There are few things more relaxing than watching the world go by from a Kerala house boat, few things more exciting than tiger spotting in a national park, few things more spectacular than the majestic palace of Mysore illuminated at night and few things more satisfying than a cup of tea brewed straight from the plantation it was picked from. Southern India has it all.
Several international airlines fly to Kochi in the west or Bangalore in the east. Train, bus and private car are all easy and inexpensive ways to get around. The standard amenities and facilities are reasonably good, but can be more basic out of the larger centres. Kerala is the most literate state in India and English is widely spoken here and further north.
Southern India can be visited year round with monsoon rains usually not being severe enough to disrupt travel plans. Summer temperatures can reach an average of 33°C but this is reduced on the coast which benefits from some cooling breezes and in the Western Ghats where the higher altitude sees a drop in temperature.
We visited Southern India in 2012 with our children aged 8 and 11 and their grandmother aged in her late 60s. The grandmother, or 'Mama' as she was called, was definitely the most photographed person in the group by the locals!
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