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South India

3.9
Sacred & Religious Sites · Beaches · Bodies of Water
Known for its tropical climate, beautifully preserved Hindu temples, and aromatic, spicy cuisine, South India boasts an incredible diversity of nature and culture. Consisting of eight states and territories, the coastal areas of the region swelter in a humid climate, while the central plateau experiences even more extreme conditions. But with an extensive coastline dotted with beach resorts and quaint fishing villages, it's never too difficult to cool down during a South India vacation. No trip to South India is complete without appreciating the many ornate Dravidian temples that typify the region--they remain some of the most popular tourist attractions in Asia. Use our India tour itinerary planner to arrange the hows, wheres, and whens of your trip to South India.
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Places to visit in South India

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Popular things to do in South India

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Chinese Fishing Nets ©
Landmark
Chinese Fishing Nets Kochi (Cochin)
3.4
Duration: 2 hours
Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple ©
Religious Site
Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple Madurai
4.7
Duration: 3h 30 min
Mysuru Palace ©
Castle
Mysuru Palace Mysuru (Mysore)
4.5
Duration: 1 hour
Periyar Tiger Reserve ©
Wildlife Area
Periyar Tiger Reserve Thekkady
3.2
Duration: 2 hours

Kid-friendly things to do in South India

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Kovalam Beach ©
Beach
Kovalam Beach Kovalam
3.4
Duration: 2 hours
Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple ©
Architectural Building
Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)
4.4
Duration: 2 hours
Varkala Beach ©
Beach
Varkala Beach Varkala Town
4.3
Duration: 2 hours
Namdroling Monastery ©
Religious Site
Namdroling Monastery Mysuru (Mysore)
4.5
Duration: 2h 30 min

Nature in South India

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Kerala Backwaters ©
Water Body
Kerala Backwaters Kerala
4.0
Duration: 8 hours
Periyar Lake ©
Water Body
Periyar Lake Thekkady
2.9
Duration: 2 hours
Rajamalai (Eravikulam) National Park ©
National Park
Rajamalai (Eravikulam) National Park Munnar
2.6
Duration: 8 hours
Kodaikanal Lake ©
Water Body
Kodaikanal Lake Kodaikanal
4.2
Duration: 2h 30 min

Historic Sites in South India

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Shore Temple ©
Religious Site
Shore Temple Mahabalipuram
4.4
Duration: 4 hours
Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple ©
Religious Site
Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple Tiruchirappalli
4.5
Duration: 4 hours
Paradesi Synagogue ©
Religious Site
Paradesi Synagogue Kochi (Cochin)
3.9
Duration: 2 hours
Vitthala Temple ©
Historic Site
Vitthala Temple Hampi
4.8
Duration: 2 hours

Hidden gems in South India

Pancha Rathas ©
Architectural Building
Pancha Rathas Mahabalipuram
4.6
Duration: 1h 30 min
Badami Cave Temples ©
Cave
Badami Cave Temples Badami
4.7
Duration: 2 hours
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Nature / Wildlife Tour
Nature & Wildlife Tours Kochi (Cochin)
4.8
Duration: 8 hours
Elephant Stables ©
Architectural Building
Elephant Stables Hampi
4.4
Duration: 2 hours

Wildlife in South India

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Sadhana Forest ©
Wildlife Area
Sadhana Forest Auroville
4.9
Duration: 2h 30 min
Elephant Junction ©
Wildlife Area
Elephant Junction Thekkady
3.3
Duration: 4 hours
Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Wildlife Area
Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary Thekkady
2.3
Duration: 2 hours
Bannerghatta National Park ©
Wildlife Area
Bannerghatta National Park Bengaluru
3.8
Duration: 4 hours
Xenia Cities ©
Walking tour
Xenia Cities Bengaluru
4.7
Duration: 4 hours
MYcycle - Mysore Cycle Tour ©
Bike Tour
MYcycle - Mysore Cycle Tour Mysuru (Mysore)
5.0
Duration: 4 hours
Experience Kerala Holiday Planners ©
Nature / Wildlife Tour
Experience Kerala Holiday Planners Kochi (Cochin)
5.0
Duration: 8 hours