Most Fascinating Holiday Destinations in South India to Visit in 2024

Snuggled by waters on three sides and dotted with the mountain range of Eastern and Western Ghats, South India is one of the best places for holiday in India.

The favored holiday destinations in South India is blessed with amazing natural beauty, incredible architecture, colorful culture, historic sites, adventure, and many more blessings.

As amazing as the rest of India, the Southern region has a unique charisma of its own. You can’t resist exploring the majestic temples, grand forts, ethereal churches, and the many UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

The scenic bliss comes from the lush hills, golden beaches, soothing backwaters, plantations of tea, spices, coffee, etc. Ayurveda retreats, adventure sports, wildlife safaris and many more excitements await.

Though there is a lot to talk about, let’s have a look at the most fascinating holiday destinations in South India.

Holiday Destinations in Tamil Nadu

Chennai, Tamil Nadu

Kapaleeshwar Temple

The quintessential Southern India city, Chennai is one of the best places to start a South India tour. This metropolis along the Bay of Bengal matches paces with the fast developing world yet very much still preserves its traditions.

Check out the Kapaleeshwar Temple, Thousand Lights Mosque, San Thome, Ripon Building, Church of Our Lady of Light, Thyagaraja Temple, Marina Beach, Elliott beach, etc.

The top tourist attraction of South India is a good base for exploring the rest of the region. Plan day trips, enjoy dining, shopping and other experiences.

Best Time to Visit

November to February      

How to Reach

  • By Air – Chennai International Airport (7 km)
  • By Train – Chennai Central, Tambaram and Chennai Egmore (2 km)
  • By Bus – Chennai Mofussil Bus Terminal (9.7 km)

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Rameshwaram, Tamil Nadu

Ramanathswamy Swamy Temple

A part of the Char Dham pilgrimage, Rameshwaram attracts Hindu devotees from all over the world. The island at the tip of Tamil Nadu is home to one of the 12 Jyotirlingas of Lord Shiva in India, the holy Ramanathswamy Swamy temple.

The holy town is among the famous places to visit in South India. It marks the initiation of mythical story of Lord Rama’s journey to save Lady Sita from Asura King Ravana.

A bridge ‘Rama Setu’ of floating stones was built to reach Lanka and there are traces found here. Visit the holy spots, feel blessed when you perform the rituals.

Best Time to Go

July to August and November to March

How to Reach

  • By Air – Madurai Airport (174 km)
  • By Train – Rameshwaram Railway Station (0 km)
  • By Bus – Rameshwaram Central Bus Station (3 km)

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Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu

Brihadeeshwara Temple

The holy pilgrimage center, Thanjavur is amongst the top tourist attractions of South India. This city is dotted with peaceful places and splendid temples.

Take a tour to local markets and bargain for Tanjore paintings, handloom silk sarees and cotton sarees. The UNESCO World Heritage Site, Brihadeeshwara Temple is the prized lure.

A part of the Great Living Chola Temples, it is a magnificent piece. The architecture, layout, carvings and its very opulence fascinates you. The temple is iconic landmark of the city and adds to its worth among tourists visiting.

 Best Time to Go

October to March

How to Reach

  • By Air – Tiruchirappalli International Airport (60.1 km)
  • By Train – Trichy Junction (58 km)
  • By Bus – New Bus Stand (near Raja Serfoji College)

Old Bus Stand (near Anna Statue)

Thiruvaiyaru Bus Stand (near Thanjavur Old bus stand)

 Kanyakumari, Tamil Nadu

Vivekanand Rock Memorial

Kanyakumari, also known as Cape Comorin is the southernmost tip of peninsular India. The town inherits its name from Dev Kanya Kumari Temple.

One of the famous places to visit in South India, this city has also served as a hub of religion and art for centuries. Snuggled from waters of Indian Ocean, Arabian Sea and the Bay of Bengal, its bliss for nature lovers as holy devotees.

Kanyakumari Devi is one of the ‘Shakti Peethas’ out of the 51. Vivekanand Rock Memorial, Lighthouse, Thiruvenilli Statue, churches, food are some few other delights that you must cover.

Best Time to Visit

October to March

How to Reach

  • By Air – Trivandrum international airport(82 km) and the domestic Tuticorin airport(89 km)
  • By Train – Kanyakumari Junction Railway Station (4 km from Main Bus Stand)
  • By Bus – State Transport Corporation Bus Stand (3.2 km)

 Mahabalipuram, Tamil Nadu

Group of Monuments of Mahabalipuram

If you want to experience the epitome of South India’s splendor then you are right in coming to Mahabalipuram. Snuggled on the Coromandel Coast along the Bay of Bengal, this historic city was once the pride of the Pallavas.

Their incredible days still remain intact in the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Group of Monuments of Mahabalipuram.

One of the places to definitely visit in attraction of South India not just for its heritage but a getaway from cities, basking in the sun and surfing. Do attend the mesmeric Mamallapuram dance festival held annually in February.

Best Time to Visit

October to March

How to Reach

  • By Air – Chennai International Airport (60 km)
  • By Train – Chengalpattu (29 km)
  • By Bus – Chennai Mofussil Bus Terminal (72.5 km)

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 Ooty, Tamil Nadu

Ooty Lake

Dotted with pine and Eucalyptus trees, Ooty is a heaven in South India. The hotspot for the tea and coffee lovers, it is blessed with scenic beauty, adventure and pleasant vacations. One can gain insights about the tea and coffee plantation as this city marvels in this field.

Fascinating with its mountains, flora and fauna, lakes, waterfalls and not to forget the UNESCO listed Nilgiri Toy Train, a vacation here is one full of cherished experiences.

The much loved hill station is among the favoured summer holiday destinations in South India. It lures nature lovers, honeymoon couples as well as adventure seekers. Go trekking, boating or simple relax.

Best Time to Visit

October to March

How to Reach

  • By Air – Coimbatore Airport (88 km)
  • By Train – Mettupalyam (40 km)
  • By Bus – Ooty Bus Stand (850 m)

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 Pondicherry

Promenade Beach

Once in Pondicherry, you will feel a strong resemblance to France. The erstwhile French Colony is one of the best holiday destinations in South India. Sip some of the finest wines and delectable delights at the cafes.

Go cycling around the town spotting some interesting colonial structures. Unwind at the beach or set on abode of sheer enlightenment at Auroville. Spiritual bliss awaits at the Aurobindo Ashram.

Scuba divers from all over the world undoubtedly prefer Pondicherry when it comes to ultimate scuba diving experience. A sunset walk on the boulevard is amazing. Pondicherry is one of the most loved weekend getaways in South India.

Best Time to Visit

October to March

How to Reach

  • By Air – Chennai International Airport (135 km)
  • By Train – Villupuram (35 km)
  • By Bus – NH 45 and Pondicherry Bus Stand (0 km)

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 Coorg, Karnataka

Coorg

How about honeymooning in Scotland of India?  Coorg is a popular tourist destination of South India. This small and serene town pampers you with Numero Uno coffee.

Comprising of immaculate waterfalls, flawless natural beauty and an emerald green flora, a trip to this city will add charm to your honeymoon.

Nature is surely witnessed at its best in Coorg. Draped in mists, the spectacular beauty of the hill town deserves a visit!

Best Time to Visit

October to March

 How to Reach

  • By Air – Mangalore International Airport (160 km)
  • By Train – Mysore Railway Station (95 km)
  • By Bus – K.S.R.T.C deluxe buses from Mangalore (135 km), Mysore (120 km) and Bengaluru (260 km)

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 Bandipur National Park, Karnataka

Bandipur National Park

From complete solitude to an exciting safari, South India has plenty of famous tourist destinations which attract everyone. Bandipur National Park is one such place which draws tourists from far and near.

Once a private hunting reserve for the Royals of Mysore, it has now been transformed into a tiger reserve. This first biosphere reserve of the country contains a great amount of sandalwood and teak trees, along with lovely flora and fauna.

Explore this beautiful park by choosing a bus safari. Don’t forget to take your kids for an Elephant Ride!

Best Time to Visit

October to May

How to Reach

  • By Air – Coimbatore Airport (84 km)
  • By Train – Mysore Railway Station (80 km)
  • By Bus – Mysore City Bus Stand (77 km)

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Kumarakom, Kerala

Kumarakom is amongst the famous tourist spots of South India. its among the best backwater destinations in Kerala and also the country. It is like a dreamland consisting of constellation of islands in the milieu of Vembanad Lake.

Considered as a masterpiece of nature, it has all the elements to enthrall the tourists. An ultimate intermingling of Kerala’s unspoiled scenic beauty, cultural legacy and amicable natives, this village will spoil you for good.  It also offers delicious cuisines.

Best Time to Visit

September to March

 How to Reach

  • By Air – Cochin International airport (77.9 km)
  • By Train – Kottayam Railway Station (16 km)
  • By Bus – Kottayam Bus Stand (33 km)

Munnar, Kerala

Engulfed in various hues of green, Munnar is one of the most beautiful hill stations in the southern part of the country. It always ranks at number one position of favored destinations among honeymooners.

Munnar is so magical that you will feel like visiting here often. Besides having plenty of tea plantations, Munnar is also blessed with Neelakurinji Flower.

This esteemed flower blooms only once in every 12 years. Feel privileged to take a panoramic view by standing at the Anamudi peak which is the highest peak of South India.

Best Time to Visit

December to February

 How to Reach

  • By Air – Cochin International airport (110 km)
  • By Train – Ernakulam and Aluva Railway Station (140 km)
  • By Bus – Munnar Bus Stand (2.1 km)

 Varkala, Kerala

A 2000-year-old Vishnu Temple, a stunning beach, and the Sivagiri Mutt are the vital landmarks of the Varkala. This serene village situated on the peripheries of Thiruvananthapuram, a top tourist destination in Kerala is one of the best beach destinations in South India.

It also finds itself in the headlines for its world class Ayurvedic Massage Centre. Varkala Beach offers numerous activities. However, it is at its most beautiful during sunset,  sunset time to portray a picturesque view. Spending holidays at Varkala proves to be an experience of a lifetime.

Best Time to Visit

October to March

 How to Reach

  • By Air – Trivandrum International Airport (51 km)
  • By Train – Varkala Railway Station (3 km)
  • By Bus – Attingal KSRTC Bus Stand (16.8 km)

Kovalam, Kerala

Kovalam means a grove of coconut trees. Hence, you may observe an infinite view of coconut trees. The globally distinguished beach with three in line arced beaches is one of the ,most romantic beach destinations in India.

This city is so magnificent that it is truly called as the ‘Paradise of South’. It is an ideal spot for a perfect family getaway or an incredible honeymoon. After your visit, you will keep recommending this place to each and every one heading towards South for a holiday.

Best Time to Visit

September to March

 How to Reach

  • By Air – Trivandrum International Airport (10 km)
  • By Train – Trivandrum Central (16 km)
  • By Bus – KSRTC Central Bus Stand (13.8 km)

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So now, since you are aware of the most fascinating holiday destinations of South India, choose a starting point and start exploring them one by one. Well Planned south India tour packages help you with a perfect vacation.

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Diksha Khiatani

A writer by day and a tsundoku at night. Emerging from an Engineering background, Diksha is a travel freak and anxious to explore different cultures and religions. Inclined towards the off-beat places, she wishes to uncover the secrets on her Scooty (if possible). She always grabs some time to take a quick nap, listen to music, skating and eat a brownie.

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  • parthipan

    Travel is something, which would bring balance in life and these places are truly beautiful.

    • Diksha Khiatani

      There is galore of beautiful places to be explored. Keep following our blogs to know about them.

  • Ananth

    Travelling isn’t always about running away from things, sometimes its about running in to what you truly want. Thank you diksha khiatani, For sharing your knowledge about southindia. A very helpful post to plan vacation in southindia.

    • Diksha Khiatani

      Thanks for appreciating! Very well said that “Traveling is about running into what you truly want”. Keep following our blogs to know more about different destinations.

  • Diksha Khiatani

    Your praises keep us motivated. Do follow our blogs to know more.