A fascinating journey through India's tropical south
South India is a region of great charm, offering varied delights to the traveller, including beautiful cities, colonial hillstations, colourful temples, a relaxed lifestyle, attractive scenery and some of the best food in India. The major cities of the south were once princely capitals of the Maharajas, and their magnificent remains of powerful Hindu Kingdoms contrast dramatically with the cool, mist-shrouded hillstations of the British Raj. The natural scenery is also immensely rewarding: in the west, forest-clad hills slope down through to a shoreline of shady lagoons, wooded islands and ancient spice ports. In the east, granite hills break up fertile plains and the coast has some of the world's longest beaches.
Roadside food stall, Srirangapatnam, near Mysore