Today, here is some blurb about Southern India:
Southern India is largely defined by the coastal boundaries, and by the limit of the Deccan Plateau northward, generally following a line from Mumbai (Bombay) to Hyderabad. Agriculture in the south is dominated by rice growing, with vegetables and fruits being generally more favoured than stock-rearing for food. One favourite snack found in the south is the dosa, a thin rice flour pancake often eaten for breakfast. The area is fed by the major rivers of the south, the Cauvery, Krishna and Godaveri. The monsoon seasons and the higher elevations on the Deccan Plateau provide more temperate conditions for a broader agricultural base, with everything from rice paddies through spice groves and tea plantations to wheat in the northern Deccan region.
The area is very large and has had a wide variety of influences, including from the British, Portuguese and French along the coasts in particular. The Moghuls did not penetrate far into the south, although the eccentric and austere Emperor Aurangzeb made his capital in Aurangabad, in the middle of the country, to suppress the thriving power of the Marathas. Dominant empires over the centuries have included the Cholas and Pallavas in Tamil Nadu, the Marathas in the west and the Vijayanagars in the southern Deccan.
Although some areas of the south had long-term Islamic influences, such as Hyderabad, the area is predominantly Hindu, and the far south retains many of the oldest characteristics of Hindu temple architecture. One such feature, common in the south but rarer in the north, is the temple gopuram, or tower, usually located at or near the entrance. The languages of the south are of Dravidian origin, in contrast to the Aryan-based languages of the north. Kerala is tropical and very relaxed, whilst Tamil Nadu is drier and dominated by important temple cities. Dindigul is a main junction on the rail line from Chennai to towns across South India.
We are staying near Kamarajar Lake, with beautiful views over the lake & undulating Western Ghats – perfect for chilling out!
That’s all for now!