22 Beautiful places to visit in South India

22 Beautiful places to visit in South India

Backwaters of Kerala, India

 

Backwaters in Kerala, South India Kerala, dubbed God’s own country, is a state in southern India featuring picturesque backwater stretches. You can rent a boat house, enjoy Ayurveda massages, and see the wildlife at Periyar National Park.

Backwaters of Kerala
Backwaters of Kerala

Heritage ruins in Hampi, Karnataka

 

Hampi, old glorious city is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site, featuring mesmerizing temples and artifacts. Visit this spot if you love architecture and are passionate about ancient history and culture.

Heritage ruins in Hampi
Heritage ruins in Hampi

Pondicherry, Tamilnadu

 

Away from the madness of metropolitan cities, Pondicherry is a small town on the southern coast of India with well-preserved French colonial heritage that reflects in its architecture and cuisines. Its scenic beauty and unspoiled beaches attract tourists from all across the world.

Pondicherry, Tamilnadu
Pondicherry, Tamilnadu

Beautiful places to visit in South India

Mamallapuram

 

Known for its temples and monuments built by Pallava dynasty, Mamallapuram (Mahabalipuram) is a beautiful town in Tami Nadu. Less than two hours from Chennai, Mahabs, as most call it, is a beautiful laid back place. Marvel the architecture of the structures or get mesmerised in the beauty of Shore Temple.

Mamallapuram
Mamallapuram

Tea plantations in Munnar, Kerala

 

Munnar is a hill station at 5,249 feet (1,600 meters) above sea level, featuring sprawling tea plantations and charming towns. The hill station, located in the Western Ghats range of mountains, houses exotic flora, making it an ideal spot for trekking.

Tea plantations in Munnar
Tea plantations in Munnar

22 Beautiful places to visit in South India

Coorg, Karnataka

 

Popularly known as the Scotland of India, Coorg is another scenic hill station in southern India. Featuring lush teakwood and sandalwood forests, Coorg offers several attractions, including Abbey Falls, Madikeri Fort, Dubare Elephant Camp and Omkareshwara temple.

Coorg, Karnataka
Coorg, Karnataka

Borra Caves, Andhra Pradesh

 

The Borra Caves, also called Borra Guhalu. The natural caves formed by perennial water flow over millions of years attract thousands of visitors every year. Discovered in 1807 by William King of Geological Survey of India during the British rule, the caves have become subject of several local legends over the years. People from the surrounding villages have also built a Lord Shiva temple just outside the caves.

Borra Caves
Borra Caves

Wayanad, Kerala

 

Get lost in one of the many coffee plantations in Wayanad. You can choose to take a special tour, or simply hike up through the misty hills just before your morning cuppa. Don’t forget to take time out to smell the coffee, or hold the coffee beans much before they’re processed. The experience will surely make you appreciate the dark brew much more.

Wayanad
Wayanad

Rameshwaram temple, Tamil Nadu

Rameshwaram temple
Rameshwaram temple

Rameswaram is a town on Pamban Island, in the southeast Indian state of Tamil Nadu. Built in the Dravidian architectural style, this 12th century temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The temple reportedly has the longest corridor among all Hindu temples in India and, possibly, even the world.

Meenakshi Amman Temple, Madurai, Tamil Nadu

The Meenakshi Amman Temple is the lifeline of the 2,500-year-old city of Madurai. The temple houses 14 gopurams or gateway towers, ranging from 45–50m in height. The tallest is the southern tower, which is almost 51.9 metres (170 ft) high. The temple attracts 15,000 visitors a day.

Meenakshi Amman Temple
Meenakshi Amman Temple

22 Beautiful places to visit in South India

Jog falls, Karnataka

The famous Jog Falls — also known as Gerosoppa Falls or Joga Falls — India’s second-highest segmented waterfall at 830 ft. They are located near the Sagar Town in Shimoga district and are a major tourist attraction.

Jog falls
Jog falls

Varkala Beach, Kerala

Varkala beach is also known as Papanasham Beach. It is believed that a dip in the waters of this beach washes away all the sins in one’s life.

Varkala Beach
Varkala Beach

Puri Beach, Odisha

Puri beach is a famous destination amongst the pilgrims who come to pay homage to Lord Jagannath.

Puri Beach
Puri Beach

Sun Temple, Konark, Odisha

Konark Sun temple complex is built in the shape of a gigantic chariot, having elaborately carved stone wheels, pillars and walls. The temple is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and has also featured on various list of Seven Wonders of India.

Sun Temple
Sun Temple

Kanchi Kailasanathar Temple, Kanchipuram, Tamil Nadu

Kanchi Kailasanathar temple complex is built in the shape of a gigantic chariot, having elaborately carved stone wheels, pillars and walls. The temple is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and has also featured on various list of Seven Wonders of India. 22 Beautiful places to visit in South India

Matrimandir, Auroville, Tamil Nadu

Built over 37 years, the Matrimandir is the meditation hall for the Aurobindo Society’s campus at Auroville, close to the city of Pondicherry. The huge sphere is surrounded by twelve pedestals, and covered by golden discs that reflects sunlight, giving it its characteristic radiance.

Gandikota, Andhra Pradesh

A small village in Andhra Pradesh, Gandikota is also known as the hidden Grand Canyon of India. A splendid gorge is formed by river Pennar that cuts through the Erramala hills, making it a sight to behold.

Theni, Tamil Nadu

Situated in the laps of the Western Ghats, Theni is one of the most pristine, beautiful and peaceful town in Tamil Nadu.

Gavi, Kerala

A small village in Kerala, Gavi is an eco-tourist spot that has been listed as one of the must-see places in India by world acclaimed tourism major, Alistair International.

Agumbe, Karnataka

Nestled amongst the Western Ghats is ‘Agumbe’, also called the ‘Cherrapunji of South India’.

Kodaikanal

Located in Tamil Nadu, Kodaikanal is known for its delicious street food that too in low price. There are many nice places to stay in budget prices.

Ooty

Nestled in the Nilgiri Hills, Ooty is a beautiful hill station in Tamil Nadu. Gorge on local made chocolates, enjoy the serenity and beauty of the place.

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