South India really has a distinct culture that sets it apart from the rest of the country. Each state in south India has managed to retain its own distinct identity in terms of culture and diversity. South India represents the original Indian culture.
The southern states Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka are well known for scenic beauty, sacred temples, the exquisite architecture and exotic beaches. The medieval and ancient cities like Madras, Mahabalipuram, Chidambaram, Kanchipuram, Pondicherry, Tanjore, Trichy, Madurai, Periyar, Kottayam, Kochin, Trivandrum, Bangalore, and Hyderabad and hill stations such as Ooty, Kodaikanal, Thekkady, Wagamon and Munnar are the must see places in Southern India.
This coastal city of Kerala has backwaters including lakes, lagoons and fresh water rivers on one side and Arabian Ocean on the other which make it an unavoidable place in most tourism packages. Alleppey formerly known as Alappuzha is a place with exotic scenic beauty in Kerala.
It is one of the beautiful hill stations in Kerala with misty clouds all around; located on the Western Ghats. The temperature of Munnar does not exceed 25 degree Celsius. This hill station is one of the favourite destinations among tourist couples and families. Every Kerala tourism packages will include this place as a must see destination.
Madras or Chennai
Chennai is the capital of Tamil Nadu. It is also referred as the "Gateway of the South". Despite huge progress in terms of education and industrialization Chennai retains its traditional and conventional essence, unlike rest of India. It is still known for ancient culture, festivals, musical, dance and art forms. Chennai has long sandy beaches, historic monuments and parks. A lot of temples in Triplicane (Thiruvallikeni)
It is a famous hill station in the Doddabetta Range of the Nilgiri's, just 20km from Ooty; which is another well known hill station.
This beautiful hill station in south is almost 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 one among the favourite destination of honeymoon couples and tourists and hence included in the most south India tour packages.
Kanyakumari is located on the extreme southern tip of Indian peninsula. It is surrounded by hills and plains on one side and Indian Ocean on the other. The city is dotted with temples and churches all around. The Vivekananda Rocks and Sun Set is a must watch.
It is a beautiful place of nature with misty surroundings, crystal clear water and pleasant weather and is located 2km above the sea level in the exotic Palani hills and is included in most of the India tour packages.
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 the tourists and the natives still enjoy ancient vocal music, Veena recital and painting. The city is a heaven for food lovers and golfers.
India tour operators and travel guides across the country play a vital role in assisting tourists to avoid any miss outs of popular destinations across the country.