South India - Guide to South India Travel
Southern India makes up the peninsula often called the “tear drop” that is bordered by the Arabian Sea to the west, Bay of Bengal to the east and to the south, the Indian Ocean. The states within South India are Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala and Tamil Nadu where nature is a focal point of the tourism market.
With its tropical climate, South India’s seasons very only slightly. Days are usually hot however cools down in the evenings to comfortable temperatures. The heat is at its harshest March to June with temperatures reaching above 40°C and then the monsoon comes from June through to October. During winter, temperatures generally stay above 20°C therefore making it the best time to visit. In the summer, many escape the sun and humidity by heading to the hill stations close by.
Andhra Pradesh - Karnataka - Kerala - Tamil Nadu
Historically South India was ruled by several kingdoms who maintained power for several successive years. After several invasions through parts of South Asia impacting the culture and history of several of these states on the way, the region was taken over by British rule and incorporated into the British Empire. Since India’s independence, South India’s economy has been on a bit of a roller-coaster however have improved to sustain growth over the past few decades. With a population over 233 million, South Indian states are still struggling with literacy and poverty rates however this is not unusual in India. On a positive note, the region has come to rank highest in terms of development with their fertility rate the lowest in all regions.
One of the highlights of the region is the wildlife. Fortunately South India has been spared from the majority of degradation of wildlife in comparison to the northern states mainly. This is thought to be mainly because of the lesser population in the South than in the North. There are some great reserves including the Periyar Tiger reserve that incorporates an area of 780 square kilometres. The jungle is spectacular in all its glory.
Other things to do in South India include its beaches, monuments, temples and glorious waterfalls. Being surrounded by water, the south part of India has some great beaches such as Om Beach located near Gokarna. For those wanting to see some of the history of the area, the Mahabalipuram monuments are a spectacular site with their rock carvings, while the Kapaleeswarar Temple and Sivasamudram Falls in Mylapore are a must see.
Furthermore, before you leave, be sure to venture to the Jog Falls, an incredible waterfall that will take your breath away.
If you are interested in the nightlife of South India, there are copious places to sit with your friends over a drink or even have a dance. Try the 10 Downing, Dublin (no, not the Dublin of England), Havana and Leather Bar (don’t let the name put you off).
So overall South India can give you some magnificent experiences from its hilly landscape, beautiful beaches, places of worship, culture and adventure sports, there is something for everyone.