South India known for its distinct culture and heritage has no doubt thousands of attractions that are great to visit and experience, while specifying all the attractions that can be done in South India may be an impossible task, so here Visit India listed Top 10 attractions of South India which are must for getting a real feel of this magical land.
So, don't you think, why should North India have all the fun??? This time, get ready to discover the hidden treasures of fascinating state “South India”.
When it comes to the great world heritage sites in India, “Hampi”, nestled in Northern part of Karnataka hold the top position in the prestigious list.
This place, apart from an essential part of the ruins of Vijaynagara ( once capital of the Vijaynagara Empire)/religious centre is home to various renowned temples, waterfalls and enchanting history named: Archaeological Museum, Monkey Temple (Hanuman Temple), Vijaya Vittala Temple, Virupaksha Temple, Royal Enclosure, Riverside Ruins, Queen's Bath, Hampi Bazaar, Underground Temple, Old Palace (Gagan Mahal), Sasivekalu Ganesha, Krishna Temple, Hemakuta Hill Temples and many more which allure tourists throughout the world. No doubt Hampi is haven for those interested in stories of kings and queens.
Sailing around the palm-fringed waterways, lakes, ponds and fresh water rivers (known as backwaters) through traditional thatched Kerala houseboats offers a real charming scene /complete experience of Kerala backwaters .Whether you spend one night or a week, in the middle of water, surrounded by serenity with the most personalized service is exactly the kind of break you need from the stressed routines of today. Here while taking the boat ride; you can also spot some exotic species of birds.
To take a feel of every aspect of nature be it land, water, mountains, clouds, sun, everything will make you impression at the 7th heaven, Visit India has listed down some of the best places to watch when on Kerala backwater tour named:Alleppey, Kuttanad, Kumarakom, Kasargod and Kovalam.
Varkala beach also known as Papanasham beach nestled between Alleppey and Kovalam is an example of picturesque beauty, While staying in Varkala,not only pass your time by looking the crashing waves but here you can explore its traditional yoga, meditation, energy healing and art classes. It’s also said that one dip – if made in the waters of this beach removes the sins committed for a life time.
One of the most important landmarks in Madurai “Meenakshi Temple”,an architectural masterpiece, with a proximate number of 33,000 sculptures and more is no doubt one of the tourist places in South India that one should not miss.Take a spellbinding walk through the small winding lanes of the older part town and explore many other grand temples and buildings that were built during the Nayak dynasty. If you can handle the crowds, visit during the months of April and May, at the time of the Tirukalyanam Festival.
Explore the wild side of nature is always an exciting experience and no doubt South India’s wildlife sanctuaries can definitely give a thrilling sight of the wilderness of India. So embark on a wildlife safari here, either in a jeep or on an elephant and spot several wild animals such as tigers, leopards, Indian Pangolins, languor’s, chital, dholes, sloth bears,leopard, cats and many more in their natural habitats. Here Visit India has listed some of the most famous wildlife sanctuaries of South India named: Bandipur Wildlife Sanctuary, Periyar National Park, Nagarhole National Park, Mudumalai National Park, Eravikulam National Park, Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary and Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary which really make your wild tour adventure and extravagant.
Apart from one of the most beautiful hill stations in India, “Coorg” is also a paradise for adventure enthusiasts, not only give the wings of dream to flying to riding on fresh waters, wandering through green lands to rock climbing, the excitement and adventure is unmatched in Coorg. So without further traveling, let us have a look at the top things to do in Coorg: Microlight Flying, Bara pole River Rafting, Dubare Rafting, Trekking, Plantation Walk, Fishing, Monastery Visit, Waterfall Visit, Rock Climbing, Dubare Elephant Camp, Camping, Quad Biking, Home Stay, Mountain Biking and many more attractions that no doubt offer a memorable experience.
Splendid city of Karnataka “Mysore” flourished in classical and royal architectural beauty has many tourist attractions such as imposing Mysore Palace, Jaganmohana Palace, Zoo and historical royal buildings named: Jayalakshmi Vilas and the Lalitha Mahal that attracts large numbers of tourists every year. Don't forget to explore its religious culture in the famous St. Philomena’s Church or the beautiful Chamundeshwari Temple upon the Chamundi Hills. For more Mysore is also famous to shop for sandalwood, and study Ashtanga yoga.
Kochi is a captivating city with a varied historical culture (Arabs, British, Dutch, Chinese, and Portuguese) offers a diverse experience to visitors. From historical places such as Fort Kochi, Jew Town, Mattancherry, and St. Francis Church to breath-taking natural spots, the place has much more to stroll around and explore on foot. For more don't forget to catch a glimpse of Kathakali dance performance and get an Ayurvedic treatment.
Huge streets, seafront promenade, French architecture, breath-taking beaches and places of spiritual importance make “Pondicherry” not a famous but a must-visit destination of South India. Apart from the charm and appeal, its broad array of attractions and things like wander around the atmospheric French Quarter, dine in delicious restaurants,browse the boutiques and many more sights surely fill your Pondy trip with unlimited fun and excitement... Sri Aurobindo Ashram allures plenty of spiritual seekers, so don't forget to take a popular day trip of Auroville.
Call it the beach lover’s paradise, party capital, hub of different lifestyle or the meeting point of various cultures, “Goa” always outshines and a favourite holiday destinations in any country! A heaven of tourism and hospitality industry not only offer a number of tourist attractions but this cheery and energetic destination has no dearth of things to offer!!! Here you can indulge in water sports, practise yoga at the beaches of Anjuna, visit the butterfly conservatory or spend a leisurely time at the Siolim Cooking Classes and many more, so embark on a delightful and simply astounding Goa tour and live life to the fullest.