South India is surrounded by water on three sides.
The Vindhya mountain range separates South India from North India. People in
southern India are from Dravidian race with unique culture and traditions.
South India has the tropical climate which is less harsh compared with
Northern States. The states bears lush green tropical vegetation in the
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The beauty of south India extends from the back waters of Kerala to exotic
coral islands and lush green hill stations in Tamil Nadu. South India has
excellent beaches with coconut tress. The golden Marina beach in Chennai is
one of the longest beach in the world. One can even enjoy peace and greenery
of places like Ooty.
Southern region has been attracting most of foreign investment in the
Famous for its festivals that are celebrated
year round, Kerela has multi culturism. Kerela's culture is distinct and
unique and that has made it popular to tourists from around the world.
One of the major celebrations is Onam, which is Malayali's favourite and
most colorful festival, heralding the harvest season in the months of
August- September. Also is famous for dance, which is a beautiful blending
of color, dance, music, drama, and expressions.
Very similar to the Kerela, people follow
conservative customs and traditions but are liberal in approach. They posses
friendly and honest attitude.
The sixth largest state of India, Karnataka
is a unique blend of a glorious past and a rich present. It is the only
state in India where gold is found. It is the land of silk and sandal, of
coffee and cardamom. To the composite culture of India, the contribution of
Karnataka, is in no way inferior to that of any other region of India. In
fact, in many fields, Karnataka's contribution far exceeds that of the other
Bangalore, the Capital city of Karnataka, has a charm of its own. Bangalore
city, the software hub of the world can match any other city in the west.
Popularly called the garden city, Bangalore is one of most jazzy places in
Tamil Nadu, lies around and south of the
curve of the Eastern Ghats as it goes to merge with the Western Ghats in the
Nilgiris. Tamil Nadu has some of the oldest prehistoric settlements of
India. This is a land of innumerable, incomparable temples and is famous for
the Bharatnatyam, the traditional dance of Tamil Nadu.
Pondicherry offers lovely beach, stately
buildings, ornate temples, churches, and , of course, the very famous
Aurobindo Ashram. This is the largest French bastion on the sub-continent
before independence, and is located 162 km south of Chennai. Major dance
forms are Bharatnatyam and Kuchipudi while Carnatic style of music is the
prevalent musical tradition.
Andra Pradesh is rich in natural resources, cultural heritage,
and history. The official language of Andra Pradesh is Telugu, which is
highly influenced by Sanskrit. The dance styles in the State are based on
the standard treatises - Abhinaya Darpana and Bharatarnava of Nandikeshwara,
which is sub-divided into Nattuva Mala and Natya Mala.
Kuchipudi, a blend of music and abhinaya, is Andhra Pradesh's unique
contribution to dance.
Hyderabad is also a fast growing city that is making its mark in software
industry. Hyderabad is the second place in India which has a cyber city.
Culture and Traditions
The racial, cultural and linguistic similarity among four major states
makes visitors perceive that these states together simply as 'south India'.
Though the states are seemingly similar but there exists variations in terms
of culture, traditions, festivals, and scenery.
Pondicherry and Lakshadweep are again quite different from the four
traditional States - Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Kerala. The
dominating feature of southern culture are the magnificent temples and their
architecture that goes back to the 6th century, the unaltered traditions of
food, religion and lifestyle, handicrafts, heritage of sandalwood, silk,
rosewood and brass, and classical dance and music.