Experience the mystery and magic of south India tourism with its fascinating history, rich culture and traditions. As you go down to peninsular India, the fascinating land of temples unravels itself for you. The major destinations of south India include Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Lakshadweep, and Andaman& Nicobar Islands. Whether you are an adventure lover, pilgrim, or a wildlife enthusiast, south India has it all to enthrall you.
The exquisite temples are the strongest lures and a wealth of south India. The historic monuments and temples can be found in large numbers in the states of south India. The intricately carved temples are feasts to the eyes and some of them you must visit include Guruvayoor Temple, Kalpathy Temple, Meenakshi Temple, Murugan Temple, Badami Cave Temple, Tirupati Tirumala Balaji and Saneeshwara Temple. These marvelous structures also stand testimony to the ancient heritage of the empires that greatly patronized the artistic pursuits.
A trip to south India will remain incomplete without a visit to the palm fringed sandy beaches that accentuate the scenic charm of south India. The long coastline has conferred the south Indian states with numerous enchanting beaches and the most well-known among them being Alappuzha Beach, Kovalam Beach, Marina Beach, Kanyakumari Beach and Maravanthe Beach.
Apart from the beaches, south India is also well known for its captivating wildlife which attracts hordes of wildlife enthusiasts from all over the world. Watch the wild denizens roaming in their natural habitat freely along with a large number of migratory birds that frequent the protected forests of South India. Some of the acclaimed wildlife sanctuaries and national parks of south India are Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary, Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary, Calimere Wildlife Sanctuary and Bandipur National Park.
The fairs and festivals of south India mirror the rich culture and tradition of the people of the region. Passed on from generations, these still are celebrated with utmost zest and excitement. You will find the people clad in their traditional attire and piously following the spectacular rituals. The festivities are marked by important occasions such as harvest, arrival of the monsoons and paying reverence to the worshipped deities. The famous ones are Onam, Aaranmula Boat Race, Pongal Festival and Natyanjali Dance Festival.
A gratifying holiday is greatly dependent upon the accommodations and in south India, you will find a wide range of hotels and resorts to chose from. The various hotels located in important towns of south India and also provide resort and spa facilities. Kerala is a state that is particularly famous for its ayurvedic spa resorts. Some of the five star deluxe hotels in Chennai are Le Royal Meridien, Park Sheraton & Towers and Taj Coromandel. Likewise, you can find a number of hotels that are dotted in the other towns of south India too such as Kodaikanal, Coonoor, Kovalam, Bangalore, Hyderabad and Cochin
Tamil Nadu is located along the southeastern coast of India, all the way down to the Indian peninsula's southernmost point where the Bay of Bengal, the Arabian Sea, and the Indian Ocean meet (in Kanyakumari town). Tamil Nadu shares borders with Kerala in the west, Karnataka in the northwest and Andhra Pradesh in the north. Its coastal region along the Bay of Bengal is called the Coromandel Coast. To the north lie the Eastern Ghats hill range and to the west the Nilgiri and Annamalai hill ranges. The picturesque Nilgiris have a number of hill spots like Udhagamandalam (Ooty), Conoor, as also the Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary. A large region of the state is a fertile plain fed by rivers, mainly Kaveri and Vaigai. Big cities like Chennai or Coimbatore are centres of manufacturing and service
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Kodaikanal - The place is Kodaikanal, secludedly situated 2100 meters above sea level, in the beautiful Palani Hills. Kodaikanal is 120 Kms from the bustling city of Madurai and at least tens and thousands of Kilometers from the mundane. Perhaps why those who visited this hill station have come back enchanted and thrilled.
Ooty - Popularly referred as the 'Queen of Hill Stations', Udhagamandalam better known as Ooty is the most popular hill station in the South. Located in the Western ghats at a height of 2240 m, Udhagamandalam is the headquarters of the Nilgiris district where the two ghats meet.
Madurai - Madurai, the second largest city of Tamil Nadu, is dotted with a large number of temples and has rightly earned the epithet of Temple City of South India.
Kanyakumari - Kanyakumari is the southernmost point of peninsular India and the meeting point of three oceans-the Bay of Bengal, the Arabian Sea and the Indian Ocean. Besides its importance as a Hindu pilgrim center, it is famous for its beautiful views of sunrise and sunset over the waters. The multicolored sand is a unique feature of the beach here.
Chidambaram - Chidambaram (also Thillai) literally means the sky permeated by an atmosphere of intelligence and wisdom. According to legend, it was once a forest of tillai, a mangrove species of trees. There was once a small shrine on the banks of a tank. The saints Vyagrapada and Patanjali are said to have worshipped at this shrine, now called Thirumoolanathar.
Thanjavur - Thanjavur is 55 km east of Tiruchirappalli. It is the highly fertile delta of the Cavery River and the capital of the Cholas during their supremacy.
Chennai - Chennai formerly known as Madras is the capital city of Tamil Nadu state and is the fourth largest metro city in India. The city grew up around the English settlement of Fort Saint George and gradually absorbed the surrounding towns and villages.
Tirunelveli - Tirunelveli District is the pride of Tamils. The crawling clouds on the Western Ghats, the picturesque Pothigai hills and the Courtallam water falls are the special features which make Tirunelveli unique.
Karnataka is an enchanting land abounding in scenic beauty, rich is flora and fauna. It has pomp and pageantry of glorious traditions and marvels of modern engineering. The State Cabinet, which has decided to bring tourist activities under the priority sector, has come out with a host of new plans including offering government land to entrepreneurs at 50 per cent of the market value to establish resorts and privatising the managements of government guest houses.
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Bangalore - Bangalore is the capital of Karnataka. With its salubrious climate, tree-lined avenues, trendy, yuppy downtown, and the software flood, Bangalore truly offers one a picture of striking contrasts.
Mysore - Mysore city is at 770m above sea level and 140 kms from Bangalore. Also known as the City of Palaces, Mysore retains a quaint charm, that never fails to enchant.
Mangalore - Mangalore is an important city in Karnataka and is situated on the west coast. After integration the city is developing fast in all directions viz. in the field of education, industry and commerce.
Madikere - 252 kms from Bangalore and 1525 m above sea level lies Madikeri, the district headquarters of Kodagu. Dubbed as the Scotland of India, this town has a lot to offer. Misty hills, lush forests, acres and acres of tea and coffee plantations, undulating streets and breathtaking views are what' make Madikeri an unforgettable holiday destination.
Hampi - Hampi, Karnataka is a village on the banks of Tungabhadra river that houses the ruins of the Vijaynagar empire.
Belur-Halebid - Belur is about 223 kms from Bangalore, a drive of about 4 hours. It is located on the banks of river Yagachi. Halebid (also pronounced as Hale'beedu) literally means 'the old city'. Beedu also stands for layout or a place of human habitat. The temples of Belur and Halebid are best known for their south Indian architecture.
Shravanabelagola - The town is located in the midst of two hills. There is a tank in the midst of this town called "Belagola" and the town is called by the same name. It is 8 miles from Channarayapatna in Hassan district.
Badami - Badami or Vatapi was the center of ancient Chalukyan glory. It is located at a distance of about 500 km from Bangalore and is a taluk in the Bagalkot district of Karnataka. It was founded in 540 A.D. by Pulakesi I(535-566 AD), an early ruler of the Chalukyas.
Pattadakkal - Pattadakal located in Bijapur district of Karnataka was not only popular for Chalukyan architectural activities but also a holy place for royal coronation, 'Pattadakisuvolal'. Temples constructed here mark the blending of the Rekha, Nagara, Prasada and the Dravida Vimana styles of temple building.
Bijapur - 530 kms to the north-west of Bangalore is the ancient town of Bijapur, the capital of the Adil Shahi dynasty. Bijapur is close to Belgaum - the gateway to Karnataka from Goa and Bombay. Bijapur has many places of Historical, Cultural and Architectural interest.
Kerala enjoys unique geographical features that have made it one of the most sought after tourist destinations in Asia. An equable climate. A long shoreline with serene beaches. Tranquil streches of emerald Kerala backwaters. Lush Kerala hill stations and exotic Kerala wildlife. Kerala Waterfalls. Sprawling Kerala plantations and paddy fields. Kerala Ayurvedic health holidays. Enchanting art forms of Kerala. Magical festivals of Kerala. Historic and cultural monuments in Kerala. An exotic Kerala cuisine... All of which offers the visitors an unique experience. Kerela is networked by forty four rivers, with the Arabian Sea in the west, and the Western Ghats towering 500-2700 m in the east. Please find below the Products offered by Kerala Tourism
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Munnar - Munnar is situated at the influence of three mountain streams - Mudrapuzha, nallathanni and kundala, 1600 m above sea level, this hill station was once the summer resort of the erstwhile british government in south india. Sprawling tea plantations, picturebook towns, winding lanes and holiday facilities make this a popular resort town.
Wayanad - Wayanad literally means the 'land of swamps'. Lying at an altitude between 700 - 2100 metres above the sea level, Wayanad possess great flora n fauna. The district has the highest number of tribal settlements in Kerala.
Kumarakom - The village of Kumarakom is a cluster of little islands on the Vembanad Lake, and this small water world is part of the Kuttanad region. The bird sanctuary here, which is spread across 14 acres is a favorite haunt of migratory birds and an ornithologist's paradise. An enchanting backwater destination, Kumarakom offers visitors many other leisure options. Boating and fishing facilities are available at Kumarakom.
Thekkady - Thekkady Wild Corridor almost defies description .A secluded, Substantial, Eco- friendly , Elevated boutique retreat offering top of the range luxury accommodation situated on a jungle mountain slope , overlooking thousands of acres of lush green valley , uninterrupted view and the glorious sunrise.
Cochin - set on a cluster of islands and narrow peninsulas, the port city of Cochin (Kochi) (Queen of Arabia) reflects the eclecticism of Kerala perfectly. Cochin consists of mainland Ernakulam, the islands of Willington, Bolgatty and Gundu in the harbour, Fort Cochin and Mattancherry on the southern peninsula, and Vypeen Island north of Fort Cochin, all was linked by ferry but now some islands have bridges.
Thrissur - The term Thrissur is the abbreviated anglicized form of the Malayalam word "THRISSIVAPERUR" which means the town of the "SACRED SIVA". The town is built on an elevated ground, at the apex of which is the famous "VADAKKUMNATHAN" Temple. A place of great antiquity, Thrissur was also known as "VRISHABHADRIPURAM" and "TEN KAILASAM" in ancient days.
Vagamon - It is a very ideal tourist spot surrounded by the greenery of tea gardens, beautiful meadows, deep puzzling valleys and dales. Welcome to a land which would make you come back again and again. So that you could rejuvenate yourself and cherish memories of this enchantingly beautiful land.
Kollam(Quilon) - Quilon or Kollam , an old sea port town on the Arabian coast , stands on the Ashtamudi lake. Kollam , the erstwhile Desinganadu, had a sustained commercial reputation from the days of the Phoenicians and the Romans.
Agastyakoodam - Agasthyakoodam is highly respected by both the Hindus as well as the Buddhists. This is because the Hindus believe that this mountain is the home of Sage Agastya, a disciple of Lord Shiva and the Buddhists think that this is the abode of Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara.
Andhra Pradesh, India's fifth largest state, is sprawled over an area of 275,068 sq. km. History has forged, and left behind vital links with the state, as is evident from the many edifices, monuments and architectural ruins, the legacy of dynasties as old as 300 B.C. Traces of the diverse and variegated facets
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Hussain Sagar lake - The Hussain Sagar Lake in Hyderabad is an enchanting lake and is the largest man-made Lake in Asia. Hussain Sagar Lake always attracts visitors throughout the year who become mesmerized by its radiant calm blue water. It was built by Ibrahim Qutub Shah in 1562, on the tributary of the River Musi.
Vishakhapatanam - The land of the golden beaches was just over half a century ao a small fishing village. One would be amazed at the manner in which this port city with a natural harbour developed into one of the fastest growing cities in Asia.
The amazing Dolphin's nose - The Dolphin's Nose is a massive rock with an height of 357 m. It was named after its shape that is similar to a Dolphin's nose. This huge rock emerges out of the sea forming an elevation which also has a lighthouse. It is a major travel attraction at Vishakhapatnam.
Tirupati Temple - Tirumala Tirupati Temple is accredited for being the most visited temple of India and second most visited shrine in the world after Vetican. Positioned on Venkatachala or Ventaka Hill (the seventh peak of the Tirupati Hill) in Chittoor district, Tirupati Temple is also the richest temple of the World. Dedicated to Sri Venketeshwara.
Puttaparthi - Located in the south-west of Andhra Pradesh, Puttaparthi is surrounded by arid and rocky hills bordering Karnataka. Famous for its Sathya Sai Baba Mandir, it is among the most famous religious tourist destinations in the world.
Nagarjuna Sagar Dam Ethipothal Waterfalls Anupu - Nagarjunasagar It is also called 'Vijayapuri' in ancient times is an important Buddhist site located 150kms from Hyderabad. Ethipothala waterfalls 11 kms downstream, from the Nagarjuna Sagar Dam are the Ethipothala waterfalls, a mountain stream cascading down the hills from a height of 22 meters.
Anupu - It is few kilometres away from the Nagarjunasagar dam, Anupu is a site of Buddhist excavations reconstructed to perfection with painstaking effort.
Andaman and Nicobar islands are popularly known as the . Emerald Isles. The erstwhile 'Kaala Paani' or the Cellular Jail, now a museum is the most popular tourist spot. Other places of tourist interest include National Memorial, Marine Museum, Naval Marine Museum, Smrithika Museum, Haddo Zoological Garden, Corbyn's Cove, and other beaches, and Humphrey Gunj Memorial. Andaman Water Sports Complex at Port Blair. Chatam Saw Mill (largest in Asia), Chidiya Tapu, Marine Museum, the island of red Skibn, and Havelock are the other attractions. Corbyn's Cove, Wandoor beach, Sippighat water sports complex, Cinque island, and Jolly Buoy island are some adventurous spots on the island.
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Wandoor - The beautiful Wandoor beach is situated at Mahatma Gandhi marine national park, around 30 Kms from Port Blair. Nearly 15 islands are located surrounding this stretch of pristine coastline.
Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park - Covering a huge area of 281.5 kilometer square, this national park is created out of 15 islands. It is only 29 kilometers from the major city Port Blair.
Carbyn's Cove Tourism Complex - The water near the Corbyn's Cove Tourism Complex at Andaman and Nicobar Islands has a very strong current due to which large waves rise in it. The whole view is scintillating. People visit here to see the strong waves.
Havelock Island - It is one of the few islands that is inhabited, although most of it is a natural paradise, replete with white sand beaches, coral reefs with a colourful array of aquatic life, palm trees, as well as dense forests in the interiors.
Scuba diving - There is no adventure than diving. Whether you are novice, or whether you were been diving for so many years, there is always something new, fascinating or challenging about venturing into the underwater world.
Snorkeling - Snorkeling is an adventure activity which is very popular off the Andaman Islands. If untrained, you can still indulge yourself by remaining just beneath the surface of the water and, with a little practice, you can dive up to 8 to 10 ft under water.
Trekking - One can go trekking through the nature trail from Mt. Harriet to Kalapathar and enjoy the rare forest life, flora and fauna. There are other trekking routes also at places like Chidiya Tapu.
Pondicherry is a blend of spiritual institution, French colonial heritages, Tamil culture and a cosmopolitan form of life. The city is full of French colonial buildings, clean and wide streets and the sprawling premises of the Sri Aurobindo Ashram. This territory is important from spiritual as well as from cultural point of view. Pondicherry's beauty lies in its un-spoilt beaches and well laid out parks and gardens. The city's temples and churches and imposing monuments of the colonial era are some of the worth visiting sites in this small port city. But today's attraction of Pondy is due to the presence of Auroville, the city of Dawn. It is a perfect place to search for the Divine. The meditation experience in this spherical house (Matri Mandir) is really exciting
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Sri Aurobindo ashrama - Sri Aurobindo Ashram is located in Pondicherry, a small coastal town 160 km south of Chennai, in South India. Sri Aurobindo Ashram at Pondicherry was established by Sri Aurobindo. The Ashram attracts a large number of visitors. It contains the Samadhi (tomb) of Sri Aurobindo and Mirra Richard who is also known as Maa, the revered Mother.
Auroville - Auroville wants to be a universal town where men and women of all countries are able to live in peace and progressive harmony above all creeds, all politics and all nationalities. The purpose of Auroville is to realise human unity.
Pondicherry museum - This museum has an excellent gallery with sculptures and has the remains of archaeological findings from the Arikamedu Roman settlement. One can go through the history and legendary French colonial details in the section of the museum.
Promenade - The Promenade in Pondicherry, India is one of the highly ranked names in the catalog of First Class Hotels in Pondicherry. Situated in the most prominent location of Pondicherry, The Promenade lies along the beautiful boulevard and overlooks the Bay of Bengal.
Chunnambar Resort - The resort is one of the most preferred Budget Hotels in Pondicherry due to the warm hospitality and class services meted out to the guests. It is a perfect place to spend a weekend getaway from Pondicherry.
Anglo - French Textile mills - Presently, Pondicherry Textile Corporation controls Anglo French Textiles. This has the credit of one of the major composite textile mills presently established in India. It exports various forms of fabrics as printed, grey, dyed and bleached.
Goa - Plunge into a world of azure waters, glistening sands and majestic beaches. Home to fascinating churches, pulsating nightlife, and scrumptious cuisine, a Goa Trip is the stuff dreams are made of! No other destination can compete with the “Pearl of the Orient” in terms of natural beauty and tranquil beaches that collaboratively provide you with an out of the world holiday experience. Frequently known as “Queen of the Beaches”, Goa is located on the western coast of India, surrounded by Maharashtra in the north, Karnataka in the east and south, and the Arabian Sea in the west.
Beaches of goa - Beaches of Goa are much ahead of other beaches in India in terms of popularity and the facilities that are available here. The beaches here have been accepted as a matter of life, there are exotic cuisine backing the pleasure of have on sun and sand, and water sports facilities that include from water scooters to water gliding. To add on you can shake your legs for some time with a glass of fenny and beer, engaged in shopping on the beachside, or have midnight bonfire on the beach.
Goa Churches - Goa, Jewel of India, is studded with temples and churches, which remain as silent but forceful witnesses to the intense religious history of the diverse people who lived here. Hence a pilgrimage to Goa is a unique experience. Amongst the places to visit in Goa are Church of Our Lady of Rosary, The Rachol Seminary, Church of St. Francis of Assisi, The Se Cathedral and Basilica of Bom Jesus.
Temples of Goa - Noroa River, the Arvalem Waterfall, and the Brahma Camandolu or Water Pot of Brahma - the creator, in the old Goa Hills are the main Hindu pilgrimage spots in Goa. One more sacred place is Sidhanath Mountain in Borim Village. Amongst the myriad temples found here, there is a vast representation of the gods and goddesses of the Hindu pantheon, which testifies to the catholicity of the people's beliefs as well as their mutual tolerance. Indeed, Goa is could be loved just for this rare quality which one feels imperceptibly on even a short visit.
Dona Paula At the place where two of Goa's famous rivers meet the Arabian Sea is the secluded bay of Dona Paula with a fine view of the Marmagao Harbour. 7-km from Panjim, nestled on the south side of the rocky, hammer-shaped headland that divides the Zuari and Mandovi estuaries, this former fishing village is nowadays a commercialized resort. This is an idyllic spot to relax and sunbathe. Water scootering facilities are also available over here.
Panjim (Panaji) in Goa Called Panjim by the Portuguese, Panaji, which means "the land that does not flood" is the state capital of Goa. Unlike many capital cities, Panaji has a distinct unhurried character. It is situated on the southern banks of the Mandovi River, which makes this town all the more charming.
One of the world’s most spectacular tropical island systems, Lakshadweep Islands is tucked away at 220-240 kms off the Malabar Coast (Kerala). The islands comprise of 4200 sq.km. of lagoon rich in marine wealth ad 36 islands in an area of 32 sq.km. Each island in Lakshadeep is fringed by snow white coral sands. The crystal clear water and the rich marine flora and fauna enhance the mystique of these islands. Each island of Lakshadweep or Laccadives, a tiny principality in itself, has existed from time immemorial, with little influence from the outside world. The charm of Lakshadeep islands lies in their remoteness. Far off the beaten track, they attract no hordes of merry makers to its shores, or perhaps it is the beauty of the islands densely covered with coconut palms, and threaded by an unbroken line of creamy sand, each island serenely set in a sea whose waters range from palest aquamarine and turquoise to deepest sapphire and lapis lazuli.
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Minicoy is one of the major places of tourist interest in Lakshadweep. In terms of the location, Minicoy is the southernmost island in the Lakshadweep archipelago
Kalpeni an important tourist place in Lakshadweep , comprises of three uninhabited, satellite islands, all surrounded by picturesque lagoons.
ANDROTH, a tourist place in Lakshadweep, is the nearest island to the mainland and has an east-west alignment which is quite different from other islands lying in north-south direction.
Agatti island in Lakshadweep sparkles like the jewel emerald in the Arabian sea. Agatti island is 459km from Cochin and extends over an area of 3.84 sq km.
Kavaratti in Lakshadweep - Kavaratti is the capital of the Lakshadweep, the smallest union territory of India. It is the most developed town off the coast of the state of Kerala..
Lakshadweep Chetlat - This is the sound of waves crashing against the shorelines and scream of seabirds. However, amidst this innocent sound of nature, there are many beautiful sights to relish as many attractive tourist places in Lakshadweep abound. Of the various picturesque places, Chetlat is the most exotic and exclusive retreat to seek.
Bitra is one of the smallest inhabited islands of Lakshadweep Island. Situated on the north eastern tip of a great coral ring reef it encloses a glorious lagoon.Along the eastern reef there are deposits of sand is patches which dries during low tide. The lagoon is the major in the Union Territory.
Bangaram - Bangaram is a small island surrounded with coral reefs. These coral reefs created a kind of lake in this island. It is one of the ten secret beaches of the universe.
Kadmat is one of the islands of Lakshadweep which can be called the land of serenity and peace. People started living here from 19th century.
Kiltan is a small island in Lakshadweep. It is 3km long and 594 meters wide. Kiltan has a high storm area where in 1995 a violent storm slappedand the coral boulders have become a thin line.Some lagoons are narrow and during low tide larger boats cannot enter in these lagoons. Kiltan has a lime stone resource and this area has dense trees.