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Have a fascinating and fulfilling trip to south India

A trip to south India would be fulfilling in more ways than one. The southern part of India is not only stunningly beautiful but the myriad variety of cultures, traditions, attires and languages would fascinate you and mesmerize you. There are four states, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka as well as three union territories, Goa, Lakshadweep islands and Pondicherry in the southern part of India. Since the southern part of India is peninsular in shape, you can tour this part of India within a shorter time than required for touring the northern part of India. However, short here translates to a couple of months.

the stunning beaches of south India

the stunning beaches of south India

Although south India is well known for its stunning beaches, there are also picturesque hill stations due to the presence of the Western and the Eastern Ghats. Hence you can say that south India is a combination of exotic beaches, beautiful hill stations and myriad cultures, traditions as well as customs. Each state and union territory of south India has its own individuality in the form of unique languages as well as attires. For instance the traditional attire of Kerala is brilliant white while the traditional attire of Tamil Nadu is a mix of vibrant colors. The languages are different for the different regions as well.

The whole of south India is interconnected well by a network of flights, trains and buses. All the south India tourist destinations are well connected to the rest of the country as well as all of the major cities of the world by trains and flights as well. Since the southern part of India is so well developed, you would not have any hassles traveling inter as well as intra states or cities and in finding proper accommodations either. Like all hotels in India, hotels of south India too are well known for hospitality and friendliness offered to every single tourist and guests.

the hotels of south India provide excellent welcome to tourists

the hotels of south India provide excellent welcome to tourists

Regardless of the number of stars the hotel has or the amenities and facilities provided by the hotel, you would surely feel comfortable and welcome. Each different location of south India has different tourist seasons, although for most of the places, you can visit all through the year. But is there is a particular season and you are visiting during that season, make sure to book your accommodation in advance to avoid any problems later on. Book your hotels with the help of the Internet.

The different faces of south India

South India might just be a part of India but nevertheless there are such myriad varieties of beautiful places to see that you would be spoilt for a choice of tourist destination. Being peninsular in shape, south India can be toured with a shorter amount of time that what is required to tour the northern part of India. But this is only possible if you visit only the popular tourist destinations of the south. If you would like to experience and enjoy the different colors and hues of the different places of south, even a lifetime would possibly not be enough.

Karnataka, a state in south India is a paradise for nature lovers

Karnataka, a state in south India is a paradise for nature lovers

The southern part of India consists of three union territories namely Pondicherry, Goa and the Lakshadweep islands as well as four states namely Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Kerala. Each of these different states and union territories have their own unique set of cultures, traditions, customs, language as well as even attires and cuisines. For instance if you take Tamil Nadu and Kerala the traditional attire of Tamil Nadu is extremely colorful while the attire of Kerala traditionally is white. The language too is different for both the states; while the language spoken in Tamil Nadu is Tamil the regional language of Kerala is Malayalam.

Hence if you are looking to for just a single beautiful place to visit in south India, you would be overwhelmed with the choices. But with all the differing traditions, cultures and everything else, one thing is common between all the places of south India and that is hospitality. Regardless of the place you choose to visit, like every other part of India, rest assured that you would receive a very warm welcome in all the places of south India as well. The one thing that is same for all Indian hotels be it a luxurious star resort or a budget private hotel, is the friendly demeanor of the people.

Elephants are an integral part of Kerala culture, another state in south India

Elephants are an integral part of Kerala culture, another state in south India

All the major cities of south India are well connected to each other by excellent bus services and the rest of India as well as some of the major cities around the globe by trains and flights. Depending on your needs, budget and requirement, you can choose your mode of travel. Traveling within the states or union territories of south India would be easy and comfortable as well since the southern part of India is well developed and hence the transport network system is great.

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.

 

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.

Have a gala time exploring Hyderabad

India is a huge country with a lot of places of interest ranging from majestic mountains to mysterious forests. If the Himalayan range on the north is awe inspiring, the vast Indian Ocean in the south is greatly beautiful as well. The famous Thar Desert in Rajasthan is stunning too and the Taj Mahal does not even require any description at all since it is one of the wonders of the world. In this beautiful country, one of the best tourist spot in India is Hyderabad. It is the capital of the south Indian state Andhra Pradesh and is one of the locations in India with a fascinating history as well as historical monuments.

explore the beautiful city of Hyderabad

explore the beautiful city of Hyderabad

One of the places that you must visit when you are in Hyderabad is the Charminar. It is the monument that symbolizes this metropolitan city. What is most unique about this city is the co existence of modern shopping malls along with the historical monuments. This city is a grand combination of modernity and traditional culture. The cuisine also adds to the individuality of the city. Biriyani is the cuisine that whole of India loves but is best available in Hyderabad. Hence this delicacy is one thing that you must taste while you are in this city of the Nizams. Apart from the cuisine and the Charminar, there are also other places of interest.

famous cuisine, biriyani of Hyderabad

famous cuisine, biriyani of Hyderabad

The other place that you must visit is the Hussain Sagar Lake with a tall standing statue of Buddha in the middle of the lake. You can get to the statue on a boat during the day time and the evenings are stunning with the lights adoring the surroundings of the lake. You should also visit the Golconda fort if you are interested in history. The architecture is fascinating and so is the history of the fort. Another must visit place is the Salar Jung museum especially for having a look at the fames veiled statue of Rebecca. There are other interesting collections too that would surely take your breath away.

Since Hyderabad is such a famous tourist spot, it would be best if you can book your accommodation in advance. There are star hotels in Hyderabad as well as budget hotels too. The facilities and amenities would of course differ as per the budget of the hotel you have chosen but the hospitality you would receive would surely be same in this magnificent city.

 

A trip to naturally and culturally rich south India

The south of India is peninsular in shape and hence even though India is a huge country, the southern part can be toured within a short time. A short time does not mean a week or two though, for a complete as well as an all inclusive trip to south India you would have to manage at least a month. The south of India consists of Pondicherry, Goa and Lakshadweep islands, which are the union territories as well as Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Kerala, which are the states. Each union territory and state ha such variety of tourist places that you would surely be overwhelmed with the experience.

Kerala backwaters - a must visit in south India

Kerala backwaters – a must visit in south India

Usually tourists visiting south India separately visit Goa and the Lakshadweep islands since only the four states and Pondicherry can take more than a month to tour completely. Lakshadweep would require you to opt for either a ship or a flight since it is an island. Goa on the other hand is best toured separately since there is a lot to enjoy and experience in Goa. The states of south India can be toured separately too and it would help if you stay somewhere in south India as your base place. The reason is that then you would be able to visit the many wonderful places south India as weekend getaways.

Mahabalipuram Temple in south India

Mahabalipuram Temple in south India

South India has everything for tourists, from charmingly beautiful beaches to stunningly quaint hill stations. There are also historical temples and monuments that are worth a visit, especially if the history of India fascinates you. Apart from the places of interest, the unique culture of south India is a thing to experience as well. South India boasts of a rich cultural heritage and is completely different from that of India. The cuisine of south India is different as well and hence worth a try. All the south Indian states are well connected to the rest of the country and hence you do not need to worry about your travel.

Like most hotels in India, most of south Indian hotels also always have a welcoming and friendly smile on offer along with various modern amenities and facilities, depending on your budget as well as choice of a hotel. In every part of south India there are hotels of all types, from luxury star hotels to budget ones to resorts and also government tourist guest houses. Just book in advance and you will be set for your trip.

Explore the beautiful south India

India is a country of many wonders. You would find very few countries in the world that would offer you natural beauty galore along with man made wonders. India is a country with every single state offering something of interest to visitors. From hill stations to beaches to jungles to deserts to architectural wonders, India has it all. There are even some states that offer all in one tour treat to the visitors. India is broadly divided in to two parts, north India and South India. While both parts of India has numerous places to visit, a tour of south India is an awe striking experience.

Kerala back waters, a famous tour in south India

Kerala back waters, a famous tour in south India

Among the well known and famous tourist places of India there are quite a few south Indian tourist spots as well. The states of Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala and Karnataka as well as the union territories of Lakshadweep islands and Pondicherry make up the travel itinerary of south India tour. If you want to see all the places of interest in all the states, you would need more than a month time. Usually if you choose to travel with a tour operating company, depending on your interests, the tour would at least last for fifteen days since any time lesser than that would be not even close to enough for south India travel.

the beautiful beaches of south India

the beautiful beaches of south India

You can start your tour of south India from any of your chosen states and move on to the next one after you have visited all the places of your interest in that state. It is better to start with Andhra Pradesh and end with Tamil Nadu since Tamil Nadu is the state that has maximum numbers of places of interest, from beautiful beaches to temples to hill stations. The best thing is that you can commute between the states of south India in buses and within the states between cities as well. If you are traveling with a tour operator you do not need to worry about transport though.

If you are traveling alone and have problem traveling in buses, you can also travel from one city to another in a hired car. And you can also choose to commute via the local auto rickshaws within the cities. Since south India is a very popular tourist destination of India, there are ample numbers of staying options available, ranging from budget to luxury. Hence you would not face any problems on your tour to south India.

 

Incredible India- Amazing Hyderabad

Want to taste the flavors of India? Visit Hyderabad. It is a fast developing IT city and the capital of Andhra Pradesh and also the recently established state of Telengana. It is a city of fixed flavors as you can find the modern and the ancient life style all encoded with a rich ancient history that is so well evident in the different monuments of the city like the temples, mosques, and other heritage buildings and architectures.

Mecca Masjid

Mecca Masjid

Hyderabad is one of the most popular tourist destinations in India and thus it is flocked by hordes of tourists from different parts of the world all throughout the year. It is thus not very surprising that several tourist agencies and the agents offer attractive tour packages to the city of Hyderabad along with different travel deals too. The city is also known for its cuisine and other products like the pearls and the leather. Thus if you are fond of retail therapy, Hyderabad can be a great booster for you in terms of shopping and indulging in some retail therapy.

When you think of Hyderabad, you also think of the Charminar. In fact, it is the face of Hyderabad to the world. Within 100 meters of the Charminar is located the Mecca Masjid which is one of the biggest mosques in Asia. Apart from these two quick views in Hyderabad, you can also spend a relaxing evening next to the Hussain Sagar Lake which is right next to the Eat Street which is also known as the Necklace Street in Hyderabad. The Necklace Street is very similar to the Marine Drive in Mumbai in terms of the look and décor. Apart from these, you can also stroll down to the Birla Temple and the NTR Gardens. You would need at least an entire day if you want to check out the collections at the Salar Jung Museum. It boasts of some awesome collections of the Nizams of Hyderabad and is worth a visit when you are in the city.

Hyderabad in the evening

Hyderabad in the evening

While in Hyderabad, you would want to look for preferably a good accommodation, cheap in terms of budget and clean for living. Well, that is not much of a problem either since there are several accommodations available in the city and they range from the 5 star Hotels Hyderabad to the budget hotels. You can make prior bookings or you can also walk down into a chosen hotel after reaching the city. However it is recommended that you make prior bookings to ensure confirmed living space.

Select a good hotel while on a holiday

If you are planning a tour of Kerala this spring, it is indeed the best choice that you can make for a relaxing trip that will rejuvenate you in a short time span. Planning a trip is never easy and you need to go through a lot of hassles in terms of the itinerary, accommodations, traveling within the area etc. While you can hire the services of a travel operator, he can certainly help you with the vacation plan to the core, but he can never make the hotel bookings for you. Thus it is imperative to say that you have to take care of the accommodation part all by yourself.

Kerala at Sunset

Kerala at Sunset

It is needless to say that while planning a proper tour itinerary requires certain knowledge and expertise, choosing to stay in an accommodation is rather subjective and hence it is up to the customer to make this selection according to the preference and of course the budget.

Selecting the hotel for accommodation is very personal as a choice and there is no one else in the world who can do it for you since it largely depends on certain personal factors like the budget that you have in mind and the standard of living that you are used to, the basic requirements that you have and also your expectations out of a place etc matters significantly while choosing the best hotel for staying purpose.

Thus when you are looking for the best hotels in south India for your vacation purpose, you must get involved in the tour planning and also spend some time researching on the internet to look for the best hotel that suits your preferences and also budget. The travel operators also recommend hotels some of the time when they have good feedback about any such hotels from the previous clients. However, you can always conduct your research and at the same time take a look at the recommendation from the tour operators so as to get the best deal in this regard.

River rafting in Kerala

River rafting in Kerala

Besides while you are on travel to Kerala, you must check the following factors while choosing a good hotel:

  1. The budget for staying is within your comfort limits.
  2. The location of the hotel is an important factor to be considered too.
  3. The category of the hotel is also worth your considerable factors as depending on it you would have an idea about the kind of living standards it offers.
  4. The quality of the food and the room should also fit your preferences and expectations.

Exploring Kerala with adventurous holidays

Kerala is known as God’s own country for a reason. The majestic mountains in the Western Ghats along with the emerald green waters of the Arabian Sea together combine in exact harmony in Kerala thereby portraying a magnetic beauty that you just cannot resist. Kerala boasts of natural forests with stunning flora and fauna and that is why it is such a popular tourist destination for people all over the world.

Backwaters in Kerala

Backwaters in Kerala

Here are some of the adventurous activities that you can do while on a visit to Kerala. If you have that madness streak in you, you would certainly fall in love with your visit to this place and would want to come back again and again over the years.

Bamboo rafting in the rivers: if you love nature, you would certainly want to try the bamboo rafting at the Periyar Tiger Reserve at Thekkady. It is a 9 hour journey on the raft made from bamboo in the river and is an eco tourism program that is already a hit with the tourists all over the world. While on the raft, you can enjoy the sceneries of the forests all around you and also watch the animals and the birds chirping away melodiously on the trees.

Houseboats in Kerala

Houseboats in Kerala

If you are fond of some more adventure, you can also try the Canoeing and Kayaking: Staying at the Kerala Backwaters and enjoying the majestic beauty of the surroundings on different types of kayak is unparallel to any other experiences in the world. Backwaters being one of the best places in Kerala that is frequented by the honeymooners and also the tourists looking for some tranquility also offers the amazing view of the culture and the life style of the Keralians on the Kayak tour.

If you like trekking, you can also choose the mountain climbing. The Chembra Peak at Wayanad is a popular place for the mountain climbing. Or you can also choose to trek along the tiger line in the forests of Thekkady. There are guides who can help you in the trek and also help you spot the animals while you walk through the forests in camouflaged wear.

Living on the tree to get closer to the lap of the nature is also a must when you are in Kerala. While there are several Kerala resorts and hotels, staying on a tree top can indeed be an enchanting experience. It is a special facility that is offered by several resorts in Kerala and if you opt for one such, it will certainly be a memorable experience for you.