That time when your internet searches start including pictures of exotic places, you know it’s time to take a break. Whether you want to relax on boats and beaches, try your hand at wildlife and nature photography or go build your very own trekking trail, rest assured that India shelters it all in its exquisite southern extreme. Here’s a list of 10 things to do in South India:
White Water Rafting-
Experience the rush of adrenaline as the mist sprays on your face as you tumble across the lovely rivers flowing at various places such as Bheemeshwari and Dandeli.
If you always wanted to blend into the ecosystem set into the forests without jeeps and buses, here’s a chance for you to enjoy the ride sitting on the top of an Elephant at Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary. Or you can also visit Thekkady or Kodanad to give the elephants a nice wash and enjoy a short ride.
Listen to your heart beating over the sound of the water plunging downward as you descend your way across the Chelavara Waterfalls in Coorg.
A leisurely encounter with nature, the houseboats are the perfect choice if all you want to do is sit back and enjoy the rocking of a boat at Kerala backwaters. The most popular of all rides is the houseboat cruise from Kollam to Allappuzha. You can also choose from Alleppey to Alleppey or Kumarakom to Kumarakom.
With 92% Coffee plantations being grown here, South India is the high for the botany enthusiasts. Chikmagalur, Wayanad, Yercaud, Nilgiri districts are just some of the places where Plantation trails are active.
Mahseer, the biggest game fishes are the gems of River Kaveri and can be enjoyed fishing for in Karnataka, while Kerala compeersthe best of coastal fishes at Munnar and the Elephant Lake.
Whether you want to view the heart shaped lake at the Chembra Trek or click the world’s largest butterfly at Thrissur or just trek through the enticing splendour of Meesapulimala or Nagalapuram Hills, Trekking is the most recommended activity in this part of India.
Visit Athirapally Falls-
The “Niagara of India”, Athirapally hosts one of the most interesting Jungle safaris in the Kerala region. With a wonderful array of the flora and fauna, it is heaven for every nature lover.
Stretch your legs at one of the three mesmeric beaches at the coast of Kovalam. The Lighthouse beach is the most frequented by tourists who come to stretch their legs in the sand. The Hawah Beach and the Samudra Beach are more common amongst the busy fisherman to haul in the catch of the day.
A therapeutic workout in the heart of nature is one of the most exciting activities for the wanderlust, and what better way than to go mountain biking through the overwhelming plantations at Munnar and Coorg. Bike away!
So when are you planning your next trip to South India?