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Must See Places in South India
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
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.