South India offers a wonderful and enticing combination of heavenly beaches, colonial architecture, vibrant cities, traditional villages, sparkling lakes, rolling tea plantations, nature, wildlife, delicious cuisine … and more! Whilst many people head to Rajasthan and the magnificent Golden Triangle, why not set off to discover the highlights of South India? Enjoy a different kind of holiday, with ample opportunities to blend blissful relaxation and exciting adventures.
Some highlights of South India include:
Also known as Cochin, Kochi is a fantastic place to take a step back in time and enjoy a fascinating glimpse into the area’s lively history. An important spice trading area in the past, Kochi has been attracting international visitors and merchants since at least the 14th century. Its nickname as the Queen of the Arabian Sea is certainly well-deserved.
There are numerous historic buildings showcasing some fine architectural elements. The West Coast boasts an interesting former Dutch outpost, and as you wander around it is easy to imagine how the area was in times gone by. Dutch and Portuguese have played a part in shaping the area today and elements from each culture can be seen. Ancient palaces cannot fail to capture the imagination, and the old Jewish synagogue is also interesting.
Kochi is a multicultural area with a friendly population – it really does offer a warm welcome and a wealth of experiences.
Hop aboard a quaint houseboat to explore the charming backwaters – see how the locals live and make a living as your skillful crew guide the boat through the beautiful backwaters. You will also see and abundance of local wildlife. Kerala is the perfect place to drift along, relax, and watch the world go by, as you have your eyes opened to many new sights, sounds, and smells.
Eravikuklam National Park
Eravikuklam National Park is a nature lover’s dream. It is home to a wide selection of flora and fauna, including several rare and endangered species. Feel the excitement of seeing many different creatures in a stunning and beautiful environment. Animals that live in the park include tahr, mongoose, marten, squirrels, and otters.
A popular summer retreat in colonial times, you can see how the British rulers passed their leisure time in the cooler temperatures. In the hills and surrounded by lush greenery it is a very picturesque place. Great for walking in nature and enjoying long rambling treks and hikes, spend some time touring the green tea plantations, admiring the sweeping views, and discovering breath-taking valleys. Make sure that you sample some of the locally produced teas too. Take a deep breath and enjoy the delicious fresh air that is tinged with aromas of spices, and have a memorable time in beautiful Munnar.
Shimmering and sparkling, the nearby green palms provide a striking contrast with the deep blue hues of the lake. The lake is stunning in its own right, but the babbling streams, grad canals, and other smaller waterways all help to create a magical landscape that is criss-crossed by water. Chill out on a boat trip and explore. See local kids, who are sure to have a friendly smile and a wave, local fishermen, waterside communities, and lots of diverse and varied wildlife. It’s like entering a different world.
Enjoy the highlights of South India for a beautiful trip to remember.