About South India

The Western Ghats in Southern India are home to most of India’s endemic species and are a treasure trove of amphibians, reptiles, birds and butterflies. The Western Ghats is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Wildlife Highlights

The region is ideal for herpetology tours and entomology expeditions and is a birders paradise.  Key species to look out for are:

  • Reptiles: King Cobra, Malabar Pit Viper, Hump-nosed Pit Viper and Bamboo Pit Viper
  • Amphibians: Purple Frog, Blue-eyed Bush Frog, Dancing Frogs and Malabar Gliding Frog.
  • Endemic Species: Lion-tailed macaque, Nilgiri Langur, Nilgiri Marten, Brown Palm Civet and the Malabar Grey Hornbill.

Cultural Highlights

  • Hampi which is considered to be one of Indias most important World Heritage sites. Hampi was the capital of south west India for three generations of Hindu rulers.
  • Take a cruise along the Kerala Backwaters – one of Indias most enchanting experiences. This offers a glimpse of a unique rural life style.
  • Kochi, situated on the Arabian Sea, is a collection of narrow islands and peninsular and the main spice trading centre for India.
  • Pondicherry, or Puducherry, as it is now known was established as a French territory in 1674. It retains its distinct Gallic flavour and French is still spoken among older residents.
  • Madurai, hub of the Tamil Culture.
  • Gokarna, perhaps not as well known as the Goa area, offers 60 kms of unspoilt and unknown beaches. There are gentle curving bays, fringed by palms and still occupied by small fishing villages.
  • Goa best known for its beach culture. This tiny state has a distinctive colonial past, a legacy of its Portuguese rule. Still evident in the peoples dress, language, religion and cuisine.

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