You may be the kind of tourist who likes peaceful and quiet vacations or the kind who loves an adventure-filled, thrilling trip. No matter what kind of a traveler you are, we bet you are always looking for new options to travel to. While there is a reason why the clichéd tourist attractions become so famous (they are awesome!), there are a number of unexplored destinations which deserve your attention too. These wonderfully offbeat destinations are often quiet, clean and refreshing. (ALSO SEE Best Offbeat Places to Visit in North India) The southern part of India is full of such marvelous offbeat places. So, if you are looking to take a break from the usual and try something new, here are some of the best offbeat places to visit in south India. Also Read - Why Indian And International Travellers Prefer South Indian Cities
This hill station in Andhra Pradesh is worth a visit for its picturesque backdrop and natural beauty. Surrounded by the breathtaking beauty of the Eastern ranges, Araku Valey is a fine getaway for those who love the mountains and nature in general. Also Read - Best Hill Stations to Visit in South India During Monsoons
Made famous by the hugely successful movie Baahubali, the Athirapally falls in Keralas Thrissur district is the largest waterfall in Kerala. It provides an amazing view of the gushing water as well as the lovely Sholayar Forest range all around. DO SEE 8 most dramatic waterfalls in India that you should visit Also Read - Shashi Tharoor Wants Better Implementation of 3-Language Formula After Stalin's Remark on Hindi
This abandoned town in Tamil Nadu is located at the southern tip of the Pamban island. It was a sprawling port town till the 21st of December 1964 when a disaster ruined it taking many lives. Today, the place is home to some ruins that remind you of the bygone time and also a quaint, secluded beach. According to mythology, this is where Lord Ramas army built a bridge to reach Ravanas Lanka.
Badami is a delight for history buffs. The regal capital of the Chalukya dynasty from 540 to 757 AD, Badami is home to several cave temples that are intriguing to say the least. Tourism here is bound to grow in the years to come as it has been selected as one of the heritage cities for HRIDAY – Heritage City Development and Augmentation Yojana scheme of Government of India.
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And then there is the wonderful beach destination of Kudle, adjacent to the popular Gokarna in Karnataka. With clean golden sand stretching across a beautiful coast overlooking rugged cliffs dotted with palm trees, Kudle is breathtakingly beautiful and offers a calm, rejuvenating experience. The sunset here is magical!
So, next time you are looking for a getaway, pick one of these amazing offbeat spots in south India.