South India is a beautiful land rich in culture and arts. From these attributes flow things like beautiful architecture, mind-blowing flavour palettes and unique fabrics and dance forms. For people looking to explore a different side of the world and themselves, should visit South India.
There is no better way to explore any place than as a local does. They have picked out the best things and enjoy it on a daily basis. In this blog post, we have hand-picked places and things to do that make a South Indian’s day.
More Than Just Retail Therapy
Known for the beautiful Kanjeevaram silk, south India is famous for the luxurious unmatched fabric. If your heart skips a beat every time you touch a luxurious material, the Kanjeevaramsilk is for you. It also makes for the perfect gift for friends and family who appreciate a fine fabric.Kanjeevaramsilk in South India is passed on from generation to generation as a family heirloom.
Religious and Architectural Excursions
South India is known for the beautifully decorated temples. Intricate gold carving is found in most temples. Some temples are almost entirely covered in gold. Visiting the temples for the architecture and design or to experience how religion and God moves people is a must. Here are our pick of the three temples you must put on your ‘to-see’list.
- Virupaksha Temple, Bellary, Karnataka
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Virupaksha Temple was built in the 7th century and features intricate architecture. The temple has been expanded and worked on, by many rulers of the land.
- Sripuram Golden Temple,Vellore, Tamil Nadu
Designed in the shape of a star, the Sripuram Golden Temple is located on 100 acres of land. The entire temple is covered in beautiful and intricate gold work.
- Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple, Srirangam, Tamil Nadu
Located on 156 hectares, Sri Ranganatha swamy Temple is one of the largest religious complexes in the world.
South Indian food has similar ingredients to the food developed and eaten in most coastal regions in India. However, given that there is atleast one south Indian joint located in every other street corner of the country, we can safely say, it is a crowd favourite. South Indian food, depending on where you eat it ranges from mild and sweet to spicy like you’ve never eaten before. Almost all the dishes have the sweet flavouring of coconut. So, indulge in Magalorean Chicken Ghee Roast and neerdosa, Andhra pulusu, BisiBele Bath from Karnataka, shrimp coconut curry from Kerala and the very famous MedhuVadai from Tamil Nadu. If you think banana chips are overrated, give it a try here. We’re sure you’ll be carrying several packets for home.
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