South India in consisting of the states Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Kerala, and Telangana and the Union Territories of Andaman and Nicobar, Lakshadweep, and Puducherry. In total, South India occupies around 635,780 sq km, which amounts to 19.31% of India’s area. South India is bounded by the Arabian Sea in the West, Indian Ocean in the South, and Bay of Bengal in the East while covering the Southern part of the Deccan Plateau.
If want to spend a unique vacation among tranquil hill stations, mesmerizing waterfalls, majestic temples, historical monuments, exotic beaches, luxuriant vegetation and much more. Due to its abundant beauty, South India is an important tourist destination. Amidst the mountain ranges of Western and Eastern Ghats, South India is blessed with the mighty rivers Godavari, Krishna, Kaveri, Tungabhadra and Vaigai rivers.
The history of South Indian states is as old as 5000 years. Its history can be divided into three important dynasties- Pandyan, Chola, and Chera. Pandyan dynasty was the richest empire popular for their diplomacy and contacts. They expanded their Empire to Telegu country, Kalinga and conquered Sri Lanka as well. Chola dynasty ruled from 9th century to the beginning of 13th century.
The Chera dynasty also had an important mark and presence in the region. The region also faced prominent British rule. The East India Company had direct control over Madras Presidency. During Independence, Hyderabad witnessed wide massacre of Muslim population by Hindus. It was in 1950s when British delineated provinces and princely states were pulled apart and South India was reorganized based on linguistic lines.
South India is home to the largest bio-diversity in India and is the largest producer of spices. The region consists of 9 UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The intricate artwork of South India temples is a reflection of its rich history, culture and tradition, which is nowhere else to be found. Sree Ananthapadmanabha Swamy Temple is the richest temple in the world. It has highest literacy rate as compared to the rest of the Nation.
All the South Indian states are rich in culture and heritage. The traditional female wear is Saree while men wear Dhoti. Rice is the staple diet and fish is an integral component. Coastal areas consume seafood in large numbers. Dosa, Idli, Uttapam are popular dishes. Their folk music is Carnatic music. Koodiyattam, Bharatanatyam, Oppana, Kerala Natanam, Theyyam, Kuchipudi, Kathakali, Yakshagana Ottamthullal, and Mohiniaattam are popular dance forms. There is a majority of Hindu, Muslim, and Christian people.
The best time to visit South India is in winter from December to February. Travelogy India is providing customized South India Tour Packages to explore hill stations, backwaters, beaches, and many more. Some of the beautiful hill stations are Coorg and Ooty. Then there is Andaman- the paradise of islands, which offers great opportunity for indulging in water activities. Andaman is also home to many pilgrimage and religious sites. One can head to the Periyar National Park to have a view of wildlife. Kerala is a must visit to experience the backwaters in Alleppey. Hampi and Mahabalipuram offer great destinations for exploring architectural beauties. Pondicherry is a must visit for witnessing the French architecture.
Best time to visit South India is during winter (October to March). The peak tourism
season is from December to February. Summer (April to June) is the right season to
visit hill towns of the region like Ooty, Coorg, Munnar, Arakku Valley and others.
South India has numerous international and domestic airports. Thus, reaching South
India from other parts of the world is easy. You can also find flights from all major
airports in India to South India. South India also has numerous railway stations
connecting every nook and corner of the country. Over and above these, you can find
buses, cabs, and other road transportation from various cities around the country to
Top honeymoon destinations in South India are Kovalam, Alleppey, Kumarakom,
Rishikonda, Gokarna, Ooty, Coorg, Kodaikanal, Lakshadweep, Andaman and Nicobar
Islands, Wayanad, Idukki, Araku Valley, Yercaud, Munnar, Kudremukh, Vagamon,
Mysore, and others.
Enjoy hill towns like Munnar, Coorg, Ooty, Kodaikanal, Wayanad, and others. You
can find numerous beach destinations to enjoy exotic water activities like scuba diving,
sea walking, snorkeling, boating, and others. If you love history and architecture, you
ought to visit Hampi, Mahabalipuram, Mysore, Thanjavur, Hyderabad, and others. You
can find numerous temples in the region for pilgrimage activities.
In terms of economic and growth, the best city in South India is Bangalore. In terms
of wealth and monuments, the best city is Thiruvananthapuram. If you are looking for a
cultural destination, Madurai is the best city. The best tourism city in South India is
The coldest destination in South India is Ooty. Owing to its geographical location,
during January, the temperature can go as low as 5 degree C. In rare cases,
Lambasingi, a hill town in Andhra Pradesh will go below 0 degree C and there will be
snowfall. However, this does not happen every year.
Most of the South Indian temples request visitors to wear decent clothing for both
men and women, which covers from neck to below knee. Some ancient temples in
Kerala, Rameshwaram and other regions strictly follow the rule of traditional clothing. In
such cases, females should wear saree or traditional attire and men should wear full
pants and no shirt (bare-chested). Sabari Mala temple of Kerala has color codes and
very strict traditional attire requirements.
Most of the major temples do not allow taking cameras inside the premises. Even if
there is no rule regarding taking your camera inside the premises, taking a picture of the
main idol of the shrine is usually frowned upon.
Karnataka is considered as the safest state for solo female travelers in South India.
In terms of cities, Mysore ranks the first in safety followed by Hampi, Pondicherry,
Kovalam, and others. No matter where you choose to spend your vacation, having the
bare essential alertness during vacation is very essential.
South India is famous for its diversity in landscape and culture. The diversity in
culture gives rise to a spectrum of cuisines, traditional values, religious practices, and
other beauties. South India is also famous for the nature provided by the Western Ghats
and Nilgiri biosphere.
Top adventure activities to enjoy in Southern India are bamboo rafting (Thekkady),
rock climbing, banana boat ride (Gokarna), boating, coracle riding, jungle safari,
trekking, hiking, parasailing, paragliding, scuba diving (Andaman), snorkeling, hot air
ballooning, and others.
The summer starts in March and ends in May. The sea-level destinations will have
very hot and humid temperature. The temperature can easily rise above 40 degree C
during mid-day. May is the hottest month of all. The high altitude destinations will
experience pleasingly mild temperature, which is the blooming season for the local
vegetation and flowering plants. Some southernmost parts of the region receive
The best hill station in South India is Munnar. It is quite famous among travelers and
locals. The other top hill stations in southern India are Ooty, Coorg, Araku Valley,
Kodaikanal, Kudremukh, Yercaud, Wayanad, and others.