South India tourism is a great way to explore the diverse beauty of the Southern part of the country. Talk of beaches, hill stations, temples, ancient monuments, South India has it all, to make your holidays special. Lets explore the different facets of South India travel.
Best time to visit South India
South India is accessible to tourists for most time of the year. However, the best time to spend a fulfilling holiday in South India is during the winter time. At this time of the year, the weather is pleasant and ideal for sightseeing and enjoying the various activities South India has to offer. During the winter time, you can enjoy the outdoor activities without getting dehydrated or feeling the pangs of heat.Best Time to Visit South India – Read most and best popular time to visit South India, when the weather is wonderful.
Roads Less Travelled’s Uttarakhand tour packages are customised according to both summers and winters, offering you the best way to explore the region according to the season.
The entire region is well connected,by air, to all the major cities of the country and the world. The cities of Hyderabad, Kerala, Bangalore, Trivandrum and Chennai have their own independent airports.
The major cities of south India are well connected by road to other major cities of the country through national highways like 7, 9, 13, 17, 47, 67 etc and North-South corridor.
Railway zone of the south is among the largest network of railway lines and platforms in the country. The entire south has several prominent and well equipped stations in all the states of the entire Deccan region.
Only photo identity proofs issued by the government of India (Passport, Driving License, Voter Id, PAN card etc.) are needed to visit these beautiful sites. However, if you are a foreign tourist, you will still need to get permits for visiting these areas.
- Elephants, waterfall rappelling, ultralight flying and more at Coorg
Widely known for being the “Scotland of the South”, Coorg is an enchanting hill station located not so far from Bangalore. The views of the grey clouds subtly blending with the greenery of the hills is a sight worth seeing. Ever tried waterfall rappelling? If not, now is the time! An exciting challenge to overcome, with the water flowing down with force, in a moist climate, hear your heart beat in your ears. Over the sound of the waterfall. There is no better place for this than Coorg, which easily makes it to the list of best places to visit in South India.
Hampi is one of those laid back places with grandiose historical beauty that transports you back in time. A must visit place in South India, this places offer a wide range of activities as well. Once a part of the ancient south Indian kingdom of Vijayanagar, it’s a UNESCO World heritage site and also a very important historical and religious centre. The Virupaksha temple is an important temple which is visited by Hindus from all over the country. So jump over the ruins, take crazy pictures, read up on them or just feel the magnitude of the kingdom that once existed here. It’s truly magical.
- The Caves at Siddara Betta, Karnataka:
A nice place to trek to, Siddara betta is a perfect Tourist place in South India go if you want to spend time with your friends and not have other people around. It is said that a lot of holy men regularly come here to meditate for long spans of time. I’d like to call it an introvert’s trekking choice. It’s also a popular religious site as well, and so many pilgrims pay a visit to this place every now and then. Natur elovers will love this place as the forests nearby are a great place to do some birdwatching. If you’re lucky, you might get a glimpse of the very rare Yellow Throated Bulbul.
- Nagarhole Wildlife Sanctuary:
Blessed with rich wildlife, attractive jungle and a scenic lake, Nagarhole is one of Karnataka’s best wildlife getaways and an important place to visit in South India. Despite sharing the same wildlife with the neighboring Bandipur national park, it receives fewer visitors due to it being lesser known, making it all the more appealing. It is home to a large number of flora and fauna species, such as the tiger, tleopard, wild elephant, dhole (Indian wild dog), and gaur (Indian bison). Other species present are chital spotted deer, muntjac (barking deer), mouse deer, four-horned antelope, wild boar, sloth bear, hyena, mongoose, civet, otter, and more.
- Badami, Aihole and Pattadakal
he heritage sites of Badami (formerly Vatapi), Aihole and Pattadakal are a worthwhile side trip from Hampi. They’re rich in monuments, temples and ruins from the Chalukya empire, which ruled there between the 4th to 8th centuries. The renowned Chalukya style of architecture originated in Aihole and the village is filled with around 125 stone temples, which unfortunately don’t get the attention they deserve. Badami is one of the top places to see caves in India, with four sets of magnificent ancient rock-cut cave temples. Pattadakal is smaller, with one impressive temple complex.
- Fishing at Bheemeshwari
- Do nothing at Gokarna
- Camping and white water river rafting at Dandeli
- Food in Mysore
- Party in Bangalore
- Gawk at the magnificent peaks at Yercaud, Tamil Nadu
- Enjoy the light sprays of water at Jog waterfalls, Karnataka