all this talk about the south reminded me of my plans to travel around and visit temples and other important places in south india. one of these days...
maybe some of you folks can advise me.
1. karnataka. this is my favorite state in the union, for its diverse tourist attractions: the temples, coorg, the karavalli coastline, the game sanctuaries, etc.
i have been to belur/halebid and i enjoyed the beauty of the temples even though they were desecrated by mohammedans.
i really liked the kollur mookambika temple in the western ghats near mangalore.
i have been to hampi/vijayanagar and i had tears in my eyes about the wanton destruction visited upon what was the largest and richest city in the world.
i have been planning to go to badami/pattadakkal/aihole but i guess the only good time to go is in the winter, is that true? i went to hampi in december and it was still quite hot then. what is a good time to go to that part of karnataka?
one of these days i think i'll drive up the malabar coast to the konkan coast to goa, or maybe take the konkan railroad.
2. tamil nadu. i have been to a number of temples, and my favorite temple of all is chidambaram. liked srirangam and tiruvannamalai and kanchipuram and madurai meenakshi, but chidambaram -- that's special. also liked kodaikanal and auroville. i have enjoyed driving in the southern districtsnear madurai, off the beaten tracks, on the smaller highways.
3. andhra. i have only been to hyderabad and tirupati, but would like to go to the buddhist ruins in amaravati as well as to kalahasti for the (water?) lingam. any other suggestions?