Most Popular Cities To Visit In South India On Your First-Time Trip

Perhaps, no other state in South India can boast a continuity of tradition and culture as South India, the reasons ranging from historical to cultural. However, this continuity, which has enabled the development and flourishing of a distinct culture, is evident in most of the popular cities to visit in South India, which pride themselves on their achievements in the field of architecture, music, literature, and the like.

In other words, every city in the South is a treasure house of knowledge and culture. From Chennai to Kerala, the attractions of every city exceed all expectations of the visitor. Moreover, most of these cities also boast spectacular natural beauty. If you have been thinking of going on a trip down south, take a look at the most popular cities to visit in South India on your first-time trip.

Chennai

Most Popular Cities To Visit In South India On Your First-Time Trip

Marina Beach, Chennai

You should visit Chennai, and not just because it’s the state capital, but because any trip to South India would be incomplete without doing so. Vibrant and cosmopolitan, it holds various wonders like temples, churches and beaches. Monuments like Fort St George and Chettinad Palace shed light on the architectural marvels of the city. This city also boasts some amazing urban parks like Semmozhi Poonga, Anna Nagar Tower Park and others. Sanctuaries like Guindy National Park and heritage buildings like Ripon building are also worth visiting here.

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Thiruvananthapuram

Most Popular Cities To Visit In South India On Your First-Time Trip

Padmanabhaswamy Temple, Thiruvananthapuram

Thiruvananthapuram, or Trivandrum, the capital of Kerala, holds numerous attractions. One of them is the Kovalam Beach. This beach is unique because it’s composed of three adjacent shaped beaches. Padmanabhaswamy Temple also attracts tourists for its mural paintings and unique deity. Happen to be an enthusiastic bird lover? Head to Agastya Mala, which is also the origin of the Karamana River. If the charms of an island is what you seek, go to Poovar Island. Seclusion and tranquility beckon you, then make your way to Ponmudi, the quaint hill station of Kerala.

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Bangalore

Most Popular Cities To Visit In South India On Your First-Time Trip

Bangalore Palace

Bangalore, one of the most exciting places in South India, is a city buzzing with energy. This city abounds with malls, pubs, parks, museums, cafes and art galleries, besides others. Among the many attractions here, one is the Cubbon Park, which is dotted with fountains, statues, trees and groves. The other is the Bangalore Palace which represents a curious blend of Tudor and Scottish Gothic styles of architecture. Then there is the Tipu Sultan Palace, which is noted for its amazing Indo Islamic architecture. Bannerghatta National Park, a manmade wildlife reserve, offers some amazing safaris and is another popular attraction.

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Hyderabad

Most Popular Cities To Visit In South India On Your First-Time Trip

Falaknuma Palace, Hyderabad

Hyderabad, the capital of Telangana , houses several attractions including lakes, deer and parks. It boasts several monuments which shed light on the city’s historical, architectural and cultural legacy. Some of the monuments are Charminar, Golkonda Fort, Falaknuma Palace and others. Birla Mandir is another attraction with a unique architecture. For lovers of art and sculpture, there is the Salarjung Museum, which contains 39 galleries spread over three buildings. This city is also a shopper’s delight, as there are famous bazaars like Laad Bazaar, Perfume Market, Singhania’s and Kalanjali that sell some of the best perfumes and fabrics in the country.

Coimbatore

Most Popular Cities To Visit In South India On Your First-Time Trip

Marudamalai Temple

On your way to Ooty, the most popular hill station in South India, be sure to make a stopover at Coimbatore. This city is worth visiting for its own charms. Blessed by nature’s bounty, it’s also a haven for nature lovers. Some of the places worth visiting are Parambikulam Tiger Reserve, Siruvani Waterfalls (whose water tastes sweet) and Anamalai Tiger Reserve, among others. This place is also home to some magnificent temples like Ecchanari temple, Marudhamalai temple and Anubhavi Subramaniar temple. Explore Coimbatore holiday Packages

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Kochi

Most Popular Cities To Visit In South India On Your First-Time Trip

Kochi

Kochi, also called Cochin, located in the Ernakulum district in the state of Kerala, is a city worth visiting on your first time trip to South India. Some of the architectural marvels that are found here include Fort Kochi, Dutch Palace, Hill Palace and Bolgatty Palace, among others. If water based activities interest you, then Marine Drive, Kochi Beach and Willingdon Islands are where you should head to. However, since you are in the land of Auurveda, no visit would be complete without opting for an Ayurveda treatment. However, to get the best benefits, visit this wonderful city during the monsoon season.

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Madurai

Most Popular Cities To Visit In South India On Your First-Time Trip

Meenakshi Amman Temple, Madurai

Madurai, one of the most ancient cities in the country, is a treasure house of culture. However, this city is famous for its fabulous temples, the “gopurams” of which dominate the skyline. Some of the most famous temples are Meenakshi Amman Temple, Thirupparankundram temple, Koodal Azhagar Temple and Pazhamudhir Solai. If trekking fascinates you, Samanar Hills is your best bet. It’s also home to several caves which were used by Jain saints during the 1st AD. You can also undertake a trek to the hills or explore the caves. A spring on top of the hill also fascinates visitors.

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Mysore

Most Popular Cities To Visit In South India On Your First-Time Trip

Mysore Palace

Mysore is one of the most fascinating places in South India. It’s also known as the city of palaces, and the king of all palaces is Mysore Palace. Once the official residence of the Wodeyars, this larger than life palace is built in the Indo-Saracenic style of architecture. Other places of historical interest worth visiting here are St. Philomena Church, Jaganmohan Palace, Brindavan Gardens, Mysore Zoo and Chamundi Hills, besides others. If you happen to be a bird lover, visit the Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary, which happens to be the largest in the state.

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Thanjavur

Most Popular Cities To Visit In South India On Your First-Time Trip

Brihadeeshwara Temple, Thanjavur

Thanjavur, which is also known as Tanjore, or the City of Temples, is a repository of cultural values. It allures tourists through its Tanjore paintings, handicrafts, antiques, saris and textiles. That apart, this city also boasts a rich musical tradition where travelers are enchanted by Carnatic music and musical instruments. The cultural traditions of the past have a profound effect on the lifestyle of the people at present. Brihadeeshwara Temple, Siva Ganga Garden, Art Gallery and Sangeetha Mahal are some of the other attractions worth visiting here.

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Pondicherry

Most Popular Cities To Visit In South India On Your First-Time Trip

Beach Promenade, Pondicherry.

Another of the famous places in South India is Pondicherry. Once under the rule of the French, it bears a strong imprint of French influence. Once here, take a heritage walk through the French Quarters and explore the amazing architecture and distinct aura pervading this place. Then, head to the Pondicherry Beach where you can lounge or indulge in exciting activities. Some of the monuments worth checking out are Raj Niwas, Promenade, Auroville and Sri Aurobindo Ashram, besides others.Have a look at the best customized Pondicherry tour packages

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Vishwajit Sharma

A travel writer by profession possessing an avid interest in books, movies and music, Vishwajit Sharma believes that travelling is essentially discovering yourself. He hopes that, through his articles and write ups, the idea of travelling is aroused in everyone. Let the journey begin!

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4 Responses

  1. Pooja says:

    Thanks for sharing about such beautiful places in South India. Would like to visit soon.Travel brings happiness.!

    • Vishwajit Sharma says:

      Hi Pooja. Its always a pleasure to be able to share the beauty of any particular place with others. I am happy that you found the blog to be useful. Travelling is one of the many roads to happiness, no doubt about that. Plan a trip to South India soon with us. You will love the entire experience.

  2. saim malik says:

    wow beautiful images and nice information thanks for sharing this

  3. Makas Aranas says:

    These places in South India are truly remarkable to discover, especially the Mysore. I hope to visit this beautiful destination in my future trips. Thanks for the share.

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