Take a look into Kerala's art forms and festivals at Thrissur, soak in the history of Cochin, look for birds and wildlife in Periyar or Wayanad, rejuvenate with Ayurveda at Palakkad, trek through the tea covered landscapes and mountain ranges around Munnar or relax by the beaches at Kovalam and Marari or backwaters at Kumarakom and Alleppey. With some of the more remote destinations like the rainforests of Wayanad and the beaches in Bekal and Kannur opening up in the recent years there are more options to get off the beaten track in Kerala. The Theyyam performance and the traditional dance school Kalamandalam are a treat for people looking for the unusal.

Tamil Nadu is culturally vibrant with grand temples and a thriving tradition of Bharatnatyam and Carnatic music. The temples atChidambaram, Tanjore and Madurai are reflections of architectural expertise and splendour of the Chola and Pandya kings. The rock-cut temples at Mahabalipuram have exquisite carvings on stone and a spectacular setting on the sea-shore. Pondicherry with its French influence exudes an old world charm and is an eclectic mix of French and Tamil cultures. Tamil Nadu's hill stations of Ooty and Coonoor are among the oldest and highest hill stations of South India. Valparai is a newly developing tourist destination surrounded by tea and coffee plantations and ideal for a rest or walking and trekking.