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Hidden South India – Explore Off-the-beaten Paths

By Aanchal Gupta Subscribe to RSS | June 11th 2012 | Views:
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The sprawling Kerala offers matchless natural beauty; splendid Goa beaches feature adventures of a lifetime and visit to magnificent temples of Tamil Nadu let you experience matchless spiritualism and breathtaking arts & cultures. However, beyond these obvious tourism gems of South India, there are some hidden treasures too exploring them is an unforgettable experience. Plan visit to off-the-beaten paths in South India, and you get your travel appetite satisfied to the core.

Chennai: The gateway to the south, Chennai is a place that pampers you with scintillating scenery and healing ambience of tranquility and romance. Picturesque terrains and beaches are great for those who simply want gorgeous photographs. However, there is a lot more to collect than just great pictures. History of this gorgeous city is quite interesting well-depicted by temples and historical monuments in/around Chennai. Head on to Mahabalipuram, and explore globally acclaimed temples and landmarks pertaining to great Hindu deities. Moreover, fine points of Indo-Saracenic architecture, world-class Chennai hotels and alluring traditions & cultures are other highlights of a Chennai tour.

Kanchipuram: One of the oldest cities in India, Kanchipuram is famous as the “City of Thousand Temples”. Splendid past of this city can mesmerize anyone. Kanchipuram was ruled by several respected dynasties including Cholas, Pallavas and empire of Vijaynagar. Numerous monuments and temples built by these dynasties adorn the city.

The city is famous for its high quality of silk and silk-made products, especially saris and fabrics. Lively markets in Kanchipuram offer a variety of hand-woven silk fabrics and saris prepared by skilled weavers. Locxal cultures & cuisines are also interesting to taste in Kanchipuram. Some popular attractions for travelers are Vedantangal Birds Sanctuary, Muttukkadu, Mammalappuram, Covelong Beach, Sri Ekambareswara Temple, Sri Kailasanathar Temple and Sri Vardaraja Perumal Temple.

Kodaikanal: This is the most beautiful hill station in Tamil Nadu. Situated at an altitude of about 7,200 feet in famous Palani Hills, Kodiakonal boasts breathtaking scenery coupled with salubrious weather year-round. What Kodaikanal literally means in local language is ‘the gift’. And really, this place is a gift from Mother Nature being heavenly beautiful surrounded by dense forests featuring enchanting flora & fauna, lovely green hills and cascading waterfalls. Besides the gorgeous natural beauty, this place offers the visitors with a range of exciting activities like cycling, horse riding, boating and trekking. Splendid Kodaikanal hotels provide the tourists a remarkable stay in the lap of nature and luxury.

Alleppey: Fondly called the “Venice of East”, owing to its wonderful fusion of land and water. Splendid lagoons, scintillating lakes and canals are premium attractions for travelers. However, heart-touching scenery of coconut palms, laid-back traditions & cultures and mesmeric houseboat ride leave the visitors enchanted at the end. With an excellent port along Malabar Coast, Alleppey was once the busiest port in South India. This beautiful town established on a narrow land spit, Alleppey cast a magical spell with unsurpassed natural beauty and cool climatic conditions. Sparkling lagoons, palm-fringed backwaters, sandy beaches, houseboat stay and boat races are major attractions in Alleppey.

Aanchal Gupta - About Author:
Writer is this article is associated with Hungry Bags, a leading tour agency offering a variety of deals for hotels such as Kodaikanal hotels and Chennai hotels. You’ll find the best deals for Kolkata hotels too at company’s websites.

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