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5 places in India you may not have heard of, but must visit

You’re tired of staring at a flickering monitor every day, tired of the mundane tasks and hourly reports you have to submit. You decide to take a well-deserved break and blow off some steam. Travelling is your way to do it. But then comes the added tension of deciding, where do we go? What do we do there? Arrgghh!!!

Fear not my stress induced friends. We have made a list of 5 must see destinations in India, spots you may not have heard of before. Pick one on our list and you’re sure to be left with your jaw hanging.

Lambasingi, Andhra Pradesh

It is very rare for a South-Indian state to receive snowfall, and yet it happens often in Lambasingi, a small village in Vishakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh. For those of you who have been awed by the beauty of a white blanket of snow, you don’t have to travel up north or to foreign locations to enjoy it anymore. Pack your bags and head to this beautiful village instead.

Remember to carry ample amount of winter wear, because the temperatures drop to near 0 degrees in winter, which is incidentally one of the best times to visit this place. With luscious green plantations, a number of rocky hills for treks, misty mornings and beautiful waterfalls, it is our top pick for destinations you have to visit! No wonder it is called the Kashmir of Andhra Pradesh.

Best time to visit: December to January, when the temperature falls to almost to 0 degree C.

Must visit: Pepper and coffee plantations, Araku valley. Hope Island (within 100km of Lambasingi)

Caves of Meghalaya

Caving is not very popular in India, mainly because we are unaware it exists. There are over 1500 cave locations identified in Meghalaya alone, of which almost 950 caves have been explored. Most of these caves are open to tourists, with an expert guide accompanying you of course. Some of the longest caves in the world are part of the Caves of Meghalaya, spread over Jaintia, Khasi Hills and Garo Hills district of Meghalaya.

Just to give you an idea of how thrilling cave exploration is, we’re describing one of the most famous tourist caves, the Krem Mawmluh cave. About 7000mts long, the Krem Mawmluh is accessible by a short trek through the green hills and thick bushes of Mawmluh, a village in Cherapunji. The cave entrance is found by following a river that disappears underground. The cave ceiling is about 2.5 feet high and is filled with water that needs wading. The ceilings are beautifully ornate with limestone, and a large number of bats.

Best time to visit: December to March, when rains are less and the water level in the caves is low, making it safer.

Must visit caves: Krem Mawmluh Cave, Krem Dam, Krem Liat Prah (longest natural cave in India)

Ziro, Arunachel Pradesh

You’ve heard of Tomorrowland and the Ultra Music Festival, but have you heard of the music festival in our very own motherland India, the Ziro Festival of Music in Ziro valley in Arunachel Pradesh?

Ziro is a world heritage site and is a valley filled with plush greenery and incredible wildlife. They are popular for Marua, a home brewed millet beer. Do I have your attention now?

Ziro is a vast region of green hills and few interspersed houses, making it a relaxing destination for tourists. But apart from its beautiful landscape and friendly indigenous community, Ziro hosts the Ziro music festival every year, which is an event celebrating music, good food and good people, making it a must visit tourist spot.

Best Time to visit: Around September, when the Ziro Music Festival is held

Must visit spots: Talley Valley wildlife sanctuary, Meghna cave Temple

Rama Setu, Tamil Nadu

The Rama Setu is a chain of Limestone shoals that stretch from Rameswaram Island, off the coast of Tamil Nadu, India, to Manna Island in Sri Lanka. According to Hindu mythology, Rama Setu was a bridge built by the Vanara army of Lord Ram, with instructions from Nala. Lord Ram used the bridge to cross over to Lanka with his brother Lakhshman, Hanuman, and his army, to rescue his wife, Sita.

Whether you are a believer in the Ramayana or not, you must visit this site because apart from its religious significance, it is an awe inspiring, breathtaking beauty.

Dhanushkodi is an abandoned village and a historic beach at the tip of Rameswaram Island, and also the final land border between India and Sri-Lanka.

Best time to visit: All year

Must visit: The cyclone torn village of Dhanushkodi and the Rama Setu itself.

The Coral Reefs, Lakshwadeep

The final spot on our list are the Coral Reefs located around the Lakshadweep Islands, south west of India. Exploring the reefs, of course means visiting the gorgeous islands themselves. This Archipelago has a rich history, having been ruled by the Chera king of Kerala, then by the Portuguese, by Tipu Sultan and also by the British, it is now a union territory of India and a favorite spot for tourists from around the globe.

With over 500 different species of marine fish, 70 coral species and an abundance of flora and fauna, snorkeling and scuba diving in the ocean surrounding Lakshadweep is a life changing experience.

Best time to visit: October to April. Try avoiding the monsoon season which starts mid-May.

Must try activities: Snorkeling and Scuba diving.

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