12 Unexplored Places to Visit in India

Knowing each and every corner of one’s country is the best way to become rich intellectually and culturally. Similarly, India has so much to offer that if people decide to explore it properly, it can keep them busy for an entire lifetime! Many of these are unexplored places. These are the best places for explorers, photographers, and travelers.

Perhaps many of you have celebrated New Years' Eve in the normal destinations of India - a party in the white town of Pondicherry, a farmhouse beach-side bash in Goa, or a cold night in Shimla. But how about doing an uncommon New Years this time around? Consider a bonfire dinner huddled on the sand dunes of the Thar desert.

Or maybe deciding to give back by volunteering on a tea plantation in Assam. Have you ever explored the unexplored of the Himalayas - Mukteshwar, Jilling, and Chamba? Or rented a private island off the coast of Kerala? This New Years don't just go all out. Go beyond what meets the eye, and uncover India in a way you never have before.

India is blessed with stunning beauty and a rich culture that give globetrotters massive travel goals. With its diverse and enchanting natural elements like the mighty mountains, the thriving valleys, the long meandering rivers, the lively sea coasts and more, traveling in India is truly an incredible experience. Here are some of the best ways to explore India in all its glory.

Here are a few underrated places in India to get you started

1. Medak, Telangana

Did you know you don’t have to plan a trip to Europe to see the magnificence of authentic stained-glass windows? Consecrated in 1924, the Gothic style church at Medak has 3 immaculate stained-glass windows depicting different events in the life of Jesus Christ, namely his birth, crucifixion and ascension. The tower of the church stands 175 ft tall and the cathedral itself accommodated at least 5000 people at a time.

Spread over an area of 130 kilometres, the Pocharam Dam and Wildlife Sanctuary are named after a dam on the Alair river. Play in the water, watch the animals and birds or revel in the beauty of the greenery surrounding you. The reservoir has nine islands, which form a great breeding ground for a variety of birds. Go around on boats to watch the birds using binoculars.

Medak Fort, Medak Church, Edupayala Durga Temple, Vargal Saraswathi Temple, Kotilingeswara Temple, Kodakanchi, Gummadidala Temple, Pocharam Dam, Singuru Dam are the excellent places.

2. Anantagiri, Telangana

Telangana is an Indian state which shares borders with Andhra Pradesh to the east, Maharashtra to the west, Karnataka to the northwest and north. It has a rich cultural heritage and a variety of geographical features. The history of Telangana is intricately linked with that of other states in this region from time immemorial. The region was ruled by the Satavahans, Chalukyas, Kakatiyas, and others.

The state is named after king Telinga/Telugu. Telangana is the collective name of Andhra Pradesh’s collective name that comprise nine districts, viz: Karimnagar, Khammam, Mahbubnagar, Nalgonda, Ranga Reddy, Srikakulam and Warangal. Popularly known as Vizagapatnam "Valley of Pots". Telangana has several tourist attractions to offer. Some of the tourist spots are-

Telangana has many architectural wonders like forts, temples, palaces, waterfalls, wildlife sanctuaries, lakes, dams etc. Not to be confused with the hills of the same name in Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh; these hills in Vikarabad are being developed as a hill station near Hyderabad, making it a great weekend getaway.

The river Musi originates in these dense forests and the trekking trails and the amazing weather here are huge draws for visitors here. Don’t miss the ancient temple to Lord Vishnu as Anantha Padmanabha Swamy, built by Nizam Nawabs 400 years ago.

Of the best places for a summer getaway in South India is Anantagiri, one of the corners of greatest natural beauty 5 km from Vikarabad. The Anantagiri hills, in the Telangana region has magnificent views of the coast. The landscape is completed with wonderful waterfalls, cliffs and an unsurpassed nature.

Ananthagiri Temple is located in this forested area. There is a small village near Ananthagiri called Alampally and much smaller village near Alampally called Nalapur.

3. Bhuvanagiri, Telangana

Bhongir or Bhuvanagiri is famous for its adventure sports, trekking trails and impressive fort built in the 10th century and for the Narasimha Swamy temple at Yadagirigutta (Yadadri) on your way here. With underground chambers, trap doors and secret storage for arms, the Fort is a big draw. Built on top of a 500-foot egg-shaped domelike hill, the fort was the seat of Chalukya kings first and Kakatiyas later.

Being developed as a major tourist destination to compete with the Temple to Balaji at Tirupati, this is a cave temple to Lord Vishnu as Narasimha Swamy is set at an altitude of 300 ft on the side of a hillock. Its name has also been changed to Yadadri as a part of this makeover effort. The main temple and smaller temples here are worshipped by many people in the region and most people drive here to perform a puja, when they purchase a new vehicle.

Bhongir Fort is located in Bhongir, Bhongiri or Bhuvanagiri. This fortress is based on a unique rock formation perched on a hill. Situated on a monolithic rock, this fort is one of the many forts at Hyderabad. A perfect one if you are in mood for a light trek. More than 500 meters high and extending over an area of ​​40 acres, the fort was considered practically impregnable by the invading armies.

It is located on National Highway 202 about 48 km from Hyderabad and built in the 12th century by Chalukya Tribhuvanamalla-Vikramaditya. It has a unique egg-shaped construction with two access points protected by huge rocks. A moat that surrounds the fortress, a large underground chamber, trapdoors, an armory, stables, ponds, wells offer a fascinating insight. The view from the top of the surrounding countryside is simply stunning.

4. Adilabad, Telangana

This district is mainly famous for waterfalls and wildlife sanctuaries. Along with these Basara Saraswathi Temple, Kadem dam and Jainath temple are great scenic places.

5. Nallamalla Forest, Telangana

Mallela Theertham is a serenely scenic 150 feet waterfall, perfect for that weekend hangout with friends and family.

6. Karimnagar, Telangana

Ramagiri Khilla was built during Kakatiya Dynasty. The place offers breathtaking views of the confluence of River Godavari and River Manair. Vemulawada, Kaleswaram, Kotilingala, Kondagattu Anjaneya Temple, Dharmapuri, Ellanthakunta, Kothkonda, Elagandal Fort, Nagunur Fort, Ramagiri Fort, Jagityal Fort, Sabbitham Waterfalls are unique places to visit.

There are many reserved forests and a crocodile sanctuary in the old Karimnagaror Yelagandula district. Well for eco tourism in Karimnagar district you need not go far and wide, actually one of the most visited and popular temple shrine of Karimnagar, Kondagattu Anjaneya Swamy temple, barely 34 kms from Karimnagar city is embellished with awesome forests.

Infact the serene environment of the hills is one of the main reasons why many people visit Kondagattu temple for main seva of tapassu or penace! Well they are neither high alitude ghats nor forests on plains. They are on little hill ranges and slopes of deccan plateau. And Shivaram wildlife sanctuary of Crocodiles housing 70 to 120 crocodiles on the banks of Godavari is spread in both Old Adilabad and old Karimnagar districts. It is one of the best place for ecotourism. The forests of southern bank of Godavari in this sanctuary are spread in Karimnagar.

The speciality here is that Godavari river never goes dry even in summer and it has depth of nearly 90 feet! A madugu is formed here. The forests of low level plateaus or plains in east Karimnagar are part of danDakaranya and are well known ofcourse. Another important ecological as well as historical spot is Ranagiri khilla or kota or Ramagiri fort with big hills, dense forests it is quite beautiful.

The Ramagiri hills, forts, forests , waterfalls is a paradise on the plateau located in eastern side near Peddapalli town. The pandava lonka waterfalls and valley forests on the other side of Ramagiru fort are also a good eco tourist spot. There are beautiful forests near Korutla too, especially near Godavari river. They are known as Raikal or Govindavaram forests and Vennamuddala gandi is famous spot is here.

Sabbitham waterfalls, one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Karimnagar district, also has saptha marika temple. It is near to Peddapalli town. There are many waterfalls near jagitial forests and in dandakaranya part and in southern hill ranges near husnabad in South Karimnagar. River shores especially in Icchampally and Somnoor which are accompanied with dense forests have unique river beds.

The unique rock formations at iin the river bed. Chchampalli and Somnoo will make you awestruck and you have gushing fresh gigantic Godavari and sense dandakaranyam in the background. And near Maneru river banks, in the eastern low peneplains of Karimnagarin the forests between Manthani and Bhupalpally, you have ancient Jain caves called Naina Gullu in the hills of dondakaya.

Jonna Rotte is very healthy and tasty. This Roti is a main food from ancient days and still people make it in their houses and even in hotels, restaurants. Corn occupies a special place in Telangana foods as Makka Gudaalu and Makka vadaalu. The best combination to eat Makka Gudaalu is chicken. Eating Bagaara rice with combination of chicken, mutton is mandatory.

Atti chepalu curry plays a vital role for village goddesses like pochamma devi, maisamma devi. Here, Deshi chicken is very famous named as Ankapur Deshi chicken. On the auspicious day of Ugaadi Polelu plays a key role. Malidhaalu are prepared mostly during bathukamma festival.

7. Warangal, Telangana

The favourite destination of tourists young and old, Warangal was the capital of the valiant Kakatiya rulers, of whom Rani Rudramadevi needs no introduction to many. The Thousand Pillar Temple and Ramappa temple as well as the Warangal Fort date back to the 12th century. Nearby Ghanpur has a set of 22 temples, showcasing the heights architecture reached at the time.

1000 Pillar Temple, Orugallu Fort, Ramappa Temple, Bhadrakali Temple, Samakka Saralamma Jathara, Kakatiya Musical Garden, Laknavaram lake, Pakhal Lake, Bogatha, Bheemuni Paadham, Mutyala Dhaara Waterfalls and Eturnagaram Wildlife sanctuary are the beautiful places.

8. Mahbubnagar, Telangana

Very close to Hyderabad, Mahbubnagar has monuments replete with the history of the region and also offers a modern monument in the form of the Priyadarshini Jurala Project on the river Krishna. Visit the Ghanpur and Gadwal Forts here and learn of the valour of the erstwhile rulers of this region who proudly held their own against incursions and threats.

The charming waterfalls at Mallela Theertham are located in the midst of the dense Nallamala forests. The waters fall from a height of 150 feet onto the rocks below, and tourists walk down 380 steps to reach the falls from the road. The scenic views around the falls enthral the visitors and it is said that the summer season brings the tigers in the forest to drink the water here.

Jogulamba Navabrahma Temples, Sri Ranganayaka Temple, Uma Maheswaram, Manyam Konda Temple, Kurumurthi Temple, Somasila Lalitha Someswara Temple, Jetaprolu, Kollapur Palace, Khilla Ghanpur, Mallela Theertham Waterfalls, Pillalamarri Garden, Amrabad Tiger reserve, Koil Sagar, Jurala and Somasila dams are the wonderful places.

9. Khammam, Telangana

Nelakondapalli is an important site of Buddhist excavations which unearthed the evidence of many constructions which include brick built Viharas, wells, cisterns, a Maha Stupa or Pillar, a bronze idol of Buddha, a miniature Stupa carved in limestone from the third and fourth centuries. This place is also associated with the Mahabharata as the location of the Virata rajya where the Pandavas chose to spend one year, incognito.

You will also find the old residence of Bhakta Ramadas here. The famous Bhadradri Temple, Parnasala, Khammam Fort, Jamalapuram Venkateswara Swamy Temple, Kinnerasani Wildlife sanctuary and Lakaram lake are the amazing places.

10. Nizamabad, Telangana

Constructed in 1923 by Mir Osman Ali, ruler of the Hyderabad State, inundated 40 villages after their residents vacated them. The dam stretched 3 kilometres across the river and has a 14 ft wide motorable road over it. There is excellent accommodation for tourists here which makes it a great place to visit over a weekend. Kaulasa Fort, Nizamabad Fort, Dichpally Ramalayam, 100 Pillar Temple, Domakonda Fort, Neelakanteswara Temple, Ashok Sagar lake, Pocharam Wildlife Sanctuary, Nizam Sagar dam, Shriram Sagar dam are awesome places.

11. Nalgonda, Telangana

Yadradri Temple, Bhuvanagiri Fort, Pillalamarri Temple, Chaya Someswara Temple, Kolanupaka Jain Temple, Nandikonda, Mella Cheruvu Temple, Phanigiri Buddhist site, Nagarjuna sagar are the astonishing places.

12. Rangareddy, Telangana

On the road to Chevella, you will find the temple of Balaji at Chilkur built by Akkanna and Madanna, uncles of Bhakta Ramadas. The God here is popular as Visa Balaji, strongly reputed to ensure a successful visa process for foreign travel, after they complete 108 circumambulations (Pradakshinas) of the temple. Expect to find a zealous horde of devotees, hurriedly ticking off a box after each pradakshina, on a small card provided by the temple.

Built by the Vengi kings in the 13th century, this temple with a seven-storied tower is a great favourite as a location for film shootings among moviemakers looking to depict a temple in their movies. The temple has a huge pond and is located among coconut groves very near to the International Airport in Shamshabad. Ammalapalli Seetha Ramachandra Swamy Temple, Keesaragutta, Anantha Padmanabha Swamy Temple, Ananthgiri hills, Gandipet and Himayat Sagar lakes are the marvelous places.

There are more unexplored tourist places. If you haven’t been to these places add these places in your bucket list, go and enjoy the beauty of architecture, landscapes etc.
Kalyan Panja