While the two of us are from the beautiful southern cone of India, we have not shared any reasons to go to South India. Partly because we are still getting used to ‘backyard travel’ and maybe also because we want this place all to ourselves!
Our guest blogger for today is Rohit Agarwal, an explorer who likes to learn about different cultures and traditions. Although he has traveled to several tourist destinations, he believes that every traveler should visit India once in their lifetime. He is a blogger who has compiled various stories related to tourism. You can read more about him in Trans India Travels.
Surrounded by three major water bodies i.e., the Bay of Bengal, The Arabian Sea and The Indian Ocean, this triangular piece of land constitutes South India. While southern India is mostly thought of as a place with palm trees and idlis and dosas, that isn’t all there is! This is the place where you can lie down on the beach while the cool breeze from the sea and the sounds of waves tranquilize you. This is a place where you can experience picturesque beauty of nature and let serenity take over you. Without any bias, here are the five reasons to go to South India!
- The Beaches & Islands!
Southern India is adorned with beaches on all three sides. Goa is one of the most famous destinations in the world for its beaches. Almost every state in Southern India has a number of beaches known for thrilling and adventurous water sports, the vast expanse of scenic beauty and the parties! Beaches like “the golden sand” and Yarda in Andhra Pradesh has beautiful hills around it. Palolem Beach in Goa and the Lighthouse Beach in Kerala are a few others that can provide a perfect vacation spot!
The gorgeous Lakshadweep Islands fall within the boundaries of Southern India. These are relatively less populated areas that provide the much needed get away from the city life.
- The Food!
South Indian cuisine is a blend of a variety of cuisines offered by different states. While, the food in Tamil Nadu and Kerala is mostly rice based, these places are also popular for some sea food delicacies. Chettinad cuisine that belongs to Tamil Nadu is particularly famous throughout the country.
Hyderabad in Andhra Pradesh is immensely famous for its exquisite biryanis and delicious kebabs flavoured with exotic spices and nuts. Andhra food is probably the hottest and spiciest of all Indian meals. This is the cuisine that will keep your hunger hormones pumping!
Another favourite of South India is the famous Filter Coffee! It is a sweet milky coffee made from dark roasted coffee beans and is one of the more popular type of coffee throughout the country.
This is the place where all the ancient history nerds would love to go! Southern India is full of historical caves, monuments and temples that speak volumes about ancient Indian culture and take you on a journey to medieval times. For instance, you can see actual pictorial writings from the Neolithic period carved on the walls of Edakkal caves in Wayanad district of Kerela. You can also witness the 500 year old mortal remains of St. Francis Xavier in the Basilica of Bom Jesus located in Goa.
Temples of South India have immense historical significance. Some of the major Indian classical dance forms such as Bharata Natyam and Kathakali originated in the temples of south India. Tirupati, the temple of Lord Venkateshwar is one of the most visited and wealthiest temples in the world. The town of Kumbakonam located near Tanjore has as many as eighteen temples! Some of the most famous ones here include the Sarangapani temple of Lord Vishnu and the Airatesvara temple known for their beautiful architecture.
These aren’t the traditional religious festivals but instead are some of the unique events organized in the states that are worth attending during certain times of the year! The boat race festivals held in Kerala deserve a special mention. It is a form of canoe racing wherein people hop onto the paddled longboats and row. Another attraction is the Cochin carnival festival that happens in Cochin during last week of December.
The lush green farms and the ever so beautiful waterfalls are a treat for the eyes accustomed to watching clouds hide behind skyscrapers. The famous Dudhsagar falls in Goa are situated deep in the forest and provide a perfect opportunity to get up close with nature. Kodaikanal is a breathtakingly beautiful hill station located in Tamil Nadu that offers a calm and peaceful shelter in the lap of Mother Nature. The Kudremukh mountain range located in Karnataka is a picturesque hillside destination that also includes a national park and a waterfall. Now that is a triple treat!
From the thrill and adventure at beaches, to the delicious cuisines and the rich heritage, south India offers much more. It is a perfect vacation spot to spend time with friends and family and experience the beauty of Indian culture. Delve into to the diversity! Such is the magnificence of southern India!