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16 Secret Destinations Nobody Will Tell You About

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Be most of you haven't heard of these places in this list. HolidayIQ Travellers list down 16 destinations that have fought the wrath of time, survived and evaded the limelight till now. Go explore.

16 Secret Destinations Nobody Will Tell You About:

  1. Kerala
  2. Tripura
  3. Jharkhand
  4. Goa
  5. Meghalaya
  6. Imphal (Manipur)
  7. Manipur
  8. Tawang (Arunachal Pradesh)
  9. Assam
  10. Nagaland
  11. Lakshadweep
  12. Cuddalore (Tamil Nadu)
  13. West Bengal

1. Gavi

Gavisource: Flickr - Kerala Tourism

HolidayIQ reviewer Anooj says, “If you want to be away from the maddening crowd and unwind yourself under the canopy of tropical evergreen forests, we strongly recommend Gavi in Idukki District in Kerala. Entry to Gavi is highly restricted as it is a part of the Periyar Tiger Reserve in Kerala and prior permission from the forest department is required to enter Gavi.”

2. Unakoti

Unakotisource: wikimedia.org

HolidayIQ reviewer Partha Datta recommends Unakoti as a must visit place in Tripura. Marvellous rock carvings, murals with their primitive beauty and waterfalls, all set in the beautifully landscaped forest, Unakoti is another hidden gem in the state of Tripura.

3. Netarhat

Netarhatsource: HolidayIQ reviewer Khokan Ghoshal from Kolkata has shot this in Netarhat

HolidayIQ reviewer Arupananda says, “Netarhat is a beautiful hill station. A night stay amidst the breathtaking beauty of Shaal Jungle was a lifetime experience. Campfire besides the jungle is a lot of fun.” HolidayIQ reviewer Srimanta Ghosh adds, “Netarhat is a place you want to go to be away from the chaos of daily life.”

4. Meghamalai

Meghamalaisource: wikimedia.org

Also called the High Wavy Mountain, this picturesque hill station is dotted with cardamom plantations and tea estates. The Silver Mountains and Meghamalai Wildlife Sanctuary are highlights of the place. 


5. Agonda, Goa

Agonda, Goasource: wikimedia.org

A perfect blend of divinity, wilderness and beautiful landscape, Agonda sees many yoga practitioners on a daily basis. The best part about this weekend getaway? Wild Goan Parties! Suveer Bahirwani from Mumbai shares, Agonda Beach, South Goa is (yet) one of coastal India best-kept secrets... as a base to explore South Goan beaches, Agonda remains my personal favourite.

6. Lady Hydari Park

Lady Hydari Parksource: wikimedia.org

HolidayIQ reviewer Ismat Hussain Choudhury says, “Lady Hydari Park houses a mini zoo with more than 50 bird species and 100 wild animals. The park comprises a variety of flowers, especially roses. There is a butterfly museum inside. The park has a kids playground too. The best time to visit is in the month of April and May when flowers are fully bloomed.

One of the most important places to visit in Shillong, Lady Hydari Park is designed in the style of a Japanese garden. The landscape is dotted with small ponds, willow trees and rhododendron plants.

7. Thalon Cave

Thalon Cavesource: eenaduindia.com

900 meters above sea level, the cave might scare you with its darkness but it’s quite interesting. The caves are an attraction as part of the Manipur Tourism Festival and three-week expeditions are organised for tourists. Located at a distance of 80 km from Imphal, the caves can be reached by trekking from Thalon Village.

8. Loktak Lake - World’s Only Floating Lake

Loktak Lake - World’s Only Floating Lakesource: wikimedia.org

Characterised by the floating vegetation known as 'phumdi', it is said to be the only floating lake in the world. Besides the fresh water, Loktak Lake is known for its tasty fish. Do pick up some dried fish from the Moirang market located nearby.


9. Sela Pass

Sela Passsource: wikimedia.org

HolidayIQ reviewer Subhrajit Gupta says, “The two beautiful crystal clear lakes surrounding the snow clad peaks makes this place beautiful. The continuous hide and seek played between the sun and heavy fog makes it mysterious. If you are lucky, you might get a cup of hot tea from the only tea stall.”

At an altitude of more than 13,000 feet, the gorgeous mountain pass connects Tawang to other parts of the country. The pass is open round the year. However, heavy snow causes occasional shutdowns.

10. Sualkuchi

Sualkuchisource: wikimedia.org

Sualkuchi, the ‘Manchester of Assam’, is known for its rich cultural heritage. Out of all the festivals celebrated, the most exciting of the lot is the boat race event. The town takes on an electric atmosphere during the event, with crowds cheering their favourite team.

11. Touphema Village

Touphema Villagesource: Flickr - Vinod Panicker

HolidayIQ reviewer TGS says, "The museum is full of unique Naga artefacts. These days, the community kitchen and stadium are used only for the annual village festival which is a must-see. Tuophema tourist resort runs a small handicraft store where you can get exquisite Nagaland style embroidered shawls, scarves, table linen and necklaces."

It is a cultural village where you get to know about the traditional life of the Nagas. You can stay in quaint huts, enjoy bonfire dinners, cultural dances and more. The museum inside the village houses an extensive ethnographic collection including wood carvings, musical instruments, textiles, handicrafts traditional artefacts, jewellery and archaeological finds.

12. Marari Beach

Marari Beachsource: Flickr - nborun

HolidayIQ reviewer Gaurav Shrivastav says, “It is a very beautiful, coconut-tree-lined, yet to be discovered beach.” HolidayIQ reviewer Kritika adds, “It is a clean, secluded and a must visit beach in Kerala.”


13. Bangaram Beach

Bangaram Beachsource: HolidayIQ reviewer Venugopalan Balagopal shot this at Bangaram

The Bangaram Beach in Lakshadweep is widely regarded as one of the top ten secret beaches in the world, where tourists are flown in by helicopters during the monsoon season. The Bangaram Beach is popular for its multi-hued coral reefs and crystal clear blue lagoons. Engage in plenty of activities like deep sea diving, swimming and deep sea fishing.

14. Silver Beach

Silver Beachsource: publicdomainpictures.net

HolidayIQ reviewer Hitesh Modi says, “It is one of the cleanest beaches I have visited. The water is ideal for bathing.”

15. Tajpur Beach

Tajpur Beachsource: HolidayIQ reviewer Debashri Biswas shot this at Tajpur

HolidayIQ reviewer Avik Chatterjee says, Tajpur, around 170 km from Kolkata and about 13 km from Digha, is a serene beach with its unspoilt beauty of nature. This is the land of red crabs. The beach is wide with pine forests on one side and Mandarmani Beach on the other side. There is also a little backwater stretch adding to the beauty of the beach.”

16. Kannur Beach

Kannur Beachsource: wikimedia.org

HolidayIQ reviewer Sonprabh says,Kannur is unlike other tourist destinations as it is still unexplored. It is one of the most underrated destinations in India. The Muzhappalingad Beach is unique and is the highlight of Kannur. Some of the other places to visit are Payyamabalam Beach and Fort St. Angelo's.”


The views above are collated from opinions expressed by travellers on www.holidayiq.com

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