Like every other region in India, the south too is a diverse and distinctive land. From the towering gopurams of the Tanjore and Madurai to the tranquil backwaters of Kerala, from the palace in Mysore to the rock cut caves in Badami, from the scenic beaches of Kovalam to the high hills of the Nilgiris, south India as a holiday destination has a lot to offer. Wildlife sanctuaries alive with animals and birds of every sort invite the nature tourist to explore the mysteries of Mother Nature. Graceful dance forms like the Bharatanatyam, Kathakali and the Mohiniaattam, beautiful kolams (intricate designs drawn on the ground with rice powder) that adorn entrances to homes and a large variety of cuisines for the palate are all an integral part of the experience of south India. The scenic beauty of the beaches, the crisp air of the hill towns and the lively atmosphere of the bazaars make India’s peninsular region an ideal holiday getaway.