The best way to explore the Incredible South India in simple steps
What do you think is the most common way of exploring India? Well, foreign tourists either choose the Golden Triangle circuit, Goa or to some degree, Rajasthan in their itineraries.
But do you too want to follow the same road – redundant and meaningless?
Well, I did something different. Certainly because India was just not any destination for me, it was the destination.
Following my gut, I chose South India Tour Packages, with my travel starting from Chennai. The sunny side of life, teeming with sun-kissed tourist destinations like Marina Beach, Arignar Anna Zoological Park, Pulicat Lake, Kapaleeswarar Temple and National Art Gallery were definitely enthralling.
To continue with our journey of sensory overload in Incredible South India, we headed towards Mahabalipuram, famous for being one of the oldest cities in India. Ancient temples and stone carved monuments add to its value. The top tourist attractions in Mahabalipuram included Arjuna’s Penance, Thirukadalmallai, Cave Temples, Shore Temple and the Pancha Rathas.
Turning to Kerala, it seemed as if every little detail of this ‘God’s Own Country’ was beauty personified. Periyar tourism was one of the rare chances to explore wild indigenous animals, when on a cruise. Even the spice plantation tour added to its panache, bringing us closer to the adventurous zeal in us.
Interestingly, I also got a chance to explore the magic of Ayurveda at Kovalam, situated south of Trivandrum. Drenching myself with the holistic healing of mind, soul and body in the typical ambiance of Kerala, I don’t think so I ever felt this fulfilled, ever before in my life.
But perhaps, the best part of Kerala Tourism was waiting for us to be explored at Kanyakumari. Located at the confluence of Arabian Sea, Bay of Bengal and Indian Ocean, Kanyakumari is also embellished with several mythologies that make it even more special. We visited the famous Kumari Amman Temple and were enthralled by the majestic architecture of it.
After covering indigenous destinations like Thottapalli, Cochin, Alleppey, Mysore, Hassan and Hospet, we headed towards Karnataka, with Bengaluru the capital being our tempting destination.
Personally, I could feel a certain kind of calling with Bengaluru. An exotic mixture of urban and cultural Karnataka, the capital is known as the ‘Silicon Valley of India.’ You will find a colourful, artistic, designer crowd here, filled with out of the box ideas and audacious endeavors.
The food was different, the weather was very pleasant and perhaps, what touched my heart was the embrace and warmth of the people. We visited the Lal Bagh Garden, Tipu Sultan’s Palace and Museum, along with the ISCKON Temple. Each destination had its own power and effect.
That is how South Indian Tours left an indelible mark in my life. Even today, I can feel the craving, the yearning for going back to feel its presence, enveloping my travel journeys.
So, do make a difference in your life by exploring India in a different way. And if you do so, South India must be in your must-do list.