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Top Travel Destinations of South India

Updated on November 20, 2014

South India is regarded as one of the most popular travel spot in India and is home to some of the most amazing travel destinations. South India has a wide range of travel attractions in offer and due to varied travel attractions a lot of travelers from different parts of the world visit South India. The ancient temples, churches, mosques, forts, hill stations, beaches, villages, waterfall etc all makes south India a major travel hub in India.

South India covers different Indian states such as Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Kerala and Andhra Pradesh and all these 4 states have different languages, culture, food, landscapes and climate which offers a unique travel experience. These states have various top class travel destinations and attractions that are sure to provoke great enthusiasm among the travelers. Here I will like to point out some of the top travel destinations in South India and the list is not from any particular sources and I have gathered it from my knowledge and referring other websites. So here go some of the top travel destinations in South India for you to visit.

Ooty which is also known as Ootacamund or Udhagamandalam is a perfect hill station destination in the Nilgiri hills that is seen in the state of Tamil Nadu. The blue moutains surrounding the hill station makes it more beautiful and attracts a lot of travelers on a daily basis. A perfect destinations for honeymoon and family vacation trips, Ooty is also home to adventure activities, trekking, sightseeing, botanical gardens etc. As with any of the typical hill stations of India, Munnar is also blessed with a cool weather throughout the year and this is yet another reason why it remains beautiful and attracts too many travellers regularly.

Kodaikkanal is yet another major hill station in Tamil Nadu and is a major tourism center in Dindigul district. Kodaikanal is often referred to as the "Princess of Hill Stations". This beautiful hill station offers an enchanting boating experience along the Kodaikanal Lake that is present at the hill station. Trekking, sightseeing, temple visits, shopping etc makes this hill station a perfect vacation travel destination in India. With its amazing natural beauty and resources, Kodaikanal is undoubtedly among one of the most favorite travel destinations in South India.

Kovalam is one of the most beautiful beaches in Kerala and a popular vacation travel destination in South India. Kovalam is very near to Kerala's Capital City, Thiruvananthapuram and is one of the best places to enjoy a great beach vacation with family and friends. The Kovalam beach is regarded as one of the prime beaches in Kerala and has also become one of the trademark destination for Kerala's tourism industry. The popularity of Kovalam beach attracts a good number of travelers from across the world and the beach is marked for its amazing beach resorts and Ayurvedic spas. Do visit this amazing beach destination in India when you visit Kerala.

Hyderabad is the Capital City of Andhra Pradesh and is one of the most exotic travel destinations in South India and ranks among the major IT cities in India. The city is marked for the remains of the Mughal Empire and this is evident from the ancient forts, mosques and other historical building inside the city. The city is a center of culture and you will be able to feel and enjoy the unique culture that prevails inside the city. This is one of the best places for those interested in history and for those having an appetite for shopping and dining. There are also a lot of locations that are rich in natural and scenic beauties and have proved effective in attracting a large number of tourists regularly.


Mysore is an enchanting tourist destination located in the Chamundi hills in Karnataka and is bonded with a great history. Mysore was the major base of Hyder Ali and Tipu Sultan during the late 18th century. Mysore city is commonly known as the Cultural Capital of Karnataka due to the achievements Mysore has earned in arts and culture. Mysore is well known for its palaces, parks, festivals etc which attracts a large chunk of travelers. Mysore is considered as one of the most recommended travel destinations in South India and is also a popular center of interest.

Chennai is the capital city of Tamil Nadu and a major travel tour destination in South India. A major IT destination in India, Chennai is marked for its amazing culture and atmosphere which attracts a lot of travelers. Beaches, temples, parks and other historical buildings mark Chennai as a must to visit vacation destination in South India. Chennai is also a major art and culture center where you will be able to experience different art forms. Also an ideal destination for shopping, as a lot of traditional and non-traditional are available at reasonable prices in the major markets. The city of Chennai considered suitable for travellers from any parts of the world as it both urban and rural travel places to watch out for.

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Munnar is also known as the "Kashmir of the South" and considered as a major hill station and travel destination in South India. Known for its amazing landscape beauty, The beautiful hills of Munnar is a perfect honeymoon destination as well as a travel spot for those who would like to take a break from the busy life in cities. Tea plantations, Churches, trekking, sightseeing, wildlife watching etc are some of the major attractions that one will be able to experience in Munnar. As with any other hill stations in South India, Munnar is also considered as an ideal place to visit atleast once in your lifetime and is also well known for its amazing cool climatic conditions.

Bangalore, the Capital City of Karnataka is India's number one IT hub and a major tourist destination in South India. Bangalore is one of the best metro cities in India and is home to a good number of travel destinations and attractions. Historic buildings, palaces, parks, shopping malls, metro rail etc are some of the major attractions of Bangalore. A best place to spend time with your family and friends and to have fun and entertainment.

Hampi is a cool and serene travel location in Karnataka and this amazing village is noted for its scenic beauty and cool climate. A group of ruined temples and monuments are present in Hampi which are credited as UNESCO World Heritage Site and the ruined remains are also listed as Groups of Monuments at Hampi.Temples, monuments, hills, river and other heritage buildings makes Hampi a special tour location in Karnataka. A splendid place to spend your time with friends and family for a better travel experience.

Kochi is the commercial hub of Kerala and is one of the most upcoming cities in South India. A lot of travel destinations are present in and around Kochi and the major travel attractions include beaches, backwaters, rivers, heritage buildings, Temples, Churches etc. You can also see a group of islands near Kochi to where you can take a boat trip to see more of the islands. An ideal travel destination to spend your time with friends, relative and family.

So the above mentioned places are some of the best travel destinations of South India based on my opinion and note that this is not an official list. It is just based on what I have analyzed personally and might change depending on different individuals. But anyhow, the above places are something worth visiting on your trip to south India next time.


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