Places to visit in South India before you turn 30


Drive Through Forest of Bandipur naturephoto4 Take a drive through wilderness, through the heart of the jungle of the dense bandipur forest. Open only during specific hours of the day, this would be an unforgettable experience in your twenties. As, while go along narrow, winding roads, you might just spot elephants, monkeys and deer and if lucky, a wild cat on the way. Also, get spooked by the plenty snake holes around. Though Bandipur is around-the-year tourist destination, summers are the best time for wildlife sightseeings. March to May being the dry season, the animals come out of hiding and can be spotted by the watering holes. But for bird-watchers, the winter months are a better bet, for November to January, many migratory birds from the North, especially the Himalayas come down south to roost. The post-monsoon months are the best time for trekkers to visit. Cycling in Nilgiris cycling-in-nilgiris (1) Perhaps it’s time to rediscover that simple joy of riding a bicycle. The road and you, and nothing else. Zen. Embark upon the rather adventurous cycling tour of Nilgiris, one of the longest and largest tour. Not an easy expedition, you have to be bursting with energy and need months to build your stamina for this. Hence, it is best undertaken before your thirties. Push the boundaries of your fitness levels and cycle along fellow enthusiasts for around eight days in the month of December. The ride too is quite a pleasant one with pristine land of thick verdant stretches. Boat Trip to Andaman boat-trip-to-andaman-and-nicobar-islands Andaman is a heaven for beach lovers with its silver sand and turquoise waters unlike any place else in India. For those who have the stomach for it (which is normally when you are younger), a boating trip to this place from Kolkata or Chennai is quite an experience in itself. For two or three days you will feel like a voyager on an expedition, riding the pristine waters. Go for a Scuba Diving Tour Scuba-Diving The Andaman & Nicobar Islands are one of the few undiscovered gems that have escaped the clutches of mass tourism. The Andamans offer is clear, warm water with one of the largest variety of coral and fish life anywhere on the planet. There is a reason why Scuba Diving has become so popular among youngsters in Andaman. As you plunge into eleven to fifteen feet deep into the turquoise beach, you are transported to a hidden water kingdom. Swim along the diverse vibrant fishes and witness the breath-taking sponges and coral life that you never knew existed. Trek to Kudremukh kudremukh-landscape-photos The Kudremukh peak trek can easily be described as one of the most beautiful treks in the Western Ghats. The variety in scenery you get on this trek is not something many other treks can boast of. There are overflowing streams that have to be crossed, dark shola forests with crisp brown leaves fallen underneath, bamboo shrubs tall enough to touch the sky, rolling green hills and finally, the peak itself, where gusty winds can blow you off your feet while the scenery below blows your mind. Munnar, Periyar and Thekkady wildlife Trip Herd of Elephants  Drink at Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary Thekkady As you have the energy go on endless destinations, how about touring three fascinating wildlife places? Nestled in ‘God’s own country’ of Kerala are three breath-taking places of Munnar, Periyar and Thekkady. A wildlife trip to these places to visit in India is a must, for it is here that you are overwhelmed with the remarkable sceneries and fauna of the land. Visitors to the sanctuary can also take elephant rides or go trekking through the forest with a trained guide. Later, you can visit the spice gardens and tea, coffee and cocoa plantations nearby. Visit Coorg, Scotland of India 38907_L_coorg (1) It is said that man truly comes of his own when among pristine nature. For this, head to Coorg, known as the Scotland of India. It is at this cool hill station that you get the unbridled sight of green stretches and experience serenity. Topping the experience is the intoxicating aroma of the coffee plantations permeating the air. Angling and white-water rafting are other activities one can indulge in when in Coorg. The various plantations of Coorg are the major go-to relaxation destination for the ones looking to soak in the beauty of nature in peaceful environs. Visit Temples and Boulders at Hampi temple-vehicle-and-entrance-tower-in-vitthala-tempel-hampi-87 Experience a slice of history before your thirties by visiting the ancient temples in Hampi. Get marvelled by the architecture and intricate stone carvings that tell a thousand stories. Also, here are natural wonders such as the boulders. These gigantic stones seem to defy gravity and are spread across the land ornately. Dasara in Mysore mysore-dasara It would help if you understand the significance of festivals and learn to enjoy them at a younger age. The ideal place to celebrate the grandeur of Dasara is the majestic Mysore. For at this time, the city is beautifully lit up and the entire city partakes in the merry making. A must see is the elaborately adorned elephants on a royal walk.12 Dasara jumbos will march on the procession route from Mysore Palace to Bannimantap twice a day.

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