The 20 best kept travel secrets in the world

Jaffna in the North of Sri Lanka, El Nido Pangalusian Island in the Philippines and the ancient Mayan city of Yaxchilan in Mexico have been named among the 20 best-kept travel secrets in the world.

From tiny towns to palm-flecked beaches, the top 20 list of the world’s best-kept hidden gems has revealed some lesser known beauty spots.

But few people know of them. Just one per cent of the UK has heard of Indonesia’s Gili Meno Island, selected by Kuoni due to its pristine beaches and crystal-clear waters. While its neighbouring island Gili Trawangan is now a hotspot for backpackers, the island of Gili Meno remains firmly off the beaten track.

A minuscule 0.1 per cent of the nation know about the tranquil garden complex of Mehtab Bagh, on the banks of the Yamuna River in India, just behind the Taj Mahal.

The list of under-the-radar travel secrets was compiled by worldwide travel experts Kuoni, whose spokesperson Rachel O’Reilly said: “While the Grand Canyon, the Great Wall of China and the Taj Mahal attract thousands of visitors per year between them, a generation of travellers are now seeking more secluded beauty spots.

“Beyond the main tourist attractions the world has so much to offer and we’re seeing a trend for people looking for alternative places and experiences away from the famous well-trodden hotspots.”


Views of the Taj Mahal from Mehtab Bagh, India

The island of Gili Meno, Indonesia

El Nido Pangulasian Island, Philippines

Jaffna, north Sri Lanka

Salar de Uyuni (Uyuni Salt Flats), Bolivia

The town of Matera in the Basilicata region of Italy

The koalas of Kennet River on the Great Ocean Road, Victoria, Australia

Farewell Spit, New Zealand

Bukchon Village in Seoul, South Korea

Lake Atitlan, Guatemala

Omodos Village, Cyprus

Con Dao Island, Vietnam

The hike between OIA and Imerovigli, Santorini, Greece

The island of Bequia, the Grenadines

Tirimbina Rainforest Reserve, Costa Rica

The Journey Through Hallowed Ground National Heritage Area, Virginia, USA


KwaZulu-Natal (KZN), South Africa

Yaxchilan, the ancient Mayan city in the state of Chiapas, Mexico

Margaret River, Western Australia

Zebra migration in Botswana

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