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South India is an abode of tourist destinations. Rich with culture and traditions South India is also famous for its scenic beauty. South India is an incredible land full of various beautiful places to visit. Owing to its beautiful landscape, exotic wildlife species, mind-boggling flora and fauna, amazing waterfalls, millions of people travel every now and then.

India is the seventh-largest country in terms of the area and the second-most populous democracy in the world. A beautiful canvas of colors and beauty beginning from its unique culture.

Best Things to Do in South India

Here are some of the best things to do in South India with friends.

1. Sunrise at Chennai

Chennai, located on the coromandel coast of the Bay of Bengal, is the merging point of culture. Officially known as the gateway to South, Chennai is also the gateway to the unbound cultural extravaganza of India. Chennai, one of the most bustling cities in Tamilnadu which has all modes of transportation facilities but if you want to travel through the length and breadth of the city, then the most reliable option is to rent a car in Chennai.

By picking a rental car provides you with that ideal autonomy and flexibility to drive through its various neighbourhoods on your own. The beauty of the sea, serenity of tradition, the glamour of city life, and commercial streets are the highlights of Chennai.

Chennai is accessible in all transport Marina Beach, Mahabalipuram, Mylapore, Birla Planetarium, Velankanni, St. George Fort, Thousand Lights Mosque, Royapuram Fishing Harbour, DakshinaChitra, Ashtalakshmi temple, Guindy National Park, Semmozhi Poonga, Murudeshwara Temple are some of the must-visit places if you want to know about the plentiful bosom of Chennai.

2. Kanchipuram

Pancha Bhootha Stalas are a set of five temples spread all across Southern India, where Shiva is worshiped as one of the five primal elements. One of these five is the Ekambareswarar Temple in Kanchipuram where Shiva is worshiped as Prithvi Lingam (the element of Earth). The earliest historical reference to the temple can be found in the classic Tamil Sangam literature, dating back to roughly 300 BCE.

Occupying an area of 25 acres, Ekambareswarar is also one of the largest temples in the country. Rajagopruam is the main and the southern entrance tower of the temple. At a height of 192 ft, this eleven storied tower is the sixth tallest gopuram in India. The gopuram was constructed in 1509 AD during the Vijayanagar era.

3. Kathakali Performance at Kochi

Kochi, the always bustling port city that echoes the centuries-old history of trade. Kochi has been a hospitable city that welcomed all the ships that anchored in its shore. Today also every tourist visits Kochi where cultures have amalgamated blurring the narrow boundaries. Enchanted histories of royal legacy still reverberate inside the royal households of the Cochin Royal Family.

Among places to visit in Kochi you should visit Fort Kochi, Mattancherry Palace, Cherai Beach, Paradesi Synagogue, Hill Palace Museum, Santa Cruz Cathedral Basilica, Willingdon Island, Bolgatty Palace, Mangalavanam Bird Sanctuary, and Veeranpuzha lake and backwaters.

4. Gazing the tea plantations from Munnar

Munnar is considered as the heavenly abode inside Kerala. It is an idyllic hill station that is surrounded by tea plantations and exotic greenery, located in the Western Ghats of Kerala. Eravikulam National Park, Mattupetty Dam, Anamudi, Pothamedu View Point, Attukad Waterfalls and Tea Museum are some of the best places to see in Munnar.

5. Binge on Chettinad Cuisine in Madurai

In olden days, in Karaikudi - municipality in Sivaganga district located in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu - people worked tirelessly in fields and wanted to lighten the non-vegetarian dishes with spices, hence masala spice powder was added to the chicken dishes such as Chettinad Chicken Masala.

Meen kuzhambu is awesome. No coconut is used, but a touch of tamarind which gives the dish a sweet and tangy note, with the savoury flavour coming from the onions and tomatoes. The onion tomato masala and the spice powder added thicken the curry as well infusing it with tanginess.

6. The Biryani Pilgrimage in Hyderabad

The fusion specialty rice dish - Hyderabadi Biryani - is believed to have its origin in historic Hyderabad, Telangana state; a blend of Mughlai and Persian cuisine that resulted in one of the most delicious ways rice is cooked. Kachchi Biryani version is prepared with kachchi gosht (raw meat) marinated with spices overnight and then soaked in curd (dahi) before cooking.

The meat is sandwiched between layers of fragrant basmati rice and cooked in dum style after sealing the handi (vessel) with dough - how flavourful is that.

7. Camping in Alappuzha

With its serene backwaters and mesmerizing scenery, Alappuzha stays true to its title- the Venice of the east. The place is famous for its houseboat cruises. A ride with your friends through the Vembanad Lake is an enriching experience as you can bask in the beauty of the land. Embedded in the maritime history of Kerala, beaches and lighthouses of Alappuzha provide captivating sight for tourists from around the globe.

Spread across 14 acres, the Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary stands at the heart of Alappuzha. Home to rare species of birds, it is the perfect place for bird lovers. Along with the scenic beauty, you can also get a peek into the past as you visit Krishnapuram Palace which was built during the reign of Travancore king Marthanda Varma.

8. Exploring the Sacred Temples of Hampi

Capital of the erstwhile Vijayanagara kingdom, Hampi is situated on the banks of the Tungabhadra River. The UNESCO recognized World Heritage Site is known for its architectural splendour epitomised in Queen’s Bath, Lakshmi Narasimha Statue, Virupaksha Temple and many more.

Ruins of palaces, temples with carvings depicting the powerful story of the erstwhile kingdom, a huge stone chariot will take you back to the time of kings and queens. Situated amidst three hills, Hampi is the ideal place for tourists as it gives you scope for adventures, trekking and also a place to unload the pressures of the material world.

9. Exploring The French Colony In Puducherry

Also known as Pondicherry, it is one of the best places to visit in South India if you are planning a trip with your friends. Being a former French colony, you will see the perfect blend of traditional Indian and French architecture.

Walking through the French Quarter known as the White Town, you will get to see exquisite colonial bungalows, and also a chain of cafes and restaurants where you can savour the delicious French cuisine and beverages. Pondicherry is the ideal place if you and your friends are on a shopping spree. And of course, the beaches to complete the weekend trip to Pondicherry.

Enjoy the waves that curl around your feet and also try your hand at scuba diving. The place is known for its beaches making it the travelers' paradise.

10. Discover the Monuments of Mahabalipuram

Mahabalipuram is the right place to visit if you are a lover of architectural splendours. Its rich heritage and past glory will sweep you off your feet. Mahabalipuram is known for its temples situated on the seashores. The eighth and ninth century structures and buildings will let you take a glance at our rich history.

Mahabalipuram is a serene place where you can leave off the burden of your life and relax as the cool breeze caresses you. One day trip in Mahabalipuram will allow you to see Sadras, an ancient Dutch port surrounded by beaches and ruins of an old Dutch port. It is an extremely peaceful location away from the hustle of the city.

A visit to South India can give you the best holidays to discover the best. Have the best time here and enjoy the cultural bounty of south India.
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