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Essentially a peninsula, the shores of Southern India are met by the Arabian Sea to the west coast, the Indian Ocean to the south and the Bay of Bengal to the East.

The states of Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka form the southernmost tip of India. The western state of Maharashtra with its capital city of Mumbai is the undisputed seat of commercial and financial power in the country, while the neighbouring state of Goa has always been fashionable with international tourists.

Kerala, also known as 'God's Own Country' is blessed in the true sense of the term. Verdant paddy fields, intricate networks of backwaters, coconut plantations, endless stretches of beaches and idyllic lagoons form the landscape.

The capital city of the state is Thiruvananthapuram (formerly known as Trivandrum), however, Kochi is the important commercial city and also an important entry point to Southern India. With either of these two cities as a starting point, visitors can access
Kovalam, one of the most beautiful beach resorts in the world, as well as Varkala and Marari – previously unknown destinations that are fast becoming popular with visitors.

Also in Kerala is Kumarakom, an unbelievably beautiful paradise of mangroves, emerald green paddy fields and coconut groves interspersed with backwater canals and waterways. Situated on the banks of Lake Vembanad is an assortment of international resorts that provide a tranquil getaway. The Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary in Thekkady gives you the opportunity to live in harmony with nature and respect wildlife.

If rejuvenation and relaxation is on the agenda, then Kerala is the place to head for, as it is best known for the Ayurveda system of medicine, which includes massage and herbs in its holistic approach.

Culturally distinct, is the southern state of Tamil Nadu, which is home to glorious monuments, a rich tapestry of history and culture and natural beauty. Carnatic music and Bharatanatyam, the most expressive of Indian classical dance forms originate in
this state. Chennai, formerly Madras is the usual entry point and is home to a rich architectural legacy and a dynamic arts scene.

Karnataka is a state abounding in natural scenic beauty as well as a rich cultural heritage with everything from pristine beaches to cool hill stations, ancient ruins, resplendent palaces in Mysore, to modern cities such as the capital, Bangalore, with its vibrant nightlife.

Each state offers distinct cuisine, both vegetarian and non-vegetarian along with a host of international options, especially in the main cities.

Shopping options are endless, ranging from vibrant yards of silk, sandalwood carvings, leather goods, handicrafts distinct to each state and of course all the trappings of modern shopping plazas.

In Southern India, a kaleidoscope of experiences awaits you.  

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 City: Kochi 
 Country Name: India 
 Currency: Indian rupee 
 Local Time: GMT +5.5 
 Main Language: Hindi 
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