South India boasts ancient sites, colorful market and green spaces where you can chill a moment away from the crowds.
On this 3 week trip through South India in Jan/Feb of 2015 we mostly traveled by car and driver with a couple of domestic flights to cover longer distances. Cities and sights visited included Mumbai, the Ellora Caves outside of Arangabad, the former French colony of Pondicherry, Madurai, the backwaters of Kerala, the tea plantations in Munnar and Ooty, Mysore and the Hampi ruins.
Buddhist caves carved and painted in the 6th century.
12 century medieval-type fort.
Carved cave complex that spans 4 centuries and 3 religions.
Dinner at the Great Sagar – A Journey through the Streets of Aurangabad
Lemon Tree Hotel
Holidays are like Sundays on Steroids, Mamallapuram
A visit to the sights of this seaside town on a crowded national holiday.
Trichy Temple Under Construction, Tamil Nadu
Sadly, the largest temple in India was covered in green cloth and scaffolding.
Tea Plantations – Kaivalyam Retreat
A peaceful hotel tucked above a hillside forest.
Trek explores the region’s picturesque tea plantations.
Walk Through Cardamom Plantation
From the small white flower to the towering bamboo-like stalk this is a fascinating jungle spice.
Bella Art and Meditation House, Alleppey
Spotlessly clean and exotically yet tastefully decorated, this is a charming place to stay.
Finding a Houseboat in Alleppey
Floating the Backwaters of Kerala
Photo journal of an overnight houseboat trip.
Royal Orchid Metropole Hotel
Heritage home style hotel with gigantic rooms.
Mysore Palace Video
Post includes a link to the official video of this stunning palace.
Chamundi Hill and Sri Chamundeswari Temple
Including a colorful vegetable and flower market.
Center of the Vijayanagara Hindu Empire, 1343-1565, it was at it’s peak in the 16th century when merchants from all over the civilized world came to Hampi to trade. Today it’s a fascinating complex of ruins worth at least a day or two of exploration.
Sights of Hampi, India Part 1 – Vittala Temple
Sights of Hampi, India Part 2 – Achutaraya Temple
Sights of Hampi, India Part 3 – Virupaksha Temple
Sights of Hampi, India Part 4 – Queen’s Palace and Bath
Sights of Hampi, India Part 5 – Royal Enclosure
Sights of Hampi, India Part 6 – Hazara Rama Temple
Uramma Heritage Homes, Anegundi (Hampi)