Admire the Beauty

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India is famous for its breathtaking locations and exploring the country can bring you some great experience and memories. While each region of India has its own distinct charm, there is nothing to match the geography and historical and cultural wonders of south India. Small wonder then, that Bollywood stars consider the region as their favourite holiday destination. Here are some talking about their chosen vacation spots…

I am quite fond of Chennai.

I’ve been coming to Chennai for years and have always appreciated the discipline and the organised way in which the film industry functions. Creatively and technically, the industry is brilliant. We have also had healthy exchange between the industries. We remake films, and there’s a great coming together of artists from all the industries. I’ve worked with many great directors and artists and technicians. It is wonderful to celebrate cinema on such a scale. All the artists from other states and languages have been invited and have been given great respect. I have been telling all my friends here for the past 40 years to put me in a small passing shot in the background. I wish I’d done something here. And the soft as cloud idlis in the canteens! Wow! Sometimes I skip meals in the hotels if I am visiting my friend Rajinikanth to have a few of those in his house.

Amitabh Bachchan | Actor

I love Bengaluru.

Many may not know, but I am part South Indian. My mother was a Hyderabadi. My grandfather was working at Mangalore Port as the Karnataka State Chief Engineer, who was the first Oxford-educated engineer. I was born and brought up in Mangalore till the age of five. I would be conversing in Kannada with the household staff. Mum also taught me some Telugu – and she would reward me with these amazing Hyderabadi dishes when I picked up a phrase or something. Even now, I can make sense of a conversation, but cannot speak it anymore. Anybody who is fond of food must do a food trail in Hyderabad. I also love Bengaluru – people here are very open and friendly. Bengaluru is the perfect confluence of history and heritage with modernisation.

Shah Rukh Khan | Actor

I love visiting the forest around Athirappilly Falls in Kerala.

One place I surely recommend people to visit in the South is the entire forest around Athirappilly Falls in Kerala. I had been there once as a kid but the time I actually became aware of the stunning beauty of the place was while shooting for Barso Re song from Guru. In fact, it is not just the falls, but the surrounding forests – where Mani Sir (director Mani Rathnam) brought us back to shoot for Raavan. I haven’t ever seen a forest look so beautiful after a fresh spell of rain. The little rivulets and streams that run through it are so crystal clear and pristine. It surely is my idea of the Garden of Eden. You absolutely have to visit this place. And right after monsoon is ideal.

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan | Actress

would strongly recommend Palakkad in Kerala.

It is where I am from and is one of the most under-rated parts of Kerala. It is famous for tea and coffee plantations and has the most amazing weather. The lush valleys are also replete with gorgeous teak plantations. A trip to the orange estates on the Nelliampathi Hills is a must! Palakkad is also a great spot for lovers of history. Tipu’s Fort, Thiruvalathur Temple, Kalpathy Heritage Village are some of my favourite spots here.

Vidya Balan | Actress

I am in love with the Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary.

It is the most peaceful place on earth. Have you experienced the noise of silence? You should – it exists in this jungle. The protected area is home to several endangered and vulnerable species including elephants, tigers, bison and leopards. I was also told that the sanctuary is home to nearly 300 bird species. I have been an audience to this most unusual ‘concert’ where there were at least 11 different species of birds (or so my guide told me) chirping or singing in unison. The Moyar River is an ideal place to spot animals. And the Moyar River Gorge, also called the Moyar Canyon, is a dramatic 20km long gorge that plunges into the gorge below Theppakadu in the roaring Moyar waterfall. The sight is incredible.

I have a soft corner for Hyderabad.

It is where my career started when no one was ready to work with me in Mumbai. Bapu Sir gave me my first break in Vamsa Vriksham. Professionalism and the work culture of South Indian cinema laid my professional foundation. It was then that I landed up in Hyderabad. From here I boarded a train to Rajahmundry to shoot for the film. There is so much we can learn from the film industry here – the punctuality, devotion, small budget yet huge passion and canvas of technicians. It is the USP of the cinema here. I have worked in three south Indian languages – Kannada, Telugu and Malayalam and I also want to work in a Tamil film.

Anil Kapoor | Actor

I am in love with the Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary.

It is the most peaceful place on earth. Have you experienced the noise of silence? You should – it exists in this jungle. The protected area is home to several endangered and vulnerable species including elephants, tigers, bison and leopards. I was also told that the sanctuary is home to nearly 300 bird species. I have been an audience to this most unusual ‘concert’ where there were at least 11 different species of birds (or so my guide told me) chirping or singing in unison. The Moyar River is an ideal place to spot animals. And the Moyar River Gorge, also called the Moyar Canyon, is a dramatic 20km long gorge that plunges into the gorge below Theppakadu in the roaring Moyar waterfall. The sight is incredible.

Ayushmann Khurrana | Actor

 

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