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South India and Kerala / written and researched by John Noble, Abigail Blasi, Paul Harding, Trent Holden, Isabella Noble, Iain Stewart.

Contributor(s): Noble, John, 1951 October 11- [author.] | Blasi, Abigail [author.] | Harding, Paul, 1967- [author.] | Holden, Trent [author.] | Noble, Isabella [author.] | Stewart, Iain [author.].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookSeries: Lonely Planet guidebooks: Publisher: Footscray, Victoria : Lonely Planet Publications Pty Ltd., 2015Publisher: ©2015Edition: 8th edition.Description: 542 pages : colour illustrations, maps ; 20 cm.Content type: text | still image | cartographic image Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9781743216774 : PAP; 1743216777 : PAP.Other title: Lonely Planet South India and Kerala.Subject(s): India, South -- Guidebooks | Kerala (India) -- GuidebooksGenre/Form: Guidebooks.DDC classification: 915.4 Summary: South India's long coastline frames fertile plains and curvaceous hills: thick coconut groves, luminescent rice paddies, fragrant spice gardens and picturesque tea plantations all kept glisteningly green by the double-barreled monsoon. Sarina Singh, Lonely Planet Writer "Getting you to the heart of a place"Amazing experiences Inspirational images, 3D illustrations, city walks and the best of local knowledge.
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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:

#1 best-selling guide to South India*

Lonely Planet South India & Kerala is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Admire the regal Mysore Palace, relax on a palm-fringed beach, or cruise through tropical Kerala; all with your trusted travel companion. Get to the heart of South India and begin your journey now!

Inside Lonely Planet South India & Kerala Travel Guide:

Colour maps and images throughout Highlights and itineraries help you tailor your trip to your personal needs and interests Insider tips to save time and money and get around like a local, avoiding crowds and trouble spots Essential info at your fingertips - hours of operation, phone numbers, websites, transit tips, prices Honest reviews for all budgets - eating, sleeping, sight-seeing, going out, shopping, hidden gems that most guidebooks miss Cultural insights give you a richer, more rewarding travel experience - including history, art, architecture, politics, landscapes, wildlife, cuisine, customs, volunteering, yoga, Hinduism and bazaar-shopping. Over 82 maps Covers Kerala's backwaters, Goa's beaches, Chennai's urban villages, Bengaluru's sophisticated city life, Ellora and Ajanta's Buddhist caves, Puducherry's French-colonial streets, Mysore's sandalwood markets, and more

The Perfect Choice: Lonely Planet South India & Kerala , our most comprehensive guide to South India , , is perfect for both exploring top sights and taking roads less travelled.

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Authors: Written and researched by Lonely Planet.

About Lonely Planet: Since 1973, Lonely Planet has become the world's leading travel media company with guidebooks to every destination, an award-winning website, mobile and digital travel products, and a dedicated traveller community. Lonely Planet covers must-see spots but also enables curious travellers to get off beaten paths to understand more of the culture of the places in which they find themselves.

*Best-selling guide to South India. Source: Nielsen BookScan. Australia, UK and USA, December 2013 to November 2014

Includes index.

South India's long coastline frames fertile plains and curvaceous hills: thick coconut groves, luminescent rice paddies, fragrant spice gardens and picturesque tea plantations all kept glisteningly green by the double-barreled monsoon. Sarina Singh, Lonely Planet Writer "Getting you to the heart of a place"Amazing experiences Inspirational images, 3D illustrations, city walks and the best of local knowledge.

Table of contents provided by Syndetics

  • Plan On The Road
  • Welcome to South India & Kerala (p. 4)
  • South India & Kerala Map (p. 6)
  • Top 12 (p. 8)
  • Need to Know (p. 14)
  • If You Like... (p. 16)
  • Month By Month (p. 19)
  • Itineraries (p. 23)
  • Booking Trains (p. 26)
  • Yoga, Spas & Spiritual Pursuits (p. 28)
  • Volunteering (p. 32)
  • Travel with Children (p. 35)
  • Regions at a Glance (p. 38)
  • On The Road
  • Mumbai (Bombay) (p. 42)
  • Maharashtra (p. 82)
  • Northern Maharashtra (p. 84)
  • Nasik (p. 84)
  • Aurangabad (p. 88)
  • Ellora (p. 93)
  • Ajanta (p. 96)
  • Jalgaon (p. 99)
  • Nagpur (p. 99)
  • Southern Maharashtra (p. 102)
  • Konkan Coast (p. 102)
  • Matheran (p. 106)
  • Karla & Bhaja Caves (p. 108)
  • Pune (p. 109)
  • Goa (p. 118)
  • Central Goa (p. 122)
  • Panaji (Panjim) (p. 122)
  • Old Goa (p. 129)
  • Ponda & Around (p. 130)
  • North Goa (p. 131)
  • Mapusa (p. 131)
  • Candolim, Sinquerim & Fort Aguada (p. 133)
  • Calangute & Baga (p. 135)
  • Anjuna (p. 139)
  • Vagator & Chapora (p. 143)
  • Morjim & Aswem (p. 146)
  • Mandrem (p. 147)
  • Arambol (Harmal) (p. 148)
  • South Goa (p. 149)
  • Margao (Madgaon) (p. 149)
  • Chandor (p. 153)
  • Colva & Benaulim (p. 153)
  • Benaulim to Agonda (p. 156)
  • Agonda (p. 156)
  • Palolem & Around (p. 157)
  • Karnataka & Bengaluru (p. 170)
  • Southern Karnataka (p. 172)
  • Bengaluru (Bangalore) (p. 172)
  • Mysuru (Mysore) (p. 186)
  • Bandipur National Park (p. 197)
  • Nagarhole National Park & Around (p. 199)
  • Kodagu (Coorg) Region (p. 199)
  • Belur & Halebid (p. 203)
  • Sravanabelagola (p. 204)
  • Karnataka Coast (p. 204)
  • Mangaluru (Mangalore)p204
  • Dharmasthala (p. 207)
  • Udupi (Udipi) (p. 207)
  • Malpe (p. 208)
  • Jog Falls (p. 208)
  • Gokarna (p. 208)
  • Central Karnataka (p. 212)
  • Hampi (p. 212)
  • Hospet (Hosapete) (p. 219)
  • Hubli (Hubballi) (p. 220)
  • Northern Karnataka (p. 220)
  • Badami (p. 220)
  • Bijapur (Vijapura) (p. 222)
  • Bidar (p. 225)
  • Telangana & Andhra Pradesh (p. 226)
  • Hyderabad (p. 228)
  • Telangana (p. 244)
  • Bhongir (p. 244)
  • Warangal (p. 244)
  • Palampet (p. 245)
  • Andhra Pradesh (p. 245)
  • Vijayawada (p. 245)
  • Nagarjunakonda (p. 247)
  • Visakhapatnam (p. 248)
  • Tirumala & Tirupati (p. 252)
  • Around Tirumala & Tirupati (p. 253)
  • Kerala (p. 262)
  • Southern Kerala (p. 264)
  • Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) (p. 264)
  • Kovalam (p. 270)
  • Varkala (p. 274)
  • Kollam (Quilon) (p. 279)
  • Alappuzha (Alleppey) (p. 282)
  • Kottayam (p. 287)
  • The Western Ghats (p. 290)
  • Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary (p. 290)
  • Munnar (p. 294)
  • Central Kerala (p. 298)
  • Kochi (Cochin) (p. 298)
  • Thrissur (Trichur) (p. 313)
  • Northern Kerala (p. 315)
  • Kozhikode (Calicut) (p. 315)
  • Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary (p. 317)
  • Lakshadweep (p. 323)
  • Tamil Nadu & Chennai (p. 324)
  • Chennai (Madras) (p. 327)
  • Northern Tamil Nadu (p. 346)
  • Mamallapuram (Mahabalipuram) (p. 346)
  • Kanchipuram (p. 352)
  • Vellore (p. 354)
  • Tiruvannamalai (p. 356)
  • Puducherry (Pondicherry) (p. 358)
  • Central Tamil Nadu (p. 367)
  • Kumbakonam (p. 368)
  • Thanjavur (Tanjore) (p. 371)
  • Trichy (Tiruchirappalli) (p. 374)
  • Southern Tamil Nadu (p. 378)
  • Chettinadu (p. 378)
  • Madurai (p. 380)
  • Kanyakumari (Cape Comorin) (p. 387)
  • The Western Ghats (p. 390)
  • Kodaikanal (Kodai) (p. 390)
  • Coimbatore (p. 395)
  • Ooty (Udhagamandalam) (p. 400)
  • Mudumalai Tiger Reserve (p. 406)
  • Andaman Islands (p. 408)
  • Port Blair (p. 412)
  • Havelock Island (p. 417)
  • Neil Island (p. 420)
  • Middle & North Andaman (p. 422)
  • Little Andaman (p. 425)
  • Understand
  • South India & Kerala Today (p. 428)
  • History (p. 431)
  • The Way of Life (p. 446)
  • Spiritual India (p. 452)
  • Delicious India (p. 459)
  • The Great Indian Bazaar (p. 469)
  • The Arts (p. 476)
  • Architectural Splendour (p. 480)
  • Wildlife & Landscape (p. 483)
  • Survival Guide
  • Scams (p. 490)
  • Women & Solo Travellers (p. 492)
  • Directory A-Z (p. 494)
  • Transport (p. 507)
  • Health (p. 516)
  • Language (p. 522)
  • Index (p. 534)
  • Map Legend (p. 542)