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.

The happening city of Bangalore

India is an amazing country that has a variety of places of interest for tourists. India is vastly divided into two parts, namely north India and south India. While north India mostly has hill stations, south India mostly boasts of beautiful beaches. North India is wide and hence cannot be covered all at once but since south of India is peninsular and hence can be toured at once, only if you have quite a few days time in your hands. Three union territories and four states make up the south of India and each state as well as union territory has something great to offer to tourists, in terms of places of interest and culture.

the happening UB city of Bangalore

the happening UB city of Bangalore

One of the best tourist places in south India is Bangalore. This important metropolitan city of India is the capital of the south Indian state Karnataka. Apart from being a very popular tourist spot, Bangalore is also a very important IT hub of India. Hence it is no wonder that people from all over India as well as all over the globe visit Bangalore and there is a steady flow of people in and out of the city. This bustling city is well known for its night life and if you want to enjoy the real vibe of young India, you would have to experience the happening and fast life of Bangalore.

There are many places of interest that you can visit in and around Bangalore, from hill stations to temples. But most people visit this vibrant city to have a great time experiencing metropolitan lifestyle. This city is a very important tourist spot as well as an IT hub, like it is mentioned above and hence it is extremely well connected to the rest of India by flights, trains as well as buses with the neighboring south Indian states and union territories. All you would need to do is book your seats on a flight or a train or a bus and be prepared to have the time of your life.

luxurious Bangalore hotels

luxurious Bangalore hotels

Since Bangalore receives tourists as well as professionals every single day, you would do well to book your accommodation in advance. For Bangalore places to stay you can consult the Internet. There is no dearth of hotels or resorts or guest houses in Bangalore. From budget private hotels to luxurious star resorts to government guest houses, Bangalore has it all for anyone and everyone.

The charming south Indian hill station – Ooty

Located in the enchanting Nilgiri district of Tamil Nadu is the queen of hills in south India, Ooty. The official name of Ooty is Ootacamund but it is also known as Udhagai and Udagamandalam. This hill station is most famous for the tea estates and plantations located here but the beauty of Ooty is what attracts tourists from all parts of the world to return again and again. There are beautiful picturesque landscapes, lofty towering hills and miles of greenery spread all around with the tea plantations as well as dense lush green forests. Situated at an altitude of 2240 meters above the sea level, the weather of Ooty remains pleasant throughout the year.

the mile of greenery in Ooty

the mile of greenery in Ooty

Such is the charm of this small quaint hill station that many people of India plan their honeymoon to this place as well. The reason is that this charming hill station provides the privacy along with romanticism and beauty all in a package deal. The privacy part is absent in most hill stations in India due to the crowds that flock to hill stations. Ooty receives quite an amount of crowd of tourists too but it is lesser than the hills stations of the north. You have to experience the beauty of Ooty to believe it. It is not without any reason that Ooty was a favorite getaway destination for the British during the summer months in India.

Ooty is well connected via road and railway to all parts of India. You can also fly in through the Coimbatore airport, which is the nearest airport to Ooty. While in Ooty make sure you ride the toy train of Ooty that connects this lovely hill station to the town of Mettupalayam. For local sightseeing in Ooty you can hire a car and for accommodation you do not need to worry about a thing. Ooty is as safe as it can be and there are ample places to stay in Ooty. You can choose from the private budget hotels to the luxurious resorts located in the laps of the mountains. The views from most hotels are awesome due to the locations.

the location of a Ooty hotel

the location of a Ooty hotel

The best locations are however, taken up by the government tourist lodges and hence if you can get a place in one, you would never forget the experience. But for getting government tourist lodge accommodation, you have to book in advance. Even if you do not get it, there is no dearth of Ooty places to stay. 

One of the best tourist spots in India – Hyderabad

Hyderabad is known as the city of Nizams and is a unique city that boasts of a combination of ancient history and culture with modern lifestyle. This city has the historical monuments of the famous Charminar and the Golconda Fort while also being e very important IT hub of India. It is no wonder that not only tourists from all over India and the worldwide visit this city but a crowd of professionals also flock in for various work purposes. This is one city that is ever busy with people coming in from all parts of the world and India for work as well as fun.

the bustling city of Hyderabad

the bustling city of Hyderabad

Hence it goes without saying that with all the tourists and professionals coming into the city everyday there would be a wide variety of hotels available in Hyderabad. Depending on the purpose of your visit you would have to choose not only the location that would be best for your accommodation but also the kind of hotel. There are all kinds of hotels, from budget lodges to star hotels in Hyderabad. Depending on your budget and your requirement, you can you place of staying. But since there are no seasons for visiting this city and since many people visit Hyderabad every single day, make sure you have your hotel booked in advance to avoid any trouble getting proper accommodation.

If you are looking for the best tourist spot in India, you would never be able to decide on just one place since this vast country is a myriad collection of beautiful locations and Hyderabad is certainly one of them. Just visit the Hussain Sagar Lake during one evening in Hyderabad and you would surely fall in love with this bustling city at once. The lights around this lake form a semi circle that is known as the queen’s necklace and is much like marine drive in Mumbai. Only the large Buddha statue at the middle of the lake is what sets it apart and possibly make it better than marine drive.

Hussain Sagar Lake at night

Hussain Sagar Lake at night

The cuisine of Hyderabad is extremely famous in all over India as well. You should especially taste the Biriyani, which is a specialty of Hyderabad. You might also consider shopping for pearls here since this city is famous for authentic and original pearls as well. The reason is that pearls are artificially produced here and hence pearl jewelry is extremely cheap in Hyderabad.

Visit God’s own country Kerala

The entire south India, as we know it, consists of four states and three union territories with each state as well as union territory offering many myriad places of interest for tourists to visit. Hence it is impossible to tour entire south of India all at once, unless you have around three months time in your hands. Since for most people it is not possible to manage that much time for a trip, it would be a good idea to visit one place at a time. You can choose your destination based on your liking since south India has it all, from exquisite beaches to stunning hill stations to temples.

Kerala - truly God's own country

Kerala – truly God’s own country

You can start your south India tour with Kerala trip. This beautiful state is not only rich in natural wonders but also cultural heritage. The culture of Kerala is completely different from the rest of India and you would be able to see that in the attire of the local people as well as the cuisine. White is extensively worn in Kerala as part of the traditional dressing. And like white symbolizes calmness, peace as well as tranquility, you would feel it in every part of this state. The culture of Kerala is distinctive in its various art forms as well. The dance, music and movies of Kerala have helped in creating a mark for Kerala in the world stage.

elephants are an integral part of Kerala culture

elephants are an integral part of Kerala culture

Another magnificent part of the rich culture of Kerala is elephants. With the largest population of domesticated elephants, this majestic animal is the state animal of Kerala. When it comes to visiting Kerala on a trip the first thing that comes to mind of any tourist is also the symbol of Kerala and that is Kerala backwaters. But it is not the only place to visit in Kerala since this state is a plethora of natural beauty. There are also beautiful sandy beaches like Kovalam and Cherai as well as picturesque hill stations like Munnar and Wayanad. Once you set foot in this charming state of south India, you would be able to understand for yourself why it is known as God’s own country and how true it indeed is.

Kerala is well connected to the rest of India by railway as well as flights. You can also avail buses from the neighboring states of Karnataka and Tamil Nadu to Kerala. There are numerous hotels too since tourism is well promoted in this quaint state.

Stunning hill station in south India – Coorg

In India, the northern part is more famous for hill stations than the southern part. The reason is obviously the presence of the majestic Himalayan mountain range. But with the beautiful Western Ghats as the backdrop, Coorg of south India is also a stunning and famous hill station. Located in the state of Karnataka, tourists from all over the world and India visit Coorg to relax in the laps of nature. Also known as Kodagu locally, Coorg is sparsely populated and is famous for its coffee plantation as well. Hence if you planning to visit south India make sure you include Coorg in your tour itinerary.

stunning Coorg

stunning Coorg

Coorg or Kodagu is extremely rich in wildlife with a national park, the Rajiv Gandhi National Park also known as the Nagarhole National Park and three big wildlife sanctuaries in Pushpagiri, Brahmagiri and Talakaveri. It is indeed a paradise for nature lovers where you can not only relax rest and rejuvenate amongst nature but can also experience the wildlife of south India. Coorg is also one of the richest places in India due to the revenue generated from coffee plantation. Kodagu is after all second largest producer of coffee in India after Chikkamagaluru. There are also a few temples and a fort that you can visit in Coorg.

There are a few beautiful falls too, which are of course signature of Western Ghats, in Coorg. Three of the most popular falls that you should definitely visit when you are in Coorg are the Mallalli falls, Iruppu falls and Abbey falls. Also do not miss the sunset or the sunrise or both from the Raja’s seat, which also has a musical fountain display in the evenings and a toy train ride. For activities, you can go trekking since Coorg is one of the best places for trekking in south India with many trails leading to some exquisite view points.

beautiful waterfall in Coorg

beautiful waterfall in Coorg

Due to the many tourists visiting Coorg every year, there are many places to stay in Coorg. There are budget private hotels, luxurious resorts as well as tourist lodges and guest houses in this stunning southern hill station. It goes without saying that the government tourist lodges are situated in the most scenic places but there are some resorts and private hotels in beautiful places as well. Just make sure you book in advance to get accommodation in the best possible places within your budget range.

Celebration of Ugadi in south India

Ugadi or the beginning of New Year is celebrated in the Deccan region of India. Almost the whole of south India, including the states of Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala and Tamil Nadu celebrates Ugadi. The other states of India also celebrate the same festival on the very same day but with a different name. For instance in Maharashtra, Ugadi is celebrated as Gudi Padwa and in Rajasthan it is celebrated as Thapna. Regardless of the name of the festival, the essence remains the same, welcoming a brand new year at the start of the Vasant ritu or the spring time and hence the date changes each year.

decoration for Ugadi

decoration for Ugadi

The name symbolizes the meaning of this festival. Ugadi is derived from the Sanskrit word Yugadi which can be divided into two words Yug and Aadi. Yug means age while aadi means beginning and hence Yugadi essentially means the beginning of a new age. In south India, different states celebrate this beginning of a new year by eating special dishes and later reciting or listening to the recitation of Almanac. The special Ugadi dish usually consists of six different taste symbolizing six emotions of human beings. This dish is called Bevu Bella in Kannada, which is a more liquefied form and it is called Ugadi Pachhadi in Telegu.

Ugadi special six taste dish

Ugadi special six taste dish

The six tastes consist of pepper or green chili for the hot taste that symbolizes anger, neem leaves for the bitter taste that symbolizes sadness, tamarind for the sour taste symbolizing disgust, jaggery for the sweet taste that symbolizes happiness, unripe mango for the tangy taste that symbolizes surprise and salt for the salty taste that symbolizes fear. After the dish is prepared and eaten, people sit around and listen to the recitation of Almanac or the holy Panchamgam, read aloud by an elderly, in a social gathering. People greet each other with Ugadi Subhakankshalu in Telegu and by saying Yugadi Habbada Shubhashayagalu in Kannada.

This would be a great time for you to visit south India to understand this very well celebrated festival of Ugadi. It would tell you a lot about the rich cultures of south India and you would also be able to taste the amazing cuisine and be a part of a different kind of celebration. There are no countdowns but the quiet celebration with family and friends to spread happiness would make you understand the rich cultural heritage of India.

South India – the place of rich cultural heritage

If you are planning a vacation, consider going on a trip to south India. it would be a trip that would not only be memorable but would also be rich in experience. The culture of south India is completely different from that of the northern parts of India and hence it would be a delight to enjoy this different culture of the south. There are numerous places to visit in south India as well. If you are looking for a single best place to visit in south India, you would be disappointed since there are wonderful places galore in each of the states of south India, from amazing hill stations like Ooty and Coorg to stunning beaches like Gokarna.

the states and union territories of south India

the states and union territories of south India

There are stunning temples and wonderful architectures too that you would have to see to believe. Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh are the states as well as Pondicherry, Goa and Lakshadweep islands under the part of south India. With so many states and union territories, you can only imagine the number of interesting places you would have for visiting with each state and union territory having more than enough places of interest that would take up all your time. In general the whole of south India is extremely popular for its rich cultural heritage, colorful lifestyle, and the different kinds of vibrant clothes worn by the people, the music and the cuisine.

Everything is so different about south India that even if you do not visit any popular tourist spot, you would enjoy your stay here equally. In terms of accommodation, you would not be disappointed with the hotels in south India. In fact, on the contrary, you would be more than satisfied with the staying arrangements of south India. The thing about Indian hotels, including hotels of south India is that regardless of the kind of hotel you choose, be it a luxury resort or a budget hotel, and regardless of the kind of amenities provided at the hotel, you would surely be made to feel extremely welcome as soon as your check in.

luxurious hotels of south India

luxurious hotels of south India

People all over India as so in south India too, are very friendly and hence you would never feel unwelcome anywhere you go and in any place you stay. It does not matter which country you are from or the kind of money you spend on accommodation, you would surely be comfortable and have a memorable experience.

Visit the city of the Nizams – Hyderabad

South India boasts of a rich culture and excellent natural beauty along with man made architectural brilliance. A trip to south India is not only fulfilling in terms of experience but also in terms of a memorable trip. There are stunning hill stations like Ooty and beaches like Chennai. There are also wonderful historic buildings with excellent architectures like the Charminar and the Mysore Palace. All you would need to do is decide what interests you most and choose a state or destination to visit accordingly. There are holiday places in south India galore since there are four states and three union territories that make up the whole of south India.

Golconda Fort in Hyderabad

Golconda Fort in Hyderabad

The states that make up south India are Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh. The union territories of south India are Goa, Lakshadweep and Pondicherry. Hence you can understand well enough the number of options you have to tour south India. Each of the states is rich in terms of places of interest as well as culture. For instance if you choose to visit Andhra Pradesh, there is the city of Hyderabad which is a city that would offer you more places of interest than you can visit in a single trip, unless you have more than ten days time in your hands. Hyderabad is not only rich in the number of place to visit but also other things like cuisine and shopping.

view of Charminar in Hyderabad

view of Charminar in Hyderabad

The places you can visit in Hyderabad are Charminar, which is like a symbol of Hyderabad. You should also visit the Golconda Fort, Mecca Masjid, the Hussain Sagar Lake and the Salarjung Museum. When in Hyderabad you should definitely try the Biriyani, which is a famous cuisine of this city of the Nizams and should definitely shop for pearls. The pearls of Hyderabad are very famous all over India and the world due to its excellent quality. There are many stores around Charminar that sell authentic pearl jewelry at extremely reasonable prices. It would be a mistake not to taste the cuisine or buy pearl.

For accommodation, you can book any hotels Hyderabad since most hotels come with modern amenities and are clean, hygienic as well. It would be a good idea to book your accommodation in advance since this beautiful city receives a lot of tourists all through the year. Being an important IT hub, this historic city also receives a lot of professionals.

Hotels in Goa offer excellent accommodation

Goa is the dream holiday location for anyone looking for happening nightlife, beautiful beaches and excellent colonial architecture, all in one place. It is not without any reason that young people from all over the world and around India flock to Goa to enjoy life like no other place can offer. There are parties to enjoy, several adventure water sports to be experienced and the beauty of the beaches to be soaked in. There are many beaches in Goa too that you can visit and have fun in based on your preferences. There are beaches that are known for its happening crowd and beaches that offer peace and seclusion.

beautiful beach side hotel in Goa

beautiful beach side hotel in Goa

Each year numerous people from all over the world and India visit Goa and Goa tourism industry is flourishing due to this increasing tourist inflow every year too. Since Goa is a very popular tourist spot in India there are hotels, resorts and guest houses galore for you to stay in. from luxurious star resorts to budget hotels to government guest houses, Goa has it all. What you would need to do is just find a place that not only suits your taste and requirement but your budget as well. You would do well to book in advance but even if you do not have your accommodation booked, you would surely find one.

The beach side hotels and resorts would of course cost more than the hotels that are a little way away from the main beaches. But if you want to catch the action at the beaches, you would have to stay in hotels that are near the beaches. There is no dearth of good hotels in Goa. All you would need to do is find one as per your needs. The amenities provided are unparallel and even the budget hotels offer clean as well as hygienic accommodations. Due to the high competition among the hotel businesses in Goa for attracting tourists, you would be the one benefiting with excellent accommodation facilities.

excellent hotel rooms of Goa

excellent hotel rooms of Goa

If you book your hotel in advance find out if your hotel provides pick up and drop to railway station or airport since then it would be easier for you. Any good hotel would have this facility available for the guests. You can also book local sightseeing with a hired car from your hotel where you are staying. A package deal would possibly help you get good discounts.