Here is my compiled list of undiscovered holiday spots in India, ranging from the greatest quirky places in India for solo travel to the lesser-recognized honeymoon sites in India.
Daringibadi: Odisha’s “Kashmir”
Located in eastern India’s Odisha state, in the Kandhmal district, is the hill station of Daringibadi. It is a major tourist attraction and is widely referred to as the “Kashmir of Odisha” due to its high elevation (3000 ft).
During the time this area was ruled by the British, an officer by the name of Daring Saheb served as its commander. Pine forests, coffee plantations, and scenic valleys are just some of the area’s many natural gifts. In the winter, it receives the only snowfall of any location in Odisha.
From Bhubaneswar, the state capital (252 km away), you can take a bus to Daringbadi. Brahmapur is where you’ll find the closest train station (120 km).
From Brahmapur, the distance to Daringbadi on Sorada (National Highway 59) is about 120 kilometers (75 miles), on the Bhanjanagar-Udayagiri (National Highway 117) route, it’s about 180 kilometers (110 miles), or on the Mohana-Bramhanigan road, it’s about 145 kilometers (90 miles) (90 mi).
About 105 kilometers (65 miles) separate it from Phulbani, while another 49 kilometers (30 miles) separate it from Balliguda and another 30.5 kilometers (19.0 miles) separate it from Raikia.
To go to Daringbadi by train, you can get off at Berhampur Railway Station, which is 130 kilometers away. To go to Berhampur, you can use a taxi or a public bus. It is around 130 kilometers (km) from Berhampur to Daringbadi.
Doluri River, Dasingbadi Waterfalls, Putudi Waterfalls, Badangia Waterfalls, Dadubada Paradise, Ludu Waterfalls, Kirikuti Picnic Ground, Coffee Plantations, Turmeric Gardens, Black Pepper Gardens, Duluri Picnic Ground, Hill View Park, etc. are only a few of the major tourist attractions.
Approximately 120 kilometers from Daringbadi and 70 kilometers from Baliguda is the Belghar Sanctuary, which is home to a wide variety of rare and endangered animal and plant species and draws a large number of visitors each year.
Dogria Khond, sometimes called the Nakate tribes of the mountain, are the indigenous inhabitants of this area. They are the most primitive tribe in all of India.
Ponmudi: Kerala’s “Kashmir”
A hill station, Ponmudi may be found in the Peringamala Panchayat of Kerala, India’s Trivandrum District. It stands at an elevation of 1100 m, 53 km northeast of Trivandrum City, 78 km southeast of Varkala Beach, and 69 km northeast of Kovalam Beach.
The Western Ghats, which include the peak of Ponmudi (Varayadumotta), extend parallel to the Arabian Sea. Kashmir of Kerala, or Ponmudi, is a renowned honeymoon destination in South India.
Peppara Wildlife Sanctuary, Echo Point, and numerous hiking trails are just a few of the popular tourist destinations in Ponmudi. Golden Valley, which is located next to the Kallar River and is shrouded in mist, is another popular destination. In addition to the brightly painted wooden and stone homes, visitors can find a deer park.
Agasthyarkoodam, one of the tallest peaks in the Western Ghats with the highest peak of 1868 m, is also a popular destination in the area. In order to reach this mountain, you will need authorization from the Forest Service, which is granted on a case-by-case basis due to its reputation for solitude.
Ponmudi is accessible from Thiruvananthapuram. It is roughly 70 kilometers from Trivandrum International Airport and 62 kilometers to the nearest train station in Thiruvananthapuram.