South India is nothing short of a holidaymaker’s paradise. With rich culture and historic monuments that can only be found in these parts, a great variance of natural beauty exists in varying regions of the south. From the mystic Nilgiri Hills to the dense forests of Kodaikanal to the backwaters of Kerala to the oceans at Kanyakumari, a fascinating mixture of rural and urban lifestyles and mouthwatering cuisines to be sampled, this part of the country has something for everyone. South India has been gaining popularity with vacationers, whether solo, or with family and friends. However, the area is much and there is a lot to see and cover, and many travel enthusiasts are disappointed because they simply do not have the time and money to cover all of the places that they would like to across South India. As such, many travel agencies have emerged which have pre-decided itineraries, and will take travelers from designated point to designated point, all for a reasonable lump sum and even provide for basic amenities such as accommodation in the different cities. Vacationers can have their pick as to which of the packages appeals to them the most.
1. Memorable Kerala
Easily the most popular and breathtaking state in South India, Kerala in itself can take ages to explore and experience. This week long tour costs INR 40,000 and begins with a flight from New Delhi to Kochi. It involves the tea gardens of Munnar, the forests and wildlife of Thekkady and the backwaters at Alleppey and Kumarakom. There is an additional benefit of a quick excursion to the coast at Kanyakumari.
2. Glimpses of Hyderabad
This tour of the City of Pearls or City of Nizams will take you through the rich culture of Hyderabad as well the vibrant city life, including food, shopping and sightseeing. It is four days long and costs INR 9,400. It includes a visit to the Golconda Fort, Ramoji Film City, the Charminar and the Night Bazaar.
The port city of Vishakhapatnam, also known as Vizag, has much to offer lovers of the sea and of history. The package is of three days and costs INR 9400. It includes a visit to the caves and tea plantations at Araku, Ramnaidu Film Studio and various beaches such as Eradda Beach, Bimli Beach and RK Beach.
4. Tamil Nadu Hill Stations
One of the greatest attraction of the south are the Nilgiri Hills, scenic hills which are named after the blue blossoms. This five-day package costs INR 10,800 and includes a thorough exploration of Ooty and Kodaikanal, where one will get to go sightseeing, shopping, eat local cuisines to simply enjoy some leisure time.
5. Discover Lakshadweep
A visit to this distant island is a once in a lifetime opportunity. This is a five day vacation that costs INR 20,000. It involves a visit to Agatti, Kalpeni islands, Thinakkara islands and Bangaram islands to experience the natural beauty. For a small additional cost one can even experience some other tourist activities.
6. Simply Kerala
Kerala is a land filled with natural and manmade wonders. This week long trip costs INR 35,500 and begins with a flight from Delhi, taking us through the popular spots of Munnar, Thekkady and Alleppey. The whole experience will include some water bodies, national parks, tea plantations, spice plantations etc.
7. Mangalore Tour
Mangalore is a quaint and quiet little city with a cuisine that is famous across the world. This five day trip will cost you INR 18,500. This trip includes visits to Udupi, Kollur, Shringeri and Dharamshala. You will get the opportunity to experience the natural beauty and to visit the temples of Mangalore.
8. God’s Own Country – Kerala
Kerala is a place of such beauty and intrigue that it must be visited at least once. This affordable package costs INR 15,200 and lasts a week, including a thorough exploration of Cochin, Munnar, Thekkady and Alleppey. One will be taken to see the Anaimudi Peak and the Periyar National Park and Lake, amongst others wonders.
9. Best Hills of South India
South India has a variety of young hills and mountain ranges with many natural and geographical wonders. This five-day trip, costing INR 16,200 includes an exploration of Ooty, Conoor and Kodaikanal. One will get to experience the famous Botanical Gardens, tea plantations at Conoor, the Silver Cascades and the Kodaikanal Lake, amongst other attractions and activities.
10. Marine Paradise – Lakshadweep
The remote islands of Lakshadweep are a relaxing and invigorating trip for everyone. This week-long costs INR 25,500 begins from Cochin and includes visits to and exploration of all the different islands, Agatti, Kalpeni, Thinakkara and Bangaram, with many breathtaking views of the surrounding oceans to be had.
South India is a paradise for honeymooners, vacationers, history buffs and solo travelers. These packages ensure a fruitful yet relaxing trip, where one is given much more than their money’s worth.