokhra village.

The population of the village is 1180, the annual tourist inflow of the village is more than 500 domestic tourists visited Khokhra last year. The no. of available accommodation facilities is 6 and total number of beds are 12 and the types of available accommodation facilities is Rural Homestays.


Natural (Khokhara village is surrounded by the lush green forest, mountains, dam and carven, so the name Khokhara is given which means surrounded by deep caves.)


Near to Sanjay Dubri National Park.


1. The tribal village represents rich tribal culture, rituals and traditions and eco-tourism based experimental activities such as farming, trekking, nature walk, farm to plate etc.

2. Promoting existing culture will contribute to the conservation of cultural and natural assets.

3. Shri Anna Sangrahalaya has been established by villagers to save indigenous seed varieties.

4. Village is being developed as niche tourism destination, promote vernacular architecture for homestay’s construction.

5. Community based tourism-community led and community driven tourism activities.

6. Solid waste management with community participation.

7. Revenue sharing model between local governance and community initiatives.

8. One family one tourism product- maximum coverage of families.

9. Involvement of local governance & local community - ensure safety, security and infra development W.R.T. tourism.

10. Village level tourism committee established, management of the tourism activities at village level.

11. Linkage with District Administration and DATCC – convergence and prioritize tourism.


1. Families started earning extra income of rupees ranging from 1 lac to 1.5 lac per annum for introduction of tourism.

2. Presently there are 6 homestays available at village which are alternative source of income to homestay owners, other tourism business also gets benefits with them.

3. Marketing linkage of village and village tourism products – Online and Offline.

4. Promotion of policies, measures and initiatives to support and encourage tourism investment is through village tourism committee.