Land of Backwaters, Spices and Temples
With cuisine, culture and a disposition that differs dramatically from its northern neighbor, a tour in South India can seem to showcase a different country entirely. There are unique landscapes, ethnic groups, traditions, and it has a history all its own. In addition, things seem to slow down here in South India; it is a pace that reveals a vibrant culture shaped over millennia.
Experience Tamil Nadu’s Stunning Variety and Andhra Pradesh’s Juxtapositions
A South India tour package can take you to many fascinating places, including the captivating state of Tamil Nadu. Set on the Coromandel Coast, this state offers a dizzying blend of ancient culture, natural wonders and eye-popping variety. The temples here are visually stunning and spiritually magnetic, perhaps none more so than the multi-colored, awe-inspiring gopurams at Sri Meenakshi in 2,500-year-old Madurai.
A French colonial feel pervades Puducherry, while the urbanity of Ooty, a lush hill station, is uniquely British. In Andhra Pradesh, you can make your way to Hyderabad—where you’re likely to see ancient Indian traditions abiding alongside the glimmer of globalization—or visit Tirupati, a Hindu pilgrimage site that draws more people than Jerusalem.
Explore Captivating Karnataka and Kerala’s Legendary Backwaters
In Karnataka, marvel at the fascinating 15th century ruins of Hampi, or enjoy the princely charm and laid-back feel of Mysore. Want to experience more of the region’s eclectic ethos? A tour of South India’s most famous state—Kerala—may suit you. Navigating the region’s eponymous backwaters—a lush labyrinth of canals and lagoons that winds past fascinating local villages—in one of the region’s signature kettuvalloms (houseboats) is a must-have experience.
On land, enjoy Kerala’s warm hospitality at one of its renowned luxury hotels or homestays, and perhaps indulge in an Ayurveda treatment. Or simply lounge under a palm tree on the sugary sands of Kovalam and Varkala (not to mention admiring the latter’s stunning cliffs).
Of course, this is only the beginning. Tour South India with Geringer Global Travel, and experience the seemingly limitless wonders of this region.