The south of India is often one of the least explored regions in the country. With several tourists opting for traditional favorites such as Himachal Pradesh and Rajashtan, sojourns in the south are largely restricted to Kerala, which has emerged as one of the most popular destinations not just among Indian tourists but also foreign travellers. Earlier this year, New York Times named Tamil Nadu as one of the 52 destinations to visit in 2016 and we, in this list of 16 unexplored destinations that should visit in 2016 also named more than a handful of places from south India. If neither of this has made you want to visit south India, we hope these 20 breathtaking pictures from the region will. Also Read - BFI Nominates 5 Boxers And three coaches For The National Sports Awards 2020

And so, without any more ado, we present 20 incredible photographs of South India that will blow your mind! Also Read - India-China Ladakh Standoff: 'Situation Stable And Controllable, All Channels Open For Talks,' Says Beijing



1. The ruins of Hampi

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2. The beaches of Gokarna

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3. The history of Mysore

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4. The architecture of Hyderabad

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5. The temples of Visakhapatnam

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6. The backwaters of Kerala

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7. The fort of Bekal

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8. These unique fishing nets at Kochi

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9. The candy-striped lighthouse at the end of the beach in Kovalam

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10. The tea estates of Munnar

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11. Thrissur Pooram!!

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12. The beach at Varkala

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13. This landscape of Pondicherry

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14. The quaint colonial architecture of Chennai

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15. The sprawling Chidambaram temple in Tamil Nadu

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16. The majestic Meenakshi Temple!

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17. The ghost town of Dhanushkodi

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18. This boulder at Mahabalipuram!

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19. The Shore Temple of Mahabalipuram

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