Southindian Destinations

Travel destinations in South India



Introduction to the culture of South India
South India represents the original Indian culture, whereas the North Indian culture is crowded by the infiltration of many foreign cultures specially the ones, which came from the central Asia, the Middle East and Iran through the aggressors.n

 

 All the four southern states viz. Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Kerala have scenic beauty, the exquisite architecture, sacred temples and exotic beaches. The ancient and medieval cities like Madras, Kanchipuram, Mahabalipuram, Pondicherry, Chidambaram, Tanjore, Trichy, Madurai, Periyar, Kottayam, Kumarakom, Kochin, Trivendram, Bangalore, and Hyderabad and hill stations such as Ooty and Munnar are the must see places in Southern India. 


Madras or Chennai


Chennai, the capital of Tamil Nadu is home to six million people. It is also referred to as the "Gateway of the South". Despite huge progress in terms of education, industrialization and urbanization, Chennai retains its traditional and conventional essence, unlike the North India. It is still known for its music, dance, art forms, festivals and ancient culture.

Modern Madras city was just a small village in the 17th century. Later on, it was chosen as a settlement site by the British traders of East India Company. Chennai has long sandy beaches, historic monuments, parks, and clear tropical sky. As far as the religious life of Chennai is concerned, it has both the ancient Hindu flavor and colonial Christian influence. On one hand, the temples in Triplicane (Thiruvallikeni) and Mylapore represent Hindu religious fervor; while on the other hand, the churches of St Thomas and other churches remind us of the religion of the colonial rulers. Chennai is connected by road to Kozhikode, Coonoor, Mysore, Kalpetta and Ooty.


Coonoor city


It is a famous hill station in the Doddabetta Range of the Nilgiri's, which is just 20km from Ooty.


Kanchipuram


Ancient Kanchipuram was a city of thousands temples. It was one of the most prominent pilgrimage centers of Hindus. Whereas, most of these temples are converted into ruins, more than 100 temples still exist in the city. In the previous millennium, Kanchipuram was the capital of Chola and Pallava Kingdoms.

Kanyakumari
Kanyakumari is located on the extreme southern tip of Indian peninsula. It is surrounded by majestic hills and plains on one side and beautiful Indian Ocean on the other. The beach is lined up with coconut trees, whereas paddy fields are there on the elevated patches of land. The city is dotted with temples and churches all around.

Kodaikanal City
it is located 2km above the sea level in the exotic Palani hills. It is a beautiful piece of nature with misty surroundings, crystal clear water and pleasant weather.

Madurai
 
Madurai is an ancient city, which is around 3000 years old. It is also very beautiful place with thick forests.

Ooty
This beautiful hill station in south is around 7500ft above sea level in the Nilgiri Mountains. It is one of the best hill-resorts in India with a maximum temperature of 25 degree Celsius in summers. It is a favorite destination of vacationers.

Rameshwaram
 
It is a famous pilgrimage centre for Hindus with a grand temple, where Lord Rama stayed during the course of his Sri Lanka victory.
 

Cochin
 
This is the commercial capital of Kerala; it is also the wealthiest cosmopolitan city in Kerala largely because of the gold brought to the city from the Middle Eastern countries.

Alleppey 
This coastal city of Kerala has Arabian Ocean on one side and backwaters including lakes, lagoons and fresh water rivers on the other. Alappuzha is a place with exotic scenic beauty in Kerala.

Munnar city
It is beautiful hill station with misty clouds all around; located on the Western Ghats. Munnar is confluence of three rivers in Idukki district. The temperature of Munnar does not exceed 25 degree Celsius.

Bangalore
 
Bangalore city has various names such as the city of gardens, the air-conditioned city, Silicon Valley of India and fastest developing city in the world. Despite its huge progress Bangalorians still enjoy ancient vocal music, Veena recital and painting. The city is a heaven for food lovers and golfers. It is linked by air, railways and road-inks to the rest of the country.           

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Transport by Non AC Vehicle in standard packages & AC Vehicle in Deluxe package as per the itinerary. Hotel accommodation on twin sharing basis, In case of 3 Pax, one room with one extra bed is provided. All road taxes, toll taxes, parking fee. Driver reward.

Air fare train fare. guide & entry fee during sight seeing. boating horse riding etc. Portages, Laundry, Food, Tips, Liquor, exp. A.C Supplement charges for vehicle Rs. 9850- and 4.95% Govt Service tax. any other item not specified in cost includes.

Illuminated Brindavan GardensThe Brindavan Gardens are located adjoining the Krishnarajasagara dam built across the river Kaveri.These gardens are primarily symmetrically laid out terrace gardens extending over 60 acres. The BrindavanGardens are famous for the illuminated musical and dancing fountains that attracts a large number of visitors. There is a boating pond in the garden where the visitors can enjoy a boat-ride.

Lal Bagh GardensLal Bagh Gardens is a famous botanical garden in southern Bangalore. The garden was originally commissioned by Hyder Ali, the ruler of Mysore. It has a famous glass house which hosts an annual flower show, housing India's largest collection of tropical plants. It has an aquarium and a lake, and is one of the main tourist attractions in the city. Hyder Ali commissioned the building of this garden in 1760 but his son, Tipu Sultan, completed it who decided to create this garden.

Bull TemplePopularly known as the Bull Temple, Dodda Basavana Gudi is situated in the Basavanagudi, area of South Bangalore. The Hindu temple is inside the park called Bugle Rock where bull referred to is a sacred Hindu demi-god, known as Nandi, a close devotee and attendant of Shiva. Dodda Basavana Gudi is said to be the biggest temple of Nandi in the world with stone cult image of Nandi continually covered with new layers of butter.

OotyOoty is a town and the district capital of the Nilgiris district, Tamil Nadu. Originally occupied by the Todas, the area came under the rule of the East India Company. Today the town's economy is based on tourism and agriculture, with manufacturing of medicines. The town is connected to the rest of India by road and rail, having many historic sites and natural beauty, which attracts tourists.It was originally a tribal land, occupied by the Todas along with other tribes.

HassanHassan is situated 934 mts above sea level with fine weather similar to Bangalore. The town was founded in the 11th century, by Channa Krishnappa Naik and was called Hassan after the Goddess "Haasanamba". The place is called the temple-architectural capital of Karnataka. Hassan, the main city dates back to the 11th century, during the Hoysala dynasty, which lasted to the fourteenth century. The earlier kings of town were of the Jain faith, who built finest temples here, dedicated to...

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KanyakumariKanyakumari, also referred to as Cape Comorin earlieris located at the southernmost tip of India. It is the geographical end of the mainland. The closest major cities are Nagercoil and Thiruvananthapuram, the capital of Kerala, which makes it a popular tourist place in India. Kanyakumari takes its name from the Hindu Goddess Kanyakumari whose temple is situated in the town of it’s, on the sea-shore, and is very confluence of the three water-bodies – the Arabian Sea and the Bay of...

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MaduraiMadurai is the third largest city and is located on the banks of River Vaigai. It has been a major settlement for two millennia and is one of the oldest incessantly inhabited cities in the world. Madurai is closely associated with the Tamil language as all the 3 primary congregations of Tamil scholars were held in the city. The recorded history of the city goes back to the 3rd century BC as city is believed to be of significant antiquity.

KodaikanalKodaikanal in the hills of the taluk division of the Dindigul of Tamil Nadu is referred to as the "Princess of Hill stations" and has a long history as a retreat and popular tourist destination. Also named "The Gift of the Forest", Kodaikanal was established in 1845 as a refuge from the high temperatures and tropical diseases of the plains. Much of the local economy is based on the hospitality industry, which serves tourism.

BelurBelur is one of the famous tourist places and was the early capital of the Hoysala Empire. The main attraction in Belur is the Chennakesava temple, containing the Chennakesava Temple as the centre piece, surrounded by the Kappe Chennigraya. There are two shrines at the place that are still in use by devotees. The Dravida style rayagopuram at the entrance was a later added by the Vijayanagar kings, who considered this deity as one of their family god.

HalebiduHalebidu, located in Hassan, Karnataka was the regal capital of the Hoysala Empire in the 12th century. It is home to one of the best examples of Hoysala architecture temples. Halebidu literally means ruined city and this name is given to it because city was ruined two times by Bahmani Sultanate. Halebidu was the 12th century capital of the Hoysalas and the famous Hoysaleswara temple was built during this time by Ketamala, the Hoysala ruler. The temple complex comprises two Hindu...

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ShravanabelagolaShravanabelagola is located in the Hassan district of Karnataka and is 158 km away from Bangalore. The statue of Gommateshvara Bahubali is one of the most important pilgrimage destinations in Jainism. The statue reached a peak in architectural and sculptural activity under the patronage of Western Ganga Dynasty of Talakad. Chandragupta is said to have died here in 298 BC after he became a Jain monk. Chandragiri has memorials to numerous monks who have meditated here since the fifth...

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