With so many places to visit, India still remains an unexplored terrain. While the major and well known tourist sites are popular among visitors from all over the world, there is a growing trend for visiting off-beat and often unexplored places.These places are idyllic and promise to be the perfect gateway away from the hustle and bustle of the city.
Here is a list of 5 off-beat Places that will take you by Surprise
1. Loktak Lake, Manipur
Loktak Lake is located in the north-east state of Manipur and is located 48 kms from the capital city Imphal. It is a shimmering blue lake, broken up into smaller lakes and is filled with thick weed. (Locally called phumdis)
The lake is inhabited by villagers who have build thatched huts on these floating Islands.
An interesting aspect of these floating islands are the large circular fishing ponds which have been created out of floating rings of weed.
The tourists can also get a bird’s eye view atop the Sendra island. The lake can be seen in all its glory from here.
2. Pochampally, Andhra Pradesh
Pochampally is located 42 kms from Hyderabad in Andhra Pradesh. It is known for being a weavers’ village where ‘ikat’ like designs on cotton and silk are painstakingly hand woven on mechanized and pit looms.
Tourists may buy artifacts from Pochampally Handloom Weavers Co-op Society and Raj Kumar Handlooms. One can also go and visit the smaller villages where weavers work on pit looms in clusters of 20–25. Visit the Chenethakala Kendram museum, and a temple dedicated to Vinobha Bhave Nagarjuna for more insights into the local lives and culture.
3. Tharangambadi, Tamil Nadu
Tharangambadi, Tamil Nadu has an interesting history. It was the Danish explorers who discovered this place before the French or the British. Tharangambadi (formerly Tranquebar) – the ‘land of the singing waves’ – lies 15 km north of Karaikal and was established by the Danish East India Company in 1620 as a trading post.
Noteworthy site to visit here is the old and imposing Fort Dansborg, a museum consisting of porcelain figurines, crockery, yellowed manuscripts and other relics.
4. Namdapha National Park, Arunachal Pradesh
Namdapha National Park, Arunachal Pradesh in the north-east is a great place for nature and animal lovers to visit. Away from the hustle and bustle of the Indian cities, this 1985 sq.km of dense forest land is an ecological hotspot. This place has an array of animal and plant species, with habitats ranging from warm tropical plains to icy Himalayan highlands.
This is the only national park that has four big cat species (leopard, tiger, clouded leopard and snow leopard). It is also a birdwatcher’s paradise, with around 500 species documented till now.
5. Topslip, Tamil Nadu
Topslip, Tamil Nadu is one of the unique places to explore. It is the base of the Indira Gandhi (Annamalai) Wildlife Sanctuary. One can undertake regulated treks through the forest and even have fun with animal safaris. With this safari, one can experience the diverse flora and fauna of the unique place.One can also watch safari elephants being fed at the elephant camp in the morning. For an even better experience, combine the trip with a visit to Parambikulam, 20 km away in Kerala.