Top Places to visit in South India

Showing 30 Top Places to visit in South India

Goa

4.8

Known For : Baga Beach | Calangute Beach | Palolem beach

Situated on the Western Coast, Goa is the place associated most with touristy beaches, happening nightlife and old Portuguese architecture.

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Andaman & Nicobar

4.6

Known For : Havelock Island | Scuba Diving In Andaman | Cellular Jail

A group of about 600 islands in the Bay of Bengal, Andaman and Nicobar Islands are known for their scenic beaches, dense forests and adventurous water sports.

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Hampi, Karnataka

4.6

Known For : Virupaksha Temple | Vithala Temple | Hampi Bazaar

Hampi, the city of ruins is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, owing to the ancient temples, forts, palaces and other monuments here.

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Alleppey, Kerala

4.3

Known For : Houseboats | Backwaters | Alappuzha beach

Famous backwaters of God's own country, Kerela, the city of Alleppey is known for its beaches, temples, boat races and Ayurvedic spa and wellness centers.

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Kovalam, Kerala

4.3

Known For : Water Sports in Kovalam | Lighthouse Beach | Hawah Beach

An idyllic village along the coastlines of the Arabian Sea, Kovalam is most famous for its three pristine beaches with shallow waters and low tidal waves where one can go surfing, wooden and motor boat riding.

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Mahabalipuram, Tamil Nadu

4.2

Known For : Mahabalipuram Beach | Shore Temple | Five Rathas

Famous for its intricately carved temples and rock-cut caves, Mahabalipuram also offers beautiful white sand beaches and an exotic shopping experience to the tourists.

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Kumarakom, Kerala

4.1

Known For : Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary | Backwaters | Vellavali

Situated on the banks of Vembanad Lake, Kumarakom is a cluster of many small man-made islands reclaimed from the lake.

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Munnar, Kerala

4.1

Known For : Rose Garden | Echo Point | Elephant Arrival Spot

Situated on the banks of three rivers- Madupetti, Nallathanni and Periavaru, Munnar is an idyllic hill station, famous for its tea estates, exotic scenery, abundance of flora and fauna and craggy peaks.

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Varkala, Kerala

4.1

Known For : Water Sports in Varkala | Varkala Beach | Edava Beach

Famous for its natural fisheries and springs, Varkala is a coastal town with scenic beaches, lakes, forts, lighthouse and for the samadhi of Kerala's saint Sree Narayana Guru.

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Coorg, Karnataka

4.0

Known For : Abbey Falls | Talacauvery | Nagarhole National Park

Located amidst imposing mountains with a perpetually misty landscape, Coorg is the place to be for all nature lovers, an affluent hill station in Karnataka.

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Ooty, Tamil Nadu

3.9

Known For : Nilgiri Mountain Railway | Ooty Lake | Ooty Botanical Gardens

Ooty, the queen of hill stations and the capital of Nilgiris district, is one of the most popular tourist destination, especially as a honeymoon destination.

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Gokarna, Karnataka

3.9

Known For : Om Beach | Mahabaleshwara Temple | Water Sports in Gokarna

With its pristine beaches and breathtaking landscapes, Gokarna is a Hindu pilgrimage town.

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Pondicherry

3.8

Known For : Paradise Beach | Auroville Ashram | Water Sports in Pondicherry

Puducherry was the largest French colony in India and the French influence on the city can still be seen.

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Anthargange, Karnataka

3.8

Known For : Cave Exploration | Trekking

Anthargange at an altitude of 1712 meters from sea level with its rocky boulders, small caves and dense plantation forest are one of the best getaways for trekking, rock climbing and cave exploration enthusiasts.

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Bekal, Kerala

3.8

Known For : Bekal Fort | Bekal Fort Beach | The Bekal Hole Aqua Park

Located on the wide expanse of the Malabar coastline, Bekal is famous for its forts, backwaters, and beaches.

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Nrityagram, Karnataka

3.8

Known For : Temple of Dedication | Amphitheatre | Dance Gurukuls

Nrityagram is a dance village is located near Hesarghatta in Bangalore rural district. The village was conceptualized by the well known Odissi dancer Protima Bedi.

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Yercaud, Tamil Nadu

3.8

Known For : Emerald Lake | Killiyur Falls | Pagoda Point

Nestled in the Eastern Ghats, Yercaud is a hill station called poor man's Ooty with abundant forests, vast coffee plantations and some unique species of flora and fauna resulting in gorgeous views.

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Madikeri, Karnataka

3.7

Known For : Trekking | Chingara Falls | Namdroling Monastery

Generally covered as a part of trips to Coorg, Madikeri is a quaint hill town in Karnataka with vast coffee plantations, lush forests and misty hills, all culminating into a breathtaking view.

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Nandi Hills, Karnataka

3.7

Known For : Paragliding | Tipu's Drop | Cycling/Biking

Small mounds near Bengaluru, Nandi hills serve as a great trekking destination and a weekend getaway for people in the metro.

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Kudremukh, Karnataka

3.7

Known For : Kudremukh Peak Trek | Kudremukh National Park | Trekking

With the promise of a picturesque view of a mountain in the shape of a horse face, Kudremukh is famous for its biodiversity and scenic beauty.

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Thanjevur, Tamil Nadu

3.7

Known For : Brahadeshwara Temple | Vijayanagar Fort | Gangaikonda Cholapuram

Also known as Tanjore or the city of temples, Thanjavur has a lot of cultural value and is known for its famous Tanjore paintings, antiques and handicrafts, its Carnatic music and musical instruments and of course the temples.

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Chettinad, Tamil Nadu

3.6

Known For : Chettinad Palace | Chettinad Museum | Soorakudi

Chettinad is often touted as a temple town, but it is one of those holiday getaways where you will be glad you are burning all those calories from all the walking- It has mouth watering cuisines!

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Bijapur, Karnataka

3.6

Known For : Gol Gumbaz | Ibrahim Rauza | Jumma Masjid

Famous for its historical heritage, Bijapur is a tourist destination that takes one back to the days gone by from the royal era.

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Mysore, Karnataka

3.6

Known For : Mysore Palace | Somnathpur | Mysore Zoo

The third largest city in Karnataka, Mysore has a royal history, a rich and regal heritage and an important center of art and culture.

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Wayanad, Kerala

3.6

Known For : Banasura Dam | Pookot Lake | Chembra Peak

Replete with enchanting waterfalls, historical caves, comfortable resorts and home stays, this popular town is famous for its spice plantations and wildlife.

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Nagarhole, Karnataka

3.6

Known For : Nagarhole National Park | Brahmagiri Wildlife Sanctuary | Kutta

Green is one word to describe Nagarhole, which is host to Nagarhole national park, celebrated as one of the best wildlife parks and Bandipur bird sanctuary.

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Shivanasamundram, Karnataka

3.6

Known For : Activities near Shivanasamundram Waterfall | Barachukki and Gaganachukki Falls | City Shopping

Situated on the banks of river Kaveri, Shivanasamundram is essentially a hydropower project location but is more commonly known for its waterfalls.

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Muthanga Wildlife Sanctuary, Kerala

3.5

Located in Wayanad, the Muthanga is a UNESCO marked heritage, home to various species of animals, birds and plants and famous for its safaris.

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Jog Falls, Karnataka

3.5

Known For : Jog Falls | Dabbe Falls | Water Sports

The highest waterfall of India, these magnificent falls are a major tourist attraction in Karnataka, the spellbinding view of which gives everyone a memorable experience.

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Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh

3.5

Known For : Charminar | Ramoji Film city | Chowmahalla Palace

A densely populated metropolitan city with people bustling in and out of cafes, offices, temples and even nowhere, Hyderabad is fast turning into the new York city of South India.

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