Top 10 Beautiful Places to Visit in South India

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The peninsular land of South India offers geographical diversity with its vast coastline, long stretch of western & eastern ghats, and the famous Deccan plateau. This geographical diversity has ensured the existence of numerous tourist destinations that differ in their offerings. There are waterfalls, hill stations, beaches, backwaters, and more. And not to forget the two archipelagos on either side, viz. Lakshadweep Islands and Andaman & Nicobar Islands.

The following list of tourist places in South India has something for travelers of all tastes & interests. Check them out before you plan a holiday in South India.

The Top Ten

1 Kumarakom

Kumarakom is the perfect romantic escape for couples as well as solo travelers. Backwaters here are ever-charming, far less crowded than Alleppey. Houseboat cruises are key attractions along with serene environs and variety of migratory birds. Sightseeing, unwinding, or exploration - Kumarakom doesn't disappoint, no matter what is the purpose of your holiday. And the there are some amazing resorts in Kumarakom for a luxurious stay.

Best places to see in Kumarakom: Vembanad Lake, Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary, Aruvikkuzhi Waterfall

Best things to do in Kumarakom: Take a houseboat cruise in the backwaters, witness the famous Nehru boat race (takes place in August) - aradhyamishra

2 Munnar

A popular honeymoon destination in South India, Munnar is best known for its lush tea gardens, surrounding hills, gushing waterfalls. Reachable by airways as well as railways, Munnar spoils tourists with breathtaking beauty, lip-smacking South Indian food, and a variety of stay options. The Kerala tour packages offer an option to choose from numerous warm homestays, budget hotels, organic farm stays, and luxury resorts in Munnar.

Best places to see in Munnar: Sanctuaries and national parks, Kolukkumalai hills and tea gardens, Attukal waterfall, Kundala lake

Best things to do in Munnar: Trekking, a walk in the tea gardens, go birdwatching at Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary - aradhyamishra

3 Bekal

Amazing weather along the divine untouched beauty makes Bekal one of the popular tourist destinations in South India. The Bekal fort here is the key attraction that attracts not just Indian and international tourists but Indian filmmakers as well. The best part is that it offers a fair mix of luxury properties and budget hotels and homestays.
Best places to see in Bekal: Bekal beach, Bekal Fort, Kodi Cliffs, Valiyaparamba Backwaters
Best things to do in Bekal: Stay at Vivanta by Taj, go sightseeing, enjoy water activities at Bekal Hole Aqua Park - aradhyamishra

4 Coorg

Another hilly retreat in South India, Coorg is one of most preferred honeymoon destinations in India. It is beautified by lush spice plantations, and offers ample opportunities for relaxation and adventure. Mysore railway station is the nearest railhead.

Best places to see in Coorg: Abbey Falls, Brahmagiri Peak, Nagarhole National Park, Mandalpatti View point, Bylakuppe

Best things to do in Coorg: River rafting, jungle safari, a picnic near the waterfalls, and spending time with the elephants at Dubare Elephant Camp - aradhyamishra

5 Coonoor

Lush tea gardens, pleasant weather, and a backdrop of hills - Coonoor is the ideal romantic getaway away from the urban rush. A beautiful hill station on the Nilgiris can be reached by toy train that runs between Ooty and Mettupalayam.

Best places to see in Coonoor: Sim’s Park, Highfield tea estate, Catherine Falls and Law’s Falls, the Hidden Valley, Dolphin’s Nose

Best things to do in Coonoor: Trek to Sengottaraayar Malai, birdwatching, sightseeing, cycling - aradhyamishra

6 Kudremukh

If you love adventure Kudremukh, a lovely hill station located just 100 km from Mangalore airport, is the place to be. It is haven for trekking and camping enthusiasts, and nature and photography lovers. You can plan a road trip from Bangalore, it lures with the verdant slopes, dense forests, and exotic flora and fauna.


Best places to see in Kudremukh: Kudremukh Peak, Kudremukh National Park, Bhadra Tiger sanctuary, Hanuman Gundi Falls, Gangamoola

Best things to do in Kudremukh: Hiking, camping, chilling at a homestay, sightseeing, picnic at a nearby waterfall - aradhyamishra

7 Chittoor

A trip to Chittoor is about a laidback holiday in picturesque landscapes. It is also a good place if you have interest in religion, history or architecture as there are many beautiful temples around. Surrounding hills, waterfalls, and unexplored villages make this the best bet to relax and unwind amid nature.

Best places to see in Chittoor: Horsley Hills, Kaundinya Wildlife Sanctuary, Talakona Waterfalls

Best things to do in Chittoor: Take a temple tour, go trekking and hiking, and click the mesmerizing landscapes - aradhyamishra

8 Pondicherry

The French capital of India is one of the best places for a chilled out holiday with friends. Colorful buildings, and their amazing architecture is one of the key attractions of this Indian UT. Delectable French cuisine and friendly locals ensure a great vacation away from the hustle bustle of the metros. The weather is always pleasant and sunsets are to die for.

Best places to see in Pondicherry: Auroville, Promenade Beach, Paradise Beach

Best things to do in Pondicherry: Cafe hopping, cycling tours, boat ride to the Paradise Beach Island, birdwatching at Ousteri Lake - aradhyamishra

9 North Sentinel Island North Sentinel Island
10 Lakshadweep

Pristine beauty can be best experienced at the untouched beaches of Lakshadweep. A popular honeymoon destination in India, it is cluster of islands that boast of glistening waters, shimmering sand, and breathtaking sunsets. If you are looking for scenic beauty, this is one destination that is at par with most popular beach holiday destinations of the world.

Best places to see in Lakshadweep: Kalpeni Island, Kadmat Island, Kavaratti Island, Agatti Island,Bangaram Island, Minicoy Island

Best things to do in Lakshadweep: Snorkeling, Scuba diving, kayaking, kite surfing, chilling on the beaches, photography - aradhyamishra

The Contenders

11 Andaman

Andaman is the awesome beach destination of India. Though a bit crowded during the winter months - the peak time, it is a great place to try water adventure sports. And the best part is that it is an ideal holiday destination for families, couples, backpackers, and solo travelers. Fingerlicking seafood is an added delight.

Best places to see in Andaman: Havelock Island, Neil Island, Jolly Buoy Island, Baratang

Best things to do in Andaman: Scuba diving, snorkeling, sea bed walking, kayaking, sea plane ride Don’t these places in South India inspire you to travel? Well, don’t just sit there. Pack your bags and plan a trip right away! - aradhyamishra

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