6 Photos that show you South India’s extraordinary landscapes
South India has a brilliant variety of sights to see and differs greatly to North India. The climate is hotter and the food is spicier, but that’s not all. Here you’ll find beautiful rolling countryside, colourful temples and French architecture as well as lagoons, lakes and waterfalls.
Kerala backwaters, Kerala
Kerala backwaters are a chain of lagoons, canals and lakes that stretch across the coast, parallel to the Arabian Sea. Take a relaxing cruise down the waters and witness village life at its best. There’s everything from house boats to coconut groves, but what you won’t see is the hectic rush of city life…making this the perfect chill-out location.
The Group of Monuments at Hampi is an ancient village that is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. There are rocky ruins, giant boulders and varied terrain. Be transported back to the 14th Century and imagine the traders, farmers and temple-goers that would have made this district thrive.
Madurai, Tamil Nadu
As you enter city of Madurai, you will notice the colourful towers of Meenakshi Anman Temple soaring high above the houses. These bright carvings of Hindu Gods are pretty impressive and are like nothing else you would have seen so far.
If you’re looking for a little slice of paradise that’s less hectic, visit Gokarna. Some of the most beautiful beaches are located in this town, and are well worth the trek over the hills. Why not stay in a bamboo hut on the beach? A typical example of accommodation you might find here!
Puducherry, or Pondicherry
A trip to Puducherry (formerly known as Pondicherry) is a little taste of France. With its French architecture, colonial heritage and far stretching beaches, this quiet town will charm you from the get-go.
Head to Munnar if you want the opportunity to see a landscape of never-ending tea plantations, lush vegetation and magical waterfalls. The further you delve into the landscape, the more you will find. Tea, spices and chocolates are sold in abundance in Munnar, so be sure to stock up for your journey home!
Doesn’t South India sound appealing? There’s a little bit of everything here, and we’ve only just touched the surface! For planning your India vacation, please contact Lucas@lloydstravel.com or your favourite Lloyds Travel Agent – we can’t wait to speak with you.