South India is a very culturally rich region of India with a booming tourism industry. Many people, not only from India but across the globe are visiting this part of the world to experience the ancient art, beautiful beaches, scenic landscapes, lush green sanctuaries and mesmerizing waterfalls. So if you have chosen South India for your next tour, you my friend are definitely not going to regret it. So following are some of the top tourist spots that you should visit while staying in the Southern part of India.
1 – Hampi
Hampi used to be the capital of ancient Hindu empire of Vijayanagar. Its cultures and traditions reflect the ancient kingdom. Also, the ancient architecture of the buildings will take you back in time. It holds the status of UNESCO World heritage site.
2 – Chennai
It is the capital of Tamil Nadu and “Gateway of the South”. Here you will experience the blend of Christianity and Hinduism, formed during the times of the British rule over the sub-continent, in the form of Triplicane and Mylapore temples and St. Thomas church.
3 – Pondicherry
Here you will get a glimpse of the French India while walking through the streets. The architecture of houses covered in colorful paints carries a French touch that will surely fascinate you.
4 – Kerala
Apart from the uniquely designed thatched houseboats, Kerala is famous for its Kovalam beach. You can enjoy delicious sea-food in one of those boats or at the beach while enjoy the view of the Arabian Sea.
5 – Varkala
Here you will enjoy the windy atmosphere of sea-side while walking on the beautifully paved footpath that runs the entire length of the cliff parallel to palm-tree studded beach. The sacred Janardhana Swamy Temple is also located on the beach.
6 – Madurai
Home to some of the oldest and most elegant temples found in South India. Some of the ancient buildings are 4000-5000 years old. The Meenakshi Temple is one of the most important temples in India which attracts a large number pilgrims, devotees, and tourists every year.
7 – Mysore
Known as the “City of Palaces”, Mysore is home to a large number of historical buildings and palaces that depict ancient architecture and cultures.
So these were few of the many attractive tourist spots South India has to offer. Hope you liked the article with all these tourist places in south India.
Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala, Pondicherry and Tamil Nadu are the charming parts of the South India where cultural heritage is more intact. It is a country of temples, orange flowers, music and dance.
Chennai is the center of Bharatnatyam (classical dance) and sculpture also comes from this region and bears witness to the religion and art of the Dravidians. Chennai is home of one of the oldest cultures in the world and is a good starting point to explore the south India. It has national and international airports, as well as a large network of railways and buses. You will know the kindness and joy of the people when you are strolling along the beach of Marina or visit Fort St. George. The names of many streets recall the relationship with other countries such as China Bazaar, Burma Bazaar and Armenian Street.
From the lighthouse you can see the panorama of the city, where you can visit temples, art galleries and museums. From Chennai, you can start in any direction, even to the east, to the Andaman Islands, across the Bay of Bengal. In Port Blair, you will discover a paradise of archipelago, a lush jungle with exotic plants, clear waters with tropical fish and coral islands. Travel to Ooty on a train that winds through the hills between stunning scenery and be sure to try the tea of the Nilgiri Mountains. In the north, you can see the great state of Andhra with rich architectural and archaeological aspects, whose capital, Hyderabad, was the court of the Nizams legendary. The monument of Charminar is a national symbol and the museum has the admirable private collection of Nawab Salar Jung III.
Freshness of the Landscape
Kerala is the land of beaches, spice and magic, crossroads of cultures, Chinese fishing nets, Hebrew synagogues, Portuguese forts, Syrian and Dutch churches and temples and traditional palaces of India. Kerala lined beaches, plantations of spice and coconut is evergreen and quiet under the warm tropical sun. On your tour of visiting the most appealing tourist places in South India, you can relax on the pristine beaches of Kovalam, visit the beautiful port of Cochin or magnificent Padmanabhaswamy Temple in Trivandrum. Listen to the trumpeting of elephants and monkeys screaming in the Periyar reserve. Breathe the fresh air of the Nilgiri while admiring the spectacular scenery of Ootacamund and Kodaikanal and wander in a boat through backwaters of Alleppey and Quilon and approach to Kalady, the birthplace of Adi Shankaracharya, the great Hindu guru.