Southern India is a very diverse area. A complete tour of South India is not possible in one vacation. You might have to get the highlights of each state in South India. South India has Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Goa, Pondicherry, Tamil Nadu and Kerala. The islands of Andaman and Nicobar also fall under this region. Thus, anything from Hollywood style romantic beach vacation to cultural vacation is possible in south India.
1. Backwaters of Kerala
Most of the tourists take the tour of South India just for the sake of Kerala. It is hard to pinpoint a specific backwater in Kerala. Kerala is the Venice of East. You can find a lot of backwaters that are lined with paddy fields and coconut groves. Taking a houseboat cruise on the backwaters is the first and foremost tourist activity of this land. There are a lot of monuments, beaches and other natural attractions in this place too. If you are visiting in the rainy season or winter season, you can also enjoy authentic Ayurvedic massages.
Bheemeshwari is a place in Karnataka. It is the place for those who love water. There are a lot of fishing camps here and a wildlife sanctuary. The top tourist activities here are kayaking, rope walking, trekking, and rafting. The wildlife sanctuary here would allow night camping in the jungle. There are about 200 different species of exotic birds and many animals. The place is also famous for the trophy fish, Mahseer. You can also try fishing here. It is an important place for those who want to take an adventure styled tour.
Most of the South India tour would have Goa in it. Goa is a place of beach and nightlife. If you are visiting for the first time, it is better not to spend a lot of time in beaches. Yes, your first stop should be the beach. Have a quiet picnic time or some tourist actions in the beach. Enjoy the warm sand and gushing ocean. There is always some sort of festival in Goa. Try to mingle with the crowd and have a wild time. It is what Goa is all about. If you are looking for adventure activities, there are trekking areas and quad bike rental areas. Visit the markets for some purchases and do not forget the spice plantation.
5. Andaman and Nicobar Island
It is a land of beach with white warm sand, crystal blue waters, shady palm and coconut trees, blue warm lagoons and eggshell coloured beach sand. It is the place for a Hollywood styled beach vacation. You can perform all forms of water-based activities here. Top activities are snorkelling, scuba diving, water house and others. There are a few amazing aquariums in this island. No matter what you miss, do not forget scuba diving. If you are not an expert of scuba diving, you can get instructors to help you. There are specific places for beginners to enjoy scuba diving with safety and control. There are many places for extreme divers too.
There are a lot of typical hill stations in Tamil Nadu like Ooty and Kodaikanal. But, Yercadu is a different styled hill station. It is called as Ooty of a poor man. You can find scenic beauty everywhere with lakes, waterfalls, flowering plants, colonial buildings and others. If you are visiting Yercadu, do not miss exploring caves, romantic walks through coffee estates and visiting the silk farm.
Munnar is a hill station in Kerala. It is a divine place for romantic vacations. There are a lot of scenic places to enjoy during trip to Kerala. Many plantations allow tourists to take morning strolls. There are tea plantation, coffee plantation, sandalwood forests and many others. There are a lot of places for trekking. This is one of the amazing hill stations in South India.
8. Pondicherry Ashram
The Auroville of Pondicherry is a magnet for many international tourists who visit for spiritual enlightenment. Apart from this, this place has a lively beach, French building, churches, colonial buildings and cheap booze. This is a place for relaxed one day tour.
This is just the list of top important places in the South India. There are a lot of other places like Coorg, Arakku, Nagerhole, Kanyakumari, Vishakpatanam, Mahabalipuram and many others. There are beaches, monuments, art centers, trekking areas, hill stations and much more. Surf through all packages and choose the one that would suite your style and vacation time.Published in