Tamil Nadu is well renowned for its temple towns and heritage sites, hill stations, waterfalls, national parks, local cuisine and the natural environment and wildlife. It boasts of 4 world heritage sites and also has the country's third longest coastline at about 906.9 km.
Kerala is home to wild elephants, exotic birds and the odd tiger, while vibrant traditions such as Kathakali, theyyam, temple festivals and snake-boat races frequently bring even the smallest villages to life. Kerala is South India's most beautiful state. This coastal strip is defined by its layered landscape: almost 600km of glorious Arabian Sea coast and beaches; a languid network of glistening backwaters; the spice- and tea-covered hills of the Western Ghats, encapsulated with protected wildlife reserves and cool hill stations such as Munnar. Just setting foot on this land is soul-calming. Kerala is a world away from the frenzy of India's elsewhere, its long, fascinating backstory illuminated by historically evocative cities like Kochi (Cochin) and Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum).
Uttarakhand, a state in northern India crossed by the Himalayas, is known for its Hindu pilgrimage sites. Rishikesh, a major centre for yoga study, was made famous by the Beatles’ 1968 visit. The city hosts the evening Ganga Aarti, a spiritual gathering on the sacred Ganges River. The state's forested Jim Corbett National Park shelters Bengal tigers and other native wildlife.
Himachal Pradesh is a northern Indian state in the Himalayas. It's home to scenic mountain towns, beautiful villages, Valleys and Mountains. Host to the Dalai Lama, Himachal Pradesh has a strong Tibetan presence. This is reflected in its Buddhist temples and monasteries, as well as its vibrant Tibetan New Year celebrations. The region is also well known for its trekking, climbing and skiing areas.
The fourth most popular destination for travel among the 29 states of India. Flanked by Western ghats, the coastal regions of Karavali and the plains of Deccan Plateau, Karnataka is a travellers delight.