In a country as vast and diverse as India, it can be hard to cover everything in one journey. The most marked distinction in the country is between North and South. North India and South India offer different types of pleasures for the discerning traveller. Historical differences mean that South India has developed its own unique charms and a unique appeal. This can be quite distinct from North India, where one will find the Taj Mahal, Mughal architecture and the capital city of Delhi. In fact, South India has an architectural and literary history all its own. Travellers to this region won’t just be seeing India, but a side of India completely different from the somewhat more famous North.
South India occupies around 20% of India’s total area and even this makes for too much to take in on one journey. Travellers, regardless of where they go in South India, will encounter a region rich with rain forests, tea and spice plantations, wildlife parks, grand temples and ancient history. The state of Kerala in the far south has famous backwaters for travellers to enjoy while on a traditional, thatched Kettuvallam houseboat. Misty mountains and protected wildlife sanctuaries are only a short distance inland. If they are lucky, customers will even be able to see tigers and leopards in such parks, which also feature the opportunity to see beautiful Indian elephants.
The forested uplands of Kerala are dotted with churches and Hindu temples, as well as verdant tea estates and hill stations. Such landscapes and destinations form a pleasing contrast with the busy and bustling cities of the North. Even the famous Keralan city of Kochi has a European, relaxed atmosphere that differs drastically from, for example, India’s capital Delhi. Historic architecture is among the many highlights of Kochi, formerly known as Cochin, a city that lies between the vast waters of the Arabian Sea and the idyllic backwaters of Kerala. Travellers here will also findsome of India’s finest beaches, all within a relatively short distance from the hill stations and wildlife parks mentioned earlier. For those travellers looking to further explore the local culture, a visit to sacred Madurai is essential to explore the remarkable temples and learn more about the many Hindu religious ceremonies.
In order to discover the best South India has to offer, visitors should take advantage of the escorted holidays offered by Newmarket Holidays. This travel specialist works to arrange fascinating day-by-day tours and activities, as well as comfortable accommodation and travel, all at good value.