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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!

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.

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. Munnar, Kerala


Munnar is one of the most unique hill stations in South India and an ideal honeymoon pleasure spot. Known as the land of the three rivers, due to the convergence of the Mudhirapuzha, Nallathanni and Kundaly rivers here, Munnar is a great escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. The atmosphere is a romantic and dreamy, with fresh air and green to add to it.

Although there are many activities to do in Munnar, strolling in tea plantations and lush green forests will definitely get in touch with your inner being in the midst of nature. There are many wildlife sanctuaries in the surrounding forests, where you can go and spot exotic animals such as the Nilgiri Tahr, Gaur, Greylag Giant Squirrel and Nilgiri Langur, as well as the elephants.

The most unique thing about this hill station is that every 12 years the blue hills with Neelakurinji flower in full bloom. This phenomenon is the reason why these hills are known as Nilgiris. While it's cold here all the time, the best time to visit Munnar is during the summers from March to May, to beat the heat of the city.

Munnar has tea gardens and colonial heritage, and is also a popular destination for travelers from Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Hyderabad and Chennai. You can explore this hill town and savor its irresistible scenic treats.

This is one of the most famous honeymoon destinations of Kerala which is a must-visit place to include in Kerala trip plan for 2 days from Chennai. Adventure, nature, charming landscapes, hills, forests – Munnar is yet another place loaded with natural beauty.

Best places to visit in Munnar:

Mattupetty Dam, Top Station, Lockhart Tea Park, Periyankal Waterfalls, Signal Point Viewpoint, Anamudi peak, Muniyara, Pothamedu View Point, Cheeyappara Waterfalls, Lakkam Waterfalls and Kundala Dam are the most notable attractions.

Best accommodation in Munnar:

Nature Resorts

4. Kumarakom, Kerala


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.

5. 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.

6. 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.

7. 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 bridge 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.

8. 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.

Another thing Karaikudi is known for is its food. A new cooking genre is named after the region known as Chettinad and the type of cooking is also known as Aachi Samayal. Kal dosai does not go well with usual sambar and chutney. It needs side dishes that have good soaking coefficients that is gravies that go deep inside the dosai and kindle its inner soul.

The texture of kal dosai is such that it requires a deserving gravy to do justice. Some of the best combos with kal dosai - mutton paya, spicy chicken gravy and of course nice and thick fish gravy and vadacurry.

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.

9. Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu


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.

You may escape from the crowded tourist spots to remote and offbeat villages like Vattakanal, Poombarai and Mannavanur to enjoy its true beauty.

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.

If you want a perfect reverse weekend then Kodaikanal is the best place for you. 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.

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