Step away from well-trodden tourist trails and see how much fun that is – check out some of these lesser-visited destinations.
The ‘it’s a small world’ syndrome has finally caught up with travellers looking for all essential ‘peace’ during a vacation. With our population in billions and travel connections taking only as long as a snap of the fingers, there are bound to be people everywhere. But luckily, for the solitude lover, there are still these hidden gems that don’t exactly excite the hordes. Check out Skyscanner’s list of the least touristy holiday destinations in India.
Though Kerala is a hot tourist destination, the Wayanad district in Kerala is a little off the grid when it comes to tourist flow. Imagine large swathes of rolling hill district carpeted with coffee estates, and interspersed with tea and cocoa plantations. The only thing to break this continuous stretch of beauty are the rainforest and a wildlife sanctuary – that’s plenty of amazing nature to rejuvenate and recharge those senses. Time to get on those less-trodden trekking paths!
Top things to do in Wayanad
1. Trek to Edakkal Caves
2. Inspect the solitude from Lakkidi Viewpoint
3. Birdwatch Pakshipathalam Bird Sanctuary and animal watch at Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary
4. Take a walk to Soochippara Falls
Read more: Best wildlife sanctuaries to visit in India
Photo credit: Mark Fiorello
Tucked away in the North Eastern part of the country in the state of Meghalaya, Cherrapunji has gained a reputation of being one of the wettest places on earth. However, the plus point to these clouds, rainfall and wetness are Cherrapunji’s beautiful waterfalls! While not exactly ‘undiscovered’, the commute to this place makes it rather off-the-beaten track and less accessible than other locales. The Nohkalikai Falls is also the world’s fourth highest. To get here, head to Cherrapunji’s nearest airport, which is at Shillong.
Top things to do in and around Cherrapunji
1. Walk over the Double Decker Root Bridge – a living bridge that grows stronger everyday!
2. Check out the Khasi Monoliths
3. Explore the Krem Mawmluh cave
4. Picnic at Nohkalikai Falls
Read more: Top 8 waterfalls in India
Photo credit: Pankaj Kaushal
3. Daman and Diu
This quaint little union territory is conveniently bisected by a river that runs through it. One part, enclosed by a wall, is the old Portuguese area and has gorgeous churches that must be visited. The other part houses tourist accommodation. Easily accessible, Daman and Diu is located about 15 kilometres off Vapi along the Mumbai-Ahmedabad highway.
Top things to do in Daman and Diu
1. Check out Diu Fort made by the Portugese in the 16th century
2. Beach hop around town
3. Do a churches number
4. Collect rocks at Devka Beach
Read more: Top 10 beach destinations in India
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This small and exotic social experiment of a town is to be found right next to much-visited Puducherry. It might not be everyone’s idea of an ideal vacation, but Auroville rules when you are looking for a holiday with the keywords peace, meditation, quiet time and heaven! Excited about this place?
Top things to do in Auroville
1. Meditate at Matrimandir
2. Spend lots of time at the Visitor’s Centre
3. Patronise Auroville Beach
4. Catch some exhibitions at the Ashram’s Bureau Central
Read more: 10 things to do in Pondicherry
5. Tarkarli Beach
Tarkarli Beach makes for a clean, quiet and calming holiday. Missing the Goa-esque vibe, Tarkarli Beach offers solitude. You get to own your vacation and are left wondering whether you own the beach as well! Take a dip in those inviting waters or fulfill your water sport dreams here. The seafood is scrumptious as are the cashews that you should stock up on. This little paradise island is largely unknown but it is a stop for cruise ships and luxury trains, thus the fancy resorts.
Top things to do in Tarkarli
1. Relax on the golden sand beach
2. Take a dip in the sparkling waters
3. Visit Sindhudurg Fort
4. Take a trip to quaint town Melvan
Read more: The best snorkelling destinations in India
Photo credit: Ankur P