South India

Individual trips to South India – Ayurveda, Hiking and the Sea

South India is different. If you’ve only known North India before you will feel like being in a different country. The food is different, the language spoken is not Hindi anymore but mostly dravidian languages. There are also more people of the Christian faith living here than in any other part of India.

South India is the home of Ayurveda and the Katakali dance. You will find some of the most beautiful hotels of India here in the south – beautifully laid out resorts with spa areas. If you want to treat your body to a very special vacation you are welcome to do it in one of the many pleasant Ayurveda resorts.

But apart from relaxation and luxury, you can go on amazing hiking trips, explore the backwaters of Kerala while on the water, or discover the wild side of the south in one of the many national parks.


Facts & Numbers

We are focussing on the states of Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Goa on our trips:


Kerala

Area: 38,863 km2

Capital: Thiruvananthapuram

Population: 33 Mio

Religions: Hinduism (55%), Islam (25%), Christianity (19%), others (1%)

Languages: Malayalam & English

Best time of travel: November-April

Climate: Kerala has approximately 150 days of rain per year – mostly in the summer during monsoon – and therefore a humid, maritime-tropical climate. Average temperatures during the day range between 19-36 degrees Celsius. In the western coastal areas it is warmer than in the eastern highlands.



Tamil Nadu

Area: 130,058 km2

Capital: Chennai

Population: 72 Mio

Religions: Hinduism (88%), Islam (5,5%), Christianity (5,5%), others (1%)

Langugages: Tamil & English

Best time of travel: December-April

Climate: Tamili Nadu is dependent on monsoon rains and very prone to droughts when monsoon rains are late or not very strong. The state has dry, subhumid to semi-arid zones, the yearly precipitation is about 945 mm. Temperatures are almost the same year-round and are at an average of 29 degrees Celsius at lower levels (only a few times does the thermometer show less than 20 degrees there, but temperatures can climb to over 40 in dry season), at higher altitudes temperatures range from 13-24 degrees in summer and 3-20 degrees in winter.



Karnataka

Area: 191,791 km2

Capital: Bengaluru (Bangalore)

Population: 61 Mio

Religions: Islam, Hinduism, Christianity, Buddhism and others

Langugages: Kannada & English

Best time of travel: November-March/April

Climate: In Karnataka we find tropical climate. Summer monsoon has its grip on Karnataka from June to September, precipitation can vary between individual regions. Some places get up to 3,500 mm a year! The Western Ghats rising behind the narrow coast-line are one of India’s areas with the most precipitation with places who get an average of 5,000 mm a year. It is hot all year round – at an average of 27 degrees Celsius – with only a few exceptions over the year.




Goa

Area: 3.702 km²

Capital: Panaji

Population: 1,5 Mio

Religions: Hinduism (66%), Christianity (27%), Islam (7%)

Languages: Konkani, Marathi & English

Best time of travel: November-March/April

Climate: Goa has tropical climate which is determined by the monsoon. Summer monsoon starts around the middle of May and lasts until September. Yearly precipitation is around 2,800 and 3,500 mm, some mountain regions at higher altitudes can get much stronger rains (up to 7,500mm a year). Dry season follows the monsoon and lasts from October to the beginning of June with an average temperature of agreeable 25-27 degrees on average. Only the hot season in April and May can bring temperatures up to 29-35 degrees Celsius.




Sights & Activities

South India encompasses a vast region, so obviously it is diverse and multifaceted and its sights and activities are diverse and multifaceted accordingly. You can book a classic culture trip, where you will explore the cultural highlights of the states (a vast amount of world-famous Hindu temples like for example the temple and historic sites of Madurai), you can spend a wellness- and health-vacation with the emphasis on Ayurveda and last, but not least, there is the beach holiday at the coast of one of the four regions (we personally prefer Goa to all other regions for bathing and spending some relaxing beach-time). Then there is the possibility to have a more active vacation including trekkings in the Western Ghats and wildlife tours through one of the national parks (you can see some rare and exciting animals). Biking, motorcycle tours, mountain climbing on some higher summits like Doddabetta at 2,637m), homestays, Yoga-courses, boating trips on the backwaters, etc, etc, etc… the possibilities are so diverse, you will find something you like – please don’t hesitate to contact us with any further questions!

Links & further information

The official (and very professional) tourism website of Kerala has lots of pictures, videos and maps and infos >> https://www.keralatourism.org/

Videos about Kerala, like this one >> https://www.youtube.com/user/keralatourism

The official homepage of Tamil Nadu tourism department >> http://www.tamilnadutourism.org/

Article in german magazine Spiegel (only german) >> http://www.spiegel.de/reise/fernweh/tamil-nadu-in-indien-segen-vom-heiligen-elefant-a-741441.html

Official website of Karnataka tourism >> http://www.karnatakatourism.org/

Official homepage of Goa tourism department >> http://www.goatourism.gov.in/

Photos from south india >> http://www.shunya.net/Pictures/South%20India/SouthIndia.htm

News, photos & Videos in Times of India about south india >> http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/topic/South-India

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