From tea plantations to ancient temples, South India is an aromatic and multi-colored adventure.
While the north of the country is famous for its desert and mountainous landscape, the south of India has to do with water: the abundant ocean, the beaches of Chennai, the Kerala canals and the countless rivers, lakes and streams that give lifetime.
Also home to IT centers and a booming tourist industry , South India is one of the most intriguing, eclectic and exciting places in the world; a vaporous and intoxicating combination of exotic architecture, ancient culture, world-famous cuisine, mysticism and modern achievements.
The layers of multicultural influences introduced over hundreds of years of colonization by the Portuguese, French and English can be found in the food, architecture and design of the city, many of which continue to coexist with the Hindu way of life. current.
The Portuguese influence is evident in the coastal city of Goa , where Indo-Portuguese churches and houses have vanished but survive; while the elegant and wide boulevards and bakeries of Pondicherry (where street signs are given both in French and in the local Tamil language) reflect the French heritage of India.
British colonial rule lasted from 1876 to 1947 and India was considered the “jewel in the crown” of the British Empire. Many of the elegant public buildings, churches, schools and railways built during this time remain intact in cities such as Chennai, the port where the British East India Company prospered for the first time.
The spice trade center of India since the early 19th century, southern India is still filled with an aromatic range of spices and spices rich in aromas that permeate many rituals of daily life.
The multitude of local flavors and unique cooking styles in this area take food from simply eating to an experience that will make as good memories as the views seen through this colorful corner of the earth.
A potent mix of chilies, peppers, cumin, cardamom, cinnamon, turmeric and coconut will receive you at every meal, either raw from the overflowing bowls in a spice market or in kitchens everywhere.
Many gourmets consider that the food of South India is the best there is, and after you get into a fragrant masala dosa or locally made biryani, you are likely to agree.
South India is also a deeply spiritual place, full of the symbols and reverence of ancient and modern worship, from simple offerings and sculptures to pilgrimage sites and sumptuous temples.
The six-hectare site based on Tamil, Madurai, 2,500 years old is a magical illustration of this: here you can explore the labyrinthine 17th-century Meenakshi Amman temple and its 30,000 carvings and sculptures and follow the Shiva night procession being carried to the temple in the middle a blanket of incense.
One of the major natural attractions in South India is the Nagarhole National Park (also known as Rajiv Gandhi National Park ) in the state of Karnataka, once the hunting grounds of the Mysore royalty.
Today, despite their dwindling numbers, the reigning monarchs are the magnificent tigers of Royal Bengal, which together with a cornucopia of other fascinating wildlife and dazzling landscapes, make Nagarhole the adventure of his life.
Nagarhole (meaning “river cobra”) is about 95 kilometers from the city of Mysore and covers more than 640 square kilometers. It is a significant part of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve of 3,300 square kilometers.
The lush green coverage of Nagarhole is made up of protected state forests and includes precious woods such as rosewood, sandalwood and teak.
In addition to the majestic and critically endangered tigers, Nagarhole also harbors elephants, gaur (Indian bison), leopards, dhole (wild Indian dogs), jackals, striped hyenas, four-horned antelopes, sloth bears, civets, hares and mouse deer. .
Birdwatchers gather here to see the more than 270 species of birds, headed by the critically endangered eastern white-backed vulture.
Other species that contract are the Nilgiri pigeon pigeon, the spotted eagle, the Indian peacock, the green pigeon with yellow legs and the painted quail.
Even reptile buffs are served with the common krait, the Russell snake, the vine snake and the Indian rock python also sighted regularly.
The best way to experience the beauty of Nagarhole is on board a canter (or open truck) on a game safari.
The gallop visits the springs of water, clearings and pastures in search of its spectacular flora and fauna, taking the passengers as close as possible to the abundant wildlife of the park . Your guides will track the wildlife and point out hidden treasures, positioning the gallop so you have as many opportunities as possible to capture photographic memories every step of the way.
The waterways, mountains and savanna that bloom in the dry months when the lake created by the Kabini dam dries provide a variety of conditions favored by a wide range of wildlife. In fact, a boat safari in the early morning on the Kabini River is a must.
Here you can see nature’s best work from the comfort of the cruise, as well as visit the Kadu Kuraba tribe in a traditional village. A naturalist will be ready to explain agricultural techniques and how the community lives in harmony with the forest.