Famous for its incredible scenery, South India is well known for its brightly decorated temples, cultural monuments, Ayurvedic treatments and mouth-watering dishes.
In this land of temple spires, the devout and the connoisseur of art both pay homage. Kerala tours, which include glittering beaches, lush hill stations, resplendent waterfalls and sprawling plantations and are amongst the most popular of family vacation options in all the South India tour packages.
Besides the spice and surf of Kerala, highlights of South India include the Brahadeeswara Temple at Thanjavur constructed so that the shadow of its 81.3 ton monolithic cupola never falls on the ground or the Meenakshi temple at Madurai dedicated to the fish-eyed goddess. The Nizam's splendours of Hyderabad; the garden city of Bangalore; sandalwood-scented Mysore.
For the art-inclined, there is the stylised elegance of Bharata Natyam, the story-telling art of Kathakali and the martial-art grace of Kalaripayattu.
If you are a history buff, you ca lose yourself in the strange and beautiful ruins of Hampi, inhale the scent of eucalyptus from the Nilgiri hill-stations of Ootacamund or Kodaikanal. Feast your eyes on Chinese fishing nets, or catch a glimpse of France in attractive Puducherry. Finally join the procession of gloriously bedecked elephants or celebrate the sun set and moon rise at the same time on a full moon evening at Kanyakumari - India's Land's End
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