The five states of peninsular India – Kerala, Karnataka, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, and Tamil Nadu (and the Union Territories of Puducherry, Andaman and Nicobar, and Lakshadweep) – each find their pride of place in the shimmering, sun-dappled waters of the mighty Indian Ocean. On the western side, Karnataka and Kerala sit on the fabulous Konkan Coast that hugs the Arabian Sea in an endless stretch of golden sands and forested mountains. On the eastern side, Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh are warmed by the Bay of Bengal. Telangana, the youngest of them all, is bordered by four states and is the gem of the Deccan region. Lakshadweep holds a cluster of sublime and pristine coral islands in the Arabian Sea, while the Andaman and Nicobar Islands sit like a solitary emerald in the middle of the Bay of Bengal. Puducherry is India’s own enchanting Riviera by the Bay…of Bengal.
Welcome to South India! South India is the Indian subcontinent’s earthy, seductive side. Palm-fringed beaches and backwaters give way to mangrove forests, rivers, waterfalls, canyons, hill stations, spice plantations, tea and coffee estates, tropical forests, and wildlife sanctuaries, South India offers the experiential character like none other anywhere else.
South India’s multi-cultural heritage goes back centuries in time. No matter where you travel in this part of India, you will come across an evocative piece of history – temple complexes, churches, synagogues, mosques, palaces, fortresses, Buddhist caves, and the ruins of once invincible kingdoms. History apart, South India is the homeland of classical literature, ancient traditions of music, dance, and theatre, glorious art, and outstanding crafts. Deeply traditional yet remarkably progressive, democratic, and dynamic, South India stands out for its distinct culture, unique geography, great natural beauty, and splendid heritage – creating innumerable destinations and experiences of assorted tourist interest for everyone.