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Top 10 Hidden Tourist Attractions in South India

Updated on February 18, 2019
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A traveller and a medical undergraduate from Sri Lanka. Sharing my first hand experiences with you!!

Chennai itself serves as the gateway to the southern part of Indian penninsular. That's why most of us are compelled to limit our vacation in South India to Chennai, where we get down from our aircraft. But there's lot more in South India apart from scorching sun and bustling city. Beautiful wilderness is always available for the one who is courageous and the one who is searching for it. Best way to feel it is to avoid Chennai altogether and getting down from Coimbatore International Airport. Come let's walk together through the unpopular path!

" India is not just Taj Mahal

South India is not only Chennai"

1. Gedee Car Museum, Coimbatore

Once you get down from Coimbatore, now a highly industrialized city once known as Kovai, one of the largest car museums in Asia is at your fingertip. The collection starts with Ford's first car and then starts its journey through Karl Benz's benz motorwagon and the first mass-produced car, Ford-T. Apart from these unique cars, this treasure vault provides home to hundreds of English, American, French, Indian cars and even one of the Spanish Hispano-Suizas that has an aircraft engine in it. You may love to capture a pic with a Rolls Royce. It showcases few of the latest ones too. If you are a car lover, this is the heaven for you!!


Ford-T on display at Gedee Car Museum
Ford-T on display at Gedee Car Museum

What's more? Next door is a Science museum. There are a lot of fun activities for children there, each with a scientific basis which is nicely explained.

2. Wellington Lake, Coonoor

Start from Coimbatore and travel towards Ooty. You'll find Coonoor on the way. This hill station is the ideal place for you to spend your night. Wake up early and roam around. You'll come across the Wellington Lake. Ducks and rabbits welcome you in. Go in and enjoy!! You can ride swan boats all around the lake, just touching the biodiversity that is embedded in and around that serene lake. I guarrant you that you can capture some of the best shots of your lifetime there.

Wellington Lake, Coonoor
Wellington Lake, Coonoor

3. Coonoor Railway Station

Journey by train from Coonor to Ooty is the best way to unveil hillside South India. Take a glimpse of the British colonial era in India through the railway station that dates back to 19th century. The train itself is an antique. The steam-powered little beauty is somewhat reserved for tourists. The train leaves around 10 in the morning. Get in and enjoy the ride!!

train arriving at Coonoor station
train arriving at Coonoor station

4. Ooty Rose Garden

Once you get down from Ooty, a lot of comforting places are waiting just for you. Amongst all of them, Ooty Rose Garden, which is a member of the World Federation of Rose Gardens makes the top of the list. You can see thousands of roses from different varieties including some rare ones such as the original black rose. In season time that starts from April, you will be able to witness trains and decorations made purely out of rose there. If that time slot is not available for you, don't worry. During the off-season, if you are lucky, you will be gifted a boquet of freshly plucked roses from warm-hearted gardeners there!!

"Ooty is the coolest region in South India

So better go prepared for that cold breeze"

view from the rose garden, Ooty
view from the rose garden, Ooty

5. Bontanical Garden, Ooty

If you are having green hands, and still not satisfied after swimming in the rose sea, the botanical garden there is the ideal place. You can carry back several gardening tips for your home-garden on your way home. Don't forget to take a pic with a cannon out there.

a cannon on display at the botanical garden
a cannon on display at the botanical garden

6. Tibetan Market, Ooty

Tibetan? Yes, you read it correct. You can find Tibetans out there in South India. This whole market is run by Tibetan ladies dressed up in their traditional costumes. If you want to grab a sweater to protect you against the cold breeze, this is the ideal place. But, just a tip: if you are for bargaining, this is not the place for you.

A Tibetan lady selling sweaters at Tibetan Market
A Tibetan lady selling sweaters at Tibetan Market

7. Kotagiri Hill Station View Point

If you come back to Coimbatore from Ooty via Kotagiri, you are privileged by the view of pictursque tea estates. Not only that, there is a viewpoint in the forest reserve. You can see the whole set of surrounding mountains. If you are a photographer, hey buddy, do not even think about missing the chance!!

view from Kotagiri view point
view from Kotagiri view point

8. Monumental Beach, Pondicherry

Relax back in Coimbatore and ready your backpacks for a ride to Pondicherry. I have to warn you: this is a very long journey and it may take around five hours if you travel through highways. But, you can stop and take your meals on the way, from Indian restaurants reputed for serving high quality traditional food. Once you reach Pondicherry, you will understand that it is worth the journey.


" A morning jogging session along the sandy beach

is the best way to engulf the full glory of Pondi"

Pondicherry was once a French colony, and even today it is soaked in the influence of French art and architecture. In the monumental beach, you will find the whole India in statues and memorials. It's actually a mixture of Indian and French histories. You can find statues of Gandhis and the memorial of Ambedkar (the man who wrote the Indian constitution) out there. The french counterpart consists of a French War Memorial and a statue of Dupleix (the pioneer of colonizing Pondicherry). What's more? There is a magnificient beach stretched for miles!!

statue of Duplex
statue of Duplex

9. Matrimandir, Auroville

This is an ashram located near Pondicherry, but it is not reserved for a single religion. As they say, Auroville belongs not to a certain religion, but to the whole human-kind. It stretches around several acres of forest-land which also consists of several monstrous bunyan trees. You can nicely relax and meditate on a hammock out there.

Matrimandir
Matrimandir

But, if you are a chap not ready for boring things, this place is still a must-go for you. That is because of the boutiques, handcraft shops and the architectural wonder, matrimandir. Avoid going on tuesdays, because then you won't be allowed to peep inside matrmandir.

10. Paradise Beach, Pondicherry

This is the best place to wind up your journey. The only entrance to this place is via boat, which of course is another fresh experience. The beach is unpoluted and is pearl white, filled with colourful sea-shells. Just stroll along the beach and enjoy. Ah I forgot: they provide you with tractors to ride along the endless beach, if you like.

paradise beach
paradise beach

" Try a sugar cane juice on your way;

It's freshly prepared in front of you there"

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    • Anusha Nimrod profile imageAUTHOR

      Anusha Nimrod 

      3 weeks ago from Colombo, Sri Lanka

      Thank u Linda!!! :)

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      Linda Crampton 

      4 weeks ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I would love to visit the places that you describe, especially the ones that have plants and animals for me to see. Thank you for sharing an interesting and informative guide to the area.

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      Anusha Nimrod 

      4 weeks ago from Colombo, Sri Lanka

      Thank you Andrew and Paul!! :)

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      andrew and john coimbatore 

      4 weeks ago

      Hi Anusha Uncle

      Very interesting article hope to see you 'll in Coimbatore once again.

      Andrew and Paul

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      Anusha Nimrod 

      4 weeks ago from Colombo, Sri Lanka

      Thank u Pamela! :-)

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      4 weeks ago from Sunny Florida

      I would love to visit the sites you described, and I love the beautiful pictures. The rose garden would be a delight! This is a very well-written and interesting article.

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      Anusha Nimrod 

      4 weeks ago from Colombo, Sri Lanka

      Thank you Bev!! Your feedback is really helpful.

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      Bev G 

      4 weeks ago from Wales, UK

      Welcome to HubPages. This is a very good first article :)

      I would suggest you edit your image capsules to remove the frames. HubPages has asked us to stop using them.

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      Anusha Nimrod 

      4 weeks ago from Colombo, Sri Lanka

      Thank u Liz!! Your feedback is great!!

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      Liz Westwood 

      4 weeks ago from UK

      This is an interesting and well-structured article. I have not been on Hub Pages very long (just over a year) but I have gathered that the editors like an index of your points at the beginning. You might therefore find it helpful to add a capsule listing the points of interest. It would be easy to do, as you already have them numbered, which is great. I think it is because it helps people to scroll down to a point that they are interested in. Editors also favour photos at the end of written points, which you have mainly done.

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