5 Beautiful Places To Visit In South India

South India has loads to explore from beautiful beaches and temples to backwaters and wild life sanctuaries. There are many tourist places to visit in South India in various seasons. You can also enjoy wonderful experiences with your family like adventure experiences, Ayurvedic massages, admiring the breathtaking beauty, exploring the sanctuaries or peaceful temple visits. The south Indian cuisine is also something that is relished by Indians throughout the country and abroad too. The Western Ghats and the Eastern Ghats in the south have many hill stations worth visiting. Below are 5 beautiful places to visit and explore in South India.

1. Coorg, Karnataka.

Coorg is a top tourist destination in the southern state of Karnataka. You can plan a trip to this hill station and explore its rich culture and striking beauty. You will simply fall in love with the beauty of emerald hills and deep valleys.

Best time to visit:
Coorg experiences a pleasant climate all through the year. It is one of the best places to visit before you die. October to March is ideal for adventure activities, especially trekking. During March and April, the valley is covered with white flowers.

Key Attractions of Coorg:
Nagarhole National Park, Abbi Falls, Iruppu Falls, Madikeri Fort, The Raja’s seat, Tibetin Buddhist Golden Temple, Pushpagiri Wildlife Sanctuary and Jeep Safari

How to reach:
Mangalore Airport that is 160 km away from Coorg has flights to and from main Indian cities like Mumbai, Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi and Hyderabad. KSRTC also runs deluxe buses to Coorg from Bangalore, Mysore and Mangalore. By train, you can reach Mysore Junction i.e. 95 km away and a cab or bus from there to reach Coorg.

Popular Hotels:
Stay at Coorg Jungle Camp Backwater Resort for a unique experience. If you are looking for a stay which makes you feel like home then Heights Farm Stay is the place for you. Kadkani River Resort is another place to experience a great and an exceptional stay on the banks of river. Book Coorg hotels in advance online.

2. Mysore, Karnataka.

Mysore is the second largest city in Karnataka after Bengaluru. This is one of the popular places to visit in India with family located in South India. The Dussehra celebrations of this city are well-known and thousands of visitors visit the city, especially to witness this festival. Here you can find many royal buildings, modern amusement parks, resourceful museums, remarkable temples, beautiful waterfalls and stunning gardens.

Best time to visit:
If you plan the visit with your family, the time after November is the best time as festival Dassehra is celebrated during that time, which makes your trip worthwhile.

Key Attractions of Mysore:
Brindavan Garden, Jaganmohan Palace, Mysore Palace, Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary, Mysore Zoo and Bird Watching

How to reach:
You can reach Mysore by bus from nearby cities as the Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) runs many luxury and ordinary buses to Mysore. The nearest airport to Mysore is the Mysore Airport, also known as Mandakalli Airport. You can take a direct or connecting flight from your city as per availability. Travelling by train to Mysore is another option that you can take. The nearest railway station is Mysore Junction Railway station in city centre.

Popular Hotels:
Ginger Mysore, which is one of the best budget hotels in Mysore, is centrally located near railway station and bus stand. Royal Orchid Brindavan Garden Palace & Spa which is nestled near the serene Cauvery River is the best place for leisure travelers. Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel offers beautiful views of Chamundi Hills and is a perfect stay! You can also find cheap hotels in Mysore easily.

3. Pondicherry.

Pondicherry, also popularly known as “French Riviera of the East” is an enchanting seaside town located 160 km South of Chennai. It is known for its breathtaking beauty and relaxed and peaceful setting. It is preferred not for its tourist attractions but for its unique atmosphere due to its French colonial past and location. This town is perfect for cyclists and those who are fond of going on walks.

Best time to visit:
Visit Pondicherry anytime from October to March as this is winter time and climate is cool and just perfect for sightseeing, beach fun and water sports.

Key Attractions of Pondicherry:
Visit Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Fishing, Aayi Mandapam, Pondicherry Museum, Arikamedu and Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

How to reach:
Puducherry”s domestic airport has daily flights from Bangalore, except on Wednesdays. You can also take a direct or connecting train to Villupuram, Chennai and Tirupathy from where you can take a cab or bus. There are trains from Bangalore, Mumbai, Kolkatta, Bhubaneshwar, New Delhi, Mangalore and Kanyakumari.
Connectivity by road is also good. Multiple buses ply daily to and from Chennai and Bangalore. There are overnight luxury buses from and to Hyderabad too.

Popular Hotels:
One of the best things in the aesthetically gifted union territory of India are the beach resorts in Pondicherry. There are Kailash Beach Resort, Nalla Eco Beach Resort, Flora Beach Resort to name a few . Alternatively, there are small hotels and guest houses in the historic French Quarter named Le Pondy, The Promenade, Cours CHABROL, Palais de Mahe.

4. Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu

Kodaikanal in Tamil means Gift of the Forest. This gorgeous and fascinating hill station is located in the Palani hills of the Western Ghats. It is also known as the Princess of hill stations owing to its exceptional scenic beauty. Situated in the Dindagul district of Tamil Nadu, the town is 2133 m above sea level and is in the middle of Parappar and Gundar valleys.

Best time to Visit:
Throughout the year, Kodaikanal experiences nice weather. However, ideal month to visit is September as weather is perfect for sightseeing. If you love rains then you can visit between June and September to experience the fresh and amazing beauty due to rains.

Key attractions of Kodaikanal:
Kodai Lake, Berijam Lake, Pillar Rocks, Bison Wells, Bear Shola Falls

How to reach:
You can reach Madurai airport by flights and take a cab or bus to Kodaikanal that is 120km away. The airport is well-connected to Coimbatore and Chennai. Kodai road is 80 km away from Kodaikanal. However, the nearest rail junction is Coimbatore that connects the town to Delhi, Kolkata, Chennai, Bangalore and other major cities of the country. Bus service is good and affordable way to reach the town from nearby places.

Popular Hotels:
If you are looking for budget hotels with good amenities, then Richwin Hotel is the place you are looking for. You can spend great time with family in the Kodai Resort Hotel. Hotel Kodai International is the choice of more than hundreds of tourists so definitely a must places to try!

5. Varkala, Kerala.

Varkala in the Trivandrum region of Kerala is not very popular but an ideal tourist destination. One must visit the place to experience the freshness in air, serene and unexplored beaches surrounded by hills, beautiful springs and amazing fisheries.

Best time to Visit:
Varakala experiences a tropical climate with hot and humid summers, heavy rainfall in monsoon and a pleasant winter season. So, October to March is the best time to visit Varkala.

Main Attractions of Varakala:
Anjengo Fort, Sivagiri Mutt, Water Sports, Paragliding and parasailing, Varkala Lighthouse and Kappil Lake

How to reach:
Reach the Thiruvanthapuram Airport that is 36 km away from this town and take a cab from there. Varkala Railway Station has trains from Thiruvananthapuram and Kollam. Also, there are many KSRTC buses plying to Varakala from nearby towns and cities. Tourists from Goa, Mumbai, Colombo, Lakshadweep and Male can reach by boarding a yatch or a ship.

Popular Hotels:
To experience authentic Ayurvedic massage and coastal lodging one has to stay in Deshadan Cliff & Beach Resort. Owned by British couple Ed Templeton and Sofie Radecki – who fell in love with Varkalato stay forever and opened hotel called Soul & Surf, which has typical Keralan House.

South India is divine and has unique beauty and charm. There are a many places in South India which are the nation’s pride, and you can find many places of religious importance too. South India is definitely for people who enjoy wildlife, native culture, temples, spices and south Indian cuisine. So, when are you planning a visit to South India with your family?