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Must See Places in South India

Updated on January 24, 2015

People who know India would definitely agree that southern portion of the country is delight for travelers. The below mentioned places display the best that southern part has to offer for people who visit India.


Heritage monuments are one of the best things about India. Hampi is a village in the state of Karnataka, about 350 kilometers away from Bangalore. This place has the leftovers of the age old Vijayanagar Empire. This collection of monuments looks beautiful even in ruins and it still has overwhelming historical importance. It has been recognized as a World Heritage Site of UNESCO as well. The temple of Vitthala in this place is specifically attracting because of its amazing musical pillars, each pillar produces the sound of a particular musical instrument when you tap them.



Kodagu is well-known as Coorg, you can easily reach this place in about six hours drive from Bangalore. Cool, calm and undisturbed with bend roads and various coffee plantations, it is just great for a relaxed and short trip. The native residents of Kodagu or Coorg are called Kodavas, they are known for their unique culture. A pork preparation called The Kodava Pandi Curry is a well known delicacy of this place. Local people own and manage number of home stays here and they provide the accommodation facilities for tourists.

Alleppey Backwaters Kerala

Kerala Backwaters
Kerala Backwaters

Kerala backwaters

Bordered with coconut trees, spotted with ‘kettuvallams’ or house-boats, the Kerala backwaters offer a healing, unique feeling for people who visit India. In fact, these backwaters are a connection of canals that are brought when the river water meet the sea water. Facilities of houseboat feature Ayurvedic massages, delicacies from various local popular cuisines and overnight stays. Apart from all these, it is not diffcult to find water lilies and different types of birds as you float through the water. You can also see the local communities busy in boat building and coir making tasks.



Mahabalipuram is about an hour’s drive from Chennai. Once it was a port city controlled by the dynasty of Pallava. It is well-known for its age old stone temples, many of these temples are carved from single stone block. It is one of the must see destinations in India if you are interested in age old monuments.

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      Sunil Kumar Kunnoth 4 years ago from Calicut (Kozhikode, South India)

      I am happy that I have covered all these great destinations. Thank you for sharing some wonderful information.

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      piyuna 6 years ago

      Magnificent place like Mysore is missed in this & so is Pretty Pondicherry, which one must visit while being in south. My profile pic has the cauvery river near Mysore. Mysore city is typically called the 'City of Palaces', the 'Garden City', the 'Ivory City', the ‘City of Yoga’ as well as the 'cultural capital of Karnataka' &Nested in the southern region of India between lush greens and the Bay of Bengal is the former French colony of pondicherry.

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      Suzette Walker 6 years ago from Taos, NM

      Excellent hub! I have never travelled to India, but this hub inspires me to do so! Also, this is interesting to me because these are lovely places I have never heard of or seen photos of before. This is off the beaten road in India and is something unusual.

      Your photos are stunning and your explanations of these places are knowledgeable and interesting. Voted up!!