Top monuments to visit in South India
If you are planning to visit South India, you should be visiting some of the below monuments for sure. South India is generally described as the union of three states namely Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka. All of them had multiple kingdom’s reigning during different chapters of history and all of them have contributed their very own share to art, cultural, architectural facets to each state of South India. For more information on South India Tour Packages – please visit South India Tour Packages at Tripdayz.com
1. Mahabalipuram, Tamil Nadu
Mahabalipuram is a 7th Century port city of the Pallava kings. Pallavas considered themselves as unique artists and had built a lot of temples at their coastal capital of Mahabalipuram. The Pallavas has built many monolithic temples,rock cut caves and incorporated bas relief models making it unique structures. The shore temple and the Arjuna’spenance are few structures still exist today. Just sixty kilometers from Chennai Mahabalipuram is a not to miss place enroute to Pondicherry.
2. Brihadeshwara Temple, Tanjore – Tamil Nadu
The Brihadeshwara Temple is a 1000 year old temple built by the Chola king Raja Raja Chola. The temple is part of the UNESCO world heritage site and is considered to be a “Great Living Chola Temple” This is one of the largest temple is India and a fine example of Dravidian architecture. The temple is purely built on stones and is a wonder how the engineers of those time built such a large temple with just humans and elephants as work force.
3. Meenakshi Amman Temple, Madurai – Tamil Nadu
The Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple is a Hindu temple located on the banks of River Vaiga at the 2500 year old South Indian city of Madurai in Tamil Nadu. The temple is dedicated to Parvathi (Meenakshi) wife of lord Siva. The temple is large and is spread across the heart of the city and is visited by 15000 devotees every day. The Temple was built by the Nayaks of Madurai to the present day status during the 17th Century. The temple is surrounded by gateway towers namely “Gopurams” in the local language of Tamil. An evening ceremony happens every day when the deity of Meenakshi is taken along with a procession to the chamber of lord Siva.
4. Padmanabhapuram Palace, Kerala
Located in the foot of the Veli hills of the Western Ghats, the Padmanabhapuram palace was the palace of the Travancore Kings of Kerala. The palace was initially built during the early 17th Century and was rebuilt during the 18th century. The palace is the largest wooden palace in Asia and has many peculiarities. The palace is visited by many enroute from the capital city of Thiruvananthapuram to Kanyakumari.
5. The Paradeshi Synagouge, Cochin – Kerala
The paradeshi synagogue is the living example of the Jewish life in Kerala and Malabar. The synagogue today acts as a monument for visitors and shows around the arrival of Jews at the Malabar Coast during early medieval times. There were many other synagogues around in and around Kochi of which the only live synagogue is the ParadeshiSynagouge at the Jew Street at Mattanchery in Cochin. More than a monument is marks the arrival and departure of the Jewish community in Kerala.
6. Bekal Fort, Kerala
Bekal fort was a fort located on the coastal belt in North Kerala. The fort is spread across around forty acres on the Malabar coast overlooking the Arabian sea. There are large key hole kind of structure that extend to the sea amidst the rocky formations on the coastline. Towards the south there is an extended beach almost crescent shaped which looks very much beautiful. There are storage spaces forammunition and it was said there have been cannon lying here for some time until recently they were taken away. There is a large water tank and observation tower with the fort complex.
7. Mysore Palace, Karnataka
The Mysore palace is the second most visited monument in India after the Taj Mahal. Built by the woodeyar kings, the Mysore Palace is the official seat of the Mysore King. Facing the Chamundi Hill, the palace has a large courtyard with gardens. The architectural style domes of the palace are commonly described as Indo-Saracenic and blends Hindu, Muslim and Gothic styles. The Palace is very elaborate with many rooms, durbars, galleries and is an architecture marvel. The Palace was commissioned by British architect Lord Henry Irwin.
8. Hoysala Temples at Belur and Halebidu, Karnataka
The two Hoysala temples of Belur and Halebidu built by Hoysala Kings during the 13th century when the Hoysala kingdom was at its prominence in the present day Indian state of Karnataka. Chennakesava Temple at Belur, the Hoysaleswara Temple at Halebiduare the most known temples complexes with abundant sculptures and rock cut temple complexes. These two temples are must visit places if you are planning to visit around Karnataka.
9. Hampi, Karnataka
Hampi was the capital city of the Vijayanagara Kingdom on the bank of the Thungabadra River. The city was built during the 14th and 16th Century with white granite and stands as a ruined city today. The city is elaborate and has a lot to explore, historically and architecturally. There are few significant temples, Royal Enclosures, Queens Bath, and Elephant stable. To see around Hampi in detail you need at least two days in Hand. Most accommodation options available are at the nearest city of Hospet.
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