Contemplating a kickass article to start with, I settled down to give you a sneak peak into some of my favourite destinations in South India you must add to your bucket list. Over my 2 years of stay in Mysore I have explored a pretty decent portion of Southern India, especially Western Ghats. Mind you, I crave for offbeat places and routinely hunt down hidden gems of India. So, this article is going to be a list of my 5 most favourite places that gave me memories to cherish for life.
1. Varkala, Kerala
When we talk of hippiest places south of India, Varkala scores the game! A beach, nestled beneath a cliff, still unknown to the mainstream crowd is clean and promises vivid views of the crashing waves. Also known as the Surfers’ Paradise, Varkala attracts a lot of tourists who are in search of secluded beaches. Sip in some chilled beer at a cafe on the cliff overlooking the vast sea and a dreamy sunset, looks like a plan?
2. Hampi, Karnataka
I would not stress my brain into thinking twice even if i have to spend months living in this historical paradise. Spend a few days in Hampi, breathe in that fresh air straight out of paddy fields and embrace your minimal self in front of gigantic boulders! And let Hampi grow on you day by day, hour by hour. Such is the magic of my beloved destination that it blows your mind with the architectural history and wraps your heart with memories to cherish forever.
3. Ketti Valley, Tamil Nadu
A hill station like no other! Ketti valley is the 2nd largest inhabited Indian Valley and the best example of going an extra mile to uncover the hidden gems. 20 odd kms from the touristy Ooty, the valley wrapped me with emotions indescribable. The valley offers the most stunning sunrise to witness along with a realization that winter prevails in South India as it does in the north, worthy enough to make your teeth chatter. Ketti was the only place in my travel history where I found no tourists, none at all! If you’re someone like me whose soul finds solace in the most picturesque places sans tourism, Ketti is your call then!
4. Emerald Lake, Ooty
Thought glistering blue water lakes surrounded by beautiful vistas can be found only in the north? Think again and consider this sister lake of the rather famous Avalanche Lake near Ooty! One afternoon on my way back from Ketti I wounded up at the lake only find the whole place to myself. Reaching Emerald takes driving through villages, walking endlessly on unpaved road, but it’s all worth the effort! This deserves a mention in my list to be the offbeat destination in literal terms.
5. Kannur, Kerala
I buzzed into the New Year at this small town tucked away from the mainstream civilization, and I couldn’t argue about how this was the best trip so far. Located near the epicurian hub of Kerala, Thalassery, Kannur can be your best bet for a quick weekend getaway. Recently Lonely Planet listed Thottada beach as one of the best and secluded beach in India. Wonder why I share this information? Because I woke up at the same beach 2 days in a row kicking in my memorable New Year. Roam around Kannur and Thalassery to satiate your taste buds for the perfect Kerala food and plum cakes!
The places are in no order of preference. They sum up my offbeat travels very conveniently.
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