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Top 10 - Traversing South India this October

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Deciding where to head to during your vacations? Here are a few places in South India where you can relax and enjoy this October. Head to the beautiful state of Karnataka which has many a places that would mesmerise you or travel to Tamil Nadu and be amazed by its many temples. Then there are the backwaters of Kerala where you can rejuvenate yourself and enjoy the serenity of nature.

All these places offer you some of the best getaways in the month of October. With their varied culture, history and traditions it is absolutely amazing to travel to these places and enjoy the many attractions that they have to offer. Also there are many places where you can rejuvenate yourself and be cut off from the rest of the world. Here is a look at a few places that you should have in you travel itinery for South India this October.

1. Amaravathi
Located on the banks of the Krishna river is the town of Amaravathi which lies in the state of Andhra Pradesh. The town is believed to be one of the oldest inhabited places of mankind and you can see many relics and ruins that have been excavated here that proves the point. Tourists coming here can take a walk through history and learn more about the culture, traditions and heritage of this place. It was made famous by Emperor Ashoka who after his battle of Kalinga became a devout follower of Buddhism and built a stupa here in honour of Lord Buddha. 

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2. Lepakshi
Lepakshi is a charming small hamlet situated in Andhra Pradesh. It has a lot of historical and religious significance for the locals and is famous in south India for three temples that are dedicated to Lord Shiva, Lord Vishnu and Lord Virabhadra. Another famous attraction of this place is a small hillock which is shaped like the back of a tortoise. The hill has been named the Kurma Saila and located on the hill are temples of Sri Rama, Raghunatha, Veerbhadra, Papanatheswara and goddess Durga. So thouse planning a religious tour can head on hear for some spiritual serenity.

Photo Courtesy: Premnath Thirumalaisamy

3. Aihole
Aihole mesmerises travellers with its various rock architecture which are temples that were built during the Chalukyan Dynasty. This small town is visited my many devotees who come to seek the blessings of the lord. Also it attracts tourists here who travel here to marvel the artistic and architectural skills of the craftsman who build the temples. 

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4. Banavasi
Seeking for adventure? Then head to the town of Banavasi loacated in northen Karnataka. The town is situated amongst the forests of Western Ghats and is a perfect getaway for nature lovers and wildlife enthusiasts. You can go trekking on the hills or head to the nearby forests to capture a glimpse of the wildlife here. 

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5. Kanjirapally
The town of Kanjirapally is famous for its religious confluence. The small town is dotted with many churchs, mosques and temples. People here celebrate all festivals together. It is a hub for tourists as they get to see many of these religious sights and also gorge on the lip smacking dishes cooked by the locals here. It is a perfect place to head to if you are in search of relaxation and want to enjoy the simplicities of life. 

Photo Courtesy: Arjungopidas

6. Pathanamthitta
Pathanamthitta, located in the southern part of Kerala, is often referred to as the 'Pilgrim Capital of Kerala' as it house Sabrimala which is the abode of Lord Ayappa. Devotees come here from all over the world during this time to seek the blessings of the lord. Tourists who come here can explore this town and the nearby regions. 

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7. Chidambaram
The temple town of Chidambaram is located in Tamil Nadu and is known for its surreal setting of ancient Dravidian architecture and imposing Gopurams. Travellers coming here wake up to the sound of temple bells and the aroma of the finest filter coffee. Chidambaram stands for everything a tourist would expect from a quintessential Tamil Nadu temple town. It is a perfect place to head to for rejuvenation.

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8. Darasuram
One of the lesser known districts of Tamil Nadu is the village of Darasuram. Originally known as Rajarajapuram it is famous for the many temples each having its own significance. Devotees come from far and wide to visit the many ancient temples here and pay their respects to the gods. Travellers coming here can enjoy the serenity of this place and also explore the many temples.

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9. Adilabad
Adilabad is a small municipal town that lies in the state of Telengana. According to local legends, the place takes its name from Mohamed Adil Shah who was the ruler of Bijapur and of this region. It has many attractions other than the temples for the tourists and also the history of this town pulls in a large crowd.

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10. Nalgonda
The town of Nalgonda gets its name from two Telgu words 'Nalla' which means black and 'Konda' which means hill. It has many interesting places for its travellers and they can explore the dense hills and be lost in the beauty of nature here. It attracts nature lovers and photographers who came here to capture the scenic beauty of this region.

Top 10 - Traversing South India this October

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