10 Hidden Destinations in South India That Have Been Ignored For Far Too Long

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Our incredible India still has its best secrets hidden. Unexplored and untouched, South India awaits all travellers planning a rather offbeat getaway. From the dreamy Malabar beaches to the silent serene corners of the Western Ghats, there's a more to it than what meets the eye.

Here's an exciting new bucket list from the south of India for your travel toes.

1. Vattakanal

On the eastern coast of the Western Ghats, this small village is better known as 'Vatta' or 'Little Israel'. Amongst great number of Israeli tourists who flock this little hamlet October onwards, many have permanent cottages here. On the southern tip of the Palani Hills, this untouched haven can be your dream getaway.

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2. Chimmony and Ponmudi

Hidden amidst the unexplored corners of the surreal Western Ghats, Chimmony Wildlife Sanctuary can be your hideout away from the city life. A 6 hour trek to the Ponmudi Peak gives tremendous opportunities for bird watching and photography to the nature lovers amongst us.

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3. Athirapilly Falls

The view majestic Athirapilly waterfall at the Sholayar Forest Range is indeed a sublime sight for a traveller in search of the calm environs. The fresh cool spray near the 80ft waterfall and the gushing Chalakudy river is indeed all you want from a refreshing getaway.

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4. Araku Valley

Close to Odisha State Border on the Eastern Ghats, Araku Valley is a hidden vacation spot for the lovers of nature and wildlife. In the lap of magnificent mountains of Galikonda, Raktakonda and Chitamogondi, the valley is well-connected by road and railway which makes it a perfect destination for your bucket list.

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5. Devbagh Beach

Snorkelling, kayaking, banana boat ride, water scooters and with all the thrilling beachside activities, a quiet sunset awaits you at Devbagh Island just to laze around. This beach near Karwar has an offbeat character to it that adds to its serene beauty.

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6. Nagarhole National Park

A part of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve, Nagarhole National Park is under consideration for UNESCO's World Heritage Sight. An erstwhile hunting reserve for Wodeyar Dynasty can be an exciting getaway for wildlife and photography enthusiasts in the present times.

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7. Badami Caves

In the Bagalkot District of north Karnataka, Badami Caves are reminiscent of the great Chalukya architecture. Previously known as Vatapi Badami, the town was once the capital city of the Chalukya dynasty in the 6th century. A visit to Badami caves can surely give you a chance to step back in time.

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8. Pollachi

40 kms south of Coimbatore, a picturesque small town awaits you with all the warmth of untouched India. A traveller's haven with perfect adventure activities, Pollachi has a great climate throughout the year where you can enjoy refreshing breeze from the Palghat gaps whenever you visit.

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9. Tharangambadi

Tharangambadi means 'place of the singing waves' and this sunny beachside town truly lives up to its name. A Danish Colony from 1620 to 1845, the Fort Dansborg still stands tall as an evidence of the Danish colonial history of this town. Tharangambadi or Tranquebar can be your ideal getaway to experience an unusual incredible south of India.

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10. Thalassery or Tellicherry

The town is often called the 'Paris of Malabar' and an evening well-spent on the coast of this small commercial town would surely tell you why. Tellicherry is often known as a city of cricket, cakes and circus with innumerable tourist spots in this hardly explored town. During low tide you can walk to the nearby Dharmadam Island or drive on the Muzhappilangad Beach, the longest drive-in-beach in India.

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Thanks for mentioning Thalassery. Dharmadam/ muzhappilangadi beach is not something most people know. The maintenance work done here is excellent. It is a good place to spend your family with, play games with a group of friends or even to drive your motor vehicle.
Thu 01 11 18, 02:20 · Reply · Report
Athirapilly Falls are magical and kudos to the writer for mentioning it as part of hidden destinations in South India. I mean you have to see this beauty to get to know what I'm talking about. Its magnificent and when you see the waterfall from 80ft height, it takes your breath away. I have never seen anything so beautiful ever in my life. I truly recommend this place.
Mon 01 11 16, 09:56 · Reply · Report
Pollachi is my favorite from the list of hidden gems in South India. I've been here several times and each time I visit, I get refreshed. I stay in Coimbatore, so its only 40-45 kms away from my place. There are two things I never fail to do when I'm in Pollachi; drinking plenty of coconut water and visiting Anaimalai Masani Amman Temple.
Mon 01 11 16, 04:50 · Reply · Report
Getting to learn that there are so many off-beat places in South India which are gorgeous beyond belief. I'm amazed at the beauty of these places. They are surely the best hidden destinations in South India. I have not even heard of one of these places and here you have mentioned 10. Good work.
Sun 01 10 16, 23:36 · Reply · Report
My first visit to the longest drive in beach in India happened when I was 13 years old. Thalassery was a dream come true for various reasons. I was reuniting with my relatives after 2 years and it was always fun to visit a new place. This place is called the Paris of Malabar and I 100% agree with this saying. This is one of the most amazing hidden destinations in South India.
Sun 01 10 16, 21:05 · Reply · Report
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