30 pictures that prove South India is the best tourist destination to be in

 

Trip to South India? Here are the MUST visit places- a full package of fun, enthusiasm, beauty and adventure.

1.The backwaters at Alappuzha.

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Alappuzha is rightly nick named as ‘Venice of the East’. The serenity and the splendour of the backwaters here is unmatched. The verdant grasslands that surround the water bodies here offer many opportunities to spot rare species of birds that fly around and turn the milieu yet more enticing. Many backwater cruises begin and ends at Alappuzha.

2. Om beach, Gokarana

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A small holy town situated on the Western Coast of India, Gokarna is known for its untouched beaches and is great for a relaxing holiday.

3. Jog waterfalls, Karnataka

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Located in the Shimoga district of Karnataka, are the Shimoga falls which are popularly known as the Jog falls and one of the best places to visit in South India.

4. Tea gardens, Munnar

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Located in God’s own country- Kerala, Munnar is undoubtedly the most romantic hill station in South India. A great place to drive to.

5. Yercaud, Tamil Nadu

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Yeracud, located in Tamil Nadu, is popular hill station in South India. The land of seven forests, the peaks at Yercaud will leave you clicking away. You can never have enough.

6. Ooty

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The name says it all, you know what’s coming. No matter how many times you go to Ooty, it never fails to amaze you. This charming place in South India is a complete package to delight your senses.

7. Gandikota, Kadapa

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A small village located right on the bank of the river Pennar in the Kadapa district of Andra Pradesh, Gandikota is also known as the Grand Canyon of India.

8. Araku Valley

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A coffee enthusiast would know the importance of Araku Valley. Famous for its coffee plantations. Araku is a hill station from Vishakapatnam.

9. Belum Caves

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Make no mistake, the Belum Caves are the second largest caves in the Indian subcontinent, and the longest caves in the plains of India. The nearest railhead to reach Belum Caves is Tadipatri, which is 30 km away.

10. Skandagiri Hills

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Also known as Kalavara Durga, Skandagiri is a mountain fortress located just 70 kms from the city Bangalore.

11. Athirappilly Falls

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One look at this place, and you will be in love. Situated in Athirappilly panchayath, Chalakudy Taluk of Thrissur district, Kerala is nicknamed as “Niagra Falls of India”.

12. Maravanthe Beach

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The quest for peace and tranquility is making people explore beaches apart from the usual ones in Goa. If that’s what you’re looking for, Maravanthe fits the bill.

13. Dhanushkodi, Tamil Nadu

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Call it the ‘Ghost Town’ or the ‘Lost Land’, but either way, Dhanushkodi has this unorthodox charm about it. It’s also only 29 km west of Talaimannar in Sri Lanka.

14. Halebidu

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Halebidu, or old city, was the regal capital of Hoysala empire in the 12th century.

15. Hogenakkal Falls

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Nothing short of breathtaking, the Hogenakkal Falls are located on river Kaveri in the Dharmapuri district of Tamil Nadu. About 180 km from Bangalore.

16. Papi kondalu

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Another hidden gem that doesn’t have much written about it. Papi kondalu are a series of mountains that are located in Rajahmundry in West Godavari District of Andra Pradesh.

17. Ponmudi Hills

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Another hill station that should be in the priority of your travel list. Ponmudi is located 55.2 km north-east of Trivandrum.

18. Shivgange

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Situated 20 km from the town of Tumkur and 54 km from Bangalore, Shivgange is a mountain peak with a height of 1368m.

19. St. Mary’s Islands

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This one’s a truly a one-of-a-kind place to visit. St. Mary’s Islands, also known as Coconut Island and Thonsepar, are a set of four small islands in the Arabian Sea off the coast of Malpe in Udupi, Karnataka.

20. Colva Beach, Goa

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Goa is THE must visit tourist place in South India the go to when you want that perfect balance of fun, adventure and a relaxed environment.

21. Andaman and Nicobar

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On a shoestring budget of a student, get the best snorkelling and scuba diving experience on these group of islands.

22. White water river rafting at Dandeli

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Dandeli wildlife sanctuary is a great tourist place for you wild, dirt loving travellers. It is blessed with dense deciduous forests.

23.  Abbey falls Coorg

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Widely known for being the “Scotland of the South”, Coorg is an enchanting hill station located not so far from Bangalore.

24. Ruins at Hampi

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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.

25. Pondicherry Beach

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A world away from where you are, Pondicherry welcomes you to a totally different atmosphere. Something that you breath in and absorb.

26. Gavi, Kerala

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Gavi offers a wide range of activities like trekking, camping, boating, safaris and etc. One can also visit the spice gardens and factories nearby.

27. Nagarhole Wildlife Sanctuary

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Blessed with rich wildlife, attractive jungle and a scenic lake, Nagarhole is one of Karnataka’s best wildlife gateways and an important place to visit in South India.

28. Varkala Beach, Kerala

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A beautiful experience in itself, you taste the food even better when all your other senses are treated to the fresh sea wind and the sight of the never ending ocean.

29. Annual Thissur Pooram in Kerala

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The Thissur Pooram is a sight to behold in itself. The Thissur Pooram is a competition between the two most famous temples in Thissur.

30. Pakhal Lake, Warangal

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Pakhal Lake is a man-made lake in the Pakhal Wildlife Sanctuary in Warangal district, Telangana. Pakhal Lake, situated amidst undulating forest land hills and dales is a popular retreat for the tourists. If, one is lucky, one can spot a tiger or a leopard or a bear and one can find a herd of deer roaming about freely in the wild!