Southern part of India is bestowed with some of the most picturesque destinations in the country! From history to architectural grandeur, from greenery to adventure, South India is a whole country. So, we say this year, you should go South and explore some of the hottest holiday destinations in India!
“God’s own country” – Kerala is South India’s most beautiful state!
he Indian state is diverse and abundant in natural beauty. It has beaches, mountains, backwaters, lakes, wildlife, evergreen forests and what not. Being next to the coast, from an early time, Kerala has witnessed the arrival of people from different parts of the world. The legacy left behind by the Arabs, the Portuguese and the British can still be felt in parts of the state.
Injected with Nature’s beauty, Munnar is where Kerala beats the heat!
Nestled in the Western Ghats of Kerala, Munnar is a beautiful resort town nurtured during the British reign in India. Often called the “Kashmir of Southern India’, Munnar serves as a perfect getaway from the fast and polluted city lives. The Lush green mountains here covered in Tea, Coffee, and Cardamom plantations are a tonic for the eyes. Munnar is also very popular as a romantic destination.
Dense forests and the sound of Chirping birds, Thekkady is Kerala’ wildlife haven!
Situated 257 km away from Trivandrum, Thekkady is amongst the prettiest sites in Kerala. Savanna grasslands open the gates to the thicker and denser forest of the area. Most of the spices of Kerala come from this region. Black pepper, cardamom, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and clove can also be seen birthing here. Thekkady is synonym with the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary. This home of distinct flora and fauna is a paradise for nature lovers. The journey to Thekkady is as pretty as the destination itself.
Gifted with nature’s rich bounties, Alleppey is India’s own Venice!
Alleppey is one of the most popular tourist destinations in India. The sea, backwaters, canals, beaches, and lagoons – together they all make Alleppey a remarkable sight in the world. The beauty of this region as touched many. Lord Curzon who was a Viceroy of the Indian Empire in the 20th-century gave Alleppey the title, “Venice of the East.” The backwaters of Alleppey are the top reason why people visit the city.
Dreamy and Stunningly Vibrant, Kovalam will leave you wanting for more!
Standing by the Arabian sea, Kovalam is undoubtedly amongst the most beautiful beach towns in Southern India. Surrounded by tall green coconut trees, Kovalam is a picture-perfect site. It first came in public eye during the latter half of 1920 when Maharani Sethu Lakshmi Bayi of Travancore Kingdom built her beach resort here. With the onset of the Kingdom’s European guests, Kovalam slowly emerged as a potential tourist destination. As of now, it is Kerala’s second most popular destination in respect to foreign tourists.
With the essence of British, Dravidian and Portugal architecture, every sight of Trivandrum is a visual feast!
Thiruvananthapuram or Trivandrum is the capital of the southern Indian state, Kerala. The city is abundant in flora and fauna. Amazed by its rich landscapes, Mahatma Gandhi gave Thiruvananthapuram the title of the Evergreen City of India. Over the centuries, many empires reigned over Thiruvananthapuram. They left behind a part of their heritage, the evidence of which is proudly carried by Thiruvananthapuram to date. Every year, over 30 lakh people visit Thiruvananthapuram for work and leisure.
Vizag – also called Visakhapatnam is Andhra Pradesh’s largest city, famous for steel and its big port!
Visakhapatnam Port is one of the busiest cargo port in India, and the city is home to the headquarters of the Indian Navy’s Eastern Command. It is referred to by many nicknames such as The City of Destiny and The Jewel of the East Coast. Visakhapatnam is a major tourist attraction and is particularly known for its beaches, caves and the Eastern Ghats as well as wildlife sanctuaries.
When a place is called ‘The Scotland of India” it needs no introduction!
Coorg, officially known as Kodagu, is the most affluent hill station in Karnataka. Known for its breathtaking greenery, spice and coffee plantations and misty landscape, Coorg is the place to be for nature lovers. Being part of the Western Ghats, Coorg is rich in flora and fauna. Coorg is also one of the highest producers of coffee in the country. Don’t forget to bring home some coffee, pickles and forest honey.
Kodaikanal literally meaning “The Gift of the Forest” is one of the most popular honeymoon destinations in India.
Located in the Palani Hill Range, the true beauty of the place is cliffs covered in mist, mountains capped with clouds and the serene waterfalls. Kodaikanal is truly princess of hill stations! Kodai is popular for its spectacular viewpoints and waterfalls. At the heart of the Kodaikanal lays Kodaikanal Lake, famously known as Kodai Lake. The star-shaped lake is a man-made lake and boating here is a mesmerizing experience.
One of the most popular pilgrimage centers in the country, Tirupati is truly ‘God’s Abode’.
Every year millions of disciples come to visit Sri Venkateshwara Temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu, or fondly known as Balaji in North India. Besides being home to the holiest Tirumala Venkateswara Temple, Tirupati is also home to many educational institutions and universities. Another beautiful place to visit while in this town of Andhra Pradesh is Sri Venkateswara National Park known for dominant flora and fauna and beautiful waterfalls including Sri Venkateswara National Park.
Where the old and the new meets – Welcome to the city of Nizams!
Hyderabad is a city that exudes an old-world charm. The most iconic landmark of Hyderabad is Charminar – four minarets. Charminar, built in 16th century, is the oldest mosque in Hyderabad and open for all devotees. Another popular and historic tourist destination is Golconda Fort. Once the capital of the medieval sultanate of the Qutb Shahi dynasty, it was known to be an architectural marvel of its time. Hyderabad is also immensely popular for its food – Hyderabadi Biryani and Haleem anyone? Other places to visit in Hyderabad are Ramoji Film City, Hussain Sagar Lake, Laad Bazaar.
On the banks of Godavari River in Andhra Pradesh is a beautiful city called Rajahmundry.
Built by Chalukya king Raja Raja Narendra in 11th Century, Rajahmundry is one of the oldest cities in the Indian subcontinent and the birth place of Adikavi Nannayya who authored the earliest available literature in Telugu language – Andhra Mahabharata. Known as the cultural capital of Andhra Pradesh, is also referred to as Southern Bombay. When visiting Rajahmundry, one should not miss visiting Papi Hills, Kadiyapulanka, Kotilingeswara Temple, Bamboo Huts Cottages, and Godavari Boat Rides.
Welcome to Kanyakumari – the end of India!
Kanyakumari is the southernmost tip of peninsular India. This is where you can witness the spectacular and unique sun set and moon rise simultaneously over three seas – Bay of Bengal, Arabian Sea and Indian Ocean, at certain times of year. Besides its importance as a Hindu pilgrim center, it is famous for its pristine beaches and waterfalls.