Exploring South India: Amazing Destinations To Explore These Holidays

A landscape featuring both beaches and hills, architectural wonders, dotted with ancient temples, South India has a cultural heritage like none other. Explore the diversity of South India with these amazing destinations.

Published On Feb 16, 2024 | Updated On Mar 08, 2024

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South India boasts stunning beaches, majestic hill stations, ancient temples, vibrant cultures, and diverse landscapes, making it a treasure trove for travellers. Offering incredible attractions with each destination, South India encompasses a lot more than we might be aware of. Whether Tamil Nadu, Goa, Kerala or Pondicherry, each destination is one of a kind and has its own unique attractions to offer. Whether it's a beach tour, pilgrimage tour, adventure sports or places to savour the wildlife and nature, South India has it all. With a natural landscape and culture as unique as it can get, a South India tour is sure to leave you rejuvenated and its awe for the longest time. Here are some must-visit destinations in South India for your next trip.

Here are some places to explore in the Southern part of India

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While not traditionally counted as a Southern state, Goa is close, and if you can, do add it to your itinerary of places to visit in the Southern part of the country. Renowned for its laid-back charm, golden beaches, and vibrant nightlife, Goa offers something for everyone. An amalgamation of everything tropical, Goa is full of colours. A haven of white and golden beaches, azure waters, Portuguese bungalows, vibrant markets and luxurious resorts, Goa is a must-visit destination in South India.  Explore the serene beaches of Palolem and Agonda, indulge in water sports at Calangute and Baga, or soak in the Portuguese heritage in Panjim, Goa is surely a backpacker’s dream destination. Filled with colonial history, a place for both hippies and spiritualists alike, with delectable cuisine, it’s time to actually plan a trip outside the WhatsApp group chat and explore Goa at its finest.

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Famed for its serene backwaters, pristine beaches, and Ayurvedic treatments, Kerala promises a rejuvenating experience. Situated in the south-western tip of India, Kerala has its own unique landscape features and is one of the most sought-after destinations in South India. If you are looking for a vacation amidst serene beaches, equable climate, backwaters, hills and wildlife, Kerala is just the place to be! Don't forget to explore the backwaters of Alappuzha on a houseboat, relax on the beaches of Kovalam and Varkala, or enjoy the Ayurvedic massages in Munnar. The best part of being in Kerala is that every destination that you would want to visit while there are all just a drive of two to four hours away. Marvel at the numerous festivals and the scrumptious local cuisine while in Kerala.

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Hampi is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, which was once the vibrant capital of the Vijayanagara Empire. Hampi is famous for its temples, monolithic sculptures and monuments. The excellent workmanship portrayed through the remains in Hampi are surely something to marvel at. The rugged landscape here only adds to the charm of the place. If you are someone interested in culture and spirituality, Hampi is just the place to be. Don't forget to explore the ruins of magnificent temples, palaces, and fortifications, like the Vittala Temple and the Hampi Bazaar.

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Pondicherry is a place boasting multidimensionality at its best. A former French colony, Pondicherry has a unique blend of French and Tamil culture. Although a rather small town, it attracts a large number of crowds every year. This small Union Territory in South India is brimmed with French architecture from the colonial period, and lined with gorgeous beaches. A quaint location to be at, there are also numerous ashrams, museums, family parks, chic clubs and beautiful cafes for you to visit on your trip here. Explore the French Quarter with its quaint cafes and colourful houses, visit the Sri Aurobindo Ashram for spiritual solace, and witness the vibrant Bharatanatyam dance performances, water sports and the delectable local food while travelling here.

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Truly a historic city, Tanjore offers the brilliance of Dravidian culture. This ancient city boasts the Brihadeeswarar Temple, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site known for its towering vimana (shrine tower). With remarkable sculptures, art, cuisine and hospitality amidst lush green paddy fields, Tanjore offers an experience filled with serenity and culture. The city has been under the reign of various dynasties, which leaves it with its own lasting legacy. Exploring the Thanjavur Maratha Palace, admiring the intricate Chola bronzes, and wandering through the bustling markets when there is a must.

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Mysore is just the city for every travel lover. Known as the cultural capital of Karnataka, Mysore offers a beautiful blend of history and remarkable natural landscape. Dotted with lakes, waterfalls and gardens, Mysore offers a unique experience to its visitors. Witness the grandeur of the Mysore Palace, adorned with intricate carvings and stained glass windows, go shopping for the vibrant Mysore Silk Saree in the various emporiums, witness the traditional Mysore Dasara procession, and indulge in the local cuisine while here.

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Kochi is a city offering an amalgamation of old-world charm and modernity at its best. The city is bound to leave you mesmerised with its serene backwaters, pristine breaches, and lush hill stations. With its scenic beauty, the landscape of Kochi is extremely charming for every traveller. With an influence of culture and architecture from the Arabs, British, Chinese and Portuguese, Kochi offers a unique blend of heritage. Don't forget to visit the Kerala Folk Theatre and witness the numerous dance and art forms, while also indulging yourself in the other attractions of the city like the Matancherrry Palace, Paradesi Synagogue, St. Francis Church, Indo-Portuguese Museum, Sree Poornathrayeesa Temple, to name a few. 


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