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11 Hidden Places You Probably Didn’t Know Existed

Secret Travel Destinations

They say the greatest places are those that are hidden. This list of top hidden places to travel is a testament to the saying.

These days, most popular tourist attractions are no longer worth the hype. Due to the large number of people that visit those people, they have slowly begun to lose their value. Overcrowded, unkept, disorganized, and unaccommodating, as well as being subjected to lots of marketing, they don’t provide the best experience often. 

Everyone wants to find new places, greater adventures, and secluded and untouched locations. This list has a few of the most overlooked travel places worth every second you may spend over there. Browse through the list to see the beauty and worth of these places. I guarantee you’ll want to trip to a few, if not all, of these places.

1 – Pir Chattal Noorani Gandhawa Oasis, Pakistan 

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This piece of paradise is hidden deep within the heart of Balochistan’s arid and mountainous land. A resting place of a pious man, Pir Chattal Noorani Gandhawa, this blessed place lies in the middle of nowhere, and its shady, lush green trees and clear blue waters are a sight to behold. 

The waters are inhabited by thousands of rare and colorful fishes that have lived in these waters for centuries. Dive into these cool glassy waters and beat the heat by swimming amid the fish.

The folklore and myths of this place have served to protect its peace and serenity. There are strict rules against hurting or removing any fish, as they are believed to be guarded by the prayers of the saint. They say misfortune befalls any who dare to hurt these precious creatures.

Meditate and unravel all your worries. Explore the rest of the spiritual province, Koh-e-Solaiman, Bibi Nani Pull, or the Pir Ghaib Waterfall while you’re here. Delve into the supernatural mysteries of the place and discover the truths for yourself.

2 – Secret Beach, Mirissa, SriLanka

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How about lying on a beach, sipping on a cool lemonade or a margarita with barely anyone around you? This calm beach sends wave after wave of cool water as you enjoy the bright colors of the setting sun.

Though this place is no longer a secret location but is still not as largely visited as some other main beaches, the place is also perfect for snorkeling in the waters as you discover the marine life of the place. Don’t forget your waterproof cameras for those leatherback sea turtles.

3 – Door to Hell, Derweze, Turkmenistan

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One of the unique places in the world, the Door to Hell, is a burning natural gas field that collapsed into a cavern. It looks like a volcano in the middle of a desert and is one of the craziest sights to be seen. There are many speculations about how the field caught fire, none of which can be proved.

Many people do not visit the place because Turkmenistan is a closed-off country. However, you can spend the night camping near the crater and watch the anomaly of this world with its bright orange flames against the dark starry sky. 

Go before it’s too late, as the government has initiated efforts to extinguish its flames. A few distances away are the water crater and the mud crater as well. Don’t miss out on them.

4 – Bagan, Myanmar

 

Delve into the culture and history of Bagan, a city with more than a thousand temples. The landscape is striking, the people are humble, and the archaeology is out of this world. The roots of the Buddhist religion, pride, and power are reflected in every inch of this place.

The city has suffered from intense earthquakes, bringing thousands of temples to the ground. Although not the same, this tourist attraction is still one of the most awe-inspiring locations. The mountains at the horizon and the river passing through the city are their own vision. The mystic, majestic temples decorating the city give the whole location a fairytale image.

Take a bird’s eye view in the hot air balloon. Visitors also claim to prefer this place to be the land of the pyramids. Since this is a religious city, brush up on the dos and don’ts of the place just to be safe.

5 – KohChang, Trat, Thailand

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The third largest island of Thailand is a paradise on Earth. With beautiful sandy beaches, white cotton sand and crystal clear waters, dense jungles, and magical waterfalls, every step seems to lead somewhere special. 

The place is not well known due to the untouched jungles that inhibit human development. Most of the visitors of Thailand drift towards the two bigger islands that are more accommodated with lesser risks.

Many activities are available on the island, including hiking, snorkeling, kayaking, etc. The island also has much wildlife, including several species of birds and snakes. Prepare for the most epic adventure to this dangerous paradise where no one returns disappointed.

6 – Waitomo Glowworm Cave, New Zealand

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New Zealand’s best natural attractions, these caves, are unique places to be seen. A bit expensive and not for those afraid of the dark; the experience counts, and this place delivers.

A boat ride into the huge river system leads you to a cave with its roof lighted up like the galaxy. This starry-like projection is due to millions of Glow Worms and fungi. Some of its other caves also contain massive rock formations forming stalactites and stalagmites, which is an impressive sight.

7 – Kauai, Hawaii

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Remember Jurassic Park? Sure, it had some dinosaurs, but wasn’t it the most beautiful location to be seen? With its green mountains, huge waterfalls, dense jungles, and the gorgeous lake where all the dinosaurs were gathered. It turns out the film was shot here. 

Buckle up, people; we’re going to Kuai, Hawaii.

One of the most underrated islands of Hawaii, Kauai is a breathtaking beauty. Not many tourists plan to go here because it constantly rains there. There are no luxurious hotels or over-the-top comforts. The place has simplistic lodgings and lots to do; the power here belongs to nature.

If you trek further into the island, you can come across golden beaches with no one in sight and relax, surf the waves, etc. You can find scenic waterfalls or take the Jurassic trek with rope bridges and all the iconic locations. Mysterious and enchanting, the place is a must-visit!

8 – Gavi Periyar, Kerala, India

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This wild rural land has everything that is usually overlooked: heritage sites, ruins, stunning beaches, wildlife reserves, and lush green jungles. 

There is much to see and lots to do when you come to Kerala. One of the hidden places to visit here is Gavi Periyar, a stretch of land so delightful to the eyes that you will instantly feel captivated.

9 – Ruby Falls, Tennessee

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This underground waterfall, an attraction discovered and opened in recent years, is breathtakingly fascinating. It is known to be the largest and deepest underground waterfall. Brilliant colored hues illuminate the colors of the water. 

Enjoy the beautiful scenery and explore the fascinating caves. Enjoy a hearty meal in this beautiful location, and don’t forget to take lots of pictures.

10 – Travertine Pools, Turkey

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The Travertine pools or the cotton castle is an underrated tourist attraction that baffles most. The sight looks like an icy wonderland; however, the water is hot and creates pools. The water is fed from an underground spring. Calcium Carbonate deposits are the reason for the magnificence of the place.

11 – Mendenhall Ice Caves, Alaska

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The different shades of blue illuminate the walls of the caves and enchant you with their stunning brilliance. It feels like a place from your dreams, and your eyes don’t believe in the beauty of the place. 

Pictures don’t do the place justice, and you need to explore the remarkable caves to experience the unexplained phenomenon first-hand. The state of global warming is endangering the marvelous beauty of the place, and it is a great cause for concern.

So, Which Destination Are You Visiting First?

Though all these places are worth visiting, which one will you visit first? Let us know in the comments. Also, if you want to travel on a budget, check out the 12 cheapest travel destinations to visit.

Munazza Aasim, a Psychology student currently doing her Master, also shares a passion for writing and literature. Currently residing in Karachi with her family, she has big dreams for her future and a vivid imagination. An INTJ personality type, she is an Introvert who enjoys solving puzzles, writing, and reading. She also enjoys watching movies, series, dramas from different countries, and anime.

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