Top 5 Holiday Destinations In South India

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Snuggled by waters on three sides and dotted with mountain range of eastern and Western Ghats, South India is one of the best places for holiday in India. The favored holiday destinations in South India is blessed with amazing natural beauty, incredible architecture, colorful culture, historic sites, adventure and many more blessings.

As amazing as rest of India, the Southern region has a unique charisma of its own. You can’t resist exploring the majestic temples, grand forts, ethereal churches and the many UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The scenic bliss comes from the lush hills, golden beaches, soothing backwaters, plantations of tea, spices, coffee, etc. Ayurveda retreats, adventure sports, wildlife safaris and many more excitements await. Though there is a lot to talk about, let’s have a look at the most fascinating 20 holiday destinations in South India.

Let’s just have a look!

Chennai, Tamil Nadu

Kapaleeshwar Temple

The quintessential Southern India city, Chennai is one of the best places to start a South India tour. This metropolis along the Bay of Bengal matches paces with the fast developing world yet very much still preserves its traditions. Check out the Kapaleeshwar TempleThousand Lights Mosque, San Thome, Ripon Building, Church of Our Lady of Light, Thyagaraja Temple, Marina BeachElliott beach, etc. The top tourist attraction of South India is a good base for exploring the rest of the region. Plan day trips, enjoy dining, shopping and other experiences.

Best Time to Visit

November to February      

How to Reach

  • By Air – Chennai International Airport (7 km)
  • By Train – Chennai Central, Tambaram and Chennai Egmore (2 km)
  • By Bus – Chennai Mofussil Bus Terminal (9.7 km)

 Madurai, Tamil Nadu

Meenakshi Amman Temple

Madurai is correctly acclaimed as top holiday destinations of South India. One of the oldest cities in India, it is also known by the name of “City of Temples’ and has the top temples in South India. The magnificent Meenakshi Amman Temple is the most prized attraction here. Not just the architecture and the colorful carvings, the spiritual ambiance fascinates you. Festivals in the town are truly out of the world. For all Idli lovers, Madurai is the place to be at. Thirupparankundram Murugan Temple, Thirumalai Nayak MahalKoodal Azhagar Temple, Pazhamudhir Solai, Tirupparankundram, etc. are other places to check out.

Best Time to Visit

December to February      

How to Reach

  • By Air – Madurai Airport (10 km)
  • By Train – Madurai Railway Junction (2 km)
  • By Bus – Madurai Bus Terminal (6 km)

 

Rameshwaram, Tamil Nadu

Ramanathswamy Swamy Temple

A part of the Char Dham pilgrimageRameshwaram attracts Hindu devotees from all over the world. The island at the tip of  Tamil Nadu is home to one of the 12 Jyotirlingas of Lord Shiva in India, the holy Ramanathswamy Swamy temple. The holy town is among the famous places to visit in South India. It marks the initiation of mythical story of Lord Rama’s journey to save Lady Sita from Asura King Ravana. A bridge ‘Rama Setu’ of floating stones was built to reach Lanka and there are traces found here. Visit the holy spots, feel blessed when you perform the rituals.

Best Time to Visit

July to August and November to March

How to Reach

  • By Air – Madurai Airport (174 km)
  • By Train – Rameshwaram Railway Station (0 km)
  • By Bus – Rameshwaram Central Bus Station (3 km)

 

Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu

Brihadeeshwara Temple

The holy pilgrimage center, Thanjavur is amongst the top tourist attractions of South India. This city is dotted with peaceful places and splendid temples. Take a tour to local markets and bargain for Tanjore paintings, handloom silk sarees and cotton sarees. The UNESCO World Heritage SiteBrihadeeshwara Temple is the prized lure. A part of the Great Living Chola Temples, it is a magnificent piece. The architecture, layout, carvings and its very opulence fascinates you.  The temple is iconic landmark of the city and adds to its worth among tourists visiting.

 Best Time to Visit

October to March

How to Reach

  • By Air – Tiruchirappalli International Airport (60.1 km)
  • By Train – Trichy Junction (58 km)
  • By Bus – New Bus Stand (near Raja Serfoji College)

Old Bus Stand (near Anna Statue)

Thiruvaiyaru Bus Stand (near Thanjavur Old bus stand)

 

 Kanyakumari, Tamil Nadu

Vivekanand Rock Memorial

Kanyakumari, also known as Cape Comorin is the southernmost tip of peninsular India. The town inherits its name from Dev Kanya Kumari Temple. One of the famous places to visit in South India, this city has also served as a hub of religion and art for centuries. Snuggled from waters of Indian Ocean, Arabian Sea and the Bay of Bengal, its bliss for nature lovers as holy devotees. Kanyakumari Devi is one of the ‘Shakti Peethas’ out of the 51. Vivekanand Rock Memorial, Lighthouse, Thiruvenilli Statue, churches, food are some few other delights that you must cover.

Best Time to Visit

October to March

How to Reach

  • By Air – Trivandrum international airport(82 km) and the domestic Tuticorin airport(89 km)
  • By Train – Kanyakumari Junction Railway Station (4 km from Main Bus Stand)
  • By Bus – State Transport Corporation Bus Stand (3.2 km)

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