Roundup of South India: History and Tourist Attractions Part-I

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South India is an exotic tourist destination. It abounds in culture and diversity. Tamilnadu, Karnataka and Kerala are South Indian states discussed here. Find tourist hotspots you should look for.

South Indian attraction

A round up of best tourist spots in South India would include a journey through three states – Kerala, Tamilnadu and Karnataka. These places are ideal for family travel because they are close to each other. To understand the significance of various landmarks, forts, palaces and gardens, one must understand history of each place. Different cultures, unique to each state led to significant historic events that shaped architecture and fashioned each state into what it is now. Plan your annual vacation to one or more of these places.

Three unique states and their attraction

Kerala lies on the western shore of India on the seaward side of Western Ghats. Tamilnadu lies basically at sea level on other shore of Indian peninsula and is renowned for its rich culture and learning. Karnataka is landlocked state that rose to be an independent political entity in 5th century during rule of Kadamba dynasty. However, it has been part of great Mauryan Empire since 298 BC when Chandragupta Maurya ruled in India.

Peep at Karnataka

Wodeyars of Mysore who served in Vijayanagara Empire leased this state from Aurangazeb, the Mughal king in 15th century. It passed on to Haider Ali and then to Tipu Sultan, Tiger of Mysore. With the death of Tipu Sultan, it then became a part of British Raj. Each of the rulers added something garden or palace and thus Karnataka has splendid palaces, museums and gardens today. Children would love it, as would adults. Family tours to Karnataka are ideal for low and medium budget travel.

Important places to visit

Places worthy of a visit in Karnataka would include stops at these places.

a) Hampi
Hampi is a great tourist attraction of South India. Hampi was capital of Vijayanagara Empire has plenty of temples. It is a religious centre and most prominent temples are these.
i. Big Shivalinga temple
ii. Virupaksha temple
iii. Hemakuta hill
iv. Lakshmi Narasimha temple
The city’s big boulders are top attraction for rock climbing enthusiasts. Several temple ruins some of which are designated UNESCO World Heritage Site mark the city.

b) Bangalore

Bangalore is replete with botanical gardens, palaces and museums. It ranks high in the list of tourist attractions of South India. Tourists will enjoy wandering and exploring these ancient buildings and hearing about their history.
i. Lalbagh Botanical Garden: Lalbagh Botanical Garden has over 1000 species of trees and plants. Some of the trees are over 100 years old. One rock formation Lal Bagh rock is over 3000 million years old. You will also find electronic quartz Flower Clock in this garden. Well suited for family tourists and children.
ii. Tipu Sultan Fort and Palace: Situated near the KR market, this palace is well maintained. Ruins of fort are nearby.
iii. Wonderla Amusement Park: Enjoy unlimited free rides in Wonderla Amusement Park. The authorities maintain strict hygiene as far as water purity is concerned.
iv. Dodda Ganapati temple: You have a huge Ganapati and Nandi in this temple.
Round up your visit to the tourist attractions of South India by taking photographs of your visit and post them online. Many travel apps exist that let you make instantaneous uploads and fix photographs. Internet is now accessible from anywhere you go. So make it a point to keep in touch always. Enchanting India is a wonderful trip that you have to experience. If you visit during the festival time, you will enjoy it all the more. You will also read more about Indian tourists hotspots in the continuation of this article series.

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author avatar Delicia Powers
7th Oct 2014 (#)

So many varied and wonderful places to see...just outstanding thanks snerfu...

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author avatar snerfu
8th Oct 2014 (#)

Historical places with wonderful cultural heritage, they make lovely viewing Ms Powers.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
8th Oct 2014 (#)

Good post, thanks Snerfu. One can enjoy rich variety in India - modernity to antiquity, wealthy to poverty, different faiths living in amity, not only tolerating the rest but also accepting them as part of the milieu - siva

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author avatar snerfu
8th Oct 2014 (#)

Truly, it is only when someone who does not understand seeks more meaning than there is that quarrels break out. India is an enchanting place for those who are content with what they see and get.

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author avatar Fern Mc Costigan
14th Oct 2014 (#)

A rich cultural and historical legacy that India offers in its archeology and architecture

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author avatar snerfu
14th Oct 2014 (#)

Thanks very much Fern.

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