Are you tired of the known tourist trails? Or seeking to get away to a new place? The offbeat destinations in India offer an awesome experience you won forget in a hurry Escape the hustle-bustle of cities and indulge in incredible experiences. Vacations in these lesser-known locales of the country are truly memorable and amazing. Don’t be a loner but avoid crowds, explore raw natural beauty and unusual cultures, and get to experience a plethora of new things.
These days, more and more people are looking for destinations off the charted routes. However, the offbeat destinations in India offer the thrill of a relaxing getaway but also some cherished memories.
Mawlynnong in Meghalaya, is one of the must visit offbeat places in India. Blessed with the charm of North East India, Mawlynnong has been awarded as the cleanest village in Asia in 2003. The eco-friendly village community will give you some amazing lessons on life.
The scenic bliss of the town is refreshing for your senses. There are waterfalls to visit, caves to explore and most importantly walk on the Living Roots Bridge. Created out of the roots of the trees, the bridges are truly a wonder. Don’t’ stop at just this town, backpack throughout Meghalaya.
Halebid in Karnataka is one of the ancient temple towns of South India. The town is untouched by tourist crowds, therefore a beautiful offbeat experience. Known as Dwarasamudra, gateway to the seas, Halebid is the capital of the Hoysala Dynasty for about 150 years.
Sacked by the armies of Malik Kafur in the early 14th century, the town fell into a state of ruin. Even in the ravaged state, the town’s glory still remains undiminished. Spend time exploring the temple ruins of Halebid. You can also combine your tour with a visit to Belur along with Jain monuments at Shravanabelagola.
Chembra Peak, Kerala
An exciting trekking trip, the Chembra Peak in Kerala is one of the best offbeat destinations in India. It is located in Wayanad district, at 6,900 ft in the lush lap of misty Western Ghats. The peak is popular for adventure enthusiast trekkers and nature lovers. In fact, to get to the peak it’s mandatory to get permission passes from the Forest Department for the safety of trekkers and preservation of wildlife.
En-route to the peak, a heart shaped lake locally named Hridaya Saras, enchants the visitors. From the peak you can enjoy panoramic views.
BY KHADIJAH YAKUBU AJIYA