Major Attractions : Kerala Backwaters, Charminar, Golconda Fort, Mysore Palace
Major Cities : Alleppey, Cochin, Trivandrum, Bangalore, Mysore
States of South India Information
The southern part of the country known as South India comprises of four states namely Karnataka, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu. Extremely rich in its cultural and architectural heritage, the geographical boundaries of south India encompass the entire India peninsula lying south of the Vindhya range. Dravidian languages are commonly used for communication while agriculture is the largest contributor to the domestic product with information technology emerging as a rapidly growing industry.
Spread over a huge area of over 1,92,000 sq. km, the south Indian state of Karnataka is bordered by Maharashtra in the north, Tamil Nadu and Kerala in the south and Andhra Pradesh in the east. The culturally rich state boasts of a vibrant past, being ruled by numerous dynasties including the Chalukyas, Rastrakutas, Gangas, Wodeyars and Kadamabas, each of whom left indelible imprints on its land in the form of monumental structures. The state is known across the world for Carnatic music which is just one of the its numerous gifts to the world. One of the world’s oldest civilisations is also home to the world heritage sites of Hampi and Pattadakal.
Famous Attractions : Bangalore, Mysore Palace, Bandipur & Nagarhole National Parks, Badami Cave Temples
Kerala is sobriquet God’s Own Country and there is plenty of reason for it. Located at the southern tip of India, this narrow stretch of land is blessed with myriad enthusing features such as lush forests, sandy beaches, rocky cliffs, shimmering backwaters and plenty more which has made it one of the most sought after destinations on the planet. With umpteen enthralling and unique tourist attractions, this is a land which has to be seen to be believed.
Famous Attractions : Backwaters, Beaches, Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary, Alleppey, Munnar
The fifth largest city in India, Andhra Pradesh is also sometimes known as the rice granary of India, the reason being river Godavari which irrigates the land, turning it extremely fertile. Though Telugu remains the official language of communication, the erstwhile Muslim rule in the state also paved the way for Urdu, which is also widely spoken and understood. Of the numerous attractions in the state, Hyderabad is probably the most famed, which is replete with religious and historically significant structures. The climate of Andhra Pradesh is generally hot and humid with temperatures remaining between 25-40 and 13-32 during summers and winters respectively.
Famous Attractions : Charminar, Golconda Fort, Hyderabad, Tirupati, Balaji Temple, Thousand Pillar Temple
The state of Tamil Nadu is bordered by Kerala in the west and Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh in the north. The melting pot of south Indian temple architecture, Tamil Nadu houses temples of various styles which originated during the 6th and 7th century and are known for their unique gopurams or gates which can be seen soaring above all the major towns and cities. Chennai (Madras), the capital of Tamil Nadu and the fourth largest city in the country is replete with numerous tourist attractions, both ancient and modern. The climate of Tamil Nadu is typically tropical where temperatures remain at high thirties or forties during summers and seldom falls below 17 degrees celcius during winters.
Famous Attractions : Chennai, Madurai, Tiruchirapalli, Meenakshi Temple