The cultural history of South India trace back to the history of India. The magnificent sculptures, dance forms and the temples testify the rich cultural heritage of South India. The enriching literature also marks the cultural triumph of this part of India. The Tours include a visit to the states of Kerala, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka.
These Tours will show you various facets of this part. During the tours, you can visit various monuments, temples, beaches, wild life, hill stations, Ayurveda centers and others.
The tour remains incomplete without shopping for sandalwod carvings, textiles, silk saris, metal ware, pendants, delicate baskets, wooden caskets with inlay work, sandalwood pens and exotic bookmarks. Local handicrafts, Lambani jewelry and Kinnala paintings, gold leaf work, Rosewood furniture and handicrafts in Karnataka, Kanchipuram Silks, beautiful mats of Pattamara, Handicrafts made from palm leaves and Palmyra fibers in Tirunellveli, Exquisite jewelry and brass and bronze castings of Kumbakonam, Sculptures made of stone from Mahabalipuram, South Indian silk saris, handicrafts and khadi or hand-woven garments are the best buy from the shops of various states of South India.
Golf tours form a major part of the South India. There are some wonderful and lush green golf courses in the various cities of South India like Ooty, Chennai and Bangalore. Make sure to visit the Gymkhana Club in Ooty, Gymkhana Club Golf Course in Chennai and Golf Club in Bangalore.
Festival tours in South India are a major activity. During the tour, you can enjoy the celebrations of the following festivals like Aaranmula Boat Race, Nehru Trophy Boat Race, Onam, Thrissur Pooram in Kerala and Pongal Festival, Kavadi Festival, Karthiqai Deepam, Natyanjali Dance Festival in Tamil Nadu
Some of the Major South India tours, which can be undertaken, are as follows:
-Beaches in South India
Temple tours are the major attraction of this tour. In the temple city of Tamil Nadu, you can find the most celebrated Meenakshi temple, Kanchipuram temple, Mahabalipuram, Rameshwaram, Murugan temple and Kanyakumari. In Kerala, you can visit the famous Sabarimala temple and Guruvayoor temple. If you are in Karnataka make sure to visit the Somnathpur temple and Badami Cave temple. During the temple tours, do not miss out the Tirupata Tirumala Balaji Temple and Thousand Pillar temple in the Andhra Pradesh.
Jewish synagogue in Kerala, Valluvar Kottam, Arjuna’s Penance and Rock Fort Temple in Tamilnadu, Gol Gumbaz and Mysore Palace in Karnataka, Golconda Fort and Char Minar in Andhra Pradesh are covered in the monument tours in South India.
During your South India tour, you can make a stopover at the various hill stations of South India. Munnar in Kerala is a beautiful hill station that is thronged by tourists from all over the world and Kerala Hotels are world famous for ayurveda treatments. In Tamil Nadu, visit the beautiful hill stations of Kodaikanal, Ooty and Nilgiri Hills.
During your trip to South India, you can visit numerous national parks and wild life sanctuaries. Here, you can spot a number of wild lives in their natural habitat. Tiger, Panther, Gaur (Indian Bison), Spotted Deer, Ibex, Langurs, Bonnet Monkeys, Jungle Fowl and birds are commonly found at the national parks of South India. Some of the major national park and sanctuaries include Thekkady Wildlife Sanctuary(Kerala), Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary(Kerala), Kunthakulam Bird Sanctury( Tamil Nadu), Crocodile Bank ( Tamil Nadu), Calimere Wildlife Sanctuary( Tamil Nadu), Nagarhole National Park( Karnataka) and Bandipur National Park ( Karnataka).
During the tour, make sure to visit the unspoiled beaches of Malpe Beach, Murudeshwar Beach and Maravanthe Beach in Karnataka; Alappuzha beach, Varkala beach and Kovalam beach in Kerala and Marina Beach, Kanyakumari Beach and Mahabalipuram Beach in Tamilnadu.
Ayurveda, yoga and meditation tours can not be missed out. The major yoga and meditation center in South India are located in Pondicherry, Kerala and Auroville.
The South India tour will be an experience to cherish forever as there is no dearth of accommodation in this part of India. Tourism industry has flourished largely and has plenty of five star deluxe, five star, four star, three star, cheap hotels, resorts and guest houses.