9 Best Places To Visit In South India

South India is one of the most visited states by the tourists and most photogenic place in India. There are lots to enjoy including the beautiful waterfalls, sunrise and sunset views from the sea-side, boat rides in lakes and many beautiful places to enjoy. We have discussed here some of the famous locations in South India to plan your coming vacations with your loved ones and friends.

South India is known for its diverse culture and heritage, and diverse even in terms of experience you get traveling here. You have the beaches, the backwaters, the green mountains, the rocky mountains, and what not! South India is beautiful, majestic and in many ways so diverse.

Aptly described as the land of beautifully crafted centuries-old temples, picture-perfect views, innumerable stunning waterfalls, and some thick mysterious forests. With so much to offer, South India attracts a huge number of travelers with extremely varied interests all throughout the year.

best places to visit in South India

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1. Kozhikode, Kerala

The most mysterious village in the world, where only twins are born. Most of the children born in Kodinhi village in Malappuram district of Kerala are twins. 4 twins are born in every 1000 children born all over the world, but 45 twins babies are born in every 1000 children in this mysterious village. It is the second village in the world and the first in Asia on average.

The temple is known as Kattil Mekkathil Devi temple. It is dedicated to Goddess Bhadrakali, known as Kathil Mekathil Amma. The most important part of the temple is the bell ceremony. Devotees tie bells here.

The Kerala Sea Split is located at Ponnani. This sea split was formed after a massive flood in Kerala which collected the sand at one place making a one-kilometre long sand strip that splits the sea into two halves. This phenomenon was not clear at first but along the way it was said that the swept away sand created this strip. It is a huge tourist spot in Kerala. It has great view of the surroundings and is quite an attraction.

2. Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala

There can be nothing more thrilling than to be close to nature and inhale its beauty. Visit to the Neyyar wildlife sanctuary is a must to explore 12,000 hectares of natural vegetation. It is a picturesque picnic spot for friends and families and boasts of a stunning Watch Tower, a Deer Park, a Crocodile Rehabilitation centre and much more. You should undertake Lion safaris in Kerala and explore the family places to visit in Kerala.

The Chalai market is set in the heart of the city. In contrast to the quaint streets of Trivandrum is this busy and bustling marketplace that is famous for its unending range of products. You can shop for bargains and be ensured on the availability of almost all products ranging from spices to clothes, footwear, home appliances, antiques and also furniture. It makes for a good experience to breathe in the local atmosphere.

The Academy for Mountaineering and Adventure Sports in Trivandrum is a haven for all adventure junkies to pump up their adrenaline. The AMAS offers the opportunity to engage in many adventurous activities such as rafting, paragliding, scuba diving, bungee jumping and other air activities as well. They also run various training camps and have state-of-the-art equipments for all kinds of adventure sports.

Ammaveedu has a very huge history. It was the first Dutch Manor to be constructed in Trivandrum by Dutch officials in the court of Travancore. When the Dutch left Kerala, this property was taken over by Travancore Royal Household and granted to Arumana family, a Nair Noble house.

The manor was constructed in traditional Kerala-Dutch architecture in traditional Ettukettu concept (traditional Kerala houses with 2 courtyards) and well maintained by the family which was then sold Muthoot Pappachan Group who renovated it. Instead of converting into a boutique hotel, the group converted into an exclusive fine dining restaurants theme on Travancore Royalty and their traditional imperial banquet halls concept.

Padmanabha Puram palace, Kanyakumari, Munnar, Ponmudi, and many waterfalls such as Tirparappu are easily reachable by car from Trivandrum. Throughout the journey, the greenery keeps rejoicing you and so will be the destination.

3. Kumarakom, Kerala

Situated on the banks of Vembanad Lake, Kerala's largest lake, Kumarakom is a cluster of many small man-made islands reclaimed from the lake. It is highly unlikely that Kumarakom wouldn’t look stunning amongst other spots to visit in Kerala amid storms and rains. You encounter the best of Kerala here Journey through the backwaters and treat your eyes to the most stunning views. It is then you would know why people call Kerala as “God’s own Country”.

The village of Kumarakom is a group of small islands in Lake Vembanad, and is part of the Kuttanad region. The bird sanctuary here, which stretches across 14 acres, is a favorite haven for migratory birds and the paradise of ornithologists. Herons, darts, herons, trullos, aquatic birds, cuckoos, wild ducks and migratory birds like the Siberian stork visit here in flocks and fascinate all visitors.

A lovely recreational destination, Kumarakom offers visitors many other leisure options. At the Taj Garden Retreat, an old bungalow turned resort, you can go boating and fishing. These backwaters have everything that Allepey will offer you without the cringy views of lovesick honeymoon couple on every other houseboat.

Thottapally on the other hand is still away from the plight of tourism and has been able to save the natural beauty and ecology intact to a large extent.

4. Coonoor, Tamil Nadu

Like an electrocardiogram of the Earth, these valleys and mountains descend and rise in Kotagiri. It is impossible not to visit Coonoor, a mountain city located 19 kilometres from Ooty. In it we can visit Sim Park, one of the most visited nature reserves in Asia. Without a doubt, this is one of the best places to go hiking in India.

Dolphin's Nose is very popular. The name is so because here the rock is in a dolphin's nose shape and exactly look alike a dolphin nose. From this point, one can have a total look of Catherine Fall and also of the whole city. This rock will give such a scenic view and the view is just indescribable in words.

5. Puducherry

The best time to enjoy in Pondicherry is from September to February. You can enjoy the beautiful red sunrise on the beaches, and go for scuba diving in Serenity Beach, yachting or sailing, kayaking and canoeing on beaches on eastern coasts. You can spend some beautiful time in Chunnambar Boat houses, and go for evening walks near the sea.

The Arulmigu Manakula Vinayagar Temple has a Golden and Silver chariot that is used during festivals. The Golden chariot is made of 7.5Kg of pure gold and it’s dimension is 10 ft by 6 ft. The facade of the temple bears colorful frescoes and carvings of Ganesha while the interior pillars, ceilings etc is also equally colorful and decorative.

The most amazing aspect of the temple is it’s resident elephant, Lakshmi, who dutifully opens the temple gates, enters inside the temple, salutes the deity Ganesha, walks around the temple (parikrama) and then blesses the devotees outside the temple for a token fee of money, fruits or tit-bits! Lakshmi is controlled by the mahout at all times though the pachyderm is quite docile, gentle and loving.

6. Rameswaram, Tamil Nadu

Rameshwaram is home to the famed Adam's Bridge, Palk Strait, and the stunning walk over sea among other important things. In the middle of the Palk Strait, between India and Sri Lanka, there is the small elongated Pamban island, which is connected to the mainland of India by a hundred year old railway bridge. This Pamban bridge, the only link connecting the mainland, is considered one of the most dangerous bridges in the world.

With the Arabian Sea on one side and the roaring Bay of Bengal on the other side is Pamban island, a lovely place to visit. Pamban, Rameswaram and Dhanushkodi are situated in this island in triangle position. Pamban is the Junction, where trains leave for Rameswaram and Dhanushkodi in different directions.

Rameshwaram is 175 km from Madurai and 80 km far from Sri Lanka. Rameshwaram is also a place from where the ferry to Sri Lanka (Talaimannar) departs.

Kurusadai Island is one of a group of 16 islands in the region. The waters surrounding the islands are a biological paradise with rich marine life and rare colorful coral reefs.

7. Madurai, Tamil Nadu

Karaikudi is the largest city in the Sivaganga district of India. It is also known as the capital of Chettinad, mainly because of the predominance of Nattukottai Chettiars. Karaikudi owes its popularity to the type of constructions it has, are houses built with limestone called Karai Veedu and also due to a plant called Karai, which is widely distributed on the surface.

The Chettiars built a financial and commercial empire in Sri Lanka, Burma and Southeast Asia. Their original towns in Chettinad still show mansions, now abandoned, full of teak furniture, Chinese porcelain and overseas treasures. Stroll through the nostalgia of this region of Tamil Nadu where you can relax in the shadow of the magnificent buildings like the kanadukathan palace.

Until a few years ago, Keezhadi was a small, indefinite village in Tamil Nadu that courted few visitors. But Keezhadi's excavation led to the discovery of the enormous archaeological importance of this site and established it as one of the greatest archaeological discoveries of the decade with valuable artifacts dating back almost 3,000 years.

There are many windmills along the road to Madurai. These windmills make the path very beautiful. A road from the highway goes inside Madurai and on the side of it, one road goes towards the Samanar Hills. It is also called Samanar Malai. From the entrance the stairs goes to the top of the hill. Jain sculptures on the hill are made by cutting the mountain.

Meenakshi Amman temple of Madurai is one of the most famous temples of the South. A big festival in Madurai is called Chithirai Thiruvizha. There are four main gateways to enter this temple: North, South, East and West. In all these, the southern door is the highest, which is about 170 feet in length. There are 12 huge Gopurams in this temple, of which the Gopuram of the South Gate is the highest.

All these gorgeous gopurams have been beautifully painted. There are 985 columns and 14 towers in the temple. There is also a holy lake in this temple, which is about 175 feet long and 120 feet wide. It is said that the golden lotus was erected in this holy tank for the worship of Indra Dev. This lake is called agni tirtham. All devotees take bath in this lake before worshiping.

Tirumalai Nayak Mahal was made by King Tirumalai. The King had appointed an Italian architect for the construction of it. Here light and sound show happens daily at 6:45 pm.

8. Yercaud, Tamil Nadu

A quaint hill town situated in Tamil Nadu is a perfect place to get away from the hustle and bustle of cities and relax with the purest touch of nature. The beauty of this picture-perfect town comes alive with the rains and the inky blue clouds. Overshadowed by the popularity of Ooty and Kodaikanal, Yercaud does not receive the same attention or even comes close to sharing the limelight with the popular names in Tamil Nadu.

Thus enjoy its pristine beauty and amazing monsoons here before this place is commercialized too. Located in eastern Ghats in Salem, Yercaud is commonly called as the poor man's Ooty. Yercaud is blessed with forests, mountains and waterfalls, making this a paradise for travelers with limited budget. The Yercaud roads are well maintained, making this a great destination for a road trip.

9. Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu

Known as the Princess of Hill Stations, Kodaikanal is a super budget-friendly place. The street food of Kodaikanal tastes amazing and can get you a plate of fried chicken easily at INR 20. The small eateries by the road serve some lip-smacking local dishes at a very reasonable price. Hotels here also provide rooms at fairly low prices. You can get a comfortable room easily at INR 500. Not to forget, the innumerable sites one could explore in Kodaikanal for the best experience. Hence this place can be super fun without you having to spend even INR 1000.

One of the best places to enjoy monsoons in the South is Kodaikanal in Tamil Nadu. Kodaikanal literally means ‘gift of the mountains’ and the abundant beauty of this hill town justifies its name. A visit during the monsoon is full of scenic views of the landscape along with the fresh monsoon moist air perfectly decorated with the dark clouds hovering over it.

During the monsoons, Coaker’s Walk and Bryant Park offer picturesque trails while there are also serious treks to Dolphin Nose, Kurunji Andavar Temple, Pambhar Falls, Pillar Rocks, etc. Also, after the rains, the waterfalls are a sight worth seeing as they are at their full glory.

This is the other most popular hill station in Tamil Nadu, highly recommended for couples to plan for a short and quick refreshment from the busy schedule. It is known as the gift of the forest. This place is rich in flora and fauna, and variety of green lashes and landscapes, cool climate, cascade waterfalls which provide a number of memories to the couples.

Another high altitude hill station, the lovely Kodaikanal is one of the popular holiday destinations located in Palani Hills of Tamil Nadu. It is among the best places to visit in India for honeymoon. Here you will experience eclectic beauty and see the magnificent view of the Nilgiris. Kodaikanal, is filled with fog for most of the year. If you want a perfect reverse weekend then Kodaikanal is the best place for you.

The western sky is multi coloured (blue green, red, orange, violet) in summer evenings. They are a beauty to watch from Coakers walk edge. Once in twelve years Kodai hills are filled with lavender coloured Kurinji flowers. You may escape from the crowded tourist spots to remote and offbeat villages like Vattakanal, Poombarai and Mannavanur to enjoy its true beauty.

In Kodaikanal you can have Tibetan food, you can go cycling around the lake that will calm your mood and you can even have a walk in the streets. The main tourist attractions include the dolphin nose, pine forest trails and pillar rocks.

If you are a water loving person then make your backpack, put food in it and hop in a car and go to Lake Berijam or Lake Mannavanur and do not forget to keep the non-plastic policy in these places. The Vattakanal Waterfalls is a small waterfall located on the way to Dolphin's Nose. It is not one of the most impressive, so if you have time, we recommend you visit the Silver Waterfalls, the Bear Shola Falls or the Thalaiyar Falls.

Very close to Dolphin's Nose is the viewpoint of Echo Rock, named for the echo phenomenon, and from where there are even more incredible views. It depends on what time and at what time you go, it is possible that the fog prevents you from enjoying the views. You can reach the ancient village of Vellagavi through a rugged bridle path here.

A short paved road leads from the road to the Pambar Falls which is also known locally as Liril Falls after the filming of the famous Liril soap advertisement in 1985. Coaker's Walk is a 1 kilometer-long mountain side road. If there is no fog, you can see the entire city of Kodaikanal, Dolphin's Nose and the Pambar River Valley.

Bryant Park is a botanical park with a great variety of flowers, plants and trees located a few meters from the Kodaikanal Lake. In the month of May the summer festival is celebrated with a flower show that attracts a lot of people. Wild mushrooms that grow in the wet rainy days are addictive. They cause hallucinations, hence are hunted by trekkers and locals. They are sold secretly for a high price.

Most cottages are beautiful with colourful well maintained gardens and look more like a three dimensional picture post card.

So you will love this trip to South India for sure and capture beautiful moments there.
Kalyan Panja