“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.”
Packed with mystery and beauty, a South India tour is indisputably unique.
Surrounded by mountains, rivers & seas, lush greenery, plantations, gorgeous hill-stations, and a blanket of tranquility, South India- the cradle of Dravidian culture- is not only a wonder of natural elements but also a remarkable mix of traditions, culture, and lifestyles, greatly owing to its rich history of being ruled and defined by a variety of dynasties, empires, traders, and conquerors.
So, whenever you plan to travel to India, make sure to include a trip to South India and explore its unique attractions. To help you along, we are presenting our personally curated list of the best places to visit in South India.
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1. Alleppey & Kumarakom- Backwaters
Both Alleppey and Kumarakom are notoriously famous for their astounding natural beauty & exotic greenery. In fact, the primary, most prized highlight of most South India Tour Packages, as you will find with a simple Google search, is the peaceful experience of riding on the calm backwaters and taking in the soothing surrounding atop a luxury houseboat.
Alleppey and Kumarakom are only a one-hour drive away. However, if you book an overnight houseboat, you can cruise between the two cities while engaging with nature in Kerala’s backwaters, best for nature lovers & photography enthusiasts.
Other than a houseboat-backwater ride, there is much else to do in Alleppey &Kumarakom you can pamper yourself with spa treatments, and rejuvenate in Yoga & Ayurveda retreats. And if you find yourself there at the right time of the year you may also enjoy main festival of Kerala ..the Snake Boat Race- one of Kerala’s main attractions.
Best Tourist Attractions: Backwater tours on a houseboat, Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary, Aruvikkuzhi Waterfall, Vembanad Lake, Toddy Shops,
Best Time to Visit: September to March
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2. Hampi- The Ruins of a Majestic Dynasty
Hampi is a strikingly quiet place, considering it houses the remnants of a powerful & successful empire of Indian history- the Vijayanagara Dynasty.
This UNESCO World Heritage Site is a historical delight for travelers that has nearly 1600…., constituting the iconic stone chariot, royal enclosure, Lotus palace, old pilgrimage temples, monuments, artwork, public utility infrastructure like mandapa, water tanks, monasteries, aqueduct, etc., identified by stone inscriptions. These ruins provide proof of Vijayanagar being a multi-ethnic, multi-religious community that was highly evolved.
Other than the ruins, the charm of Hampi lies in walking through the ruins bathed in moonlight, exploring rural life, and engaging in the popular HampiUtsav- a festival that commemorates Hampi’s traditions and heritage through folk songs, dance performances, and light and sound show in the complex.
Best Tourist Attractions: Stone Chariot, Yantrodharaka Hanuman Temple, Lotus Palace, Sasivekalu Ganesha Temple, etc.
Best Time to Visit: October to March
3. Pondicherry- An Indian French Riviera
Pondicherry is a quaint little French town hidden in the heart of South India by the beach side, holding in itself the historical monuments, temples, and churches. Atourist destination popular for carrying a unique mix of the remnants of its French heritage & its Indian culture.
The wonder of Pondicherry lies in it’s laid back charm. Its various beaches and lakes, from the beautiful Veerampattinam beach to the Auroville beach provide a range of spots for simply chilling out and relaxing. Plus, you’ll find many hubs to indulge in water-sports like boating, canoeing, kayaking, jet-skiing, backwater sailing, and overnight camping. To top that, the Auroville Ashram- a massive meditation center where spiritual gurus help you reach inner peace, creates an aura of serenity that you’ll cherish for a lifetime.
Best Tourist Attractions: The quaint beaches,SriAurobindo Ashram, Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, Pondicherry Museum, and Bharathi Park.
Best Time to Visit: October to March
4. Andaman & Nicobar Islands- The Best Beach Destination in India
If you’re looking for an extraordinary beach trip to South India, Andaman & Nicobar islands are the answer.
Sunny skies, turquoise waters, golden sands, and abundance of greenery- the Islands are a perfect concoction of nature & adventure at their best. In the latter category, the best things to do in the Islands include:
• Scuba Diving
• Sea Walking
• Mangrove Kayaking
• Boating in a vessel with a glass floor
• Sea Plane Ride
Other than that, there are many exciting experiences, like sitting down on the ChidiyaTapu to experience a breathtaking sunset, trekking through the dense nature trails in Havelock island, and tour mud volcanos. Plus,you can also enjoy a luxury cruise between Havelock Island and Port Blair
Best Time to Visit: October to June
5. Munnar- One of the Best Honeymoon Destinations In South India
Munnar- a hill-station in the western ghats- is the perfect place to be for a l quiet time in the lap of nature. Rolling hills, breathtaking landscapes, cool mist, gushing streams, and winding slopes, altogether they make Munnar a peaceful & rejuvenating retreat, especially for couples.
Munnar is considered a tourist destination popular for Ayurvedic therapies like meditation, wellness massages, and refreshing spas. It is also well-known for lush green tea plantations spread across the hilly terrain, where you can engage with the plantation workers, taste a variety of freshly brewed tea, and engage in a fascinating experience of plucking tea leaves.
Best Tourist Attractions in Munnar: Tata Tea Museum, Punarjani Traditional Village Performing Art Theatre, Kolukkumalai Tea Estate, Echo Point, Eravikulam National Park
Best Time to Visit: September to May
Pick Your Favourite Destination and Make Your South India Tour the Memory of a Lifetime
There is no dearth of incredibly beautiful, and stunning places in South India & a single trip may not be enough to capture all that it has to offer .Plan your vacation and indulge in its natural beauty, you are surly going to come back for more!!.
And, if you want to know more about other must-visit places in South India, keep checking back for more updates.
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