South India: Pinnacle of Cultural Heritage

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South India is the guardian of India's cultural heritage in its purest forms. Numerous temples that abound this region have conserved thousand years old architecture, customs, traditions and rituals.

Hordes of invading armies that swept through the plains of North India failed to penetrate in the South. As a result, the North has a distinct Indo-Aryan culture, while in South it is the Dravidian ethnicity that is prevalent. The people of South India are perceived as deeply religious, intelligent and unpretentious.

Although South India comprises four states of Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Kerala, I have taken the liberty to include Goa, Aurangabad (base for excursions to Ajanta and Ellora Caves) and Mumbai. Typically, Mumbai is the entry or exit point of travelers visiting South India.

Starting from Chennai, earlier known as Madras, the book follows the traditional temple trail, then winds its way up to the mountainous region of spice and tea plantations. From there, it moves down to the backwaters and superb beaches of Kerala.

After Kerala, the book moves north to the state of Karnataka, which is home to the most fascinating monuments of India such as Hampi, Badami and Somnathpur. There on, the journey moves west to the coastal state of Goa, famous for its beaches and relaxed ambiance. From Goa, it moves on to the capital of Andhra Pradesh, Hyderabad. And there on to Aurangabad, Ajanta and Ellora. The last chapter is dedicated to the bustling metropolis of Mumbai, also known symbolically as the Gateway of India.

As a travel writer and photographer, I am delighted to bring forth known and hidden gems of this dramatically diverse region. It is the first time that this region is documented in a lavishly produced volume.


Tarun Chopta views the world through his lens. But his passion of photography started as mere hobby; today this zeal has transcended into his profession. Being an internationally acclaimed photographer, his assignments have taken him to different exotic locations on the planet. Tarun has been invited to exhibit his art in New York, Barcelona and recently in Mexico City. His photographs are sought after by connoisseurs of art world over. In India, some of the most prestigious hotel groups use his artwork to decorate their interiors. Currently, Tarun is working on a book titled "Threads of Compassion". To accomplish this project, he is traveling around the world photographing spirrtual leaders of varied faith in their own habitat. Tarun's first book was published in 1997; since then in the span of eleven years, he has produced more than ten bestsellers. Other books by Tarun: Holy Cow and the Other Indian Stories, India Exotic Destination, Soul of India Exotic Indian Interiors, Kamasutra, Majestic India, Majestic Jaipur, Jain Temples of India, India Design, South India.


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South India: Pinnacle of Cultural Heritage
1st ed.
8172343124, 9788172343125
231p., Color Illustrations; 29cm.