India is beautiful, diverse and full of surprises. If you love travelling but looking for places that are less crowded, these are some of the most beautiful but offbeat places in India. Down below we are listing ten regions of India with their hidden gems.
Offbeat Destinations In India
The Southern states of India are known for being among the most developed and beautiful regions of India. Halebidu is a town located best known for its Hoysala architecture and ornate Hoysaleshwara and Kedareshwara temples. It is one of the most less explored regions of this state. In the small city Shivanasamudra, you will find the Shivanasamudra Falls, one of the best places to visit here. Other offbeat places in Karnataka include the Savandurga hill, Shivagange mountain peak, Antara Gange mountain, the Gokarna town and Maravanthe village.
Kerala is known for its unspoiled natural beauty. Kochi, Munnar, and Kovalam are some of its most famous places among tourists. Chembara Peak in Kerala s one of the highest peaks in the Western Ghats and the highest peak in Wayanad hills, here you will find the heart-shaped lake. Also, explore Ponmudi, a hill station with beautiful waterfalls and walking trails. Poover and Varkala are other offbeat destinations of Kerala.
Chembra Peak, Kerala. If you wanna explore something really unique, you can check out the Myristica swamp forest in the southern parts of Kerala State.
Known for its fast-paced capital, Mumbai and tourist spots like the Gateway of India monument and cave temples at Elephanta Island, Maharashtra has some of the best but offbeat places to visit. One of those places is Lonar where the Lonar Lake is located. It is a National Geo-heritage Monument, the lake was created by a meteor. Bhandardara is another offbeat place in Maharashtra, a resort village with waterfalls, lakes and historic architectural sites. The Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve is a must visit if you want to experience the wildlife. Kamshet and Tadoba are other less explored regions here.
4. Tamil Nadu:
Tamil Nadu’s best offbeat places include Meghamalai, Valparai, Dhanushkodi, Hogenakkal, Tranquebar, and Kotagiri. Meghamalai or Highwavys Mountains is a mountain range dotted with cardamom plantations and tea estates. This place is filled with flora and fauna and it is a paradise for nature lovers. Valparai is a hill station that you must explore. This place is home to waterfalls, hills with forest and plantations, gardens, dams, and water tunnels. Kotagiri or Kothagiri is another hill station with some of the most dramatic views.
5. West Bengal:
Stated between the Himalayas and the Bay of Bengal, West Bengal is dotted with historical landmarks and beautiful sites. Kalimpong is one of the hidden gems of West Bengal. Filled with hilltops, monasteries and breathtaking landscapes, Kalimpong in undoubtedly one of the best places to visit in Bengal. The other two favorite places are located in Darjeeling, Tinchuley and Sandakphu, the highest point of the Singalila Ridge in Darjeeling district on the West Bengal-Nepal border.
6. Himachal Pradesh:
This northern Indian state is home to some of the most popular and picturesque destinations. Rugged beauty with that spiritual vibe, Himachal Pradesh never disappoints its visitors. At first, you must visit Khajjiar, known as the ‘mini-Switzerland of India’. Travel to Spiti, the cold desert mountain valley located high in the Himalayas and its largest town Kaza. Go camping in Kangojodi located in Nahan and explore its beautiful surroundings. Tirthan Valley and the town Theog looks straight out of a movie. Also, explore Shoja and the ancient village Malana.
7. Jammu & Kashmir:
Though the state attracts more controversies than tourists, we can never deny the beauty held by it. Dras or Drass is a small town known as ‘The Gateway to Ladakh’. About 60 km away from Kargil, this place is a great visit if you want to experience the world’s Second Coldest Inhabited Place. Hemis is a village in Ladakh known for its famous monastery and rugged beauty. The Nubra Valley is known for its breathtaking beauty that looks almost unreal. Walking on the Chadar Trek or the Zanskar Gorge in the Zanskar region of Ladakh is one of the best experience you will ever have. Other places in this state include the Gurez Valley and Tso Moriri.
There are numerous places to visit in Uttrakhand. From the town Devprayag to the small village Chopta filled with meadows and evergreen forest to the lake Roopkund also known as the Skeleton Lake. Hike up to the Madhyamaheshwar temple dedicated to Lord Shiva with a picture-perfect backdrop. Naukuchiatal is a small hill station also known as the “lake of nine corners”. The lake is surrounded by hills covered in trees and shrubs. The Valley of Flowers National Park is dotted with meadows of endemic alpine flowers and the variety of flora. Other places to visit here are Nelang Valley and Binsar.
9. Madhya Pradesh:
Madhya Pradesh is a vast state that is dotted with landmarks from eras throughout Indian history. Among its many tourist spots, the Bhimbetka rock shelters are one of the best. This archaeological site is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that exhibits the earliest traces of human life. Explore the Narmada river near the city of Jabalpur and you will find the glittering Marble Rocks of Bhedaghat, the gorge of about 8 km in length craved by the river. Explore the beautiful and historic towns of Orchha and Mandav.
10. The Northeast Region:
India’s northeast region is made up of 8 states. Below we are listing the states and their most offbeat destinations:
Meghalaya- Mawlynnong, Cherrapunji and Mawsynram.
Nagaland- Dzukou Valley and Nagaland Mokokchung.
Mizoram- Lunglei and Phawngpui National Park.
Assam- Majuli, Manas National Park, Haflong and Nameri National Park.
Sikkim- Lachung, Sumbuk with West and North Sikkim.
Arunachal Pradesh- Ziro, Tawang, Kurnool, and Yumthang Valley.
Manipur- Dzukou Valley, and Leimaram Waterfall.
Tripura- Jampui Hills.