South India has a lot more to offer than mere beaches and spice plantations. 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 welcome tourists with warmth and love. There’s something to do for everyone here – water sports for the adventurous, backwaters for the romantics, trekking trails for hikers, and panoramic vistas for nature lovers. Read ahead to know about the Best places to visit in South India:
Kerala We couldn’t possibly choose just one place in Kerala to visit, given that each and every place that make this south Indian state hold their own beautiful and unique appeal, worthy of a visit. The state is a beautiful natural marvel, fit with blissful backwaters; tea, spice and coffee plantations, gorgeous beaches, diverse wildlife and memorable golden sunsets. It also has a well-preserved cultural, art and historical heritage, which beckons art aficionados and history buffs. Plus, it’s also a gem for outdoor sports, with wildlife safari, backwater cruising, trekking, bamboo rafting and water sports as the most popular ventures. The must-visit places in Kerala include Munnar, Wayanad, Fort Kochi, Varkala and Alleppey.
Munnar: The ideal slope station Munnar - popular for its tea domains, intriguing lavish greenery and rugged pinnacles, is situated in the Western Ghats, in the territory of Kerala. It fills in as the business place for a portion of the world's biggest tea bequests. Moreover, Munnar has many secured territories which are home to endemic and exceptionally jeopardized species like the Nilgiri Thar and the Neelakurinji. Best Time: September to May
Ooty: The Blue Mountains have always been shrouded in mysticism, and Ooty is no exception to that. For every mountain lover, the very idea of travelling to the city known as the Queen of the Hills holds an allure like no other. Once regarded as the summer headquarters of the East India Company (and for a very good reason), Ooty, also known as Udagamandalam, is a hill station in Tamil Nadu which serves as a very popular tourist destination for anyone looking for a picturesque place to relax and unwind. Ooty is nestled amidst the Nilgiri hills at an altitude of 2,240 meters above sea level and enjoys a favourable climate all year round. Best Time: Throughout the year Tour Package: 2 Nights 3 Days Ooty Tour Package
Alappuzha: Extremely famous for its beautiful backwaters, the city of Alleppey in Kerala is also known for its beaches, temples and traditional boat races. This popular tourist destination in South India also has some very well reputed Ayurvedic spas and wellness centres. Best Time: June to March Visit: Alappuzha Tour Package
Coorg: Located amidst imposing mountains in Karnataka with a perpetually misty landscape, Coorg is the place to be for all nature lovers. This popular coffee producing hill station is not only popular for its beautiful green hills and the streams cutting right through them. It also stands as a popular destination because of its culture and people. The Kodavas, a local clan specialising in martial arts, are especially notable for their keen hospitality. Best Time: October to March Visit: Coorg Tour Package
Kodaikanal: Lose yourself in the mesmerising beauty of the rolling hills shrouded in the alluring mist and dense forest of Kodaikanal. Dubbed the Princess of Hill stations, Kodaikanal ranks high on the list of hill stations in the country thanks to the abundance of natural beauty, be it the waterfalls, the lakes, the lush greenery or the magnificent view of the Palani hills. Enjoy the eternally pleasant weather of the area as you trek to Green Valley View or Dolphin’s nose, where you can admire the scenic panoramas of this natural wonderland, or immerse yourself in the serenity of Kodai Lake or Berjarim Lake. Visit: Kodaikanal Tour Package
Thekkady Home to the massive Periyar National Park, the quaint village of Thekkady is sure to capture your heart with its innocent charm and abundance of natural beauty. Spot tigers, as well as other wild animals frolic at the country’s largest tiger reserve, engage in the adventurous sport of Bamboo rafting or marvel at the wondrous ecology of the Periyar lake and its surrounding greenery.
Mysore Known for its royal heritage, and the fine silk sarees, Mysore is one of the best places to visit in south India during October. With the petrichor feels and the onset of winters, Mysore serves as a perfect escapade for a rejuvenating holiday. Major Attractions: Mysore Palace, Chamundeshwari Temple, Jaganmohan Palace, Karanji Lake, Balmuri Falls, Railway Museum, and more. Tour Package: Mysore Tour Package
Hampi Once a home to the glorious Vijayanagar empire, the city of Hampi is an UNESCO World Heritage Site which is famous for its temples, ancient forts, and archaeological ruins. Considered to have been the second largest city in the world during the 1500 AD, the huge boulders are the one of the first things that you’ll notice in Hampi. It is one of the best places to visit in October in south India. Major Attractions: Virupaksha Temple, Hazara Rama Temple, Zanana Enclosure, Kings Balance, Lotus Mahal Hampi, and more.
Pondicherry – The French Riviera This small French town is different from other popular tourist destination in south India. There are so many beaches dotting this region with colonial ancient French areas filled with cottages. Best time to visits Pondicherry is during winters especially in the month of January. The Auroville is an amazing place to visit in Pondicherry. Tourist Attractions in Pondicherry: Sri Aurobindo Asharam Adventure Water Sports Visit French Quarters Hit the Beaches of Puducherry
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