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5 Lesser Known Places to Visit This Winter

Go where you feel most alive!

Vacations should always be special, with special people at special places. Sadly, due to over commercialization of popular vacation spots, most of our favorite places have become incredibly cluttered. With more people than place to walk, it’s never fun to go for a vacation where your senses are being assaulted rather than relaxed. Fortunately, you don’t need to go too far to find yourself some peaceful travel time, going to places where you can just lose yourself to nature and its beauty. India, our country, is known for its diverse cultural heritage, vibrantly colorful nature and breathtakingly beautiful architecture and there are places tucked away in this sub-continent that you didn’t even know could exist, waiting to be explored. And it is these offbeat destinations that hold unexplored natural beauty and cultural diversity that will make you want to leave everything and to get lost in the wild right then and there. Travelling is about finding those things you never knew you were looking for and here are five lesser known destinations that you would normally not look for but should definitely visit this winter.

Butterfly Beach, Goa

During the holiday season, Goa turns into one of the most popular tourist destinations of the country. Come winter, especially Christmas and New Years and the whole country seems to migrate to Goa. So much so that during December and the first week of January, languid and tranquil Goa quickly changes its avatar to noisy and overwhelming. However, we have a suggestion for you. If you’re looking for some peace and quiet amidst the party scene, then we recommend you hit Butterfly Beach for a day. Located at the end of Palolem beach, it is one of the most secluded and pristine beaches in Goa, tucked away from the main city and truly the most beautiful jewel that this popular holiday destination has to offer.

Source: Butterfly Beach, Goa by Philipp on flickr

Ponmudi, Kerala

Kerala is yet another contender for one of the most visited and popular tourist places that becomes a hub of activities during the holiday season. As Rekha Menon once said, “God’s own country. Or heaven on Earth. Place full of mountains, greenery and streams, oh Kerala! God created you with utmost care”- if you think about it, it is these very things that makes Kerala so special. Just like everything else on Earth, Kerala too has its own well kept secrets. Ponmudi, located in the Western Ghats, is an offbeat destination where travelers can enjoy natures beauty at its best. Packed with tea plantations, lush green hills, streams and waterfalls, Ponmudi is the place to be this winter if you’re looking for lesser known places to visit.

Halebid, Karnataka

The south really seems to be blessed when it comes to secluded and pure travel destinations. Halebid, located in state of Karnataka, is another place that should be on your ‘lesser known places to visit this winter’ bucket list. Halebid is a city famous for its ruins of Hoysala architecture filled with the ruins of temples, shrines and other magnificent specimens from a time gone by. If you’re a history buff and a shutterbug wrapped up in one, then Halebid is definitely the place to go this winter!

Bhimbetka, Madhya Pradesh

Earliest rock paintings, first proof of human life in the Indian subcontinent, home to the beginning of the South Indian Stone Age – how does that sound to you? Bhimbetka in Madhya Pradesh houses all these things! with cave paintings known to be as old as 30,000 years, Bhimbetka was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2003. For those looking to explore something new, make sure Bhimbetka is in your list of lesser known places to travel this winter.

Source: Bhimbetka, Madhya Pradesh by Jackshermitage on flickr

Sundarbans, West Bengal

Sundarbans maybe a very common tourist destination, but the awe inspiring beauty of this place is far from being explored. Sundarbans is not just about the Royal Bengal Tiger, it is also the biggest mangrove forest in the world apart and is considered as one of the most beautiful and surreal forests in India. A melting pot of flora and fauna, when it comes to biodiversity, The Sundarbans has it all. A perfect escape irrespective of whether you’re going with your family and friends or by yourself, there’s so much to see in and around The Sundarbans, that you’ll be left wonderstruck.

Source: The Sundarbans, West Bengal by Radek Levy on flickr

This winter, pack your bags and go somewhere you’ve never been before!

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