Travelling solo in India can be a little daunting for the country holds not-so-good reputation when it comes to travelling alone, especially for females. However, it is one of the most beautiful places that top every backpacker’s travel list. There are many popular destinations all around India that are best for solo female travel and South India is just one of them.
If you are travelling for the first time to India, here’s a guided list of the places to travel alone in South India. In Southern part of the country, you won’t have much communication issues as large parts of the population of the Southern states speak good English.
Let’s get started with the exciting solo female travel destinations in South India one should visit.
Gokarna is a mini Goa in South as per many of the solo travelers visiting India, but trust me; it’s a lot more when you dig deeper. It’s less crowded, smaller and cleaner as compare to the land of beaches in Maharashtra. You will love the arrays of beaches in Gokarna and the most favorites include Om and Half Moon beaches for the safe and peaceful environment by the shores. The locals of the area are warm and friendly giving you a sense of safety even when between strangers.
If you are a bit insecure of staying at hotels or guest houses by the beach, better book a room in the popular hostel chain Zostel in Gokarna which also provides female-only dorms.
If you are fed up of Delhi or Mumbai, or it’s just your safety concern that refrains from visiting the dynamic Indian cities, Mysore is one of the best places to visit in South India. It is a city where one experiences less traffic, more cleanliness and most of all complete security for female solo travelers. When in Mysore, you can do a lot of fun and exciting activities as a tourist. Hire a guide while hiking up to the Chamundi Hills. The guide will tell you the epic stories related to the place. Do not miss the marvelous Mysore Palace. If you do not get economy tickets, book cheap business class flights to Bengaluru and drive to Mysore for a pleasant experience.
Go on a shopping spree in the city best known for the local silk ad inlay artisans. As an icing on the cake, enjoy the delicious South Indian food in a traditional style (served on banana leaf) at Anima Madhva Bhavan. The most special thing about Mysore is backpackers can be off for day-trips and explore some beautiful scenic places in the state of Karnataka.
Kochi is one of the safest solo travel destinations for females in India. The city is bagged up with exciting stories of its origins and history that relates to the cultural heritage of the Chinese, Arab, British, Portuguese, Dutch, Jewish and Indian cultures. You won’t find any sence of insecurity or danger while exploring the splendid fort Kochi alluring its amazing street art, peaceful shops, old churches and much more. Thinking of a last moment plan? No worries, book cheap last minute flights right away.
For the foodie in you, there are various restaurants and cafes serving delicious food and beverages. When there’s scrumptious food, who needs company!
Mahabalipuram, Tamil Nadu
Mahabalipuram is referred to as a sleepy seaside town of India for its spectacular natural beauty and serene atmosphere which turns out to be amazing for solo female travelers. The town is declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO for the beautiful stone carvings. There are some other special attractions you must visit like Krishna’s Butterball, The Shore Temple and more.
You can get a direct bus from Chennai to Mahabalipuram. It will take around 4 hours by the time you get to see the beautiful town. You can board a bus from Tiruvanmiyur or Koyembedu or simply hop on a bus reading ECR. So book your cheap flights to Chennai and get started with your journey to Mahabalipuram
Hampi is amongst the favorite solo travel destinations discovered by the backpackers visiting South India. No matter if History was your most loved subject back in school, but the ruins of Hampi will leave you awestruck and make you ponder over the beautiful setting of the now staggering old complexes. You can get a direct train or bus from Bengaluru to Hampi, an overnight journey. Explore the cultural heritage, the temples and converse with the locals to listen some amazing stories.
If you want to explore India alone, better start from the South. These solo female travel destinations in South India deserve to find a place in your bucket list.