South India Tour Packages (2023/24)
South India is known for its historic places, religious sites and much more. South India has become a spot for tourists for family vacations, spending time with friends, taking a break in life, visiting hill stations, trekking etc. Besides this, it is a place for nature lovers to explore the flora and fauna of South India. The tourists can explore South India through our best South India tour packages.
Location and Population: – South India is located below the Deccan Plateau which is right from Andhra Pradesh to Kerala. It includes many rivers like Godavari, Krishna, Kaveri, etc. The geographical area of South India is 635,780 km2.
According to the Census conducted in the year 2011, the population of South India is 25,13,22,872.
South India’s History: – The history of South India includes a lot of changes in the dynasties as South India has witnessed the rulers of 18 dynasties right from the Cholas, and Pandyas to the Muslim empire and finally comes the British empire. The Kohinoor originated from South India and it was found in Andhra Pradesh. It was in the 13th century when the Mughal ruler Allauddin Khilji acquired the Kohinoor and the Kohinoor diamond witnessed a lot of changes in its owners until the British rulers took away the Kohinoor diamond out of the country and now it is in London.
Facts you should know about South India: – There are various facts that tourists should know about South India which are as follows: –
South India is the home to some of the world’s richest temples such as Tirumala Tirupati Venkateswara Temple, Ayyappa Temple and many more.
South India has a total of 9 UNESCO World Heritage sites out of the 36 UNESCO World Heritage sites all over India.
India gets 75% of coconut production from South India as compared to the other parts of the country.
Kerala, the state in South India is said to be the spice capital of India which makes South India the largest producer of spices.
South India has the most number of Ayurveda schools in India.
Have you seen elephants getting spa? If not then the tourists can go to Punnathur Kotta Elephant Yard Rejuvenation Centre in Kerala and see the elephants getting spa.
Culture and Food: – The culture of South India is not the same as of other parts of the country. The people in south India have a good habit of sleeping early and getting up early. The South Indians are also known for their dance styles such as Koodiyattam, Bharatanatyam, Kathakali, etc. There is a tradition in South India that the South Indians make rangoli outside their houses every day and twice in a day.
The South Indian Cuisine is a mixture of all the 5 states in South India and this cuisine has originated more than 17 breakfast dishes. It is a different cuisine from North India. Some of the popular dishes in the cuisine are Dosas, Idlis, filter coffee, Appam, Chicken 65 and much more.
Things to explore in South India: – There are various things for the tourists to explore in South India in terms of festivals and adventure activities. Some of these are as follows: –
Pongal: – Pongal is a south Indian festival which is celebrated every month during January. It marks the beginning of the harvest festival according to the Tamil calendar. It is celebrated for three days in South India as well as by Tamils in Sri Lanka.
Float Festival: – The festival that is popular in the city of Madurai is the float festival. The festival happens between January and February at the Meenakshi Amman Temple which goes on till the Teppakulam lake.
Bamboo rafting: – Bamboo rafting is a water sport wherein the tourists will sit on the bamboo-made raft and explore the beauty of nature in the forests of South India. The best place to do bamboo rafting is in Thekkady in Kerala.
Hot Air Balloon Festival: – The hot air balloon festival happens in the state of Karnataka in the cities of Bangalore, Mysore and Hampi for 4 days. The festival happens in the month of January or February and it gives an amazing view of the cities.
Wildlife Safari: – The tourists can go for wildlife safaris in South India and get a chance to personally interact with wild animals like deer, tigers, jackals, elephants, wild dogs, birds, etc. There are various wildlife parks where the tourists can go for safari which are Bandipur National Park, Periyar National Park, Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary, etc.
Things to buy in South India: – There are various things for tourists to buy in South India in order to complete their shopping list. The things to shop for are paintings, tea and coffee, Kanchipuram saree, aroma oils, handicrafts, spices, artefacts, Kathakali Mask, pottery, jewellery, musical instruments etc.
Best time to visit: – The best time to visit South India is during the winter season that is between December to March as the temperatures are bearable by tourists, the weather is pleasant and the tourists can smoothly explore South India as compared to the summer and rainy season.
Places to visit in South India
Bangalore: – The city in Karnataka which is the largest and the capital of the state is Bangalore which is covered in the best South India tour packages. The sightseeing point that will be covered by the tourists in Bangalore is the Lalbagh Botanical Garden which is a 240-acre garden in the southern part of Bangalore. The garden has more than 1,000 types of plants and it is known for the glass house where flower shows are done on Republic Day and Independence Day. The next few places are very close to each other which are the Vidhana Soudha and the Cubbon Park. The Vidhana Soudha is the place where all the parliamentary proceedings happen for the state of Karnataka. It is the largest legislative building in India and it is known for the mediaeval architecture. Cubbon Park is near the Vidhana Soudha and it is called the Lungs of Bangalore. It is a garden that has a lot of greenery and there are many things that the locals do here that are exploring the statues in the park, visiting the Cubbon park aquarium, enjoying the train ride in the park etc. The next place is the government Museum of Banglore, the oldest museum in Bangalore. It was established in 1865 and this museum is known to have rare historic exhibits that are old jewellery, sculptures, coins and inscriptions. It has around 70 paintings, 84 sculptures and more than 100 unique artefacts. The last place to visit in Bangalore is the Iskcon temple which is a very popular religious place in Bangalore in Hare Krishna Hill, Rajaji Nagar. It is known as the Radha Krishna temple. The temple is also known to provide social service to the community. For example, during the COVID-19 pandemic, the temple provided free meals to the people who were affected by the virus and they had to be in isolation. The temple is also known for its neoclassical style of architecture.
Mysore: – The city in South India which is known for historical places, religious sites, hiking, flora and fauna is Mysore. The sightseeing points that will be covered by the tourists in Mysore under the best south India tour packages are the Srirangapatana which is a town that is known for historic sites, religious places, fort etc. The tourists will cover these places in the Srirangapatna town which are the Dariya Daulat Bagh which is also known as the wealth of the sea. It was built by Tipu Sultan and it is made of teak wood. It used to be the summer palace of Tipu Sultan and it also has a big beautiful garden. This palace is also known for its architecture and it also tells us about the Sultan’s time in his palace right from the wars to his relationships with other rulers and family. There are paintings in the palace which talk about a war won by Tipu Sultan against the Britishers. The next place is the Gumbaz which is a Muslim mausoleum that contains the tombs of Tipu Sultan, Hyder Ali- Father of Tipu Sultan and Fakhr-Un-Nisa, Tipu Sultan’s Mother. The mausoleum was built using the Persian style of architecture. The next place is the Srirangapatna fort which is a historic fort that was used by Tipu Sultan in battles and this fort is protected by the Kaveri river from three sides. Besides this, the fort also had the Lal Mahal and the Tipu’s Palace which was then later demolished by the Britishers. The last place that the tourists will visit in Srirangapatna is the Ranganathaswamy temple which is dedicated to Ranganatha, a Hindu god which is said to be a form of Lord Vishnu. The next place that the tourist will visit is the Mysore Palace which is also called the Maharaja palace is the most popular place in Mysore. It is a royal palace as it was the official residence of the Wadiyar Dynasty and a seat of the Kingdom of Mysore. This palace should be visited by tourists during the evening time when the lights are switched on around the palace. It gives a good and iconic view of the palace which enables the tourists to click pictures. The next place that the tourists will visit is the Brindavan Garden which is known for the music fountain where the music plays and the water comes out of the fountain along with the lights in the fountain.
There are a few sightseeing points in Mysore that the tourists will cover the next day before heading for Wayanad. The sightseeing points are the Chamundi hill which has a Chamundeshwari temple which is at the top of the hill at 3,489 feet above sea level and it is a good spot for hiking. The tourists can get a good view of the city, especially the Mysore palace. The next place is a Hindu temple that is near the Chamundeshwari temple the Sri Nandi temple which is dedicated to Nandi, a big devotee of Lord Shiva and there is a statue of Nandi, the big bull. The last place that the tourists will visit in Mysore is the Mysore Zoo which is one of the oldest zoos in India and it is located near the Mysore palace. It is a place for all animal lovers to interact with a wide number of species in the zoo like elephants, tiger, lion, feeding giraffes etc.
Wayanad: – The last city which is located in Kerala that is God’s own country is Wayanad which is included in the best South India tour packages. Wayanad is known for its flora and fauna. It has beautiful greenery around the place and it has become a spot for trekking as well as viewing some good waterfalls. There are sightseeing points that the tourist will cover on their way to Wayanad which are the Edakkal caves which were discovered by the British officer Fred Fawcett. This cave is known for the paintings inside the cave and the cave has two chambers that are the upper and lower chambers which is known for the carvings inside the cave. The carvings can be done by humans and animal figures on the walls of the cave. It is a good spot for trekking as it takes 90 minutes to reach the caves. The next place is the Meenmutty Waterfall which is a three-tier waterfall which has a height of around 800 feet. It is located near the Banasura Sagar Dam. The waterfall gives a splendid view which enables the tourists to click pictures. It is surrounded by tea plantations. The tourists can reach here by cab, trek, etc. The next place is the Soochipara Waterfalls which is a cliff-facing waterfall and the name Soochipara means needle rock. It is surrounded by dense evergreen and montane forests. It is a 656 feet three-tier waterfall which is a bit small when it is compared with the Meenmutty waterfall. The tourists can reach this place by cab, trek etc. The places that the tourists will cover inside the local sightseeing in Wayanad are the Pookat lake. It is the shortest lake in India and tourists can go boating in the lake. It is a natural freshwater lake and it is at an altitude of 770 metres above sea level. The next place is the Kanthanpara Falls in Wayanad which is very neat and clean, it is a 100-foot waterfall that is surrounded with lush green bamboo gardens and natural forests. The next place is Chain tree which was said to be a haunted place but now it has become a tourist spot. It was said that there was a tribesman named Karinthandan who was murdered by a British engineer for showing a short route from Kozhikode to Wayanad as the engineer wanted to take the credit of the route. The spirit of that tribesman was roaming around the area until a priest captured him in the bottle and hung it with the chain tree. The chain tree is located in Lakkidi and he was considered as a legend at that time by its people. The next place is the valley view point which is a place to view the sunrise and it gives a good view of the valley. It is very mesmerising to see the view and click some pictures of the valley. The last place to visit in Wayanad is the Kuruva island which is an uninhabited island that is home to rare species of birds, ornamental plants etc. It is surrounded by a lot of greenery and tourists can reach this place by boating.
How to Reach South India: – The tourists can reach South India through various modes of transport like flights such as Air India, Indigo, Vistara, Go First, Spicejet etc. Besides this the tourists can reach South India through train and also by road which would take almost 1 full day.
Popular Packages: – These are a list of popular and best South India tour packages that we recommend to our customers which are as follows: –
|Name of the Package||Duration of the Package||Price of the Package (RS)||Destinations|
|Amazing South India||4 nights / 5 days||14,490||Bangalore, Mysore and Wayanand|
|Hills of South- Bangalore Mysore Coorg||4 nights / 5 days||14,490||Bangalore, Mysore and Coorg|
|South Splendor||4 nights / 5 days||14,490||Bangalore, Mysore and Ooty|
|Mahabalipuram Pondicherry Madurai||6 nights / 7 days||26,899||Chennai, Kanchipuram, Mamallapuram, Pondicherry, Trichy, Rameshwaram and Madurai|
|South Souvenir||6 nights / 7 days||20,055||Bangalore, Mysore, Ooty and Kodaikanal|
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the temperature of South India during the winter season?
Ans: The temperature of South India during the winter season is around 10°C and 25°C.
How should a tourist be dressed when visiting a religious place?
Ans: A tourist should be dressed when visiting a temple in South India is the men have to wear a dhoti, a traditional long lower garment, or pyjama (two-piece garment) with upper cloth or formal shirts and trousers. The women have to wear sarees or half sarees with blouse, churidars (light loose trousers) with upper cloth.
Which hotels are covered under this package?
Ans: The hotels covered in the package are 3-star hotels some of which are Hotel Grand Inn, Green Gates, KVC International etc. The hotels will change depending on availability.
What is the language spoken in South India and do they speak English?
Ans: The language spoken in South India is Tamil, Telugu, Kannada and Malayalam. The locals can speak English.
Which meal is included in the tour package?
Ans: The meal included in the tour package is breakfast.
What are the popular non-veg restaurants in the three cities as mentioned in the package?
Ans: Some of the popular non-veg restaurants in the three cities as mentioned in the package are Empire Restaurant in Jayanagar, Bangalore, Nagarjuna Restaurant Residency road, La Uppu, RRR mysuru, Hotel Hanumanthu, Jubilee Restaurant, 1980’s a Nostalgic restaurant etc.
What are the popular veg restaurants in the three cities as mentioned in the package?
Ans: Some of the popular veg restaurants in the three cities as mentioned in the package are Udupi Pure Vegetarian restaurant, Mahesh Prasad veg restaurant, Utsav restaurant, Gramin restaurant etc.