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The Northern part of India, has numerous tourist destinations like Delhi, Shimla, Agra, Jodhpur, Udaipur, Pushkar, and Uttaranchal. Some of these places boast of architectural marvels, while others are known for their natural beauty. No matter what one seeks, the Northern zone is a treasure trove of varied colors, flavors, adventures, wildlife, archititural and cultures that never fail to fascinate the visitors from all over the world on tours of North India.
   
Green and serene, a paradise, God's own country, an ethereal vision or a poet's inspiration, a treasure of infinite beauty - all is said about Kerala. Lush plantations rise from the sea and sweep the entire state in verdant glory. Splendid festivals with mysterious rituals, full of colour, herds of elephants, leading processions, or in the wild, exotic handicrafts, seafood preparation that makes Kerala one of the most exciting destinations of India. Snake-boat races on the backwaters of Kerala, Elephant March with hundreds of caparisoned elephants lined up, the martial art, Kathakali - the spectacular dance drama; Kerala Houseboats Kettuvallam on back waters and Ayurvedic Herbal Massage and Treatment that makes this part of India a unique destination.
 
The history of the Tamils presents an exciting pageant of a powerful civilization whose origins dates back to ancient times. It is clear that the Tamils, who belong to the Dravidian race, were the first major occupants of the country and settled in the north western part of India long before the coming of the Indo Aryans. Excavations have revealed that the features of the people of the Indus valley Civilization bore a strong resemblance of this race.
 
Extending over 192000 sq. km on the Western half of the Deccan Plateau bounded by Andhra Pradesh in the east, Maharashtra in the north and Tamil Nadu/Kerala on the south; Karnataka emerges through the mists of antiquity. The historian is thrilled by the array of dynasties that marched their armies to battle and ruled over this land. The Chalukyas, Kadambas, Rastrakutas, Hoysalas, Gangas, Vijaynagar Rajas, Hyder Tippu and the Wodeyars have left their king sized footprints on its sand. It is here the skilled artists have treated stone like ivory and executed filigree work of great finesse.
The ancient Hindu city of Goa, was the first territorial possession of the Portuguese in Asia. Goa became the capital of the whole Portuguese empire in the east. Goa was under Portuguese rule for long 450 years. India launched 'Operation Vijay' on December 17, 1961 and Portuguese India was, by constitutional amendment, incorporated into the Indian Union in 1962.
 
Andhra Pradesh (275,00 sq. km) stands on the high Deccan plateau, sloping down to the low-lying coastal region to the east where the mighty Godavari and Krishna rivers meet the Bay of Bengal. Once a major Buddhist centre and part of Ashok's large empire; it was in the hands of Chalukyas from 7th to 10th century and was ruled by Cholas till the 13th century. The seat was annexed by the Muslims and conquered by Vijaynagar rulers. Finally in the 16th century, the Qutab Shahi dynasty was established at Hyderabad. During this period, fortresses of Golconda. Their regime came to an end in 1687 when the kingdom was taken over by a general of the Mughal emperor Aurangzeb. The general's successor, the Nizams of Hyderabad ruled the state thereafter till the Independence.
 
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