Kerala and The South Coast

From: India Travel Guide

See also: Mumbai, Goa And The West CoastEast Coast And The Bay Of Bengal

Kerala and the South Coast
The southern region is filled with wonderful beaches, valleys, waterfalls and forests as well as plenty of historic buildings.

Andaman and Nicobar Islands
Located within the Indian Ocean these beautiful islands are bursting with flora and fauna, superb beaches with clear and clean waters. There are 572 islands that make up the union territory of Andaman and Nicobar, although just over 30 are inhabited with Port Blair the capital city.

There are several outstanding places to visit in Kerala which has many excellent beaches, stunning waterfalls such as at Soochipara, rivers, wildlife sanctuaries, dense forests, museums and forts. Sites include the Thanasseri Fort and Lighthouse, Bekal Fort, Mattancherry Palace and Synagogue.

A truly unique place to visit, Lakshadweep is made up of 27 islands of which over half are inhabited and situated in the Arabian sea off India's coast. The beaches are clean, lined with palms with crystal blue waters that contain superb reefs and there are also several lagoons. Water sport activities such as snorkeling, scuba diving and kayacking are very popular with those who wish to fully appreciate the immense beauty of India's smallest union territory.

Puducherry is full of surprises and has a distinctly French feel about with a French War Memorial on Goubert Avenue and a statue of Joan of Arc beautifully set in front of the Eglise de Notre dame des anges church. There are also several other monuments, museums and a 19th century lighthouse and the Matrimandir golden dome which is positioned in the centre of Auroville.. Puducherry is also blessed with wonderful parks and coastline.

Tamil Nadu
A lovely region that has mountain areas such as the Nilgiris Mountains, botanical gardens at Ooty and sanctuaries like the Anamalai Wildlife Sanctuary and the Kanyakumari Wildlife Sanctuary. The cities are also rich in culture and you will find several sites of interest such as Mahabalipuram which contains several interesting structures such as an elephant carved out of rock and the Shore Temple.