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culture and tradition

South Indians tradition is essentially the celebration of the eternal universe through the celebration of the beauty of the body, and motherhood, which is exemplified through their dance, clothing, and sculptures.South Indian women traditionally wear the Saree while the men wear dhoti, which could be either a white pancha or a colourful lungi with typical south Indian patterns.

south indian cusine

The southern part of India is famous for its various spices and also spicy foods. Its long past has witnessed the export of spices to many countries. Even the outsiders, generally the foreign invaders like the Dutch, the French and the English, who kept coming here over generations, are reported to be fond of these spices. Some of the chief varieties of spices produced here include cardamom, pepper, cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg.


similarities between all the southern states of India are:-

  1. presence of rice as a staple food
  2. the use of lentils and spices
  3. the use of dried red chilies and fresh green chilies
  4. the use of coconut and native fruits and vegetables like tamarind, plantain, snake gourd, garlic, ginger, etc.

South India has hot, humid climate and all its states are coastal. Rainfall is abundant and so is the supply of fresh fruit, vegetables and rice. Andhra Pradesh produces fiery Andhra cuisine which is largely vegetarian yet has a huge range of seafood in the its coastal areas. Tamilnadu has Chettinad cuisine, perhaps the most fiery of all Indian food. This style too is largely vegetarian.

From Kerala comes Malabari cooking, with its repertoire of tasty seafood dishes. Hyderabad is home of the Nizams (rulers of Hyderabad) and regal Nizami food rich and flavorful with tastes ranging from spicy to sour to sweet .karnataka is famous for its bisi bele bath.

SOME OF THE TOURIST ATTRACTIONS IN SOUTH INDIA

south india has a wide range of attractions and you will take back wonderful memories when you go back home!

music of south india

The origins of Indian music are traced to prehistoric antiquity. Art or concert music in South India is called Karnâtaka Sangîtam (“Karnatic or Carnatic music” in English). Its history gains clear contours from the renaissance period which, in South India, had its centre in the Vijayanagar empire (1336-1565).

Purandara Dasa (1484-1564), a celebrated poet, mystic and composer, taught Carnatic music in a systematic manner. His method of teaching (abhyâsa gânam) consists of a graded course comprising some primary lessons (alamkâra) and small didactic and devotional songs (gîta). This method is still followed and provides the common denominator for all Carnatic musicians.

Râmâmâtya, a 16th century music scholar at Vijayanagar, laid the foundations for the present theoretical framework of South Indian music. Since the 17th century, 72 principal scales (mêla) provide the basic melodic material.

Ornamentation (gamaka) plays a great role in the rendering of scale patterns (ârôhana-avarôhana), characteristic phrases (prayôga) and extraordinary phrases (visêsha sancâra)Sôpânam is still heard in the temple rituals of Kerala and plays an important role in the dance drama known as Kathakali. Kerala is also famous for its great variety of percussion instruments, particularly the Pancha Vâdya (“five types of instruments”) ensemble, and for the extraordinary complexity of the rhythmic patterns (tâla) employed.

geography

South India is a peninsula in the shape of a vast inverted triangle, bounded on the west by the Arabian Sea, on the east by the Bay of Bengal and on the north by the Vindhya and Satpura ranges. The Narmada flows westwards in the depression between the Vindhya and Satpura ranges. The Satpura ranges define the northern spur of the Deccan plateau. The Western Ghats, along the western coast, mark another boundary of the plateau. The narrow strip of verdant land between the Western Ghats and the Arabian Sea is the Konkan region. The Western Ghats continue south, forming the Malenadu (Canara) region along the Karnataka coast, and terminate at the Nilgiri mountains, an inward (easterly) extension of the Western Ghats. The Nilgiris run in a crescent approximately along the borders of Tamil Nadu with northern Kerala and Karnataka, encompassing the Palakkad and Wayanad hills, and the Satyamangalam ranges, and extending on to the relatively low-lying hills of the Eastern Ghats, on the western portion of the Tamil Nadu – Andhra Pradesh border. The Tirupati and Annamalai hills form part of this range. The low lying coral islands of Lakshadweep are off the south-western coast of India. Sri Lanka lies off the south-eastern coast, separated from India by the Palk Strait and the chain of low sandbars and islands known as Rama's Bridge. The Andaman and Nicobar islands lie far off the eastern coast of India, near the Tenasserim coast of Burma. The southernmost tip of mainland India is at Kanyakumari (Cape Comorin) on the Indian Ocean.