South India (including Kerala, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, and Tamil Nadu) has a very distinctive culture which makes it different from the rest of the world. Each nation has managed not only to maintain its own distinct identity. A varied and interesting trip will provide you with complex temple architecture, historical ruins, palm-lined canals, spirituality, and beach. This article highlights South India’s top tourist destinations. There are so many wonderful destinations that only a few are hard to choose from!
Mammallapuram (Mahabalipuram), Tamil Nadu
A coastal resort with a vibrant backpaker and surf scene, one hour or south of Chennai, the town of Mahabalipuram (also known as Mamallapuram). Even famous for its industry of steel creations, keep money aside for profit! The Shore Temple, Five Rathas (temples sculpted in the style of chariots) and the Penance of Arjuna are also the main attractions. This is a large sculpture of scenes from Mahabharata, on the face of the rock. Every year from late December to late January a traditional dance festival takes place there. Preview your journey with this guide on the beach Mahabalipuram. Mahabalipuram is a famous getaway from Chennai due to the many beach resorts in the city.
Rameshwaram and Dhanushkodi, Tamil Nadu
The quiet tiny pilgrim town of Rameshwaram, in the south of Tamil Nadu, has been resurrected by the constant stream of holy religious people who bathe in the sacred water, render a puja for the purification of karma and making visits to Temple Ramanathaswamy. The region and the temple have to do with The Ramayana, the ancient Hindu epic. Lord Ram has had Lord Hanuman build a bridge over the ocean to save Sita from the raptor, Ravan. The Bridge of Adam (or Ram Setu) is said to be the place where the bridge is situated, a network of reefs and sand banks. The distance you can get is as far south, and India is almost linked to Sri Lanka. The eerily crumbed and winding remnants of Dhanuskodi, a city which cyclone destroyed in 1964, are in this region not far from Rameshwaram. Rameshwaram approach is dramatic and is linked to the mainland by two long bridges (one for trains and one for other vehicles).
Mysore has an incredible Royal Background, with the magnificent Mysore Palace as the main tourist attraction. A number of other houses, palaces and temples are to be seen. In reality, the zoo is one of India’s finest. Mysore is also a great place to shop and learn Ashtanga yoga for sandalwood. Another draw is the 10-day annual Mysore Dasara Festival. Here are several suggested locations for all budgets to live in Mysore.
Take a trip in the Karnataka district of Kodagu, also referred to as Coorg, for new southern Indian coffee and breathtaking scenic beauty. South of Karnataka, not too far from Bangalore and Mysore, this beautiful mountainous area is famed for its rich coffee plantations. You should remain on one, okay! Both budgets, including some beautiful homes and luxurious resorts, include accommodation in Coorg. One of the largest Buddhist monasteries in India, the majestic Golden Temple is not to be overlooked. For more detail, visit these popular places in Coorg.
Nilgiri Mountain Railway, Tamil Nadu
The toy train of the Nilgiri Mountain Railways is on the way up to Tamil Nadu’s famous mountain station Ooty. In 1899, 45 years after the initial plans were drawn up, the famous railway line began. The UNESCO World Heritage Site was proclaimed in 2005. The trip of 46 mi (28.5 km) is amazing. We travel across rocky terrain, scenic valleys, forested mountain ranges, tea plantations and 16 tunnels. Ooty, although quite commercialized and busy, is an excellent place to escape the sun. Coonoor is cooler in the region and is famous worldwide for its tea. It is one of India’s leading tea tourism destinations.
Will Goa find that these days is too touristy? Gokarna still gives you a feeling across the border of what Goa once was. Time is limited, as there is already growth. This small remote holy town has four beaches (Kudle Beach, Om Beach, Halfmoone Beach, and Paradise Beach), which are the most isolated and unpaved in India and are located close by. Each of them has their own charm. This tour guide from Gokarna has all the details you need to prepare your trip.
Periyar National Park, Kerala
Periyar is known for its wild elephant herds as one of the few National Parks in India that remain open during its monsoon. Sometimes on safari boats, you can see them across the bay. Many other events, including organized nature walks, boundary runs, bamboo rafting and night forest patrols, are accessible throughout the reserve. Preview your trip with this guide to Periyar National Park.