The Deccan Plateau of the Indian sub continent really has a distinct culture that sets it apart from the rest of the country. South India is comprised of the states of Kerala, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Tamil Nadu where each state has managed to retain its own distinct identity and language. This part of India has enormous beaches, waterfalls, forests, lakes, backwaters, Wild Life Sanctuaries etc. Intricate temple architecture, historical ruins, and spirituality will provide you with a varied and interesting trip. Apart from famous cities the region boasts of some beautiful and wonderful offbeat locations for the inquisitve tourist : the Belum Caves and the gorges of Gandikota in Andhra, The falls at Hogenakkal and the ruins of the lost town of Dhanushkoti in Tamil Nadu, the lovely coastal towns and Backwaters in Kerala, and the hill stations in Karnataka make for a relaxing holiday. Hampi, Badami and Madurai and Rameshwaram take you on the mythological trail replete with period architecture.