South India

Southern comfort in a land of living ancient traditions, bygone empires and a glorious coastline

Within its long coastlines South India encompasses rich landscapes and wildlife, spectacular beaches, relics of lost kingdoms and colonial ambitions, religious architecture and age-old living traditions of faith, spirituality and performing arts.

Much is made of how South India differs from North India – but South India is no less heterogenous than any part of India. Each state in the region has its own identity and charms.

Outside the large metros of Bengaluru, Hyderabad and Chennai, the pace of life seems gentler than in the bustling North.

Perhaps it is the cooling sea breezes, the soothing greens of rice paddies or the gently swaying palms.

States in this region: Karnataka, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Tamil Nadu, Lakshadweep Islands, Andaman & Nicobar Islands

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Wildlife

Tropical paradise fringed by fertile coastal tracts and an arid inland region

The World Heritage Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve covers 5,000 km2 of the Western Ghats’ moist, evergreen, dry and tropical forests. Bandipur, Nagarhole (of which Kabini is a part) and Madumalai are some of India’s best wildlife reserves, and form parts of this biosphere reserve.

Protected regions such as the Coorg Valley and Valparai (equivalent to AONB in the UK) also fall under this biosphere reserve. These are excellent choices for combining watching wildlife with experiencing the rich local cultures and cuisines.

The Periyar Tiger Reserve offers a unique opportunity to watch wildlife from a boat. Sections of the forest can also be explored on foot or on bamboo rafts. For those seeking a different wildlife experience, or those with young children, Periyar is a perfect alternative to jeep safaris. Families with teenage children will particularly enjoy being able to trek into the forest accompanied by the knowledgeable guides.

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Our Accommodation Ratings

Opulent: Exceptional, unashamedly the best of sheer luxury. (£££££)

Luxury: Outstanding levels of 5* comfort, hospitality and facilities. (££££)

Premium: Excellent levels of comfort and hospitality and a wide range of facilities. (£££)

Mid-Range: Good levels of comfort and hospitality, with a reasonable range of facilities. (££)

Simple: Clean and simple, no frills. Often in areas of natural beauty or near wildlife reserves. (£)