Offbeat Places to visit in India

I am clubbing all the offbeat places I have visited in India in this post, I will keep on adding as and when I visit more such places

Chembra Peak – Wayanad (Kerala)

It is the highest peak in Wayanad and the third highest in South India, the trek to the top is perfect for people looking out for some adventure. The trail is through green meadows where you can spot a snake or two. The best part of this trek is the iconic heart-shaped lake on the top, which attracts lots of enthusiastic trekkers.

Bhangarh Fort – Hauntingly beautiful ( Rajasthan )

This Fort is considered one of the most haunted forts in India. There is a warning by ASI that no one is allowed to stay between sunset and sunrise. I was among the last set of people leaving the fort, and didn’t find anything scary but who knows maybe post-sunset is a different story. There is half a km rustic road which takes you to the main entrance of the fort, that path has ruins of old market and houses on both sides and none of them has a roof which definitely gives it a very spooky feel when it gets a little darker. The fort is covered by a dense Jungle, not sure about ghosts but wild animals will definitely be visiting it post sundown.
This fort was built by Raja Baghwat Singh in 1573 on sloping terrain but currently lies in complete ruins. There are multiple temples at the base of the fort, During its full glory this fort had 7 stories, but now only 4 stories remain. Once you climb to the top of the fort the views from there are breathtaking. Tip: Can be easily covered in a day from Jaipur with Chand Bawdi, worth adding to your list if you are visiting Jaipur or driving from Delhi to Jaipur.

Belam Caves – Hidden Gem (Andhra Pradesh )

These are the longest cave system open to the public in the Indian subcontinent, these caves were formed over thousands of years by a continuous flowing underground river that dried with time.  The caves reach their deepest point (150 feet from the entrance level) at the point known as PataalagangaKnown for their stalactite and stalagmite formations. Belum Caves have long passages, spacious chambers, freshwater galleries, and siphons. 3.5 km of the cave has been successfully explored, though only 1.5 km is open to tourists. There is proof that these caves were used by Jain & Buddhist monks for meditation centuries ago. Caves are properly lit with orange light and there are multiple oxygen vents to avoid suffocation. So little is known about these caves, they definitely should be promoted more.


  1. It can be covered over a weekend trip from Bangalore to Gandikota.
  2. Don’t forget to hire a guide, then you will be able to understand these formations better.
  3. Please wear proper shoes which cover your feet properly, as you will be walking on a rocky surface.
  4. Carry enough water, it gets sweaty inside.

Gandikota (Andhra Pradesh)

This main attraction here is the canyon and is definitely a breathtaking landscape, there is an old fort too. The best part about this place is that it is still an unexplored gem, you can sit and enjoy the views for hours without the crowd irritating you.

Tip Try to carefully climb to the top of the gorge, and the view of ruins of fortification and the river is amazing.

Little Rann of Kutch

LRK is one of the most unique landscapes I have seen in India. I got to experience my first no road ( drive in any direction ) kind of drive, marshy salt lands, Indian wild ass – which is found only in this area in India and the patchy grey dry surface of the earth – something which I have seen never before. This place is so unique and I wonder why isn’t it yet a popular travel destination.

Little Rann of Kutch

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