South India has a truly unmistakable culture, making it unique as compared to the rest of India. Each of the South Indian states has managed to preserve their own uniqueness in terms of tradition, architecture and spirituality. And even though there are so many amazing places to explore, there are a few ‘must-see’ South Indian destinations that are very popular among travellers.
- Madurai, Tamil Nadu
The 4000-year-old city of Madurai houses the most famous and magnificent South Indian Meenakshi Temple, which draws thousands of pilgrims here all year round. The architectural brilliance and geographic size of this temple are sure to leave you mesmerized. Some other attractions here include the Tirumalai Nayak Palace, St. Mary’s Cathedral, Gandhi Memorial Museum, and Thiruparankundram.
Located on the east coast of Tamil Nadu, Pondicherry is a separate union territory and an erstwhile 18th century French colony. Known as “The French Riviera of the East”, Pondicherry is one of the best places to experience colonial heritage with its French cafes and small yellow houses. Its beautiful breezy beaches and the famous Shri Aurobindo Ashram are some of the main reasons why tourists flock to this city. Fondly nicknamed ‘Pondy’, this historic city surely has something to offer to every tourist.
- Hampi, Karnataka
Known as “The City of Ruins”, Hampi is a UNESCO World Heritage Site because of its forts, ancient temples, and gigantic boulders. Famous for its delightfully carved and massive temples such as the Virupaksha Temple, Hampi is a great destination for those love to explore historic monuments. Another popular tourist hangout is the Hampi Bazaar, located right in front of the Virupaksha Temple, full of shops, restaurants and lodges.
- Mysore, Karnataka
This city’s most important attraction is undoubtedly the Royal Mysore Palace. One of India’s top heritage monuments, this palace is a visual delight owing to its lavish and colourful Indo-Saracenic interiors. Mysore is also home to the famous Shri. K. Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute, which draws thousands of yoga enthusiasts to this city every year. A visit to the famous Mysore zoo, shopping for sandalwood products and silk weaves, are some other interesting things you can do in Mysore.
- Alleppey, Kerala
Known for its tranquil backwaters, serene lagoons, and Ayurvedic spas, Alleppey guarantees a relaxing and memorable experience to every traveller. The houseboat stays on the backwaters here are one of the top attractions in this city. People from across the globe also come here for an array of Ayurvedic treatments for several ailments.
So, if you haven’t visited these places yet, now is your chance to plan a memorable holiday in South India.