5 Things You Need To Experience In India - Besides The Taj Mahal
When you travel to India for the first time, you are struck with just how diverse the country is from the North to it's South.
Where the Taj Mahal and big bustling cities may stand loud at the forefront, Southern India, nestled in thick greenery and oozing coastal relaxation, is home to some of the most unique bucket list experiences you'll come across anywhere in the world.
Here are just five
1. Cruise the Kerala Backwaters
These traditional houseboats float through a stunning channel surrounded by rainforest. Spot elephants and other local wildlife during the day and sleep under the stars at night.
2. Enjoy arguably the best massage of your life: Ayurveda
Ayurveda combines natural medicine, yoga and massage! With plenty of facilities across the region, you can learn the traditional wellness practice as well as sit back and enjoy the calmness wash over you.
3. Bask in awe of the temple of 1000 colours
The Meenakshi Temple has a similar effect on you as seeing La Sagrada Familia in Barcelona for the first time; your jaw will drop as you look up and take in the immense display of colour and architectural genius.
4. Fuse yourself between French and Indian culture
The French colonoial settlement Pondicherry is a melting pot for the two cultures. Stroll the streets and witness where the two blend together whether it be through food, architecture or local practices.
5. Have your future told by a parrot - yep, seriously
Parrots have been studying astrology since the 1800s in India! Sit and let the beak do the talking as a parrot will literally mic drop some wisdom on you about your future.
To experience all this and more, Contiki have just dropped their new trip to Southern India, Southern Spice. Check it out here.