South India has a lot more to offer than just beaches and spices. It’s a melting pot of cultures, cuisines, traditions, and languages. From honeymooning couples to families, the southern states of Kerala, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, and Tamil Nadu embrace tourists with warmth. Each one of these individual states has its unique culture, history, traditions and art. We have curated a list of the best places that you can visit in these magical states.
Kerala is filled with blissful backwaters. You can find the gorgeous plantation of tea, spice and coffee. The vibrant beaches of Kerala truly make it more magical in comparison to other states. The southernmost state of India also has to offer outdoor sports, such as wildlife safari, backwater cruising, trekking, bamboo rafting and water sports. That makes Kerala super thrilling for you adventurous travelers out there. The places that you can't miss out while visiting Kerala are Munnar, Wayanad, Fort Kochi, Varkala and Alleppey.
Coorg is nicknamed as the 'Scotland of India'. It is a hill station and travelers from all over India visit here. Coorg has some majestic views to offer. You will find spice and coffee plantations, and this hill station has scenic waterfalls, mountains, lakes and exciting trekking trails. The lush forests and the diverse flora and fauna make sure that you have a calm and relaxing vacation while visiting this place.
Hampi is a World Heritage Site designated by UNESCO. You will find ancient temples, dilapidated forts, huge boulders and monoliths on your visit to Hampi. The UNESCO World Heritage Site is one of the perfect places to explore the remnants of one of the greatest empires of the past, the Vijaynagara empire. That makes Hampi a place of historical significance.
The Kingdom of Mysore used to be a realm in southern India. It was traditionally believed to have been founded in 1399 in the vicinity of the modern city of Mysore. Mysore is famous for its majestic Mysore Palace, which is undoubtedly one of the grandest palaces in the country. Apart from that, you can also make sure to visit Jagmohan Palace. You will find some incredible artwork and artifacts. Mysore also has the beautiful Karanji Lake which is the largest lake of Karnataka.
Madurai is a 4000 years old city. This ancient city is known as the hub of Tamil culture and learning. Anyone trying to explore the true origins of the Tamil culture should definitely make a visit to this ancient city. The Meenakshi Temple is located in Madurai. It is a temple of Goddess Meenakshi who is believed to be an incarnation of Parvati. The temple flaunts a uniquely stunning Dravidian architecture. The 17th-century Tirumalai Nayak Palace, the 19th-century Saint Mary’s Cathedral, Velachery Pottery Village and Gandhi Memorial Museum are some other places to visit in Madurai.
Bangalore city is India's information technology hub. This city has beautiful cafés, fancy restaurants, fun-filled nightclubs, lush green gardens, exciting amusement parks, endless shops, glorious museums and temples. People usually visit the ISKCON temple, Bannerghatta National Park, Lal Bagh (botanical garden), Tipu Sultan’s Summer Palace, the Bangalore Palace, Wonderla (amusement park) and Cubbon Park, Government Museum. Make sure to check out some amazing cafés while you are here.
The ‘Queen of Hill Stations’, Ooty, is one of the most popular places in South India. Your eyes and soul would be treated with sprawling tea plantations, misty mountains, scenic lakes, verdant gardens and colonial structures. Ooty Always has a special place in every traveler's heart who has made a visit to this magnificent hill station. Architecture aficionados would go gaga over the 19th-century St. Stephen’s Church that is a typical example of Gothic architecture. Apart from the Church, Ooty has some of the most beautiful Botanical Garden as well as lakes.
Chennai is a metropolitan city and the capital of Tamil Nadu. Chennai is both an important business hub and a vibrant cultural centre. It is a city with churches, colonial-era buildings, such as the 17th-century Fort St. George, Ripon Building and High Court Complex; and a collection of museums that are a depository of history.
Mahabalipuram, also known as Mamallapuram, is located around 50 km (31 miles) from Chennai, the capital of Tamil Nadu. Krishna's Butterball should be on your to-do list when you visit here. There is a huge boulder that rests on a small incline and is around 6 meters (19.7 feet) high and has an approximate width of 5 meters (16.4 feet). It weighs about 250 tons. In 1908, the city’s then-governor, Arthur Havelock, tried to use seven elephants to shift this boulder from its existing position, as there were safety concerns, but they could not move it, despite all possible efforts. The town is not only known for its archaeological wonders, but also for its coastal beauty and salty air.
Take a trip to Pondicherry and you'll wonder if you're in India or France. The place was colonized by the French a long time ago but some of that allure still hovers in this union territory. Auroville is an enchanting place to visit here. It is a town created with the aim to make people of all nationalities live together in peace. Food lovers can treat themselves with the local cuisines of Pondicherry. You can also spend some time to relax on the beach.
Hyderabad, also called the City of Pearls, has a lot to offer to visitors regarding sightseeing and interesting places. Hyderabad has a great history and a flourishing culture which is being nurtured by millions of Hyderabadis. One of the chief producers of natural pearls, Hyderabad is the major contributor to the diamond trade in our country. Kohinoor is believed to be mined here which was taken away by the Britishers and is still in the UK. Hyderabad offers the best biryani in the world with around 140 varieties of the world-famous Hyderabadi Biryani.
So, after Corona is over, do pack your bags and explore the magical South India