The Indian Subcontinent covers some of the most varied landscapes in the world. An amazing country as a whole, and even more magnificent when you break it down to its many regions; from the snow-capped Himalayas and towns at high altitude to laid-back, beach-side towns, let’s take a look at 10 hidden destinations in India!
Sure, you can just tick it off the list by visiting the more well-known attractions such as the Taj Mahal or Amber Palace, and by all means, they are worth every second of your visit, but it is hidden gems that will leave you wanting to come back and discover more of India.
10 Mawlynnong, Meghalaya
Located in India’s North-East, Mawlynnong has been officially recognized as Asia’s cleanest village and is arguably one of India’s best hidden gems. Escape the busy cities and be in complete peace with your body and mind here amongst nature.
The beautiful, serene forest offers many magnificent waterfalls, caves and hiking trails just waiting to be explored, not to mention the must-do activity, walking across the bridges formed by live tree roots! The whole of Meghalaya is just waiting your arrival, so make sure you take some time and spend a few days here!
9 Gulf Of Mannar, Tamil Nadu
For a resort style getaway in an otherwise busy and just hectic country, head to the Gulf of Mannar in Tamil Nadu; you might even forget you’re in India for a moment or two! Pristine waters backed up by sunny blue skies is something we often miss when thinking of traveling to India.
Oh, and because this place is still quite undiscovered, you won’t need to worry about any pesky crowds, which means...you get all the sea life to yourself! Turtles, dolphins, whales and much more.
8 Khajjiar, Himachal Pradesh
Khajjar, otherwise known as the Mini Switzerland of India is surrounded by pine-filled hills, unspoiled lakes and plains is a perfect juxtaposition to the main tourist hubs of Mumbai or Delhi.
There are many activities here, such as hiking, biking, horse-riding and you can even try your hand at paragliding for an even better view of the Himachal Pradesh village! Perfect for year round travel, Khajjiar is warm in the summer and welcomes snow in the winter making it the ideal location for an active holiday away from the crowds.
7 Tawang, Arunachal Pradesh
For anyone who likes monastery hopping, Taway is perhaps the best place for you. Located in the hills, there are several monasteries for you to visit, with one most notable for being the birthplace of the Dalai Lama, and, needless to say, panoramic and beautiful views wherever you look. The best time of year to visit is from March to September – cool weather, not too hot, with a little bit of snow. Perfect for hiking.
6 13 Arch Bridge, Kerala
In existence for over 100 years, the 13 Arch Bridge in Kerala is still in use today. Why it is a hidden attraction? Well, for that, you’ll have to delve in to the archives and find out the history behind the bridge…or just read on!
We are well aware of the safety standards in the construction industry over one century ago…not the best, which adds to the uniqueness of the bridge. Built solely out of rocks, the bridge has 13 arches (hence the name) and is surrounded by vibrant flora dotting the hillside.
5 Gokarna, Kartataka
Gokarna is one of India’s best beachside towns and to this day, it remains highly undiscovered. Due to a low rate of tourism, the waters and beaches have been largely untouched, meaning the water glistens in the warm sun and the sand is as pure as can be.
Being a beachside town, the atmosphere here is quite relaxed and laidback, scattered with many temples, so you get to see some of India’s most notable sights, at your own pace and then head to the beach for a refreshing dip!
4 Patan, Gujarat
Dating to 750 AD, Patan is India’s most recent contribution to the UNESCO World Heritage List. The town is scattered with temples, underground structures and lakes. Perhaps the most noteworthy structure is the Ran Ki Vav, which was built in the 11thcentury and was designed as a homage to ‘life-giving water’. It is interesting to note that the region is also famous for its contribution of Patola sarees to the textile industry.
3 Kasol, Himachal Pradesh
Not only will you learn about India’s many square miles of natural beauty in Kasol, but you will learn about yourself as well. It is recommended to travel solo or as a couple to Kasol, this is because if you so choose to gain the full experience whilst here, you will learn just how far you can push yourself!
Nevertheless, if you just want to experience Mother Nature’s contribution to India, then you can sit and watch the wildlife passing and white water gushing down-stream.
2 Varkala, Kerala
Another seaside town, this time on the Arabian coast, Varkala. This is a town where traditional Indian meets with tropical Arabian culture and scenery, and it is nothing short of stunning. with temples and shrines aplenty, you can also visit Papanasam Beach for a full-on cultural experience. If you have the adventure bug, go for a parasail or paraglide, or, learn some of the most authentic yoga and meditation on offer, go swimming, or simply soak up the rays.
1 Siju Caves, Meghalaya
How does the deepest and longest cave in South Asia sound? Thrilling? Scary? The answer is a mix of all emotions, but you just have to opt against all fears and do it, you won’t regret it. Some of the most amazing natural rock formations in the world make up the Siju Caves and many claim that it is a life changing experience, so don’t let your fears take precedence. Just like a trip to one of the many hidden beaches, caves are not the main reason people travel to India, so make the most of it while you can!