India is a land of many charms. It never fails to impress its visitors. For all those who think you’ve covered it all, well you haven’t. You would’ve covered the travelogue places but these mostly skip the unexplored, hard to reach and offbeat hidden destinations India. So, for your next vacation pick one of these and we are sure you won’t be disappointed. Some hard to reach hill tops, some hidden lakes with skeletons, some secret waterfall within the forests, we found it all for you. Some of these places might be strenuous to reach but will be well worth the effort.
This has been given the nickname of being the mini Switzerland of India. It is known to bear the same topographical resemblance with Switzerland. This is essentially a hill station in Chamba district, Himachal Pradesh. The place is about 24kms from Dalhousie. It’s a small plateau with a weed fed lake in the middle. Going there will give you the most enthralling view of the western Himalayan peaks in the background. It has one of the rarest amalgamations that nature must offer of a lake, pasture, and forest. The khajjar lake and khajjinag temple are the two tourists spots to be visited.
Another one in Himachal Pradesh. This is a small village called malana that is situated in the Kullu valley and is fully secluded from the world. It’s about 2600 meters above sea level. It’s quite a diverse village in terms of their customs and ethnicities. This place is completely isolated from the rest of the world.
The locals here speak kanashi here. The people of malana are known to be very strict about their customs and all the visitors here are asked to sign a bond which states that any offense committed by the tourist will be taken to their local administrative committee and no other outside law will be allowed to interfere with it. The tourists are advised to not touch the locals, their houses, or their objects as they would contemplate it to be impure. This village is famed for several ancient temples Jamlu temple and Rukmini temple being the famous ones.
This is the place to go monastery hopping. It is situated at 3000 meters above sea level in Arunachal Pradesh. It is historically a part of Tibet. Known for the birth place of Dalai lama this beautiful hill station is one of the nicest offbeat place and hidden destinations India. Best time to be here is from March to September as the summers are cool and winters are mostly snow cladded. If you wish to see the valley in all its shining glory, then is here in the spring and you will have a memory etched in your heart for a lifetime. The Tawang monastery is a well preserved one and a must see as it is the celestial paradise in a clear night. It’s the 8th least populous place in the country. It’s also known for beautifully done handicrafts by the locals.
Want to see nature at its sinuous best? This is your place to be. Situated in Andhra Pradesh it is a Telugu name which literally translates to “lift and pour”. It falls from a magnificent height of 70 feet. The spouting waters are formed by three streams namely Nakka Vagu, Thumala Vagu, Chandravanaka Vagu and are far ahead joined in the Krishna river. These falls form a beautiful cove in the center where you will see the occasional sight of several crocodiles. Around this place are also a couple of temples which are worth your time like Ranganathan temple and Dattatreya temple.
LAKE OF CHEMBRA
Chembra peak is the highest peak in wayanad, Kerala at a height of 2000 meters above sea level. It is located geographically in the Western Ghats. It’s covered with lush green tea gardens. It’s a 15 km upward climb which takes about 5hrs to reach. When you reach the peak a beautiful surprise by nature awaits you. A heart shaped pond lies on your way up to this peak. This is the main reason for trekking on this peak. A lot of love birds, honeymooners and couple who want to revamp their romance are the frequent visitors of this place. This heart shaped lake has had the history to never dry up and thus makes it more to the list of people in and around Kerala to go for a short trip. This one makes it on number 5 of our list.
Known as the mini goa of the country, this is a favorite spot for people living in Karnataka. It’s rather a quiet version of goa. It’s known for its well-kept and maintained beaches and is slowly gaining popularity among the hippies. It is primarily a temple town and thus the pace of this place is quite slow making it a peaceful hideaway for all age groups. If you are bored and tired of your city life and are looking for some serenity and peace just go to gokarna. The best part about this place is that it can be visited all around the year except the rainy season and mostly popular to visit Gokarna is from November to march.
Shivanasamudra is a small city in the Mandya district of Karnataka. This one makes it to number 7 on the list. It’s known for nature’s many gifts that have been bestowed on it. It’s only 126kms from Bangalore and initially also called Barachukki falls. The waterfalls create the fourth largest island formed by river courses. There are also quite a few ancient temples around this place and it is believed that there was a village earlier there. It’s mostly popular for its hydel power projects. The most famous waterfalls are Gaganachukki and shivasamudra waterfalls. The weather here too is enjoyable all year round except the monsoons when it’s expected to rain slightly. It’s a perfect off beat place with not many people visiting it. do not forget to take your camera to seize the bliss this place must offer.
For all, you beach lovers, head to Varkala now. A perfect spot for all those who want to relax and unwind from your usual life. Particularly known for its clean neat beaches, its virgin waters, hills around the waters, the many shrines and the lighthouses, this place is just perfect for anything and everything. To experience the best of both worlds that is nature and manmade shrines and light houses, this is unquestionably the place you should be at. Also for all the water sports lovers, get going now. Varkala gives you a variety of water sports to choose from like paragliding and also parasailing. September to April will be the best time to visit Varkala.
Gorgeous is the word for this place. It’s a place worth of bucket list I say. It’s about 20kms from Jabalpur city on the banks of Narmada river. The Chausath yogini temple is the place to be here as it commands the view of the whole area highlighting the river flowing through the marble rocks.
One other place that will take a permanent spot in your memory is Bandar Kodini. Travel in a both with marble rocks on both sides and there comes a point when these marble rocks come so close that monkeys can jump between them and hence the name. On a night that is lit just by the moon this boat ride is worth every penny. It is only 28kms from the main city of Jabalpur and the ease of access makes it a prevalent tourist destination.
This quiet little town of Lonar has situated in Maharashtra it is about 360 km from Nagpur and 110 km from Aurangabad. The town built around a lake that formed when a meteorite hit the lake 52000 years ago making it a hot spot for scientists and their research. There are quite a few temples around this place that attract a lot of tourists as well.
The crater is about 1.8kms in diameter and there is a small freshwater stream that flows into the lake. It’s a mineral-rich lake from where potassium and sodium salts extracted. It is also the only salt water lake that is in basaltic rock in the world making it more popular for tourists. October to March is the best time to visit this beautiful offbeat location. And one of the hidden destinations India has.