Looking for the monuments to explore in South India? If so, this region is just for you as South India is normally regarded as the combination of three states namely Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Kerala. During various periods of history, all of these states experienced the ruling of several reigns and each state of South India have got contribution of art, architectural and cultural facets from all of the kingdoms. Here, we have prepared a list of the top monuments in South India to visit on your tour.
Top Monuments to Explore in South India
- Mahabalipuram, Tamil Nadu
Also called ‘Mahabalipuram’, Mamallapuram, which is a town in the Kancheepuarm district in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu, is counted among the most visited tourist places in India. Located along the way to Pondicherry at a distance of approx 60 km south of Chennai, the capital city of this state, this ancient historic town, which has been a port city of the Pallavas (one of the princely dynasties of South India) till the 7th century, is home to a group of sanctuaries, carved out of rock along the Coromandel coast in the 7th and 8th centuries. The Group of Monuments at Mahabalipuram, which include several rock cut caves, monolithic temples, Rathas (temples in the form of chariots), etc., has been recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.
- Hampi, Karnataka
Being a village and temple town in the southern Indian state of Karnataka, Hampi, which has been recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, is regarded as one of the top tourist places in India. Listed as the Group of Monuments at Hampi, this historic place, which has been the capital city of the Vijayanagara Kingdom on the bank of the Tungabhadra River, and constructed between the 14th and 16th centuries with white granite, is home to a few important temples, Elephant stable, Royal Enclosures, and Queen’s Bath. Now-a-days, this grand city stands as a ruined city.
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- Brihadeshwara Temple, Tanjore – Tamil Nadu
Locally called ‘Tanjai Periya Kovil’, the Brihadeshwara Temple, which is situated in the Thanjavur city in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu, is a Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. Being a part of the ‘Great Living Chola Temples’ recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, this temple, which was constructed by Raja Raja Chola I, is counted among the largest temples in India. Being a fine example of the Tamil architecture during the Chola period, this temple, which is 1000 years ancient, is counted among the most visited tourist attractions in this state.
- Mysore Palace, Karnataka
Being the 2nd most visited monument in India after the Taj Mahal, the Palace of Mysore, which was erected by the Woodeyars – the kings of Mysore, the royal family of Mysore, is a historical palace in the city of Mysore in the southern Indian state of Karnataka. Facing towards the east of the Chamundi Hills, this palace, which is the official seat of the king of Mysore, owns a large courtyard with gardens. Having the combination of the architecture of the Hindu, Muslim and Gothic styles, this palace, has two Durbar halls and several rooms, is visited by over 6 million tourists every year.
- Meenakshi Amman Temple, Madurai – Tamil Nadu
Situated on the southern bank of the Vaigai River in the 2,500 year old temple city of Madurai in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu, the Meenakshi Amman Temple, which is a historic Hindu temple, is dedicated to Parvati, called Meenakshi, and her spouse, Shiva, here called Sundareshwarar. Counted among the largest temples of South India, this historic temple, which is surrounded by gateway towers called ‘Gopurams’ in the local language of Tamil, is counted among the most visited tourist attractions of this state.
- Padmanabhapuram Palace
Boasting of being the largest wooden palace in Asia along with having several peculiarities, Padmanabhapuram Palace, which is situated within the Padmanabhapuram Fort in the foot of the Veli Hills of the Western Ghats, in the Padmanabhapuram city in the Kanyakumari district of the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu, is counted among the most visited tourist attractions of South India. Being one of the finest examples of traditional Kerala architecture, this grand palace, which was the palace of the Travancore Kings of Kerala, is administered by the Kerala tourism.
- Paradesi Synagogue, Cochin – Kerala
Being the most ancient active synagogue in the Commonwealth of Nations, the Paradesi Synagogue, which is nestled in Kochi (Cochin) in the southern Indian state of Kerala, is counted among the 7 synagogues of the Cochin Jewish community in the Kingdom of Cochin. Regarded as the living example of the Jewish life in Malabar and Kerala, this magnificent synagogue is regarded as one of the most visited tourist attractions in Kerala. Kerala Tour makes the visit to this monument possible.
- Hoysala Temples, Belur and Halebidu – Karnataka
Constructed by the Hoysala Kings during the 13th century, the two temples namely the Hoysaleswara Temple at Halebidu, and the Chennakesava Temple at Belur, which are dedicated to Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu respectively, are counted among the most famous temple complexes with a plethora of sculptures and rock cut temple complexes. Both these temples are counted among the most visited tourist attractions of Karnataka, one of the southern states of India.
- Bekal Fort, Kerala
Located at the Bakel village in the Kasaragod district of the southern Indian state of Kerala at a distance of 67 km from Mangalore, the Bekal Fort, which spreads over the area of 40 acres, is the largest fort in Kerala. Situated in the coastal belt in the Northern part of Kerala, this historical fort overlooks the Arabian Sea. This fort is regarded as one of the most visited tourist attractions in this destination.
Overall, it can be undoubtedly said that South India has a plethora of monuments. In case of being desirous to escape to South India to visit them, you can book South India Tour Packages. All these holiday packages, which are available at ARV Holidays, one of the leading tour and travel operators of India, can also be customized according to the choice of the clients.
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