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People and Culture

The lifestyle of a society is reflected in its culture, and vice versa. Similarly, the rich culture of Southern India portrays the colourful life of its people. The beauty and prosperity of South India and its culture can be observed in its festivals, relishing cuisines, architectural marvels, and beautiful beaches. Comprising of the states of Kerala, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Tamil Nadu, each state has its own vibrant culture with its unique rituals and beliefs.

TRADITION FOOD AND CULTURE
The people of South India are rooted with their traditions and culture; be it the various classical dance forms, way of dressing, or art and craft. South Indian culture is enriched with various festivals; Pongal, Onam, Dance and Music festival, Hampi festival and Fire Walk festival are a few festivals celebrated with zest and enthusiasm by the people.
The traditional costume of South Indian women is a Saree and for the men its white coloured Pancha or a Lungi.
The staple food of South India comprises of rice, fish, coconut, Idli, Dosa, Sambhar, Uttapam and curries with lots of spice. The Deccan is the largest producer of Spices in India.

The Deccan region of India is also home to exquisite Silk and Cotton clothing. The Silk Sarees of Kerala, the Pochampally Pattu Sarees of Telangana, are a testimony to the royal beauty and majestic culture of South India. In fact, Kanchipuram’s Silk Saree; also known as Kanjeevaram Saree is South India’s counter on the Banarasi Silk Sarees. You may also be interested in knowing that the Southern India is also home to a variety of Classical Dance forms. . Kathakali, Oppana, Kerala Natanam, Theyyam, Koodiyattam, Mohiniyattam, Bharatnatyam and Kuchipudi, are some of the dance forms of South India that are not just popular in India, but all over the world. The classical music of South India is called the Carnatic. The music will give you an insight to the essence of India, and will cleanse your soul leaving you with a relaxing mind.

LANGUAGES
The population of South India is approximately 233 million and the main languages spoken here are Tamil, Telugu, Kannad and Malayalam. The dominant language apart from the regional dialect here is English. South India holds the honour of highest literacy rate in India; Kerala being on top of the list having literacy rate of 91 %. The dominant religion in Southern India is Hinduism, but Buddhism, Jainism, Christianity and Islam are also followed by the people.

HERITAGE
Another distinct feature that sets the Southern region apart from the rest of the country is the number of heritage the region abodes. Tourists from all over India as well as from around the world come here to explore the beauty of these temples. In fact, 9 out of 32 UNESCO World Heritage sites in India are in South India. The region is also home to some of the wealthiest temples in the world. Some of the well known temples of South India are Kapileshwar temple, Brihadeshwara temple, Meenakshi temple, Navagraha temple, Krishna temple and Jain temple. The intricate sculptures and inscriptions in South Indian temples mirror the royal tradition and culture of the region.

South India has a plethora of magnificence to offer. But the most amazing part is how each of the Southern states is unique in itself, and yet holds an essence that binds the regions together as South India.



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