Tourism destinations in South India are bursting with the rich magnificence of nature, with stunning beaches, soothing backwaters, quiet tea and coffee plantations and lively street markets, making them one of the best places to visit in India. This region is replete with mysterious and beautiful eccentric spots that might provide the backdrop for your ideal vacation.
Coorg’s amazing natural beauty will charm you, while Mysore and Hampi’s beautiful architecture will capture your heart. Pondicherry’s gorgeous beaches are one draw, while Warangal and Mahabalipuram’s great history is another. The southern area of India is home to several unique tourist attractions open to visitors of all stripes. However, Mysore and Coorg make for the most alluring paradise for newlyweds, the Andaman Islands and Kollam serve as the ideal centre for adventurous travellers.
Here are some of the best places to visit in South India that you should not miss
The verdant region surrounding Bangalore is dotted with waterfalls, animal sanctuaries and rivers awaiting exploration. The city’s image as the ‘Garden City of India’ stems from its abundance of parks, gardens, and rural areas. Amongst Bangalore’s tourist places are some famous ones that one must visit, such as Bugle Rock Park, Cubbon Park, Indira Gandhi Musical Fountain Park, Ulsoor Lake and Lumbini Garden.
There are multiple places to visit in Bangalore, offering a wide variety of heart-pounding pursuits. Exciting destinations for hikers and trekkers include Ramanagara, Savandurga, Narayanagiri and Nandi Hills. Camping and fishing are great ways to relax and recharge in this area. Moreover, adventure lovers can enjoy a road trip to scenic destinations such as Coorg and Mangalore from the city.
Relaxing coffee aromas will greet you as you open your eyes, and the foggy hills and streams here are a sight to behold. Coorg, one of the best places to visit near Bangalore, is a destination that lives up to its nickname with an alluring blend of history, culture, elegance, adventure and delicious food. The breathtaking beauty and luxury of this hill town in the western ghats have made it famous as a centre for the coffee industry.
The foggy environment is home to the Kodavas, a distinct native clan famed for their martial arts expertise and warm hospitality; they are responsible for much of the region’s rich culture. Coorg will push you to the extremes of your emotions, from awe at the majesty of this exquisite place to a tough walk or profound insight at the Madikeri Fort to the fascinating adventure at Abbey falls to the fiery curries to the sweet, heart-melting, handcrafted chocolates. If you’re looking for a peaceful retreat in the middle of nature, go no further than SaffronStays Calamondinn Bungalow, Coorg and SaffronStays Coorg Toddy Farms, Coorg.
The list would be incomplete without Kerala: a famous hotspot for its calming backwaters, pristine beaches and boating experiences. While many seek for tourist destinations such as Alappuzha (or Alleppey), Kochi, Kozhikode etc, the discern travellers looking for something untouched and offbeat can head to the town we’re excited to tell you about! One of the best Kerala tourist places, Wayanad is a great place for adventure tourism thanks to its abundance of natural features such as towering mountains, thick forests and rushing rivers.
Banasura Dam, the biggest Earth Dam in India, is worth a visit, as is Wayanad’s highest summit, Chembra Peak, where you can watch the sun set behind the mountains. In addition, the Edakkal Caves, which may date back to the Neolithic period, are open for exploration. There are petroglyphs, which are ancient rock engravings that were employed as a kind of written language. Nestled in the luscious hills, SaffronStays The Periaheights, Wayanad and SaffronStays Cliff Haven, Wayanad offer breathtaking vistas of the region.
Ooty or the Queen of the Hills is known for its delicate and beautiful nature. Because of its biological significance, a portion of the Western Ghats has been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site, earning it the nickname “hotspot” in the field. To protect the reserve’s wildlife, much of its natural areas are off-limits to visitors. However, the town of Ooty has been built specifically to give visitors a taste of the place’s true character.
Ooty is known for its beautiful gardens, especially the botanical and rose gardens. Ooty’s tourism attractions are a must-see for anybody who doubts the existence of life’s many bounties. SaffronStays Milton Abbott Estate (Heritage Suites), Ooty is a haven from the hustle-bustle of the city thanks to its old-world charm.
Kodaikanal, dubbed the “princess of hill stations,” is one of the most popular locations in India for newlyweds to spend their special day. This one tops the list of vacation spots in southern India because of the breathtaking natural scenery that leaves people speechless. The area is characterised by a lush forest filled with great types of trees, stunning waterfalls, and towering boulders.
Featured by Architectural Digest as one of the best pet-friendly homestays in India, SaffronStays Nandanvan Estate, Kodaikanal, is an expansive coffee estate, perfect for a stay for everyone travelling through this southern part of the country.
One of the most visited cities in all of South India is Mysore. Mysore was once the state capital of the popularly known ‘Kingdom of Mysore,’ today recognised as a part of Karnataka. The city’s dazzling imperial past and striking architecture have earned it widespread acclaim. The city’s palace, which is on the list of World Heritage Sites, may be the main draw for tourists.
Mysore is also a booming hub for manufacturing excellent-grade incense, sandalwood and silk. It is the greatest destination to practise Ashtanga yoga in India, and this reputation has brought in tourists from all over the world. SaffronStays Riverstone, Mysore, is one of the best choices to get an authentic taste of this city.
Notably known as the temple town of Karnataka, Udupi is a quaint expanse one must visit, if looking for destinations with pilgrimage sites, architectural marvels and educational institutions. The city takes you for an unforgettable journey with its authentic delicacies, watersports and beautiful beaches.
Visitors travelling to South India may get a glimpse of the local life and the region’s rich cultural and historical traditions by staying in homestays such as SaffronStays Suvarna Sangam (Sharavathi), Udupi and SaffronStays Ocean Pearl, Hejamady. It would be much simpler for you to learn about the distinct characteristics of South India if you reserve a stay at one of the locals’ houses.