Kerala’s South Indian neighbours are replete with exotic destinations like Goa, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Pondicherry. Each state has its own unique art forms, culture and heritage rich in traditions and history. Goa and its numerous internationally acclaimed beaches like Vagator, Anjuna, Baga, Calangute, Candolim, Sinquerim, Miramar, Dona Paula and Vainguinim form a seafarer’s paradise. The whole of Goa comes to life as an enormous party zone with a whole range of activities for the tourist to engage in.
Erstwhile Andhra Pradesh too is rich in its historical monuments. The Charminar in Hyderabad, Golconda fort and the statue of Buddha, hill stations Like Araku, Horseley Hills and Sreesailam, pilgrimage destinations of Puttaparthi (famous as abode of Sai Baba) and Trupati Tirumala temple are some of the major attractions.
Karnataka too has its own share of beautiful and interesting tourist destinations. The state capital Bangalore, famous as the Garden City and major IT hub, Bannerghatta National Park, other destinations like the Mysore Palace, Coorg, Nandi Hills, Chikamangaloor, Hubli, Hospet, Badami, Hampi, Belur, Halebid, Srirangapattanam, Hassan and Bijapur are some of the places of tourist interest.
Tamil Nadu too has quite a few places of tourist interest like the magnificent temples of Rameshwaram, Tanjore, Trichy, Madurai, Kanchipuram( the town of beautiful silk sarees), Mahabalipuram (home to serene beaches and architectural monuments & temples), hill stations of Kodaikanal, Ooty etc. Kanyakumari, the southernmost tip of India offers you the dual privilege of watching sunrise and sunset in all its glory.
Pondicherry is a union territory, famous for its beaches and also for its preserved relics from Portugese and French heritage. The state houses the world famous Aurobindo Ashram, which resembles a European Township as far as style is concerned.