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5 lesser known wonders of Incredible India

  • Mrinalini Singh
  • September 25, 2017
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What you expect: Reach your holiday place, soak up the serenity and discover something unique. What really happens: Finally managed to get there, get hurled into an overcrowded place, do the ‘been there, done that’. Helping you unravel some unconventional travel options, we have listed out the lesser known but fascinating places in India. While some are easy, others might require work. Each though makes for a riveting getaway.

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  1. The submerging and emerging wonder: Painting a rather unique and dreamy picture, the birth of the Rosary Church, Shettihalli, dates back to the 1860s and rests on the banks of Hemavathi River near Hassan. However, do not expect to catch a full glimpse of it every time you are here. The fascinating structure built by French Missioners is said to submerge during the rains and emerge again once the water has receded. Echoing the splendour of Gothic architecture, it is only left with its skeleton today. The destiny of the church changed when the government decided to build Gorur Dam that floods the Hemavathi Reservoir.

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  1. A temple where a vegetarian crocodile resides: Ever heard of vegetarian crocodiles? The reptile in question goes by the name of Babiya and is a guardian of the Ananthapura Lake Temple. She is said to be around 150 years old. This place of worship can only be reached through a bridge and dates back to the 9th century. It is located right in the middle of the lake in the Kasargod District of Kerala. This is sacred place is said to be the natural abode of Ananthapadmanabha, the deity of Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple in Thiruvananthapuram.

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  1. A city known for its collection of vintage cars: A rather versatile city in Gujrat, Gondal makes for an interesting place to visit. Do not be surprised if you spot Vintage Ford and Buick taxis on your way from Rajkot to this place. The ruling family of Gondal were known to be huge car enthusiasts and their vast collection of automobiles is on display in the museum located in the palace premises. There is even a replica of the Big Ben, below which some of the mouth-watering bhajiyas are available but only at a certain time of the day. Another place worth visiting here is the seventeenth-century Darbargadh that allegedly costs Nine Lakhs Rupees, earning the label ‘Navlakha Palace’.

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  1. Loktak – The wonderful floating Lake: Witness the marvellous Loktak Lake and be awed by its beauty. It is said to be the largest freshwater lake in the north-east region of India. It covers a stretch of approximately 286 Sq. Km and is situated at an elevation of 768.5 M. One of its unique characteristics is that a variety of bodies like plants, soil and other organic matter are seen floating on its surface in different forms of putrefaction. The lake is popularly known as the Floating Lake and the floating matter is known as Phumdis. There are marshy swamps in the shallow area of the lake. The water from the Loktak Lake is also utilised for irrigation, hydropower generation and drinking water.

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  1. The hanging pillar of the Lepakshi temple: The ancient Lepakshi Temple of stone was built in the 16th century and is located on the rocky mount of Kurmasailam in Andhra Pradesh. This fantastic piece of architecture was built by Virupanna and Veeranna, two brothers who served the Vijayanagar Kings. The temple stands strong supported by 70 pillars, and is popularly known for its one hanging pillar or column. This pillar is looked upon as a tribute to the mastermind builders who built temples during that era.

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What you expect: Reach your holiday place, soak up the serenity and discover something unique. What really happens: Finally managed to get there, get hurled into an overcrowded place, do the ‘been there, done that’. Helping you unravel some unconventional travel options, we have listed out the lesser known but fascinating places in India. While some are easy, others might require work. Each though makes for a riveting getaway. The submerging and emerging wonder: Painting a rather unique and dreamy picture, the birth of the Rosary Church, Shettihalli, dates back to the 1860s and rests on the banks of Hemavathi River near Hassan. However, do not expect to catch a full glimpse of it every time you are here. The fascinating structure built by French Missioners is said to submerge during the rains and emerge again once the water has receded. Echoing the splendour of Gothic architecture, it is only left with its skeleton today. The destiny of the church changed when the government decided to build Gorur Dam that floods the Hemavathi Reservoir. A temple where a vegetarian crocodile resides: Ever heard of vegetarian crocodiles? The reptile in question goes by the name of Babiya and is a guardian of the Ananthapura Lake Temple. She is said to be around 150 years old. This place of worship can only be reached through a bridge and dates back to the 9th century. It is located right in the middle of the lake in the Kasargod District of Kerala. This is sacred place is said to be the natural abode of Ananthapadmanabha, the deity of Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple in Thiruvananthapuram. A city known for its collection of vintage cars: A rather versatile city in Gujrat, Gondal makes for an interesting place to visit. Do not be surprised if you spot Vintage Ford and Buick taxis on your way from Rajkot to this place. The ruling family of Gondal were known to be huge car enthusiasts and their vast collection of automobiles is on display in the museum located in the palace premises. There is even a replica of the Big Ben, below which some of the mouth-watering bhajiyas are available but only at a certain time of the day. Another place worth visiting here is the seventeenth-century Darbargadh that allegedly costs Nine Lakhs Rupees, earning the label ‘Navlakha Palace’. Loktak – The wonderful floating Lake: Witness the marvellous Loktak Lake and be awed by its beauty. It is said to be the largest freshwater lake in the north-east region of India. It covers a stretch of approximately 286 Sq. Km and is situated at an elevation of 768.5 M. One of its unique characteristics is that a variety of bodies like plants, soil and other organic matter are seen floating on its surface in different forms of putrefaction. The lake is popularly known as the Floating Lake and the floating matter is known as Phumdis. There are marshy swamps in the shallow area of the lake. The water from the Loktak Lake is also utilised for irrigation, hydropower generation and drinking water. The hanging pillar of the Lepakshi temple: The ancient Lepakshi Temple of stone was built in the 16th century and is located on the rocky mount of Kurmasailam in Andhra Pradesh. This fantastic piece of architecture was built by Virupanna and Veeranna, two brothers who served the Vijayanagar Kings. The temple stands strong supported by 70 pillars, and is popularly known for its one hanging pillar or column. This pillar is looked upon as a tribute to the mastermind builders who built temples during that era.

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