Southern India has an elegance which is understated yet confident. The serene backwaters of Kerela and the finger licking good cuisines of Chennai are just the start of an incredible journey. There are five states in the southern peninsula of India including Andhra Pradesh, Kerala, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Puducherry. Also, Lakshadweep, Andaman, and Nicobar are islands on the Arabian Ocean and the Bay of Bengal that belong to Southern India.

Places to Visit:

The aroma of incense diffuses through the air in Kerala. Thiruvananthapuram may have a long name, but it is a vibrant green destination. Visit the numerous temples or drown in sandy beaches during your stay. Another famous city in Kerala is Kochi. This city still retains the ambiance of the colonial period. Plus, the architecture exemplifies the cultural mingling which is characteristic of the city. Furthermore, visit the bazaars where you can shop and indulge without spending too much. 

Chennai is the power center of the South Indian dynasties. You will find magnificent temples from every era. Bangalore might not be the capital of Karnataka, but it has equal importance. Madurai is where ascetics escape, to seek moksha (escape from the rebirth cycle). It is a historic and a significant religious site.

A blanket of green covers the blue waters of Kumarakom. Visit Kumarakom to experience a relaxing trip in the arms of nature. While there you will hear the chirping of birds and live in the heart of the wild landscape. A trip to Southern India is incomplete if you do not experience the variety of tasty, spicy curries.

Southern Indians are serious about their culture. They revere the ancient Dravidian languages of Malayalam, Kannada, and Tamil. These languages are very hard to understand. However, most of the population is literate. Also, you can communicate with locals in English. Furthermore, when communicating, beware of the difference in accents. 

Traveling in these parts can be smooth. Trains will take you to the main cities. Moreover, you can move around inside the cities by booking an online cab or renting a car.  

November 27, 2016 11:35 am Published by

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