Aerial Tour of Kerala
The Indian state of Kerala is situated on the western half of the southern tip of India, on the Malabar Coast. Due to its role in the spice trade, this area of India was one of the first to have extensive contact with the outside world, first via Africa and the Middle East and later via the European colonial powers. In this video, contributor Ashframes used his DJI Mavic Pro drone to create an aerial tour of this tropical paradise on the Indian Ocean, which is regularly inundated with monsoon rains.
Jog Falls: India's Great Waterfall
Behold this drone video of one of the world's most famous waterfalls, courtesy of contributor Anudeephegde18. Jog Falls is in the Karnataka state of India, in the southwestern part of the country. Also called Gerosoppa Falls, during certains types of the year it becomes a plunge-type waterfall, in which the water loses contact with the surface and simply "plunges" below. With a total height of 250 meters (829 feet), it's one of the country's top tourist destinations.
Karnataka: Ballarayana Durga
Ballarayana Durga is located in Karntaka, a state in southwest India with coastlines along the Arabian Sea. Situated in the state's Chikmagalur district, the hiking trail is known for its spectacular views of the surrounding jungle and magnificent towering rock formations. The area is part of the Western Ghats, a mountain range which runs parallel to the coast. Contributor pushpaka vimana created an dronie which will give you a bird's eye view of this spectacular wilderness area.
India's "Other" Mountains: Western Ghats
Check out this stunning drone video of India's Western Ghats Mountains, compliments of contributor Rahul Vellithodi. This chain runs roughly parallel to India's southwestern coastline, from Gujarat to Kerala in the south. With their highest peaks at about 2.7k meters (around 8.7k ft.), they are only about a third as tall as the Himalaya's. What they lack in height though they make up for in biodiversity; these mountains are home to thousands of plant and animal species that aren't found anywhere else in the world.
Pondicherry: India's Southeastern Coast
Contributor and drone pilot abilashc created this beautiful aerial video of Pondicherry, a mid-sized city on India's southeastern coast. It's part of a union territory (provinces which, unlikes Indian states, are ruled by the central government) of the same name, which lies to the north of the state of Tamil Nadu and south of Andhra Pradesh. Sometimes referred to as Pondy, it's known in part for its beautiful coastline on the Bay of Bengal and is a popular beach destination in southern India.
Hyderabad and Surroundings
Contributor Vishweshwar created this outstanding drone reel which features amazing footage from southern India. Most of the footage was shot around the city of Hyderabad in the interior of the state of Telangana (recently carved out from Andhra Pradesh). Hyderabad is the second largest city in southern India (after Bangalore) and the fourth largest city in the country. A relatively young city by Indian standards, Hyderabad was founded in the late 16th century by the Qutb Shahi Dynasty.
Hydroengineering in Andhra Pradesh
Contributor srinivas akula created this fascinating drone video of the Dowleswaram Barrage, an irrigation structure on the Godavari River in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. The original structure was built in 1850 and is credited with having prevented instances of drought-induced famine in this area of southeastern India. The structure was completely rebuilt in the early 1970's and is now known as Sir Arthur Cotton Barrage / Godavari Barrage in honor of its original builder.
India's Great Escarpment
In this outstanding drone video by contributor Anudeephegde18, you'll see India's "other mountains" which are nowhere near the famed Himalaya's. This video was shot in the southern part of the country, where a range called the Western Ghats create a magnificent landscape. The mountains form a chain which runs down the length of the country's western coast on the Indian Ocean, nearly to the tip of the country. They are sometimes referred to as the Great Escarpment.
Hampi: UNESCO Site in Karnataka
Check out this beautiful drone video from an important historical site in Southern Indian, compliments of contributor Tapas Ghosh. Hampi is a monument complex in the interior of Karanataka, in the southwestern part of the country. The structures were built by the Vijayanagara Empire, a Hindu kingdom which arose in the 14th century and eventually succumbed to Muslim invasions. At the height of its power, the city was the second largest in the world. It is now a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Guidabande: South India Fortress
Guidabande is a 17th century fortress in southwestern India. It's situated in an inland part of the state of Karanataka, the next-to-southernmost of the states along the country's western (Indian Ocean) coastline. It is a near-copy of another fort called Madhugiri located nearby. The seven-level fort is built on a hilltop with a commanding view of the surrounding countryside. In this video, you'll get a bird's eye view of the mighty fortress, which was built by a local chieftan and which is topped by a temple.
India's Far South in Tamil Nadu
Check out this awesome drone reel from the very southern tip of India. Kanyakumari is the southernmost district of the state of Tamil Nadu, the southernmost Indian state. Surrounded by the sea (the Indian Ocean and the Bay of Bengal) and with the southern end of the Western Ghats lying just inland, it's one of the most scenic spots in southern India. It's also one of the wealthiest and most developed areas of Tamil Nadu, second only to the district of the provincial capital Chennai.
India's Tiger Rock
Puligundu is a giant rock mountain in the Chittoor district of the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. Known as the Tiger Rock in Colonial times, the massive structure towers over 300 meters (1,000 ft.) above the surrounding plain. With a Hindu temple at its base, it is a major attraction in this area, which lies in the southern part of the state and is due west of Chennai in Tamil Nadu. In this video from Ajayfashionfly, you can check out this amazing rock formation from a bird's eye perspective.
Aerial Tour of Kerala
Top contributor Pritzy created this marvelous mini-tour of Kerala, India's southwesternmost state. Its coastline is called the Malabar Coast and is known in part for its intense rainfall during Monsoon season. With a population of about 35 million as of 2018 and no mega-cities, it's a largely rural state. The long, narrow state is characterized by parallel "strips" of differing landscapes, with the easternmost highlands running up into the Western Ghats Mountains which form its eastern border.
Kerala: Seaside Paradise in Kovalam
Check out this beautiful drone video of Kovalam, a seaside town in the south Indian state of Kerala. It lies on the Malabar Coast (as Kerala's coastline on the Arabian Sea is known), just south of the state capital of Thiruvananthapuram. It's been known as a popular beach destination since the 1920's, although the beach trade is a seasonal business due to the monsoon cycle. It gained some prominence in the 1970's when it became part of the so-called Hippie Trail which led from Europe to Sri Lanka.
Western Ghats in Chikmagalur, Karnataka
Chikmagalur is a district in the mountains of the state of Karnataka in southwestern India. The mountains here are part of the Western Ghats range which runs down the length of India's western coastline. The interior of Karnataka has become something of a magnet for eco-tourism, as the area is home to thousands of rare species of flora and fauna. Located in the south-central part of the state, the area is home to numerous wildlife preserves and parks. This video was filmed with a DJI Spark drone.
Fortress of Mysore
Here's a bird's eye view of one of the most famous forts of southern India, compliments of contributor and drone pilot manofmysore. The Manjarabad Fort was built in the late 18th century for the ruler of Mysore, a kingdom which covered much of South India prior to its absorption in the British Raj. It's a star fort, a configuration which was imported from Europe by its French designers. The fortress sits in the hills of the mountainous Chikmagalur District of the state of Karnataka.
Munnar: The Kashmir of South India
Munnar is a town in the interior of the Southern Indian state of Kerala. It is situated well to the interior of the state in the Idukki district. The area is in the heart of the Western Ghats Mountains, a range which runs more or less parallel to the country's Arabian Sea (Indian Ocean) coastline. Contributor and drone pilot prtzy used a drone to create this beautiful aerial of the area, which is a popular vacation and honeymoon destination and is sometimes called the Kashmir of South India.
Telangana: India's Newest State
Telangana is the newest of the 29 states of India. It was created in 2014 by carving out the northwestern part of Andhra Pradesh, one of the main states of Southern India. The new landlocked state is situated in south-central India. It's largest city and capital is Hyderabad, one of the 5-6 largest cities in the country depending on method of enumeration. In this video, you'll get an aerial mini-tour of Telangana, compliments of contributor and drone pilot Vishweshwar.