Travel destinations in South India
Introduction to the culture of South India
South India represents the original Indian culture, whereas the North Indian culture is crowded by the infiltration of many foreign cultures specially the ones, which came from the central Asia, the Middle East and Iran through the aggressors.
Madras or Chennai
Chennai, the capital of Tamil Nadu is home to six million people. It is also referred to as the "Gateway of the South". Despite huge progress in terms of education, industrialization and urbanization, Chennai retains its traditional and conventional essence, unlike the North India. It is still known for its music, dance, art forms, festivals and ancient culture.
Modern Madras city was just a small village in the 17th century. Later on, it was chosen as a settlement site by the British traders of East India Company. Chennai has long sandy beaches, historic monuments, parks, and clear tropical sky. As far as the religious life of Chennai is concerned, it has both the ancient Hindu flavor and colonial Christian influence. On one hand, the temples in Triplicane (Thiruvallikeni) and Mylapore represent Hindu religious fervor; while on the other hand, the churches of St Thomas and other churches remind us of the religion of the colonial rulers. Chennai is connected by road to Kozhikode, Coonoor, Mysore, Kalpetta and Ooty.
It is a famous hill station in the Doddabetta Range of the Nilgiri's, which is just 20km from Ooty.
Ancient Kanchipuram was a city of thousands temples. It was one of the most prominent pilgrimage centers of Hindus. Whereas, most of these temples are converted into ruins, more than 100 temples still exist in the city. In the previous millennium, Kanchipuram was the capital of Chola and Pallava Kingdoms.
Kanyakumari is located on the extreme southern tip of Indian peninsula. It is surrounded by majestic hills and plains on one side and beautiful Indian Ocean on the other. The beach is lined up with coconut trees, whereas paddy fields are there on the elevated patches of land. The city is dotted with temples and churches all around.
it is located 2km above the sea level in the exotic Palani hills. It is a beautiful piece of nature with misty surroundings, crystal clear water and pleasant weather.
Madurai is an ancient city, which is around 3000 years old. It is also very beautiful place with thick forests.
This beautiful hill station in south is around 7500ft above sea level in the Nilgiri Mountains. It is one of the best hill-resorts in India with a maximum temperature of 25 degree Celsius in summers. It is a favorite destination of vacationers.
It is a famous pilgrimage centre for Hindus with a grand temple, where Lord Rama stayed during the course of his Sri Lanka victory.
This is the commercial capital of Kerala; it is also the wealthiest cosmopolitan city in Kerala largely because of the gold brought to the city from the Middle Eastern countries.
This coastal city of Kerala has Arabian Ocean on one side and backwaters including lakes, lagoons and fresh water rivers on the other. Alappuzha is a place with exotic scenic beauty in Kerala.
It is beautiful hill station with misty clouds all around; located on the Western Ghats. Munnar is confluence of three rivers in Idukki district. The temperature of Munnar does not exceed 25 degree Celsius.
Bangalore city has various names such as the city of gardens, the air-conditioned city, Silicon Valley of India and fastest developing city in the world. Despite its huge progress Bangalorians still enjoy ancient vocal music, Veena recital and painting. The city is a heaven for food lovers and golfers. It is linked by air, railways and road-inks to the rest of the country.
Last Updated on : April 1, 2014