South India

South India consists of seven states: Maharashtra (capital Mumbai, formerly Bombay), Andhra Pradesh (capital Hyderabad), Karnataka (capital Bangalore), Kerala (capital Kochi, formerly Cochin), Tamil Nadu (capital Chennai, formerly Madras), Goa and Puducherry.

South India boasts a glorious history stretching back 3000 years. The culture of South India is markedly different from that of the north, its roots being Dravidian and not Indo-Aryan. For example, the four languages spoken in South India (Kannada in Karnataka, Malayalam in Kerala, Tamil in Tamil Nadu and Telugu in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh), are unrelated to the Hindi language spoken in the rest of the country.

The great royal dynasties of the South such as the Hoysalas, Gangas, Pallavas, Cholas and Pandyas have bequeathed us an inestimable cultural legacy.

The best examples are the Mahabalipuram monuments, the temples at Thanjavur and Madurai in Tamil Nadu, the famous Jain monument at Shravanabelagola and the city of Hampi in Karnataka.

Kerala in the southwest offers luxuriant countryside and India’s very finest beaches.


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ajantaMaharashtra

With Mumbai (formely Bombay) as its capital and a population of 100 million, Maharashtra has the second largest population of any Indian state. It is also the most highly industrialised, accounting for a large part of the country’s GDP. There is no lack of places to visit in Maharashtra. There are breathtaking rock-cut caves and no fewer than three Shiva temples housing Jyotir Lingams or “lingams of light”, which makes them especially holy…

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halebiduKarnataka

Karnataka, historically the state of Mysuru (Mysore), lies in the southwest. Karnataka saw a number of indigenous empires come and go, each of which added to the region’s cultural riches. The kingdom of Vijayanagara, one of the last ramparts against Mughal domination before the Maratha empire, left us one of India’s most amazing sites, the city of Hampi. The legacy of the medieval Hoysala dynasty can be seen in the harmonious temple art of Belur, Halebidu and Somnathpur…

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tirupatiAndhra Pradesh

Andhra Pradesh is a state located in Southern India.The state is the eighth largest state in India covering and tenth largest by population.  Its capital is Hyderabad shared with the Telangana state. On 2 June 2014, the north-western portion of the state was bifurcated to form a new state of Telangana.Tirupati is one of the holy religious hubs…

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keralaKerala

Kerala in the far southwest of India is the unchallenged champion of laidback lifestyle. It is no accident that it’s called “God’s own land”, and it knows how to charm its guests. You’ll be captivated by its luxuriant landscapes, lagoons, dream beaches and relaxed, smiling population. Here the sometimes frenetic pace of Indian life slows down and you’re drawn into an atmosphere of calm zenitude… MORE +

mamallapuram13Tamil Nadu

The state of Tamil Nadu is a place apart, proud of its two-thousand-year culture. The state’s capital Chennai (formerly Madras) is a major cultural centre, especially for Carnatic music and the Bharata Natyam classical dance. Religious fervour is strong in Tamil Nadu, as witness its countless temples, which include such gems of Dravidian architecture as Madurai, Kanchipuram, Rameshwaram and Sri Rangam. Nor is lush countryside lacking in Tamil Nadu. The blue Nilgiri Mountains and the Courtallam Falls are wonderful examples of nature’s generosity and are welcome refuges when the broiling summer sets in…

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