14 Beautiful Places to Visit and Explore in South India

South India is definitely one of the best places in the world to hang out and relax. From intricately carved temples to colonial charm to breathtaking hill stations, stunning backwaters and beautiful beaches. South India offers us a myriad of experiences all on a platter. South India is now admired for its unique culture, tradition, and heritage. There are tons of tourist places to visit in South India in various seasons. You will surely enjoy these wonderful experiences with your family like adventure experiences, ayurvedic massages, admiring the breathtaking beauty, exploring the sanctuaries or peaceful temple visits. The south Indian cuisine is also something that is relished by Indians and foreigners throughout the country and abroad too. 

South India is famous and is known as the cradle of culture or cultural wealth is truly tough to beat. From the olden days of the King’s to the speedy development, this state shares many archaeological, architectural and some most exotic and beautiful temples or wonders of the country.

Look at these places to visit in south India that are still fairly unexplored. Follow us on this amazing journey to explore the most diverse and interesting places in South India including Coorg, Mahabalipuram, Mysore and many more picturesque locations.

Below are 14 beautiful places to visit and explore in South India.

COORG

Location: Karnataka

Coorg is a gorgeous Hill Station blessed with the miraculous beauty of nature. The Kodagu region famously known as Coorg is an extremely beautiful place with alluring mountainous in southern Karnataka, not far from Bangalore and Mysore. It's separated from Kerala by the Brahmagiri range. Coorg is one of the top travel destinations in India especially in Karnataka and has particular appeal for nature lovers and those wanting to enjoy the great outdoors.

 

ALLEPPEY

Location: Kerala

Alappuzha known as Alleppey is a city on the Laccadive Sea in the paradise of India aka Kerala. It is best known for houseboat cruises along the serene Kerala backwaters and their exceptionally scenic setting. Alleppey is showered with a unique network of canals that runs through the town which allows you to access and explore the entire area all while you're relaxing on your houseboat.

 

OOTY

Location: Tamil Nadu

Ooty is correctly named the Queen of Hill stations in India. Ooty welcomes us with their soothing environment, mesmerising meadows, cool weather and a wide range of sightseeing places to visit and admire. Each location in Ooty gives us an unique and lively experience that will leave you in awe for many days to come. The toy train and botanical Gardens of Ooty are one of the most sought after and famous tourist destinations in the whole of India.

 

MYSORE

Location: Karnataka

Mysore is a city which is captivated with exquisite magnificence and royalty so sparkling that getting lost and finding yourself in the era of kings and palaces would be the only dream and desire you could wish for. There is a touch of beauty in anything and everything concerning Mysore, the Karnataka city. The most famous attractions of this popular destination are Mysore Palace, Mysore Pak a famous sweet, Mysore silk and many more.

 

GOKARNA

Location: Karnataka

Gokarna is a small and remote town on the Arabian Sea with four of India's most secluded beaches nestled nearby. Gokarna is the perfect place for people who just want to relax and chill on a beachside. Offering you a tranquil environment, Gokarna gives you the me-time that you so badly crave. Gokarna is famous for its naturally shaped like the auspicious symbol Om, Om beach attracts tourists round the year. Unlike Goa which is full of life and partying, Gokarna was more about relaxing and enjoying nature.

 

HAMPI

Location: Karnataka

Hampi is one of India's top historical destinations in South India. The laid-back village of Hampi was once the last capital of Vijayanagar, one of the greatest Hindu empires in the history of India. It has some captivating ruins over the landscape. The ruins, which date back to the 14th century, stretch for just over 25 kilometers approximately 10 miles and comprise more than 500 monuments. An incredible energy can be definitely felt and sensed at this ancient place. Hampi is commonly visited by people from Goa, as there are a number of easy transportation options from there.

 

MAHABALIPURAM

Location: Tamil Nadu

The temple city of Mamallapuram or Mahabalipuram is an ancient port city situated just 60 km away from, Chennai on the Bay of Bengal coast in the Kancheepuram district of Tamil Nadu. Mahabalipuram has a rich history and heritage that is well-preserved to date and speaks volumes of its glory. Presently, it is known for its great monuments, cave sanctuaries, and sculptures. Mahabalipuram is famously known as the Group of Monuments; with all its rock art and relief sculptures is a UNESCO world site.

 

MUNNAR

Location: Kerala

Kerala itself is known for its magical beauty, Munnar in the Idukki district is acclaimed as one of the most desirable hill stations in God’s Own Country. Munnar has emerged as an all-season destination, its mesmerizing beauty will keep you enchanted for sure. Located in the Western Ghats at a towering height of 6,000ft, this scenic hill station is a true paradise for travelers from all walks of life. Lush green mountains covered with tea plantations, wildlife, valleys, forests, trekking, and mountains are the specialty of Munnar.

 

PAPI HILLS

Location: Andhra Pradesh

The original name given for this hill range was 'Papidi Kondalu'. Now also called Papikondalu and  Papi Hills are a mountain range that runs along the river Godavari and is located at a distance of 60 km from  Rajahmundry, Andhra Pradesh. Papi Hills is a sheer feast to the eyes in terms of its scenic beauty. Papi Hills' beauty is often compared to that of Kashmir.

 

KODAIKANAL

Location: Tamil Nadu

 

If you think Kodaikanal is only about viewpoints and valleys, you’d be wrong. It is also a perfect destination to go on a full-fledged shopping spree! From shawls to homemade chocolates, Kodaikanal shops and markets have a whole range of delightful products, gifts, and men more items. The serene hill station of Kodaikanal is famous worldwide for its breathtaking natural beauty and serene environs. Although essentially revered for its exotic locales and scenic and beautiful tourist spots.

 

PONDICHERRY

A world away from where you are, Pondicherry also known as Puducherry welcomes you to a totally different and unique atmosphere, with its colorful houses in French architecture and relaxed attitude. Something that you breathe in and absorb. It is a very popular tourist destination in South India due to its colonial-era buildings, churches and temples, and of course, the famous beaches. It is also one of the few places to visit in South India which is preferred by mainstream and offbeat travelers alike.

 

ARAKU VALLEY

Location: Andhra Pradesh

Araku Valley in the heart of Andhra Pradesh is an absolute stunner and yet to be explored to its fullest potential. Araku Valley is undoubtedly one of the most spectacular vacation spots in the state of Andhra Pradesh. The journey to Araku Valley by train is something that everyone should definitely experience with hillsides, streams, tunnels and waterfalls making your journey truly mesmerizing. The ride through the road is equally enchanting with sharp curves and beautiful sceneries along the way. Surrounded by lush green forests, foggy clouds, high mountains, and a pleasing climate. Araku Valley is the perfect escape for those who are tired of their dull and monotonous lives. 

 

MADURAI

Location: Tamil Nadu

Madurai is home to the most impressive and famous temple in South India, the Meenakshi Temple. If you only see one temple in South India, this temple should be it! The city of Madurai is approximately more than 4,000 years old and has remained a major center for Tamil culture and learning. The old traditional part of the city is fascinating to explore only on foot. These days, Madurai attracts tourists and pilgrims in equal numbers. Don't miss these top Madurai attractions and places to visit. If you have time, you need to visit these temples it's worth visiting some of these magnificent temples in South India.

 

GANDIKOTA

Location: Andhra Pradesh

Gandikota is also known as India’s Grand Canyon is one of the most unexplored gems of India. Visiting this timeless village surrounded by a medieval times fort on the edge of a 300 feet gorge is truly remarkable to experience. But you should also try to cover some more interesting places nearby if you are visiting Gandikota. Especially if you are on your way to Hyderabad, there are some interesting places in Andhra Pradesh which can be covered in a day. These places provide a unique range of experiences as each is completely different from the other.



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