Experience South India starting from these unexplored destinations

October 14, 2016, 5:30 pm
Experience  South India starting from these unexplored destinations
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Experience  South India starting from these unexplored destinations

Experience South India starting from these unexplored destinations

Let us start jotting out few places you might never have even heard of. Take a pen and paper and note down the must visit places and start planning your holiday trip as soon as possible. Never miss out the local fun from the ethnicity of any place, you would be visiting. Let us begin exploring the unexplored which are much beautiful and worth a crash land, rather than the usual tourist spots.

1. Bheemeshwari

Night stay at forest camps
Night stay at forest camps

An ideal location for adventure enthusiasts, travelling to Karnataka. Bheemeshwari Adventure Camp has in store kayaking, rafting, trekking, rope walking and night stay at jungle lodges which is much more adventurous than the day time, sleeping the sound of 22 species of exotic bird and a number of wild animals. The camp is most well known for Mahseer fishing. How about starting the journey with it?

2. Gokarna

Kudle beach at Gokarna
Kudle beach at Gokarna

A small temple city situated along the Western Ghats in Karnataka providing the serene and peaceful atmosphere for a traveller who would want nothing but relax during his vacation. The pristine beaches and breathtaking landscapes of the holy land remain an attraction. The place has dual characteristics, to provide sanctity as well as relaxation. Being a religious place, the place is famous for its local, vegetarian cuisine Fresh pineapple juice and Nutella pancakes and being close to the sea, a wide range of seafood delicacies like Prawn Masala, Pomfret, Kingfish are worth trying.

3. Pondicherry

Holiday huts in Pondicherry
Holiday huts in Pondicherry

Though situated in Tamil Nadu, the union territory welcomes you with the calm and quietness of the French architecture. The town offers a unique experience with its mix of modern heritage and spiritual culture. With a predominantly historical background, Pondicherry takes one centuries back in time. Pondicherry's culture, arts and crafts reflect its traditional Tamil heritage, French influences, a fusion of the two, as well as connections with nearby Auroville. It has a number of huts/shacks what they call as cottages. It gives you the real experience of staying in a cottage - the hut feel, with thatched roofs .

4. Varkala

Varkala Beach cliff
Varkala Beach cliff

Also called the ‘Goa of Kerala’ is famous for its variant seafood delicacies. The ideal tourist destination for a tourist visiting South India. It has a scent of freshness in its air, given the untouched beaches, surrounding hills, springs and fisheries. The evening views of the sunset are worth lingering over. The cliff and the beach houses a lot of resorts, restaurants and other shops. Varkala Tunnel and Lighthouse are another tourist highlight in the vicinity.

5.Yercaud

Yercaud Ecotourism
Yercaud Ecotourism

Gawk at the magnificent peaks at Yercaud, Tamil Nadu being a popular hill station of South India. Being the land of seven forests, the peaks of Yercaus will leave your mouth wide opened. It is a picturesque water body surrounded by gardens and well wooded area. Also known as the poor man’s Ooty, this is one of the lest known places of South India. The remnants of the Colonial Era is visible in the colonial buildings still standing here. The silk farms and coffee estates are worth seeing. Botanical Survey of India maintains an Orchidarium in Yercaud.

6. Belum Caves

Belum Caves are located at Belum Village of Andhra Pradesh. Belum Caves have long passages, spacious chambers, fresh water galleries and siphons. This cave is created by the continuous underground flow of water washing the soft limestone away from a comparatively harder layer. The deepest point in the cave is called Patal Ganga, where water flows at a depth of 150 feet from main entrance level. If you feel somewhat like Indiana Jones, this one must be explored.

7. Ponmudi Hills

Ponmudi Hill station
Ponmudi Hill station

Another hill station that should be in the priority list of your travel section. Ponmudi meaning Golden Hills is located in Thiruvanathapuram. Ponmudi has a carpet of thick tropical forest that rolls down to the foot of the hill range. Settled along the banks of Kallar River, Golden Valley is a picturesque location idyllic for its lush green valley, crystal clear water and golden sand. Visit this enchanting place that makes for a relaxed picnic-spot.

8. St. Mary’s Island

St. Mary’s Island beach at Karnataka
St. Mary’s Island beach at Karnataka

Also known as Coconut Island and Thonsepar situated in Uduppi are known for their distinctive geological formation of columnar basaltic lava. Since there are no roads connecting the island, the only way of getting to the islands is by boat. Regular ferry services ply the 6-km distance from the Malpe fishing harbour (which has a ship building yard as well) to the islands. Did you ever know such an island existed?

9. Araku Valley

Araku Valley train track above 900m from sea level
Araku Valley train track above 900m from sea level

Araku Valley is a Hill station in Visakhapatnam district in the state of Andhra Pradesh in India. It is a valley in the Eastern Ghats inhabited by different tribes. The journey to Araku Valley is the most enjoying as the rail passes through tunnels, hill sides and streams. Dark shade and presence of sodium lamp inside the tunnel do their magic on travelers. The ascent up to the hill is gradual, provides enough waterfalls, orchards, gardens and forests are immense and incomparable beauties of this valley.

10. Maravanthe Beach

Marvanthe Beach (Karnataka)
Marvanthe Beach (Karnataka)

Outlook travel considers it one of Karnataka's most beautiful beaches. NH-66 (Erstwhile NH-17) runs right next to the beach and the Suparnika River flows on the other side of the road, creating a spectacular scenery and considered only one of its kind in India. This place has been identified by government agencies as having potential for tourism with leaflets proclaiming several facilities. At the nearby Gangoli port, tourists can request fishermen and, for a fee, accompany them to the sea the next day, at 4am, and stay fishing with the locals till noon.

Make sure you pay a visit to all these places rather than buzzing into the already over-crowded tourist centres.