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5 Reasons to visit South India

Suchismita Ghosh

South India is primarily made up of Karnataka, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Telengana which in totality is beauty in itself.

From temples to beaches to mountains to churches to jungles to history – it has something for everyone. Not to forget the vast cultural heritage it is proud of. Given below are 5 reasons as to why, it’s time you make that trip to South India.

 Temples

South India is home to some of the oldest and magnificent temples of India, some of which have been conferred with the prestigious tag of ‘UNESCO World Heritage Site’. The temples cover stories of kings and queens, gods and godesses, warriors and dancers. The carvings on the walls are a sight to behold and you are sure to find a temple in almost every street you visit, some holding extreme prominence in the lives of the locals.

 Backwaters and Lagoons of Kerala

The backwaters of Kerala, specifically in Alleppey are what sets it apart from the rest of the southern states. The house boats take you around the backwaters, while you have coconut trees and rice paddies. The backwaters are basically a huge network of interconnected waterways which stretch close to 900 kms and are connected by 38 rivers and 5 large lakes together. The backwaters are a major attraction as you get to visit the villages on the sides of the rivers and enjoy the scenic beauty all around, along with eating some tasty local dishes.

 South Indian Cuisine

For the foodie in you, south Indian cuisine is a major attraction. Spicy aromatic curries, tasty and fresh seafood, idli, dosa, sambhar, vada, uttapam – what’s not to like? For the caffeine addict, there is the famous Kerala filter coffee, which has a beautiful and soothing aroma and strong flavour. For the Biryani lover, there is the famous Hyderabadi Biryani, from the house of the Nawabs.

 Beaches

South India is home to some of the most beautiful beaches of the country. Not only the famous Varkala and Kovalam beaches of Kerala or the Marina Beach of Tamil Nadu, but the less famous ones, which haven’t managed to gain prominesence yet. Watching the sunset on the beach, along with some piping hot tea or coffee and snackables, is the most beautiful way to end the day, and South India, allows for that in many places. The local beaches of Trivandrum and Puducherry, although not as famous, are surely to make you want to keep visiting.

 Colonial history

Pondicherry or Puducherry, as it is now known, is steeped in French history. It was a French colonial settlement and and the architecture, cuisine and lifestyle, till today, continues to show glimpses of the same. Infact, some of the French quarters continue to exist even today. The famed Auroville – a spiritual community is also a major tourist attraction, as it provides you with utmost peace and quiet, from your everyday chaotic life. Remember to try out the French inspired cafes and dishes, while there and also visit the Promenade Beach and beautiful churches such as the Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

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