Southern India, is the area encompassing India's states of Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala and Tamil Nadu as well as the union territories of Lakshadweep and Pondicherry, occupying 19.31% of India's area. South India lies in the peninsular Deccan Plateau and is bounded by the Arabian Sea in the west, the Indian Ocean in the south and the Bay of Bengal in the east. The geography of the region is diverse, encompassing two mountain ranges, the Western and Eastern Ghats, and a plateau heartland. Inhabitants of South India are referred to as South Indians.
Andhra Pradesh is the 5th largest state in India and the largest in South India, with an area of 2,75,086 kms. It is bounded by Orissa in the North, Tamil Nadu in the South, Karnataka to the West and the Bay of Bengal in the East. The state comprises three regions - Costal Andhra, Telangana and Rayalaseema. These regions even though parts of the same state, are distinctly different in dialect, cuisine, lifestyle and climate. The state has a coastline of about 1000 kms with sparkling white beaches. A state that offers everything from amazing beaches to serene lakes, dense forests to dynastic forts, delectable seafood to rich biryani, historic places to sanctuaries, shopping zones to parks.
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Karnataka, the eighth largest state in India and is home to 507 of the 3600 centrally protected monuments in India, the largest number after Uttar Pradesh. Tourism centres around the ancient sculptured temples, modern cities, the hill ranges, forests and beaches. Karnataka's manifold attractions include; The wild game sanctuaries at Bandipur, Nagarhole and Dandeli, the Ranganathittu Bird's Sanctuary. 5 Kms from Srirangapatna which is itself a well known tourist center, hill stations like Nandhi Hills and Kemmannagundi and Mercara, beach resorts like Karwar, Ullal, Malpe and Maravanthe, the world famous Brindavan Gardens at Krishnarajasagara, the monolithic statue of Gommateshwara at Sharavanabelagola, Gol Gumbaz with its whispering gallery at Bijapur, the Jog falls and other water falls at Shiva Samudram, Magod, Unchelli or Lushington near Siddapur, Lalguli at Yallapur and other places indicate the variety and richness of the attractions that Karnataka State holds out to the tourists.
The Karnataka Government has recently introduced The Golden Chariot - a train which connects popular tourist destinations in the state and Goa.
(Malayalam: കേരളം?; Kēraḷam) located on the south-western tip of India, enjoys unique geographical features that have made it one of the most sought-after tourist destinations in Asia. Fondly referred to as ‘God’s Own Country’, Kerala was selected by the National Geographic Traveler as one of the 50 destinations of a lifetime and one of the thirteen paradises in the world.
An equable climate, serene beaches, tranquil stretches of backwaters; lush hill stations and exotic wildlife are the major attractions of this land. A unique advantage of Kerala is that most of the destinations here are only a two - four hour drive from the other. Classical art forms, colourful festivals, exotic cuisine are some of the cultural marvels that await travelers. Ayurveda, the ancient Indian system of medicine and Panchakarma, the rejuvenation therapy in Ayurveda have also helped Kerala to gain a pan-global reputation as a worth-visit destination.
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