Things to do in South India
From the French colonial flair of Pondicherry to the colorful temples and palaces in the heartland, verdant spice and tea plantations and dreamy backwaters, don’t miss out on the top ten things to do in South India.
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1Pondicherry’s colonial flair
Stroll through the streets of Pondicherry and enjoy the French flair of the coastal town during your tour of India. Try the unique regional cuisine, a fusion of Indian and French cookery.
2Ancient temples and palaces
The palaces and temples of Hampi, and former capital of the Vijayanagar kings, are found in the midst of a barren rock landscape. Discover the mystical beauty of the ruins, which still puzzles archaeologists.
The Meenakshi Amman Temple in Madurai impresses with its bright colors from afar, making it one of the best-loved highlights of India. The city’s market is just as colorful.
The Tea Museum of Munnar tells you everything about the history of tea cultivation in South India. You can also explore the lush, green plantations on foot or by bicycle.
Find peace and relaxation in the backwaters of Kerala. Lie in a hammock and let your mind wander, or taste delicious regional fish specialties on your Kerala trip. A network of canals, lakes and rivers connects the dreamy little villages of Kerala. Explore the backwaters on a houseboat from Kumarakom and visit Alleppey, also known as the “Venice of the East”.
At the Kodanad Elephant Camp in Kochi, you can take a safari on one of the backs of the pachyderms. The colorful harbor town also offers numerous impressive temples, churches and synagogues
7Trichy’s Rock Fort
Climb the 432 steps of Rock Fort Temple in Trichy – the view will spoil you! Also visit the imposing temple town of Srirangam, the religious center of Hinduism.
Relaxation and culture can be combined in Mamallapuram. Visit the impressive temples, which are part of the UNESCO World Heritage site, and watch the sunset from an inviting sandy beach.
The huge selection of spices, flowers, fruits and vegetables transforms the Devaraja Market in Mysore into a splendidly brilliant sea of colors. From the Chamundi Hills you can enjoy a panoramic view of the city.
Not just backwaters and beaches, Kerala is famed for its Ayurveda treatments, available at several Ayurveda resorts and spas that dot its beautiful coastline. Spend a week healing your body, mind and soul, far away from the crowds by the azure Arabian Sea.
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