It is in southern India that the oldest temples are located, and it is there that the heart of the country beats. The daily life of most of the inhabitants revolves around religion and the offerings made to the many gods in the Hindu pantheon. It is in Tamil Nadu that they are the most impressive and also the most colourful. Rameswaram, with its temple of 22 sacred water wells, is one of the holiest cities in India, attracting both the devotees of Shiva and Vishnu. Madurai and Trichy, temple cities, are also major pilgrimage sites. But in almost every city and village in South India, you can witness religious holidays marked by incomparable joy and fervour. It is an amazing experience to attend all the rituals performed during the ceremonies, an experience that appeals to all the senses.We must not forget to mention the ruins of the Vijayanagar Empire in Hampi, the sites of Mamallapuram or the sculpted caves of Ellora and Ajanta, which constitute the legacy of a glorious and fascinating past.
Paradise coasts :
Beach tourism has been developing since the 1970s, mainly in Goa, but also in Kovalam, Kerala. You will find large beaches lined with coconut palms, not very popular, in the North and South of the State of Goa, but also in Gokarna or in North Kerala. Paradise beaches where you can forget the rest of the world by enjoying freshly caught fish, feet in the sand, and stay in bungalows right on the beach. The beaches of Mamallapuram and Varkala are among the most popular in South India, they are essential stops for those who want to rest before setting off again to explore the roads and meet travellers from all over the world. If your budget allows it, don't miss the tropical paradise of Andaman, with its white sandy beaches and turquoise waters, ideal for diving or snorkeling. And don't forget that you are in a country where cows play a beautiful role, so don't be surprised to see them wandering even on the most beautiful beaches. Backwaters: unique sites in the world
© Dominique Auzias & Jean-Paul Labourdette