The southern part of the country is a captivating terrain that is brimming with nature's exquisiteness, beautiful hill stations, wildlife abodes, and primeval monuments. The cities here boast the insignias of the affluent past and the extent up to which nature can show its magnificence.
The gateway to the opulent and enchanting beauty of South India, this amazing Tamil Nadu, Kerala, and Karnataka tour is more than an experience! Starting from Bangalore in Karnataka or Coimbatore in Tamil Nadu, you will be visiting the gorgeous hill station of Ooty. Following this, you will also visit other popular tourist destinations like Mysore in Karnataka, Wayanad, Ooty in Kerala, Coorg, and Coimbatore in Karnataka and will also get ample opportunities to discover their alluring charm and appeal.
You can visit the Rock Sculptures; shore Temple at Mahabalipuram, Auroville, Aurobindo Ashram, the beach at Pondicherry, Kodaikanal “Princess of Hill station”, Periyar Wild Life Sanctuary at Thekkady, South India’s highest peak. Anaimudi Peak 2695 Meters, Mattupatti Dam, Eravikulam National Park at Munnar, Madurai Meenakshi Temple, Rameswaram Siva Temple, Bath at 22 Holly Wells, Pamban Bridge, Kanyakumari Tri sea, Padmanabha Temple at Trivandrum, Back Water Boat Cruise at Alleppey House Boat, Museum, Kochi Harbor at Cochin, Guruvayur Krishna Temple, Ooty “Queen of Hill Station”, Mysore Maharaja Palace, Brindavan Garden at Mysore, Lal Bagh, Cubbon Park and lots more.
CLIMATE: The best time to visit tropical South India is during the winter months, but even then there are some distinct regional variations.
The peak season is from December to February when the climate is at its most pleasant - Kerala is its least humid at this time, it is dry and daytime temperatures range from 22 to 30'C. The hill stations, such as Munnar, are cooler and you will need a fleece, pullover, or jacket in the morning and evening. Temperatures and humidity begin to build from late March. The monsoon rains fall from May to October in Kerala and on the east coast of Tamil Nadu, they extend through to November which is the wettest month, though it's best to carry an umbrella and be prepared for a shower at any time.
Ayurvedic health treatments are said to be most effective during the monsoon. Mysore in Karnataka celebrates the festival of Dussehra in October by illuminating the whole city - an absolutely magical time to visit.
Best Time to Visit: South India is a beautiful collection of woods, rivers, temples, and ruins. Ensconced by seas and backwaters, this mass of land is truly peninsular. Because of its unique setting and three massive water bodies surrounding it, most of the coastal states of South India like Kerala, Karnataka, Tamilnadu experience maritime tropical climes. While the interiors of Karnataka are more continental. Due to the clear demarcation of three seasons in the Indian subcontinent, South India experiences the three seasons of summer, monsoon, and winter throughout the year.
The hill station destinations like Munnar, Coorg, and Ooty are still pleasant and endurable through the summers and give a much-needed respite from all the heat. May is the hottest month and marks the gateway into an impending monsoon. You can visit the hill stations during summer but most plains and lowland/ seaside places should not be visited after April.
However, some major festivals fall in the monsoon season, like the famed Onam of Kerala (September), Rath Yatra (July), etc. The Ayurvedic massages and treatments are also said to fare better results in this season. Therefore you have some incentives for monsoon in South India
HOW TO REACH KARNATAKA:
Karnataka is situated in the western part of the Deccan Peninsular Region. The state is edged by approximately 320 km long coastline. Karnataka shares its border with Maharashtra and Goa in the North, Telangana and Andhra Pradesh in the east, Tamil Nadu in the Southeast, and Kerala in the Southwest. People from around the world visit Karnataka to witness its cultural heritage and abundant wildlife.
Important airports in Karnataka are:
Karnataka is accessible by air from most parts of India, especially from major towns, namely Kolkata, Mumbai, Delhi, Hyderabad, and Chennai.
HOW TO REACH TAMILNADU:
Tamil Nadu has three more international airports namely Coimbatore International Airport, Madurai International Airport, and Tiruchirapalli International Airport. Moreover, Salem Airport and Tuticorin Airport are two other domestic airports. Delhi to Tamil Nadu flights takes about 2 hours to finish the travel. When traveling from major cities in India such as New Delhi, Mumbai, or Kolkata, it’s better to book a flight to Tamil Nadu to cut back travel time.
There are regular buses, both government and private, operating between major tourist destinations in Tamil Nadu. Chennai, Madurai, and Coimbatore have an extensive road network. Depending on the destination, it should take about 6 to 12 hours to travel from Bangalore to Tamil Nadu via road. Major sightseeing tours to temples in Tamil Nadu are organized via road transport.
PLACE OF INTEREST AT SOUTH INDIA (KARNATAKA & TAMIL NADU):
Hampi was the capital of the Vijayanagar Empire around 1500 AD, and by some accounts, the second-largest city in the world at that time. Over the next centuries, it fell out of importance, and now you can explore the ruins of a lot of temples and other structures spread out over a vast area.
Coorg, officially known as Kodagu, is the most affluent hill station in Karnataka. It is well known for its breathtakingly exotic scenery and lush greenery. Forest-covered hills, spice, and coffee plantations only add to the landscape.
NAGARHOLE NATIONAL PARK ATTRACTIONS:
The Toy Train covers a distance of a total of 46 km in a span of 5 hours and takes one through a truly spectacular journey filled with picturesque views en route. Another fascinating feature of the train is that its youngest X class locomotive is over 50 years old and the oldest is 80 years old
2. Ooty Lake - Ooty Lake is one of the most refreshing and beautiful places to visit in Ooty. It lies at a distance of approximately 2 km from Ooty city in the green hills of the Nilgiris district. The stunning lake is spread over an area of 65 acres, and its foundation was laid down by John Sullivan who was the collector of Coimbatore in 1824.
3. Emerald Lake - Emerald Lake is situated in Emerald Village, around 20-22 kilometers from the main city of Ooty, and is a part of the Silent Valley National Park in the Nilgiris District. Serene and away from the maddening crowd, the lake and its surroundings are much cleaner and offer a perfect place to enjoy a leisurely time in the vicinity of nature and quietude.
4. Ooty Botanical Gardens - Ooty Botanical Gardens lie on the lower slopes of the Doddabetta peak, the Government Botanical Garden is a splendid garden in Udhagamandalam, near Coimbatore in the state of Tamil Nadu. Sprawled over an area of 22 hectares, the garden is divided into several sections that are trimmed beautifully to present an endearing sight
5. Ooty Rose Garden - Ooty Rose Garden is a mesmerizing garden in the heart of the town of Ooty, in Tamil Nadu. It is also known as the Jayalalithaa Rose Garden, the Nootrandu Roja Poonga, and the Centenary Rose Park. Nature lovers are drawn to the Rose Garden like bees to honey. The view of the lush green garden with areas dedicated to captivatingly fragrant roses is a sight to remember. The flowers add more than just color and attract visitors from all age groups, especially those who are interested in the study of Botany. You are bound to feel like you have entered a different world as you stroll leisurely across the beautifully landscaped garden.
The serenity, the alluring atmosphere, and the impressive setting with many beautiful white sandy beaches dotted with casuarina trees are all reasons why one would want to visit this wonderful town. Some famous tourist spots include the UNESCO world heritage site Group of Monuments like the Shore Temple and the Five Rathas, the Crocodile Bank which is home to some exquisite species of crocodiles and alligators, and the beach resorts in Kovalam and Sadras.
Coonoor is a delightful location to have a panoramic view of the Nilgiri Hills and Catherine Falls. It is a dreamy destination for its rich greenery, the manicured hills, Colonial culture, and amazing sceneries. Coonoor also has some heritage homes and guesthouses admit the hills that are perfect for a vacation.
FAIR & FESTIVAL AT KARNATAKA:
The festive mood is always in the air for Karnataka. This state is always filled with charm, grace, and significance that can be witnessed in its festivals. The vibes that have been created by the festivals of Karnataka have become successful in depicting the religious and cultural aspects of the state. Among them, a highly well-known festival is the Vairamudi festival.
The deity of Cheluvanarayaswami is worshiped with a diamond-studded crown which is known as the Vairamudi crown on the day of the Vairamudi festival. The crown which is brought from the Mysore Palace is welcomed with lots of enthusiasm and charm. The lord of the Vairamudi festival then goes out for a city ride escorted by his companions and followers. Flowers collected from different places make this procession more colorful. Thousands of swooning devotees from distant places gather there to observe this majestic festival. They sing devotional songs in the name of the lord.
The priest in the attire of the goddess Draupadi leaves the temple at midnight wearing a yellow sari, bangles, and mangal sutra which is a sacred chain of married women. People from all over the state and especially from Bangalore wait throughout the day to have a glimpse of the goddess Draupadi.
The fairs and festivals of Karnataka have a significance of their own. These festivals also help to build a fellow feeling and brotherhood among the people. Festivals reflect the cultural background of a community. The Kadalekayi Parishe festival is one of those kinds which is being practiced by the farmers and replicates a traditional way of worshiping by them.
The Kadalekayi Parishe of Karnataka is popularly known as the groundnut festival in Karnataka. The Kadalekayi Parishe festival is basically a welcome ceremony celebrated by the farmers to welcome the first yield of the groundnut crop. The farmers come every year to pray in the Bull Temple every year to get the blessings of God for a good harvest.
There is a trend among Indian farmers to celebrate the harvest seasons by worshiping God. The tradition prevails among the Indian farmers because they are more religious and always seek the favor of God. Huthri of Karnataka is a harvest festival celebrated in areas around Coorg in Karnataka.
During the months of November-December, the paddy fields of Karnataka become prepared to be harvested. This is undoubtedly a very happy moment for the farmers. The paddy becomes ready to cut. The Huthri festival of Karnataka is celebrated at that time. Harvesting begins when the head of the family formally cuts a handful of paddy on a full moon night.
All the culturally inclined regions have their own fairs and festivals which are very unique in nature. The state of Karnataka also enjoys a large number of traditional and religious fairs and festivals at different times of the year.
Fairs and festivals have always been an integral part of life and it gives enough scope to breathe under the sky. Fairs and festivals give a wide space for social interaction and they help to build up the brotherhood feeling. Taking a close glimpse of Karnataka, this place also celebrates the diversity of occasions in its land. Among them, the Banashankari Fair is one of the significant fairs.
FAIR & FESTIVAL AT TAMILNADU:
Tamil New Year’s Day
- The Tamil New Year’s Day festival is observed in April as the middle of April is the beginning of the first month of the Tamil calendar, Puthandu. The culture of making designs and patterns with flowers, colors, and rice is very popular in south India. On this day, women can be seen making beautiful Kolams or Rangolis in front of their houses. The entrance of the house is decorated.
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