Off-beat Travel Destinations That You Must Visit On Your Next Visit To The South

While all of us are looking for a place to travel, many are bored of the usual ‘touristy’ ones that are spoiled by constant human activity. There are some lovely destinations that you can visit to soak in some beauty of the place. Here are five recommendations:

Maravanthe, Karnataka

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Maravanthe is a getaway which can be best described as nature’s basket full of mesmerizing picturesque views. A beautiful beach town with white sand spread over miles along the coast fetches the beach a nickname of Virgin Beach.

The sunset is to die for. It turns the entire place into something that looks like a sepia-toned painting. Not just the beach, but the town of Maravanthe is also a fantastic place to rewind and relax.

It is adorned with a stark backdrop of Kochidachadari Hills while on the other side, there is the beautiful Arabian sea. Sauparnika river, flows like a necklace across Maravanthe, adding to its beauty.

Silent Valley National Park, Kerala

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Kerala – which is aptly called as ‘god’s own country’ is second on the list. Silent Valley National Park is home to hundreds of species of flora and fauna which will take your breath away.

The national park is located in Palakad, Nilgiris. Not many visit this place even when they visit the Nilgiris.

You can visit the Silent Valley National Park from Kozhikode where you get decent bunch of hotels to stay in but my advice to you is that if you like to drive, do that along the Ooty route.  The climate, the soothing silence and with lovely music playing in your car – you will be transported to some other world.

Nelliampathy, Kerala

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Nelliampathy in Palakkad is known for being one of the top 15 offbeat places to visit in Kerala. The cloud-caressed peaks settled at heights of 467m to 1572m are a sight to behold. The journey to Nelliampathy is breathtaking as there are viewpoints from where one can enjoy picturesque sights.

En-route those interested in bio-farming can stop and take a closer look at the farms and vast expanses of tea estates. The hills of Nelliampathi are also well-known for its orange cultivation. Over 200 species of birds and 90 species of butterflies inhabit the beautiful forests. Enjoy natural bliss and the unique ecology, the offbeat place offers a wonderful holiday.

Imagine walking through softly undulating, lush green hills, while the wet and moisture-laden winds sweep through your hair, which you don’t get it in the over-crowded, pollution-concentrated cities. Be ready to be swept off your feet by the magical charm of Nelliampathy, perhaps the loveliest of the un-spoilt hill stations of Kerala.

Many say that people go missing and murders happen at this place due to its remote location but not much proof has been found to say that these tales are indeed true.

Muzhappilangad Beach, Kerala

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Have you ever imagined driving or riding at a beach? You can do so here. That is one of the many things that makes this beach an off-beat place. You cannot stay nearby or dine except in drive-in restaurants, but that is the reason why this is a place that you must-visit.

This drive-in beach at Kerala, is the only drive in-beach that stretches upto 4kms.

People perform stunts by using 2 wheelers and 4 wheelers. There are no local police to put you in jail.

Let’s take a bonus place that is not in the South and much in the news:

Bonus : Chittorgarh, Rajasthan

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It’s a place in Rajasthan that belongs to the Rajput dynasty, built in 7th century A.D. by the Mauryans. The fort is off-beat as many don’t prefer to visit it. Many have not visited this beautiful fort due to one reason – people have a superstitious belief that Rani Padmini’s spirit still haunts the place.

But recently this fort that is named after Mauryan ruler Chitrangada Mori, has become popular because of the movie ‘Padmavati’ and the controversy surrounding it.

If anyone would like to visit the fort then one has to take up the stay at Fort Begu Resort that is 120km away from the fort. Get ready to travel for 1 hour and 21 minutes on fort road.

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S. Karthika
S. Karthika

A Tamilian girl from Chennai, who loves travelling & gathering new experiences in her backpack. An engineer cum writer who has immense knowledge of words. Her articles are dedicated to those who have the zeal to achieve their dreams and who believe they can.


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