South India has a distinct culture that sets it apart from the rest of the country. Not only that, each state has managed to retain its own distinct identity. Intricate temple architecture, historical ruins, palm-fringed canals, spirituality, and beach will provide you with a varied and interesting trip.
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Tamil Nadu Kodaikanal, also referred to as Kodai, is a beautiful hill station in the Dindigul district of Tamil Nadu. It is one of the best hill stations not to miss in a South India tour and among the top places to experience Tamil Nadu Tourism.
The cool breeze of Kodaikanal is a welcome respite from the humidity typically associated with southern India. This hill station is rightly called the Princess of Hill Stations, Nestled amidst the misty clouds. There are rambling paths for trekkers, lakes to spend an afternoon by, waterfalls to bathe in, and plenty more.
Even the trees and plants here are unique. If you time your visit right, you may be able to see the Kurunji shrubs in bloom. A trip to the observatory takes you to a whole new world at night. Apart from the pleasant weather, Kodaikanal has several tourist attractions like Kodai Lake, Bryant Park, Coaker’s Walk, Bear Shola Falls, Silver Cascade, Pillar Rocks. The hills offer beautiful views all around, especially from the Coaker’s Walk. The best time to visit Kodaikanal is from April to June. Monsoon from September to October also offers a different experience.
Kerala Wayanad is one of the most visited hill districts in Kerala, formed in 1980 by carving out areas from Kozhikode and Kannur districts. Wayanad beckons trekking enthusiasts and nature lovers. The name Wayanad is derived from Vayal Nadu, which means the land of paddy fields. Wayanad has a rich history, and the hills of Wayanad have several shreds of evidence of the New Stone Age civilization. There are pictures and pictorial writings on the walls of both the caves of Ampukuthimala, which lie between Sultan Bathery and Ambalavayal, that provide crucial information about the past era and civilization.
Wayanad is also famous for Tea and Coffee plantations. Its rolling hills and lush green forests are home to several animals and birds. After the monsoons, the waterfalls too come alive with a renewed spirit. The dams and lakes in Wayanad are ideal for an afternoon picnic. And then there are the temples and caves waiting to be explored.
Key Attractions of the place include Banasura Dam, Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary, Edakkal Caves, Chembra Peak, Soochipara Waterfalls, among others. The best time to visit Wayanad is September to May, while the peak season is from October to March.
Puducherry Pondicherry, or Puducherry, is a city and capital of the Union Territory of Pondicherry. It is one of the most popular tourist destinations you must include on your bucket list. Pondicherry is located along the Coromandel Coast of the Bay of Bengal. Pondicherry is one of the few places in India that reflects the contribution French culture made to our heritage.
On the one hand, Pondicherry boasts of villas with teak columned courtyards and vibrant yellow walls. On the other is the peaceful aura of Auroville. The city is separated into two quarters known as the French and Indian quarters. The building of typical colonial architecture characterizes the French quarter and the latter boasts of ancient Tamil styles and designs. Its respectful and safe culture and bohemian vibe have made this city one of the top tourist places for solo travelers in South India.
There are also several beaches here where you can easily watch the day go. Hotel de Vile, French War Memorial, Puducherry Museum, Aayi Mandapam, Auroville Ashram, Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Promenade, Chunnambar Resort, Old Lighthouse, Romaine Rolland Library are some of the major places to visit in Pondicherry. If you are planning to visit Pondicherry, October to March are the perfect months.
Karnataka Hampi is an ancient village situated on the banks of the Tungabhadra River in northern Karnataka and is one of the top places to visit in South India. Hampi is a renowned UNESCO World Heritage Site. It takes visitors back to the 15th and 16th centuries with its magnificent ruins. It was the capital of the Vijayanagara Empire and was an essential part of the Empire from 1343 to 1565. The ruins of the Vijayanagara Empire in and around the village of Hampi are spread over more than 26 Sq.km.
The place is an important religious center of the Vijayanagara Empire due to the presence of the historic Virupaksha Temple along with many other monuments of the old city. It makes everyone’s imagination come alive with remnants of temples, monuments, and Havelis.
Hampi Festival, held for three days in November, is the most important festival celebrated here. The Government of Karnataka organizes it with dance, music, drama, and processions. The key attractions of the place include Virupaksha Temple, Matanga Hill, Lotus Mahal, Stone Chariot. October to February are the perfect months to enjoy the beauty of the place.
Karnataka Surrounded by imposing mountains and covered by mist, Coorg is a nature lover’s paradise. At an altitude of 1525 meters on the Western Ghats, it is also known as the Scotland of India. This small town in Karnataka is best known for its diverse flora and fauna and aromatic spices and coffee plantations. Coorg is the largest producer of Coffee in India. Also, it is one of the places with the highest rainfall in India. From waterfalls and trekking routes to forts and temples, there’s plenty to explore in Coorg. It is also home to one of the few Tibetan settlements in Southern India.
Apart from sightseeing, there’s plenty of cultures, retail therapy, and delicious food to be indulged in. Misty hills, lush forest, tea and coffee plantation, orange groves, undulating streets, and breathtaking views have made Coorg an unforgettable holiday destination. The key attractions include Abbey Falls, Iruppu Falls, Raja’s Seat, Nagarhole National Park, Barapole River, etc. The best time to visit Coorg is from October to March.
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