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Top 5 Offbeat Destinations in South India

An undiscovered gem, Malappuram has one of the finest beaches in South India.

Undiscovered and untouched, these destinations in south India are worth a visit. travellers suggest Top 5 Offbeat Destinations in South India.


Photo by Traveller Karthamada Poovaiah

Shivgiri is your chance to re-connect with nature. Amidst dense forests and Hoggarekangri Hills, camp out in the wild or just experience the 'simple life'. Traveller Karthamada Poovaiah shares his experience in Shivgiri and says, "There is so much to do -- gazing at the stars in the clear sky, bird watching, trekking, fishing and most importantly, exploring the many temples dating back to more than 800 years!" Tourists can also explore the small village of Yemmedoddi located near Lake Madagadakere. It is believed that the water of this lake is filled with magic rain.
How to reach Shivgiri
Shivgiri is located close to 200 km from Bangalore. Traveller Karthamada suggests, "From Bangalore, take the bypass to Gubbi, than to Tiptur - Arsikeri - Kadur till Birur. From Birur, take the Linghadhalli Road & travel about 10 km. Then, take left turn at an arch towards Hoggrehalli to reach Shivgiri." 

Photo by Traveller Khaleel Naha

Here's your chance to experience one of the finest beaches in South India. Blessed with a rich culture & heritage, Malappuram boasts of interesting Muslim folk art forms such as Arabanamuttu, Duffmuttu and Kolkai. It is home to must-visit places like Kottakunnu - an old fort, which is believed to be build by the Zamorins of Kozhikode, and the Kadalundi Bird Sanctuary. Traveller Khaleel from Cochin says that Malappuram "has the best beaches in Kerala. They are perfect for long drives." Also, if you are a foodie, "do try the Thalasseri biryani," he adds.  
How to reach Malappuram
Malappuram is 165 km away from Kochi. There are a number of trains that ply between both destinations. Tourists also have an option to hire a cab from Kochi to reach the destination. 

Photo by Traveller Prakash Krishnan

India's first planned eco-tourism project, a visit to Thenmala will help you compensate on your carbon footprint to a large extent! A cultural centre for music and other art forms, Thenmala has a lot to offer. Spend an evening at the amphitheatre to enjoy local cultural performances, head to the Deer Rehabilitation Centre for a chance to catch a sight of the spotted deer and sambar, and culminate your trip with a visit to the Sculpture Garden. Although, there is a lot more to Thenmala says Traveller Selvakumar. He says, "An offbeat place to experience waterfalls, nature and wildlife at their best. Thenmala is a different world altogether." Adds Traveller Shaiju, "Do visit the adventure zone here where you try out trekking, mountain biking and boating."   
How to reach Thenmala
Shaiju recommends you hit the road to reach Thenmala from Trivandrum. He suggests a route from Trivandrum via -> Kowdiar -> Peroorkada -> Vazhayila -> Azhikode -> Valicode -> Nedumangad -> Pazhakutty -> Anad -> Chullimanoor -> Nanniyode -> Palode -> Irimpupalam -> Madathara and Kulathupuzha to reach Thenmala.

Photo by Traveller Sahdev

Crystal clear waters, white sandy beaches and a chance to discover rich marine life, Kadmat in Lakshadweep is India's very own Shangri-La. Traveller Arun agrees and says, "Move over Maldives and Mauritius, Kadmat, by far, has the best beaches I have ever seen." It is has all the things you need for a relaxed or adventurous holiday sans touristy trappings - pristine beaches and great sites for scuba diving and snorkeling. Adds Arun, "Do try deep sea fishing. You can enjoy your catch too as small restaurants here will cook and serve it too." 
How to reach Kadmat
Cochin is the preferred gateway to reach Agatti, the most popular of the islands in Lakshadweep. Kadmat is short boat-ride away from Agatti.

Peace, tranquility, a stunning landscape and a beautiful reservoir to give you company, Honnemardu is a gem that you must discover this summer. A birdwatcher's paradise, the quaint village is located on the banks of the Linganamakki Reservoir. A small island in the middle of the reservoir attracts a few tourists occasionally. Just 375 km from Bangalore, Honnemardu is a great place to camp overnight. Says Traveller Renukaprasad, "Watch birds you have never seen before and enjoy the untouched beauty of the place. However, it is advisable to connect with a guide to help you explore the place. Camping overnight is exciting to say the least!"
How to reach Honnemardu
Honnemardu is 375 km away from Bangalore. The village does not have a railway station, however, the closest railway station is in Shimoga, close to 90 km away. Tourists can hire a cab from Shimoga to reach Honnemardu. 

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