United Nations Educational,Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) is a special agency of the United Nations (UN). It’s purpose is to contribute to peace and security by promoting international collaboration through education, science, and culture.
This organisation has stated 32 World Heritage Sites in India and out of which 7 of the sites are in South India.
1. CHURCHES AND CONVENTS OF GOA:
Old Goa is approximately 10 km east of the state capital Panjim.
Portugese Capital City long back.
The most significant of these monuments is the Basilica of Bom Jesus, which enshrines the tomb containing the relics of St.Francis Xavier.
2. MONUMENTS AT HAMPI (KARNATAKA):
The Monuments at Hampi portray a old Hampi town, on the banks of the river Tungabadra in Karnataka. Hampi subsumes the ruins of Vijayanagara, which was the former capital of the powerful Vijayanagara Empire. Hampi, as an important Hindu religious centre, has the famous Virupaksha Temple.
3. PATTADAKAL (KARNATAKA):
These are the temples built by the well-praised Chalukya Dynasty.These group of monuments cover up a series of nine Hindu Temples and a Jain Sanctuary in the Northern Karnataka.
4. CHOLA TEMPLES (TAMIL NADU):
Chola dynasty is the pride of the Tamils.They are also the longest ruling dynasties in Southern India.
Cholas are very well known for their arts and crafts
This cultural heritage site includes three great temples of 11th and 12th centuries namely, the Brihadeeswara at Thanjavur, the Brihadeeswara Temple at Gangaikondacholisvaram and the Airavateswara Temple at Darasuram.
5. MONUMENTS AT MAHABALIPURAM (TAMIL NADU):
The Monuments at Mahabalipuram, in Tamil Nadu, were built by the Pallava kings in the 7th and 8th centuries. The town is said to have gained prominence under the rule of Mamalla. These monuments have been carved out of rock along the Coromandel Coast. The temple town has approximately forty monuments, including the largest open-air bas-relief in the world.
6. NILIGIRI MOUNTAIN RAILWAY,OOTY (TAMIL NADU):
These trains still move by traditional steam engines.
On the mountains of Nilgiris;they are blended to perfection bu the Rack-Pinion Engineering technique..on the high terrains and risky mountains;which got them a place in the UNESCO list.!
7. WESTERN GHATS (KARNATAKA,KERALA,TAMIL NADU):
It is one of the eight “hottest hotspots” of biological diversity in the world. It is sometimes called the Great Escarpment of India.
The range runs north to south along the western edge of the Deccan Plateau , and separates the plateau from a narrow coastal plain, called Konkan, along the Arabian Sea.
Brisk and Breathe taking views of nature.