Increasing number of tourists in India now prefer offbeat destinations to stay away from the crowd and chaos of popular destinations. Every part of India, including the South, has many such unexplored places. If you are planning a visit to South India, ditch the popular ones and prefer the five places mentioned in this post.
While there are innumerable places in India which are very popular among the tourists, there are many others which are untouched and unexplored. If crowded, well-known destinations are not your thing; then such unexplored places are perfect for you.
In this post, we will talk about five such offbeat destinations in South India which you should surely visit to explore the South at its best.
- Devikulam in Kerala
If you are looking for a place like Munnar, but without the crowd, Devikulam is a perfect extension to the beauty of the popular hill station. The evergreen tea estates surrounded by mist are sure to make you believe that you have come to a paradise.
The Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary too is a popular place here where you can easily spot giant squirrels. Also, do not forget to take a dip in the Sitadevi Lake; according to the Ramayana, this is where Sita used to take a bath.
- Kumarakom in Kerala
If you want to enjoy the backwaters of Kerala, Kumarakom, a small village on the Vembanad Lake, can be an excellent choice. The place is full of canals with several houseboats in the waters. The place is also very popular for the Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary which is home to several bird species including Siberian storks and cuckoos.
There is also the Pathiramanal Island in the lake where you can spot several rare migratory birds. The Kumarakom Lake resort, Coconut Lagoon, The Zuri Kumarakom, and Abad Whispering Palms Lake Resort are some of the best accommodations for your stay here.
- Araku Valley in Andhra Pradesh
Enjoy a soothing drive towards the north from Visakhapatnam, and you’ll reach Araku Valley in about 4 hours. The drive to this secluded tourist spot is sure to arouse your senses when you make your way through the lush green forest with only the melodious birds and sound of the waterfalls to interrupt your tranquillity.
In Araku Valley, you can visit the Borra Caves, discovered by the local tribal people, or visit the Tribal museum to know more about the local tribes. There are several beautiful coffee estates where you can stop for a delicious cup of coffee or make one of them your home for the stay.
- Chikmagalur in Karnataka
Chikmagalur is a popular hill station in Karnataka. Known for its scenic beauty, the hill station is home to Baba Budangiri mountain range in the north which has 3 holy caves on it. You can trek through the grasslands and forests here to reach the beautiful Mullayanagiri Peak that offers a mesmerizing view of the hill station.
Another very popular tourist spot here is the Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary which is home to leopards, elephants, and tigers. Advance booking of Chikmagalur resorts and hotels is highly recommended if you are planning a visit between September and March; this is the peak season here.
- Horsey Hills in Andhra Pradesh
Named after W.D. Horsey, a British officer who is said to have shifted here to beat the heat, Horsey Hills is known as Andhra Pradesh’s Ooty. The quiet little hill station is sure to charm you the moment you set your foot on it. You can visit the abode of the British officer and explore the beautiful views around it.
There is also an animal park in Horsey Hills which is perfect if you are travelling with kids. The hill station also offers a number of adventurous activities like ATV rides, trekking, rope climbing and zip lines.
No matter if you love solo travelling, or are travelling with friends or family, these are five of the best-unexplored destinations that you should definitely try if you want to explore South in all its glory.