With attractions scattered across several cities in five states, you have your work cut out for you traveling all over the place. Most visitors flying in enter through the gateway cities of Chennai or Bengaluru (Bangalore), so it makes sense that some of the most popular attractions are in these places. You’ll be hard pressed not to check out attractions like the UNESCO Heritage site of Mahabalipuram in Chennai or the spectacular Lal Bagh Botanical Garden in Bangalore.
But South India has a lot more hidden attractions and cultural heritage that cannot be found on the group tours. They’re just as unique and well worth a visit. From the palatial Chettinad Houses in Tamil Nadu’s Chettinad region to the ancient Jewish synagogues in Fort Kochi in the port city of Kochi (Kochi) in Kerala, a discovery of South India’s multi-ethnic culture is literally packed into the bricks on every road you pass by. Hyderabad is well-known for the Charminar, Salar Jung Museum and the Golconda Fort, but what’s jaw-dropping is the incredibly huge statue of the Buddha in the middle of a lake - it’s like Hyderabad’s own version of the Statue of Liberty.
Mumbai, the capital of Maharashtra, is a place that has something interesting and fun for all kinds of visitors. It’s possible you may be landing at Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport, but what you should be doing is entering Mumbai via rail at Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus. CST is one of Mumbai’s most famous and iconic landmarks, and you’ll be stunned by the sea of people passing through the station every single minute.
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