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Lighthouse - June, 2011.

South India As A Travel Destination

Experience the mystery and magic of South India tours with its fascinating history, rich culture and traditions. As you go down peninsular India, the fascinating land of temples unravels itself for you. The major destinations of South India include Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Lakshadweep and Andaman & Nicobar Islands. Whether you are an adventure lover, pilgrim or a wildlife enthusiast, South India has it all to enthrall you.

TEMPLES & MONUMENTS
The exquisite temples are the strongest lures and a wealth of South India. The historic monuments and temples can be found in large numbers in the states of South India. The intricately carved temples are feasts to the eyes and some of them you must visit include Guruvayoor Temple, Kalpathy Temple, Meenakshi Temple, Murugan Temple, Badami Cave Temple, Tirupati Tirumala Balaji and Saneeshwara Temple. These marvelous structures also stand testimony to the ancient heritage of the empires that greatly patronized the artistic pursuits. Moreover, South India has 4 UNESCO heritage sites: Thanjavur Brahadhiswara temple, Mamallapuram 7th & 9th century monuments and temples in Tamilandu; and ancient capitals Hampi & Pattadakal in Karnataka.

BEACHES
A travel to South India will remain incomplete without a visit to the palm fringed sandy beaches that accentuate the scenic charm of South India. The long coastline has conferred the South Indian states with numerous enchanting beaches and the most well-known among them being Nattika, Marari, Alappuzha, Kovalam, Varkala, Marina, Kanyakumari and Maravanthe Beach.

WILD LIFE
Apart from the beaches, South India is also well known for its captivating wildlife which attracts hordes of wildlife enthusiasts from all over the world. Watch the wild denizens roaming in their natural habitat freely along with a large number of migratory birds that frequent the protected forests of South India. Some of the acclaimed wildlife sanctuaries and national parks of South India are Periyar wildlife sanctuary, Kumarakom bird sanctuary, Calimere wildlife sanctuary, Bandipur national park, Kabini wildlife sanctuary, Mudumalai tiger reserve & sanctuary and Nagarhole tiger reserve.

FESTIVALS
The fairs and festivals of South India mirror the rich culture and tradition of the people of the region. Passed on from generations, these are still celebrated with utmost zest and excitement. You will find the people clad in their traditional attire and piously following the spectacular rituals. The festivities are marked by important occasions such as harvest, arrival of the monsoon and paying reverence to the worshipped deities. The famous ones are Onam, Aaranmula Boat Race, Pongal Festival and Natyanjali Dance Festival.

AYURVEDA
A gratifying holiday is greatly dependent upon the accommodations, and in South India you will find a wide range of hotels and resorts to chose from. The various hotels are located in important towns of South India and also provide resort and spa facilities. Kerala is a state that is particularly famous for its ayurvedic spa resorts.
With almost limitless things to take delight in, you are certainly going to have an unforgettable holiday in South India.

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