India has a lot to offer to tourists and this is the reason why its tourism industry is thriving. If one wants to enjoy the beauty of nature in its purest form, then this is the country for you. All of the four distinct regions of India (North, South, East, and West) host a number of tourism attractions but here we will be focusing tourism in South India.
South India is truly a tourism magnet. From rich heritage and culture to beautiful beaches, Sanctuaries to pilgrim sites, this part of India has everything a tourist would wish for. Its 245,480 square miles area pierces the Arabian Sea and the Bay of Bengal and it is home to countless natural attractions. So let’s check out what makes South India one of the top tourist places.
Not every part of the world is blessed with such scenery. South India’s geography has hallowed it with several beach sites and when talking about attractive sea views and beach resorts, what else can surpass Goa which is officially known as the state of beaches. The state provides an ideal environment to honeymooners.
Other than that, South India’s states of Kerala and Karnataka have some of the best beaches in the world where visitors come from around the world. Some of the notable beaches in South India include;
- Marina Beach (Tamil Nadu)
- St. Mary Island (Karnataka)
- Kovalam Beach (Kerala)
- Ramakrishna Mission Beach (Andhra Pradesh)
- Baga Beach (Goa)
Caves carry their own artistic charm and specifically attract archeologists. The natural landscape of South India has given birth to several cave systems during the course of time. Some of them carry religious and spiritual significance for local residents while others have legends attached to them. Prominent caves are as follows;
- Badami Caves (Karnataka)
- Belum and Borra Caves (Andhra Pradesh)
Pilgrim Sites in South India are perhaps the biggest reason of intra-country tourism in India. Tamil Nadu alone has over 34,000 temples which are sites of worship in the Hindu religion. Some of these temples are associated with certain Hindu deities according to ancient Hindu manuscripts. For example, Sri VenkateswaraSwamy Temple is associated with Lord Vishnu. Important pilgrim sites are as follows;
- Sri Venkateswara Swamy Temple
- Srirangam Ranganathaswamy Temple
- 1000-pillar Saavira Kambada Basadi and Murdeshwar Temple (Karnataka)
So these are some of the appealing tourist places in south India. If you are planning a tour, these are the place you must visit.
It is common among the tourists to visit South India after they have visited the northern parts of India, but it does not mean at all that there aren’t any attractive tourist places in South India. In fact, if you are a nature lover, you will like South India more than the north.
South Dravidian devotees live intensely with their old religion and the tourists are surrounded by the activities of the temples, watching sculptures of gods covered in colors, the smell of incense and the sound of bells. It is all extremely fascinating.
Along with natural beauty in south India, you see a myriads of the holy temples in the name of different gods. In this article, we will talk about what temples you will find when you visit this region.
Oxcarts with painted horns, smiling peasants, all this will be on the trip from Chennai to Kanchipuram and Mahabalipuram. The beaches provide a nice break after the contemplation of romantic temples of the coast and the huge monoliths of animals and gods.
There are many locations with stunning temples and magical places, the walls seem to intone the mantras such as Chidambaram, Thanjavur, Tiruchirapalli, Srirangam, the island of Rameshwaram and Madurai, one of the oldest cities in the south with a magnificent temple dedicated to the goddess Meenakshi.
You can visit the attractive French town of Pondicherry which remains a window into the culture gala. In the state of Karnataka, there are magnificent temples of Belur and Halebid, the exciting time of the Hoysalas whose bas-reliefs describe the endless stories of war, hunting, palatial and mythological scenes.
On top of a hill in Shravanabelagola, the monolithic statue of Bahubali jain dominates the landscape. The ruins of Hampi speak of the prosperity of the kingdom of Vijayanagara.
Bangalore, the capital of state, is a sign of modern urban life in India with large parks and gardens. The elegant city of sandalwood, Mysore, combines tradition and history and is the center of all festivals. You will admire the illuminated palace from the Chamundi hill. It is also possible to stay in the palace of the Maharaja, Lalita Mahal, which is breathtakingly beautiful.
Silk and incense of the city are world famous and smells of jasmine, rose, musk and sandalwood linger in the memory. Hassan and Bangalore in the Deccan plateau have a cool climate all year round. Badami, Aihole and Pattadakal are also places of great beauty.