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The most important IT hub of India – Bangalore

Bangalore is a bustling metropolitan city and the capital of Karnataka, a state in southern part of India. Bangalore is also a very important IT hub of the country and hence many people worldwide and from all over India visits this city everyday for work purpose as well as for tourism. This city is well known for its happening nightlife and many youngsters work in the IT industry, this city has many amazing shopping malls, night clubs as well as pubs that make Bangalore the most phenomenal city in India. There are also many places of interest in and around Bangalore that you can visit.

Bangalore is one of the most happening cities of India

Bangalore is one of the most happening cities of India

Apart from experiencing and enjoying the vibe of this city, you can visit Coorg, which is a hill station and Goa, which is the most popular sea side location of India. Although Goa is a union territory, it shares the border with Karnataka making it close to Bangalore. While Goa promises great parties and beautiful sea beaches, Coorg is the paradise for nature lovers with the lush green vegetation all around. Hence regardless of what purpose you visit Bangalore for; you can visit these two locations too for fun as well as for escaping the hustle and bustle of Bangalore.

The weather of Bangalore is such that it only aids in tourism. The climate of Bangalore remains cool and pleasant almost all through the year and hence you can choose to visit this city at any time of the year. But since such great amounts of people visit this capital city of Karnataka every single day for various purposes, you would do well to get your accommodation booked in advance. You would surely get a Bangalore hotel even if you do not book your accommodation in advance, but it might not be up to your preferences. You can find cheap hotel in Bangalore as well as expensive resorts too.

aerial view of Bangalore at night

aerial view of Bangalore at night

Bangalore is well connected to all major cities of India as well as some of the major cities of the world by flights and trains. You can also avail buses from the neighboring states of Karnataka as well as from the other different parts of Karnataka. The transport system within the city is impeccable too such that you would not have any problem getting around. Hence plan your trip to this wonderful metropolitan capital city of Karnataka, Bangalore for a memorable, fun and great vacation experience.

The amazing city of Hyderabad

South India consists of three union territories and four states. The union territories are Pondicherry, Goa and Lakshadweep islands, while the states within the part of south India are Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh. Each state and union territory has several interesting places on offer for tourists and among all the south Indian holiday destinations, one of the most popular is Hyderabad, the capital of Andhra Pradesh. There are many places of interest along with shopping options and the chance to enjoy the famous Hyderabad cuisine Biriyani. You can say that Hyderabad as a tourist destination not only offers excellent places of interest but would offer much more than that.

Taj is a star hotel in Hyderabad

Taj is a star hotel in Hyderabad

Apart from being a tourist destination, Hyderabad is also a very important metropolitan state and one of the biggest IT hubs of the country. Hence it goes without saying that this city receives numerous numbers of people from all over the world as well as India every single day. The weather of this city remains almost same all through the year which adds to the constant flow of people throughout the year. Hence regardless of whether you travel for tourism or for work purpose, you should make a point to get your accommodation in Hyderabad booked in advance. To find a good hotel at Hyderabad you can take the help of the Internet.

The places that you should visit in Hyderabad include Charminar, which is like the face of Hyderabad and Mecca Masjid, which is just next to Charminar. You should also take a day to visit the famous historical Golconda Fort and also spend a day in the Salar Jung museus, especially to have a look at the exotic veiled statue of Rebecca. Do not forget to shop for pearl jewelry when in Hyderabad since pearls here are extremely cheap. The reason for this is that pearls are artificially manufactured in Hyderabad. The best place to buy cheap yet authentic pearls is near Charminar.

Biriyani is a mouth watering Hyderabad delicacy

Biriyani is a mouth watering Hyderabad delicacy

If you like experimenting with cuisines of different places, you should definitely try Biriyani of Hyderabad. It is delicious and is extremely famous in India. You would have to taste it to believe how tasty it is. Hyderabad is well connected to the others parts of India via flights and trains. There are also flights from many major cities of the world and buses from the neighboring states. Hence getting there will not be a problem.

The evergreen city of India – Trivandrum

South India is just a part of India but nevertheless, it too has varied cultures, languages and traditions. The four states and the three union territories are each unique in their own way and each location of south India would fascinate you, amaze you and welcome you with open arms, just like any other part of India. One of the most visited and most beautiful tourist destination of south India is Kerala. Known as God’s own country, Kerala has been adorned by nature beautifully. Although Kerala is most popular as the home to Kerala backwaters, this lovely charming state is more than just that.

the bustling city of Trivandrum

the bustling city of Trivandrum

Thiruvananthapuram or Trivandrum is the capital city of Kerala and is more than just a vibrant city. It is the most important IT hub of Kerala and yet is not characterized by the jungle of bricks or cements, like the other major metropolitan cities. Once called the evergreen city of India by none other than Mahatma Gandhi, Trivandrum is surrounded by coastal low hills covered with green vegetation. Nestled between the Western Ghats and the Arabian Sea, this city is visited by many tourists from all over India as well as from all over the globe due to this scenic wonder of experiencing a hill station along with a sea beach.

a beautiful beach of Trivandrum

a beautiful beach of Trivandrum

Trivandrum is well connected to the rest of the country and the neighboring state as well as with some major cities of the world via flights, trains and buses. Within the city you can commute by buses, hired cars, taxis, auto rickshaw and even walking. Many budget hotels in south are located in Trivandrum and hence you would not have any problem with finding either accommodation or transportation. Trivandrum hotels, regardless of whether star resorts or budget hotels, are well known for hospitality. You would feel at home in any place you choose to stay. The best time to visit this city is between the months of October to February.

If you choose to visit this sea side city during these months, you would do well to book your hotels in advance since it is the on season for this place. There are many temples and monuments as well as beautiful beaches in and around Trivandrum that you can visit while on your trip. Hence visit this charming city in the state of Kerala to have a memorable trip that would rejuvenate and refresh you.

Visit Hyderabad for a historic tour

India is widely divided into two parts namely the north India and the south India. This is mostly based on the kind of culture followed as well as the shape of the country. The southern part of India is peninsular in shape while the northern part is more widely spread. What is most fascinating about India as a country is that everything from the culture, the cuisine, the language as well the attire can differ so widely from one part of India to another. Even if you choose to travel only the south Indian holiday destinations you would find differences between one place and another.

Hyderabad is an important metropolitan city of India

Hyderabad is an important metropolitan city of India

Four states and three union territories make for the southern part of India. One of the most popular holiday destinations of south India is Hyderabad, which is the capital city of Andhra Pradesh. However, Hyderabad is more than just a capital city of a south Indian state. It is after all not without any reason that this city of the Nizams, as Hyderabad is known by the locals is so much popular as a tourist destination. Hyderabad is a historic city with many monuments and other historic reminders still evident in the older streets of this city. Hyderabad also receives many people from worldwide and all over India every day for another reason.

The reason for such many people visiting Hyderabad everyday is that this city is also one of the most important IT hubs of India apart from being one of the biggest metropolitan cities of India too. Due to such importance of this city and with so many people flocking in, it would be difficult for you to find proper accommodation if you do not book in advance. To find a good hotel at Hyderabad you can take the help of the Internet and book in advance prior to your visit or you can also make arrangements with a tour and travel company to visit, travel within and find an accommodation in the city.

Charminar and Mecca Masjid in Hyderabad

Charminar and Mecca Masjid in Hyderabad

The places that you must definitely visit when in Hyderabad are the Charminar, the Golconda Fort, the Salar Jung museum, the Mecca Masjid and the Hussain Sagar Lake. You should also taste the world famous cuisine of Hyderabad Biriyani when visiting this beautiful city. Another must is shopping for jewelry made from pearls as the cost is reasonable and the pearls are authentic since the pearls are artificially manufactured here.

The enticing beauty of south India

There is no dearth of tourist places in India and among the twenty seven states as well as three union territories; you can visit any one of the places to find something of interest. There is not a single place in India that does not have a place of interest. There is no such thing as most visited or the most popular tourist places of India since every part of India is visited by tourists and is popular for some reason or the other. But one of the most visited and most famous holiday destination of India is south India. South India is a vast place but can be traveled within around a month since it is peninsular in shape and hence easier.

a beautiful temple in south India

a beautiful temple in south India

South India travel includes four major states in south of India, namely Andhra Pradesh, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka as well as the three union territories Goa, Pondicherry and Lakshadweep islands. Although these states and union territories are together known as south India, each individual place has its very own characteristics that are unique and fascinating as well. Hence even if you cannot travel the whole of south India, you can take one place at a time but make sure that you cover each place well to understand the individuality of the places. For instance the traditional attire of Kerala is white is strikingly different from the traditional attire of Tamil Nadu which is vibrantly colorful.

traditional south Indian food on banana leaf

traditional south Indian food on banana leaf

The cuisines of the different south Indian places are varied as well. Goa is known for its excellent sea food while Andhra Pradesh is popular for the Biriyani which is a popular cuisine of Hyderabad, the capital of the state. Similarly, the place of interest in every different city of every different state is varied and unique. The biggest attraction of Chennai is the beautiful beaches while the biggest draw of Kerala is the backwaters. Goa is popular for the happening beach parties and Andhra Pradesh is home to several historical monuments. The state capital of Karnataka, Bangalore is an important IT hub that is famous for its nightlife as well.

Hence regardless of whether you wish to travel the entire south of India or one state or union territory at a time, you would not have shortage of interesting places to visit. You would not have any trouble with transport or accommodation either since tourism is well promoted in south India.

 

Plan a trip to the charming south Indian state Kerala

India is a beautiful country with varied kinds of tourist spots. One of the most popular and scenic tourist destinations is Kerala. In India, Kerala is famously known as God’s own country due to the natural beauty that this state is blessed with. It seems that nature has been partial when decorating this state with lush green vegetation, beautiful back waters and overall soothing calmness. There are man made stunning temples too. And the culture of Kerala is unique as well that is worth experiencing. You should also taste the cuisine of Kerala when visiting this beautiful state.

Plan your Kerala trip at anytime of the year since the weather of this picturesque state is almost similar all through the year. Although most people think that Kerala only means the back waters, you can not be more mistaken if that is what you think too. The back waters are of course an integral part of Kerala tourism since it is a unique natural phenomenon that is caused when the sea back tracks to penetrate the land. The coconut trees surrounding the back waters flowing through the land make it such a soothing experience that you would never want to return from the trip.

the culture and attire of Kerala is unique

the culture and attire of Kerala is unique

You can very well understand that the first place to visit in Kerala is the back waters and then you can move on to visiting the many beautiful temples of Kerala. One of the unique cultures of this state that would amaze you is keeping domesticated elephants. Kerala is the state that has the maximum number of domesticated elephants in India and these elephants are an important part of any celebrations. The people of Kerala usually wear white as their traditional attire which is also different from rest of India since most Indian state uses numerous colors in their traditional attires.

the spa therapy in Kerala is world famous

the spa therapy in Kerala is world famous

Kerala is well connected to the rest of India and many major cities of the world via flights, trains and buses with the neighboring states as well. The tourism in Kerala is extremely well promoted and hence tourists are welcomed with open arms in this lovely, charming state. There are many hotels, resorts and guest houses in every part of this state and one more thing that you must try when visiting Kerala is the spa. The Ayurvedic spa therapy and treatment massage of Kerala is world famous due to its therapeutic effects and healing properties.

Goa – have fun in the sun

The splashing sea, the happening parties and the stunning beaches is what makes Goa one of the hottest tourist spots of India. This small union territory located in the western part of India between the states of Maharashtra and Karnataka is especially popular with the youth. Families visit Goa too for some fun in the sun and for the lure of the varied water sports. Goa, you can say, is a piece of heaven for beach lovers in India. Goa does not disappoint any tourist either since there are beaches with happening parties as well as beaches for tourists looking to spend time in peace and tranquility.

a stunning Goa beach

a stunning Goa beach

You would be able to get a hint of the beauty of Goa, if you choose to travel by train from Bangalore to Goa. The view of the famous Dudhsagar waterfall, located at the border of Goa and Karnataka, on the way is not only stunning, it is a sight that would be etched in your memory forever. Dudhsagar means ocean of milk and indeed the majestic frothing white waterfall looks like one. The sight is especially magnificent during the monsoon when it is transformed into a massive waterfall. It is after all the fifth largest waterfall in India. You can also choose to trek or travel to the location of this waterfall from Goa.

the view of Dudhsagar falls while traveling by train from Bangalore to Goa

the view of Dudhsagar falls while traveling by train from Bangalore to Goa

Due to the huge numbers of tourists crowding Goa all through the year, there is no shortage of good hotels in this quaint union territory. Of course the best places to stay in Goa are the ones on the beaches with great sea views but these hotels would be expensive as well. Hence if you have a limited budget, make sure you find cheap hotels in Goa. Even if the cheap hotels do not offer great views of the sea or the beaches, you would surely not have any complaints against the hospitality that you would receive since Goa is as much known well for the friendly residents as much for the lovely beaches.

Since Goa is one place in India that does not have any particular tourist seasons, it would be best if you can book your accommodation in advance. Especially if you are looking to stay in a beach side hotel with an excellent view, make sure you have it booked much in advance. The cuisine of Goa is very famous too with varied different kinds of food items available.

Ooty – the most scenic hill station on south India

Ooty is one of the most beautiful places in south India that you should definitely visit. This stunning hill station is located in the Nilgiri districts of Tamil Nadu and is one of the most famous and most visited places in this south Indian state. Ooty is also known as Udagamandalam, Udhagai in the local regions, although the real name of this quaint hill station is Ootacamund. The beauty of this hill station is so charming that during the British rule in India, this was the most visited summer getaway by the East India company officials.

Ooty is one of teh most beautiful hill stations in south India

Ooty is one of teh most beautiful hill stations in south India

It is not without any reason that Ooty is called the queen of hill stations in south India. it is a paradise for nature lovers with acres of tea plantations and surrounding lush green vegetation. The towering hills all around add to the beauty of this hill station. The charm of this small hill station in the south is such that it is also one of the most popular honeymoon destinations in India. Honeymooners visit this hill station for some privacy which is mostly absent in the hill stations of the north due to the huge number of tourists flocking for a glimpse of the Himalayan mountain range.

The hills of Ooty is not as majestic or snow covered like the himalyan range but nevertheless the Nilgiri hills of the Easterns Ghats are no less in beauty. Since Ooty is such a popular tourist destination, it is very well connected to most major cities of India and extremely well connected to all parts of Tamil Nadu. There are trains and buses as well as hired cars that you can avail to reach Ooty. You can also opt for flights through Coimbatore, which is the nearest airport. When in Ooty you should definitely try the toy train. The ride is on the toy train amongst the beautiful surroundings is a memorable experience unto itself.

toy train ride in Ooty is a memorable experience

toy train ride in Ooty is a memorable experience

There is no dearth of places to stay in Ooty, given the number of tourists visiting this place. For Ooty places to stay you can consult the Internet. The best locations are taken up by the Tamil Nadu tourism guest houses and tourist lodges. Hence if you can book on of these, you would be able to get good views of the exquisite locales of Ooty. There are also ample numbers of private budget hotels as well as luxury star resorts.

The top five places to visit in south India

India as a country is stunningly beautiful with hundreds of tourist places. From adventure tourism to eco tourism, India offers a myriad selection of tourism opportunities for tourists and hence it is not wonder that people from all over the globe flock to this country for a trip. Although all of India has popular tourist destinations, some of the best tourist places of India are located in southern part of India. India is vastly divided into north and south, with the northern part being famous for the Himalayas and the southern part for the Indian Ocean.

the different places of south India

the different places of south India

Since the shape of the southern part of India is peninsular, south India travel can be done in about a month. There are four states and three union territories that fall under south India and these can be covered more or less with that much time. The top five places that you must visit when on a tour in south India are as listed below:

1)      The very first place that you must visit is the Kerala backwaters. Kerala in India is known as God’s own country and it is not without any valid reason. This state is a paradise for nature lovers and the backwaters of Kerala are a very famous tourist destination in India.

2)      The second must visit place in south India is Goa. It is a quaint union territory located in between the states of Karnataka and Maharashtra with stunningly beautiful beaches as well as remains of Portuguese colonial architecture in beautiful Churches and buildings. Goa is most popular for parties and happening nightlife.

3)      The third most visited place in south India is Bangalore. This capital city of Karnataka is a bustling metropolis and an important IT hub of India. For experiencing city life of India, this is the best place that you should visit.

4)      The fourth best tourist spot in south India is Hyderabad. This city is the capital of Andhra Pradesh and is a unique combination of modernity with history. There are historical places like the Golconda Fort, Charminar along with being another important IT hub in south India.

Kanyakumari in south India is the end point of mainland India

Kanyakumari in south India is the end point of mainland India

5)      The fifth south Indian place that you must visit is Kanyakumari in Tamil Nadu state. It is the southern most tip of the mainland India and hence it is quite an experience to see the vast expanse of Ocean in front of you from this point.

Experience the charm of Goa

One of the most happening, popular and best tourist spots in India is Goa. This union territory is one tourist spot in India that attracts all kinds of people from all over the world as well as India. The biggest attraction of Goa is the beautiful, picturesque and stunningly exquisite beaches along with the happening nightlife as well as the parties. There is no on season for Goa since this quaint union territory of India has different kind of beauty in different seasons. Monsoons paint a different kind of picture while winter shows a different kind of beauty all together.

the beaches of Goa are a treat for the eyes

the beaches of Goa are a treat for the eyes

Goa has quite a few numbers of popular beaches that are all different in nature. Some offers peace and calm, some are ideal for couples while the others are bustling with partying youth. You can choose to visit most of the beaches and experience the different faces of this one charming union territory or you can choose to visit a single beach or a few beaches based on your liking. You can also indulge in some shopping as well as taste the delicious drinks and food of Goa. This sea side south Indian union territory is well connected to all of India as well as the world by trains and flights.

Goa is also well connected to its neighboring states like Karnataka and Maharashtra by good bus services. Hence traveling to Goa would not be a problem. Traveling within this place would not be a hassle either since there are ample numbers of hired car services, taxis as well as buses available. You do not need to worry about accommodation as well since there are many good hotels in Goa. From government guest house and tourist lodges to star private hotels to luxury resorts to budget hotels, all is available in ample numbers in this beautiful sea side union territory of India.

a luxurious sea side hotel in Goa

a luxurious sea side hotel in Goa

The sea side hotels and resorts would of course cost more and hence you can choose an accommodation based on your budget as well as requirements. Just remember that since there are no on seasons for Goa, the crowd of tourists keeps flowing in continuously and hence it would be a good idea to book your accommodation in advance to avoid any problems later on as well as to get proper accommodation. Once your accommodation is booked, just relax and enjoy the vibe of the ever young Goa.