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Best Places to Visit in South India

Written by Anuj Prajapati

People in India travel for work, vacations, family time – any reason is the good reason. Now that the annual summer vacation is around the corner, how about embarking on a South India tour? It will be a scintillating way to beat the heat and make some long-lasting memories.

South India tours featuring some of the top 10 travel destinations will provide a heady mixture of places that suits all interests and tastes. Head out for these great places to the south of India.

1. Experience exotic marine life in Andaman and Nicobar

Though not technically in South India, the archipelago begs to be included because it’s absolutely picture perfect! The air is pristine and the sand pearly white. The waters are crystal clear and on the right day you can see all the way to the bottom.

With superb weather almost all through the year, there are an increasing number of people in India traveling to the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Vacationers find excitement in various ways – historical ruins and jails, rainforests, a vibrant bird and animal life and, of course, spectacular underwater life. Swimmer or not, you can snorkel and scuba dive for that glorious experience of viewing the world that beats a rainbow for its color schemes.

2. An adrenalin rush at Dandeli

If you want to give a miss to the more common tourist hubs, you may want to include Dandeli in your South India tour. Thanks to its location in the Western Ghats region in Karnataka, people from all over India travel here to experience camping in dense deciduous forests.

With wild animals and the picturesque Kali River for the company, there is a lot on the platter for adventure enthusiasts too – coracle boating, trekking, kayaking and whitewater rafting, and more! The Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary is sure to make your South India travel memorable.

3. Do absolutely nothing at Gokarna

Imagine untouched beaches, long hours of sunbathing and sipping on delectable coolers. Including the small temple town of Gokarna in your South India tour will leave you reenergized. Situated on the Western Coast of India, it offers several choices of pristine beaches, numerous temples, yoga and some much-needed ‘me’ time.

4. Behold the Scotland of South India travel to Coorg

Most people in India travel to this enchanting hill station primarily for its soothing clime. Located fairly close to Bangalore, Coorg is a captivating and invigorating place. A South India tour of this gorgeous town will leave you relaxed and rejuvenated.

While the greenery of Coorg calms one down, the various adventure activities – such as waterfall rappelling – offer excitement aplenty. There are lakes, waterfalls, tombs, palaces, sanctuaries, and temples waiting to be discovered, making Coorg a must-visit destination in your South India travel.

5. The backwaters at Alappuzha

For another fantastic way to spend quality time with your loved ones, visit the Venice of the East – Alappuzha! Whether it is to witness the heady Snake Boat Race in August or to experience one of the most serene places in the country, Alappuzha in Kerala must find its place in your South India tour.

The blue and gentle waters below, the azure sky above and rich green fauna around – an ideal recipe for picture-perfect moments! And this is just one of the many things you will enjoy on houseboat holiday in the backwaters of Kerala.

6. Admiring antiquity at Hampi

A haven for all aficionados of antiquity, a South India tour is incomplete without a visit to Hampi. Like a time capsule taking you back in time, the grandeur of Hampi’s historical beauty transports you to a bygone era. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the town of Hampi is located in Karnataka. Pack your bags and come here to see the ruins of a long-lost kingdom. The encounter is nothing short of being magical.

7. Reliving a colonial era at Pondicherry

Beautiful churches, colonial buildings, temples and famous beaches, Auroville – Pondicherry has all the makings for a great holiday destination. The architecture in the town of Pondicherry is immersed in all things, French. Loved for its laidback ambiance and preferred by many offbeat travelers, Pondicherry exudes a relaxed as well as spiritual attitude. Visit French boulevards, dine at an astounding variety of eateries, shop for trinkets, indulge in wellness therapy, don your spiritual robes – there is no dearth of things to do in this charming town.

8. Sampling tea in Munnar

A romantic hill station in South India, traveling to this part of God’s own country – Kerala – is bound to create fantastic memories. Cool and beautiful Munnar gives a choice of many things to do, topmost of which is to simply lie back and enjoy the beauty. Then you can always go on an elephant safari, try rappelling, visit waterfalls and tea estates, indulge in a spa, enjoy the delectable local cuisine – the list is long!

9. Beat the heat at Ooty

Delighting all senses time and again, the natural bliss at the town of Ooty never fails to impress you. Be it a ride in the charming toy train, a visit to the tea gardens or trekking up to the Dodabetta Peak, there’s plenty to do out here. You can also visit the jaw-dropping Rose Garden and Botanical Garden, shop for tea and chocolates, go trekking and mountain biking, and feel very cool indeed!

10. Nightlife beckons in Bangalore

The ‘Silicon Valley of India’ is one of the coolest party destinations in South India. Travel to Bangalore to experience a great pub culture, vibrant nightlife and more. Major music events and other festivals keep the city pulsating. There are also plenty of places to explore for science and nature enthusiasts, as well as for art and culture aficionados. Museums, temples, amusement parks, racing tracks, gardens – all make Bangalore a high-energy, vibrant and wonderful city.

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