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South India 2015

As we began to plan our fourth trip to the subcontinent, we decided it was time to explore South India…

From Mumbai to Chennai via the southern tip of India: we visited Goa, some sites of Karnataka we had not seen before, toured the Western Ghats, got bored in Kerala before getting our fill of temples in Tamil Nadu.

Read on to learn how we fared along the road, what we saw, liked (and did not like).

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(vero;2015-May-03)

Down to the tip of India and up again…

We started our trip in Mumbai, our second visit to this vibrant city, and made our way to Chennai in two months. The first half of the trip was very exciting. We found the Christian heritage of Goa quite impressive and really enjoyed the parts of Karnataka we visited: Hampi, Hassan and the temples of Belur and Halebid, and last but not least Mysore.

From there, we moved on to the Western Ghats for great hikes and rewarding landscapes among tea and cardamom plantations. But after this roaring start, arriving in Kerala felt very much like an anticlimax: uninspiring sites, not very friendly people and really not enough to see on the ground to our taste. Somehow Kerala did not work its magic on us.

So we were glad to move on to Tamil Nadu and tour the many grand temples dotting this state, taking in a few forts on the way before finishing our trip in Chennai, India's 4th megalopolis.

Kanyakumari, the southernmost point in India Kanyakumari, the southernmost point in India


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