It’s already been two months since the year 2020 had bloomed, time fleas like anything right. So what’s your plan for this February? Are you looking for a break and wondering where to heed without burning your pocket much; worry not, South India will serve your purpose. While North is known for its colours and extravagance; South India has always been a land of serenity, sublime beauty and azure seas. Let Tamilnadu satiate your spiritual thirst, while Karnataka flaunts its historic monuments, whereas Andhra Pradesh & Telangana speaks of the ancient past and finally the God’s own country Kerala enthrals you with its enchanting backwaters; all together South India is a bumper price for travellers.
You may wonder what’s so special about visiting South India in February; here is the reason why. For the ones who love to explore this serene land devoid of the scorching sun, then the right months are between Oct- Feb. So obviously February is the end of a pleasant climate. Not only the climate veers tourists, the major festivals, notably Maha Shivarathiri and Theyyam that happen in February is what makes the journey more blissful. South India is replete with amazing destinations that are sure to blow your mind and endow you with a refreshing vacation. Rejuvenate yourself in the realms of natural bliss.
To make your trip more perfect and just to aid you, we have listed down some of the best destinations in South India to cast a visit for this February.
For those who thrive for an adrenaline rush, Dandeli is where they need to be. This dense forest land is one of the famous adventurous sports destinations in India and a prominent white-water rafting spot. Encircled by the lush greens of the Western ghats. Located in the Uttara Kannada district of Karnataka, the Dandeli wildlife forest is a safe abode to millions of flora and fauna.
Another prominent feature of this lovely city is the Kavala Caves, which are known for their stalagmite formations. If you love adventure and nature, Dandeli is surely your piece of cake, where you can indulge in sports like White water rafting, River crossing, Canyoning, Kayaking, and Rock climbing
Dandeli wildlife sanctuary, Kali river, Kavala cave, Syntheri rock, Shiroli peak, Anshi National park, Suba dam, Sykes point, Ulavi temple, etc are some of the important tourist attraction places in Dandeli.
Who won’t love the rawness of verdant mountains? For those ardent lovers of nature, here awaits a little paradise on earth the Coorg. The enchanting hills of Coorg are a perfect visual retreat. The immaculately sprawling coffee plantations for about thousand acres is a sight to behold.
The enchanting climate and enthralling scenic had made Coorg one of the topmost hill stations in India. That too visiting Coorg on February is like a cherry atop a cake; the climate is very perfect rather cool or warm. Coorg gives various options to trek, camp and explore.
Some of the major tourist attraction places of Coorg are Tadiandamol, the Namdroling Monastery, Talacauveri, the Abbey Falls, Omkareshwara Temple, Madikeri fort, Mandalpatti scenic point, white river rafting, Nagarhole national park Honey valley and the Raja’s Seat
Gokarna can also be tagged as the tranquil version of Goa. Adorned by the endless white shores of the azure sea, Gorkana is a perfect hangout spot with friends and family for this February. If you are looking for a secluded place cut off from the rest of the world, think no further Veer to Gokarna.
Boasting five precious beaches namely the Kudle Beach, the Gokarna Beach, the Paradise Beach, the Om Beach and the Half Moon Beach, Gokarna can fill you to the brim with adventure.
Take a stroll on the Golden shores of Gokarna beach and feel the divineness in the sands of Om beach, let your soul free at Paradise beach and relish the beauty of Hal Moon beach. Spend this February on the lap of Gokarna.
Gokarna has got many places to advent, most prominent ones are as follows Om Beach, Mahabaleshwara temple, kudle beach, Gokarna beach, Yana, Half moon beach, Paradise beach, Maha Ganapathi temple, Kumta, Sirsi,
Who would say no to party, beach and fun? If you are craving for all of it and wonder where to go, just hit the shores of Goa. Relish the deep blue sea as you savour a sip of cocktail on the white shores of Goa. For party goers Goa is nothing but a paradise, this little hip hop land is filled with craziness, beauty and extravagance.
Fun, booze and sea are just a part of Goa, the true essence of Goa lies in the deep interiors, like the ones at Chapora fort, Butterfly beach, Dudhsagar falls, Se cathedral, Sri Mahadev temple and more. There is also plenty of options for adventure seekers, they can indulge in paragliding, Kayaking, Parasailing, Keyboarding, diving, and more. Be it a honeymoon or a gang hangout or even a family one, Goa can shell out a memorable vacation.
The major festival “Goa Carnival” commences from 22 Feb 2020 to 25 Feb 2020. This three days goa carnival celebration flaunts the exuberance and extravagance of goa people. This festival is one of its kind in the country and is been witnessed by thousands of people
Goa is scattered with numerous places to hang out and explore, following are the must to visit ones; Goa Velha, Palolem Beach, Calangute beach, Basilica of Bom Jesus, Fort Aguada, Baga beach, Dudhsagar falls, Dona Paula and lot more.
Bandipur National Park, South Karnataka:
Want to experience the habitat of the wild, and take a selfie with furious Tigers, Bandipur National park is where you need to be. Located amidst the dense forest of South Karnataka, Bandipur National Park is the second highest tiger populated national park in India.
Being a part of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve, this national park is the largest protected area in Southern India and the largest habitat of Wild Elephants in South Asia. Bandipur National park is a great treat for wildlife explorers and adventure freaks. Make a trip to the jungle for this February, as this is the best season to probe the new offspring of the fauna and unique migratory birds.
The lucky ones can get a sight of many wild animals including Tigers, Indian Elephants, Leopard, Dhole, Sambar, Sloth bear, and Chital. Bandipur National Park shares its boundary with 3 other National park namely Nagarahole National Park, Wayanad National Park and Mudumalai National park, while your visit here, you can take a look of all the threesome.
Thattekad Bird Sanctuary, Kerala:
February is the month that welcomes birds from abroad; it is the perfect time for bird watchers and nature enthusiasts alike. To revel in the blithesome tunes of the birds and take in the fresh air, Thattekad Bird Sanctuary is a little paradise to be in. This sanctuary takes the pride of being Kerala’s very first bird sanctuary.
Nestling on the banks of River Periyar, on the foothills of verdant Western ghats, Thattekad Bird Sanctuary is hailed to be the richest bird habitat in India by the legendary “ Bird Man of India “ Salim Ali. Habitat diversity and topographical position of the area is the main reason to make it bird-rich. For This February do something adventurous and delve in the blissful ambiance of Thattekad.
322 species of birds including long-distance migratory ones comprise the avifaunal world of Thattekkad Bird Sanctuary. The unique bird named Indian Pitta cast a winter visit to this sanctuary and stays for six months. Apart from this, we can spot birds namely orange headed thrush, Large Billed leaf warbler, Jerdon’s nightjar, Indian Cuckoo, Oriental darter, Cormorants, Whiskered terns, collared owl, and Yellow-browed bulbils.
Who would say no to the city of contrasts? Hyderabad is a unique destination in India that panoply the ancient charm of the city (Charminar) in par with the Hitech city(Cyberabad). This place of everything boasts some of the finest Persian architecture, alongside the stylish skyscrapers.
Hyderabad, the Capital city of Telangana is the largest in the state and culturally rich one as well. Veer through the noisy bazaars, take a stroll in the Hussain Sagar lake, explore more of the city’s rich past, cut off the world and jazz up at posh clubs, and at the end of the day forget not to savour the most heavenly Hyderabad Biriyani.
The Deccan festival of Hyderabad that takes place on Feb 21 is a most-awaited and sparkling festival in Andhra Pradesh. During your visit to Hyderabad in February don’t miss to take part in this illuminating fest.
Hyderabad is a city of everything, from street stalls to star hotels, it flaunts its richness in all possible ways. Here are some of the must to visit places at Hyderabad Charminar, Golconda fort, Ramoji film city, Birla mandir, Jala Vihar, Hussain Sagar lake, Couple helicopter joy ride, Chowmahalla Palace, Lumbini Park, Qutub Shahi Tomb, Salar Jund museum, Nehru Zoological Park, Laad Bazaar, Durgam Cheruvu, Mecca Masjid, KBR National Park, Nagarjuna Sagar dam and Necklace road.
Madurai an ancient city that clings on it its rich past is nothing short of a classic tour. This hoary land houses one of the world’s beautiful temple Sri Meenakshi Amman temple and many prominent and ancient temples such as Tirupparankunram Murugan Temple, Alagar Kovil, Koodal Azhagar Temple, Pazhamudircholai Murugan Temple. Walkthrough the age-old streets of Madurai surrounding the temple and simply get inspired by their lifestyle. Either its incredible tradition or its tasty cuisine, Madurai veers tourists from across the world at large numbers.
Visiting Madurai in February are the lucky ones, as they can able to witness one of the colorful festivals of India “Float Festival” or “Madurai Teppakulam Festival”. Madurai is famous for brass and copper utensils, handloom cotton wears, and appalams, so miss not add these items to your bag. And most importantly miss not to savour the flavorsome Jigarthanda at Madurai.
Famous destinations in Madurai are Meenakshi Amman temple, Thirumalai Nayak Palace, Alagar Koil, Pazhamuthircholai, Thiruparankundran, Gandhi museum, Pandi Koil, Theppakulam, Vaigai dam and Hawa Valley
For adventure and history buffs Keeladi serves the purpose. This village is a predominant excavation site in Tamilnadu that has brought out lots of incredible revelations on the ancient Sangam Tamil Civilisation. Located at a distance of 12.2 km from Madurai, this place can surely interest you.
Srisailam is a holy land in India that houses one of the sacred Jyothirlingas. This hilly region in Kurnool district is home to the holy and Famous Malikarjuna temple and one of the eighteen Shakti Peethas of goddess Parvati. Bordered by the River Krishna, SriSailam is a fertile land blessed with rich biodiversity. The Nallamala forest ranges with multifarious flora and fauna is a major highlight.
Visiting this Holy land on February is more precious as the 11 days mega event of Maha Shivarathir Utsav commences from February 25 and concludes with religious fervour at the Srisailam temple on March 7. Get ready to be a part of this divine rush and delude in the blessing shower of Lord Shiva.
Pathala Ganga, Srisailam tiger Reserve, Mallikarjuna Swamy temple, Shikaresvara temple, Srisailam dam, Akkamahadevi, Bhramaramba Devi Temple, Lingala Gattu, Octopus viewpoint, Paladhara Panchadara, and Ista Kameswari temple.
North Malabar Regions Of Kerala:
Theyyam “The dances of Gods” is the most vibrant and riveting art forms of Malabar. This festival of dance gives life to the myths and legends. Drawing the attention of thousands of tourists from across the Globe, Theyyam festival is one of the most awaited festivals of Kerala, most specifically in the North Malabar regions of Kerala like Kannur, Kasargod.
While we all know Kerala for backwaters and Azure seas, the North Malabar region of Kerala is known for ancient traditions, historical art forms, verdant woods, serene ambiance and picture-perfect villages. This lovely region comprises Kasargod, Kannur districts, Kottayam, Kadathanadu and the southern part of Tulu.
To take part in the fervour of Theyyam and to relive the gripping ancient legends, February is the right month to visit North Malabar, as this festival commences on 14th February – 20th of February 2020.
North Malabar has lots of amazing places to visit, just like St.Angelo Fort, Arakkal museum, Mappila Bay, Muzhappilangad beach, Peralassery, Sundareswara temple, Madhur temple and Kasaragod beach.
Araku Valley, Andhra Pradesh:
Celebrate the wonders of nature at the deep woods of Araku valley, at Vishakhapatnam district of Andhra Pradesh. Encircled by the mighty Eastern Ghats, Araku Valley is one such place on earth that showcases beautiful hill stations, unspoiled by commercialization and modernization.
This Valley is a house to millions of flora and fauna and many tribal communities. The Coffee plantations that sprawl across the mountain is a major attraction for those who love to indulge in the flavours of nature. The Borra caves at Araku Valley is one of the famous and oldest rock formations in the world. If you are looking for an adventure cum romantic vacation, make it happen in February at Araku valley.
Major tourist attractions of Araku valley are Padmapuram gardens, Borra caves, Tribal museum, Coffee museum, Katiki waterfalls, Anantagiri waterfalls, Bheemunipatnam beach, Dumbriguda waterfalls, Chaparai waterfalls, Tyda park, and Matsyagundam.
Alleppey is a land of amazing backwaters that no one can say NO. This famous backwater destination in Kerala leaps a step further when it comes to a luxury vacation. All you need to do is a book a houseboat of your desired need, and rest is to just REST.
Simply wallow in the opulence of Alleppey backwater cruise; savour the most scrumptious food onboard exclusively cooked for you; breathe in the fresh air that surrounds you; enjoy the peaceful lifestyle of the locals and fall in love with the amazing Alleppey.
Vedanthangal Bird Sanctuary, Tamil Nadu:
It’s already February, the month of migration has begun in the Vedanthangal Bird Sanctuary near Mahabalipuram. The compact water tank of Vedanthangal that sprawls over an area of 30 hectares is a sweet abode to at least 30,000 birds every year during migratory season. This Sanctuary attracts birds from various places and of different family including herons, spoonbills, storks, ibises and egrets in the season of February.
The amazing part of this sanctuary is that it is completely protected by the initiatives of the locals, who realized the importance of the bird droppings in the tank which acts as the natural fertilizer. Vedanthangal sanctuary is an apt place to be if you love bird watching, wildlife photography and nature. give a visit to the oldest sanctuary in the country “ the Vedanthangal” for this February.
Places near the Vedanthangal bird sanctuary to give a visit are Karkili Bird sanctuary, Vedanthangal lake, and Vedapureeswarar temple.
Tanjore, Tamil Nadu:
Tanjore is rather known as the “Rice bowl of Tamilnadu” is a fertile land rich in history and culture. This pretty place inherits one of the world’s incredible temple “The Brahadeeswarar temple” and of course flaunts is affluence in antiques, handicrafts, precisely carved musical instruments and lot more. This is a place where you can experience the brilliance of architecture and historical heritage.
February is the month of Maha Shivarathiri, and obviously a grand celebration awaits at the Tanjore Big temple. Delve in the religious ceremony before the grand Lingam at the Tanjore Big temple and experience the world of eternity.
Tanjore has got lots of amazing places to visit, some of them are Tanjore big temple, Siva Ganga Garden, Art Gallery, Palace & Saraswathi Mahal Library, Sangeetha Mahal, Thiruvaiyaru, Vijayanagar fort, Thanjai Mamani koil, and Alangudi Guru temple.
Lepakshi, Andhra Pradesh
Lepakshi is a lovely little hamlet situated on the outskirts of Andhra Pradesh. For those who seek for a historical adventure, Lepakshi is your ultimate destination. Brimming with lots of historical and religious significance, Lepakshi houses three famous temples in South India which are dedicated to Lord Shiva, Lord Vishnu and Lord Veerabadra.
Yet another attraction of this place is the small hillock shaped like the back of tortoise. This hill attracts lots of tourists and is named as the Kurma Saila. Make a religious trip to this spiritual land and get immersed in the cultural vibe of Lepakshi.
Places to visit at Lepakshi are Veerabhadra temple, Lepakshi temple, Nandi bull and paintings, Shopping at Lepakshi.
Palakkad is also known as Palghat is a lovely destination in Kerala. Lying across the dense forest range of Western Ghats, this naturally rich green paradise is an apt place to skip the town for a while and relish the natural abundance.
The endless stretch of Palm trees and green draped plains and dense woods are what veers the tourist from across the country. Palakkad is rightly known as the “Rice bowl of Kerala”, look at the massive paddy fields that cast a visual treat to our eyes. Grab your loved ones and gear up to Palakkad for this February.
Parambikulam Tiger Reserve, Silent Valley National park, Palakkad fort, Ottapalam, Mangalam dam, Malampuzha Dam, Seethargundu viewpoint, Nelliyampathy hills, Dhoni hills, Kalpathy heritage village are some of the most important tourist attraction places in Palakkad.
Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu:
The Pleasant weather throughout the year is the charm of Coimbatore. This booming metropolitan city is noteworthy for lush greens, foggy clouds, cool air and cultured environ. The Velliangiri Mountains that border Coimbatore casts the best panoramic views of the city. This city takes pride of housing the world’s largest bust statue “the Adhi Yogi” at Isha yoga center. Coimbatore has a million ways to lure tourists and it definitely worth the visit.
The best part of visiting Coimbatore during February is just not because of the pleasant climate, the main reason is the Maha Shivarathiri fest at the Isha Yoga centre. Thousands and thousands of devotees from across the world throng at this platform to celebrate “the night with the divine” hosted by Sadhguru. Be a part of this mystical night and feel Enlighted.
Coimbatore has lots of amazing places to hang out and spend some time at peace. Places like Isha yoga center, Maruthamalai, Velliangiri, Siruvani waterfalls, Vydehi falls, Peru Pateeswarar temple, VOC park and Zoo, Top slip, Masani Amman temple, Aliyar dam, Nilgiri Biosphere Nature park are some of the major tourist attractions.
Lovely hill stations including Ooty, Topslip, Valparai, and Kotagiri are very nearby to Coimbatore. While tour at Coimbatore miss not these beautiful destinations.
Pondicherry the “French Rivera” of India, is one of the seven Union territories of India. This place is an infusion of French architecture and traditional Indian Sensibilities. Make a dreamy escape into the amalgamation of both worlds and spend your vacation in a memorable way.
The charming yellow colonial structures with bougainvillea laden walls of the French colony in Pondicherry will serve as a perfect backdrop for photography. Make a worthy trip through the rues of Pondy and stroll along the amazing beaches. Miss not the freshly French bakes of Pondy cafes and bakeries. Take a leisurely bike ride down the panoramic seaside and relish the vacation.
For the one who loves to ride bicycles, visiting Pondy on February is more apt, as the famous “Cycle ride to lakes: Pondicherry Heritage festival” falls on February 2, 2020.
Paradise beach, Seaside Promenade, Scuba diving Pondicherry, Le Cafe, Aurobindo Ashram, Promenade beach, Serenity beach, Arikamedu, Cycling Pondicherry, Auroville Beach, Chunnambar Boat House, Basilica of the sacred heart of Jesus, Botanical garden, Pondicherry lighthouse, Pondicherry museum, Veerampattinam beach, Aayi Mandapam, the statue of Dupleix, Ananda Ranga Pillai Mansion, Auroville Ashram and Manakula Vinayagar Temple are some of the most important tourist attraction places in Pondicherry,
Dakshina Kannada, Karnataka:
Not known to many, Dakshina Kannada is a southern coastal district of Karnataka state, known for the famous Kambala festival. This lovely suburb grandly celebrates Kambala an annual festival of Karnataka, which involves traditional buffalo race, a unique one among the farming community of Karnataka.
People from across the globe throng here to witness this unique and wild buffalo race which is sure to give you the adrenaline rush. It’s a festival of fervour and enthusiasm, be a part of this wild race and enjoy the pugnacious spirit of the buffalos. This festival takes place between the months of November to March.
The Kambala festival is celebrated in quite a few villages, other than Dhakshina Kannada are Bajagoli, Puttur, Kolatta, Majalu, Uppinagadi, and Bolantur.
Choices are surplus, reasons are numerous to make visit to South India in the month of February. We have furnished our best picks and the reason why to visit them in February. It’s your turn to add these to your bucket list and gear up to South India.
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