5 places you must visit in South India


Contemplating a kickass article to start with, I settled down to give you a sneak peak into some of my favourite destinations in South India you must add to your bucket list. Over my 2Β years of stay in Mysore I have explored a pretty decent portion of Southern India, especially Western Ghats. Mind you, I crave for offbeat places and routinely hunt down hidden gems of India. So, this article is going to be a list of my 5 most favourite places that gave me memories to cherish for life.

1. Varkala, Kerala

varkala beach

When we talk of hippiest places south of India, Varkala scores the game! A beach, nestled beneath a cliff, still unknown to the mainstream crowd is clean and promises vivid views of the crashing waves. Also known as the Surfers’ Paradise, Varkala attracts a lot of touristsΒ who are in search of secluded beaches. Sip in some chilled beer at a cafe on the cliff overlooking the vast sea and a dreamy sunset, looks like a plan?

2. Hampi, Karnataka

hampi-lotus mahal

I would not stress my brain into thinking twice even if i have to spend months living in this historical paradise. Spend a few days in Hampi, breathe in that fresh air straight out of paddy fields and embrace your minimal self in front of gigantic boulders! And let Hampi grow on you day by day, hour by hour. Such is the magic of my beloved destination that it blows your mind with the architectural history and wraps your heart with memories to cherish forever.

3. Ketti Valley, Tamil Nadu

ketti valley view

A hill station like no other! Ketti valley is the 2nd largest inhabited Indian Valley and the best example of going anΒ extra mile to uncover the hidden gems. 20 odd kms from the touristy Ooty, the valley wrapped me with emotions indescribable. The valley offers the most stunning sunrise to witness along with a realization that winter prevails in South India as it does in the north, worthy enough to make your teeth chatter. Ketti was the only place in my travel history where I found no tourists, none at all! If you’re someone like me whose soul finds solace in the most picturesque places sans tourism, Ketti is your call then!

4. Emerald Lake, Ooty

emerald lake


Thought glistering blue water lakes surrounded by beautiful vistas can be found only in the north? Think again and consider this sister lake of the rather famous Avalanche Lake near Ooty! One afternoon on my way back from Ketti I wounded up at the lake only find the whole place to myself. Reaching Emerald takes driving through villages, walking endlessly on unpaved road, but it’s all worth the effort! This deserves a mention in my list to be the offbeat destination in literal terms.

5. Kannur, Kerala

kannur-thottada beach

I buzzed into the New Year at this small town tucked away from the mainstream civilization, and I couldn’t argue about how this was the best trip so far. Located near the epicurianΒ hub of Kerala, Thalassery, Kannur can be your best bet for a quick weekend getaway. Recently Lonely Planet listed Thottada beach as one of the best and secluded beach in India. Wonder why I share this information? Because I woke up at the same beach 2 days in a row kicking in my memorable New Year. Roam around Kannur and Thalassery to satiate your taste buds for the perfect Kerala food and plum cakes!


The places are in no order of preference. They sum up my offbeat travels very conveniently.


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54 Replies to “5 places you must visit in South India”

  1. chikmagalur is my favourite place in South India, though it is usually crowded. Mullayannagiri peak is also one place that gives you the feel of walking among the clouds πŸ™‚ interesting list shivangi \m/

    1. It’s so difficult to settle down for a few favorites when you have loads of places to include πŸ˜€ Definitely, Chikmagalur deserves a mention in the favorite offbeat destinations for it offers aromatic coffee plantations and amazing one-day treks.
      Thank you for sharing your views on this Sunandini πŸ˜€

  2. Beautiful places, so inviting to visit and explore. Great photos, too.

    1. All these places are worthy of tireless exploration. I hope the places inspire you to visit them someday πŸ˜€ Thanks!

  3. Wow, the pictures are great! I have heard many good things about Kerala already. Thanks for this list.

    1. Nina, you should definitely visit Kerala. Not just for the exotic places but to savour the par excellence food πŸ™‚

  4. Oh wow, those beaches look so lovely. I’m also a huge fan of visiting ancient cities and ruins. I’ll have to go to India one day.

    Your photo of Hampi is stunning by the way!

    Thanks for the travel inspiration,

    Nadalie, It’s All You Boo
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    1. Nadalie if you love the content here, you will surely fall head over heels with the beauty of India πŸ˜€ Thank you for all the love, sweets! I am glad this post inspired you.
      Hampi remains my all time favourite and I strongly recommend the place to everyone. πŸ™‚

  5. These pictures are to die for!!! Possible bucket list item!

    1. Thanks a ton for the appreciation Rhonesha! I am happy that the pictures stood out. πŸ™‚

  6. Indu Meenakshi says: Reply

    Beautiful write up along with fabulous pictures! I enjoyed reading ur blog sweet, other than Hampi I have visited all the places through road trips, needless to say I love both Kerala and Karnataka for their bountiful nature though I’m based on Tamilnadu. Wish you all success and keep up the great work (though, I’m not a blogger there’s nothing wrong in wishing I felt)

    1. Thanks a ton Indu! πŸ˜€ Your wishes and appreciation mean a world to me. Even i couldn’t argue about the beauty that both the states have to offer, it’s all green and mesmerizing. And i strongly recommend you to unwind yourself in Hampi for a few days, it’s therapeutic af! πŸ˜€

  7. beautiful places and beautiful pictures. would love to visit. thanks for sharing

    1. Thank you, Halima! πŸ˜€ So happy you liked the post.

  8. I have visited India three times now but I didn’t make it to the South yet. I do hope to return soon and definitely visit Kerala and Hampi. I have heard so many things about Hampi that I have to go and see this amazing temple complex with my own eyes.

  9. Wow! These photos are so beautiful! I am from the U.S and if i ever wish to travel, I now know India to be a place. I especially love Emerald Lake, Ooty! That blue water! Gorgeous! Thank you for this post πŸ™‚

  10. I’ve got India on my travel list for a long time, but since there are many places to explore in India, I hardly know where to begin. After reading this I’m thinking perhaps I should visit South India first! These places all look beautiful (especially Emerald Lake) and not so touristy.

  11. I was in South India way back in 1977. I stayed around Kovalam and Cochin. Haven’t been to any on your list so gives me some ideas for when i get back there.

  12. Amazing photos! Bucket list inspiration I want to go to them all!

  13. What a great selection of places you have chosen. Southern India is beautiful. I loved my visit to Hampi. In my opinion it is an undiscovered gem .

  14. I don’t know a whole lot of about South India, so this a great read for me. Thanks for the article!

  15. I’ve never been to India but all those suggestions look like places I would enjoy a lot! I’ll definitely add them to my list!

  16. Beautiful pictures of the beach, lake and landscapes!
    Will have to visit

  17. All these places look fantastic! So bright, sunny and colorful. So full of history too I imagine! I wish I could just take a plan and fly to India! But I’ll have to plan and wait for that ahah

  18. Absolutely GORGEOUS pictures!!!!!Why am I still at home?
    It’s funny, but for the last week I was thinking about visiting India a lot! Thanks for sharing! Love it!

  19. South India looks incredible! Especially Kampi! Thank you so much for sharing.

  20. Beautiful – Ive been to Agra and Dehli but really want to go back and see more!

  21. Great list. Covered four, one to go.

  22. They all look like amazing places to visit. Loved Agra and Delhi. Need to go back!

  23. I really needed this. I was discussing the other day about visiting South India. Its great to have a bloggers view more than anything. This is all so beautiful and just what I wanted to see.

  24. I am from Kerala, but have never been to Varkala or Kannur. Good post.

  25. I love south India especially Hampi and the backwaters in Alleppey. I am
    lucky to have visited everything on your list…even Ketti Valley. We went for a hike. We stayed three month in India travelling. I would say we have seen a lot but India is so big so I think we will need another three month!😁

  26. Love how to showed us the highlighted places, great photos too. I have to say I should visit these places when I go there one day πŸ™‚

  27. The photos are absolutely gorgeous! Would love to visit all these places one day!

  28. I have never been to India but a friend of mine came from there. Those landscapes are so stunned *_* it must be so interesting to visit all those places and learn more about the history of the country. Now I really want to go there πŸ˜€ thanks for sharing and enjoy your day!
    Regards from Switzerland πŸ™‚

  29. Love this article, thanks for sharing

  30. I have been to varkala Beach . It’s beautiful.
    Would love to visit rest 4 too some day.

  31. Great list….I also like travelling but never been to Kerala….
    Next destination “Kerala”

  32. I haven’t been to India yet, but it’s on my list! These places look beautiful! I’ll definitely add them to my visit!

  33. Hi.. I like your article. But you missed calicut beach, which is very famous in kerala

  34. That temple in Hampi looks so nice. And the beaches….. Wish I was there.

  35. These places look amazing! I will definitely check out Kannur and Hampi when I’m going πŸ™‚

  36. Seeing this I guess these places have to go on my India bucket list. I will travel the world for one year from next year, and of course, India is on the list.

  37. Thank you for sharing this amazing list. these places all look beautiful and all have something special to offer. I’m very interested in those pristine beaches!

  38. We’re currently in Rajasthan! I so wish we had time to visit the south of India! Our next trip will definitely include Goa and Kerala!

  39. Omg! The beaches look stunning, im planning to go to India next year hopefully. Great content. Really enjoyed it. Thank you for all this great information.

  40. So many beautiful places! The Varkala Beach looks amazing!

  41. India looks like a beautiful place . These destinations in India look so nice . Lovely photos

  42. That Hampi, Karnataka looks so interesting. You’re right, it would probably take few days to let it grow on you and to let it reveal itself in all its beauty. I went back few times to see your photo again. It really looks alluring! πŸ™‚

  43. I’ve visited Kerala but it looks like South India has so much more to offer!

  44. Haven’t been to India yet. Neither have I heard of any of these places. I’m only familiar with the main cities at this point.

  45. India is such a unique country! I want to go so bad!

  46. I would visit every single place you’ve mentioned here. Haven’t explored South India yet.

  47. South India is best place for travel. Hampi is my favorite place in India for travel. You share the information travel to South India is really awesome and advantage info. I am happy with your blog.Thank you for useful information share with me.

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