OVERVIEW

The best golf courses in the South are in and around Bengaluru. KGA leads the pack with its condition and layout – it is also very busy due to its city location as is Bangalore Golf Club which is even more central. Further afield on the outskirts, new developments are making Bengaluru a proper golf destination with new golf courses designed by top names already in play.

With the buzz Bengaluru offers, its proximity to destinations such as heritage laden Mysore, the Hampi ruins and coffee county Coorg(some of them with golf courses of their own) it is a great base to do a complete holiday with some exciting golf thrown in.

Hyderabad known for its monuments, bazaars and biryani is another destination to consider for a golf break with 2 high character golf courses – the lush HGA Golf Course bordered by ramparts of a medieval fort and Boulder Hills.

The South offers a lot and more, particularly with sandy beaches, backwaters and Ayurvedic treatments in Kerala, the grandeur of the Mahabalipuram temples near Chennai and the quaintness of a former French colony in Pondicherry, all of which can be combined to make a great holiday.

BEST TIME TO GOLF IN SOUTH INDIA: India’s climate between October to March is unsurpassable with almost no rain, balmy days with low humidity and mild winters, making it one of the best places to travel and golf in during that period. Since India is a vast country, the temperatures do vary for each region based on seasons.

South India is best visited in the winter months when the region is pleasant and dry. Bengaluru & Hyderabad are more pleasant and experience lower temperatures during the winter than other regions in the South.

The summer season usually from April to June can get quite hot through out the country and it is not recommended to visit India at that time. The monsoon starts from June and continues till September. Chennai, however, faces the monsoon during the winter months of December & January.

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THINGS TO DO

The South offers a lot, particularly with sandy beaches, backwaters and Ayurvedic treatments in Kerala, the grandeur of the Mahabalipuram temples near Chennai and the quaintness of a former French colony in Pondicherry, all of which can be combined to make a great holiday. With the buzz  Bengaluru offers, its proximity to destinations such as heritage laden Mysore, the Hampi ruins  and coffee county Coorg (some of them with golf courses of their own) it is a great base to do a complete holiday with some exciting golf thrown in. Hyderabad is known for its monuments, bazaars and biryani.

USEFUL INFO

GETTING THERE: South India has 4 states and the larger cities are Bengaluru, Chennai, Hyderabad & Cochin. All these cities have international airports are well connected to long & short haul destinations.

Travelling within India by Road & Rail: India is a large country and it is not recommended to do very long journeys by road within the country. National highways are generally in good condition. Self-drive is not recommended as the road rules are not necessarily followed and can seem chaotic for foreigners used to more stringent road rules. Chauffeured transfers are recommended.

The railway network is government owned and is a good way to see the country by taking overnight trains. However, train tickets are in high demand and many times if you don’t book way in advance, you will not be able to get a confirmed booking.

CURRENCY: Indian Rupee (INR) | Avg Currency Value: 1 USD = 67 INR (Currency Converter)

VISA: Most nationalities require a visa in advance to enter India. Foreign Nationals coming to India are required to possess a genuine and valid national passport or any other internationally recognized travel document establishing his/her nationality and identity and a bearing photograph of the foreigner. Nepal and Bhutan nationals if entering India by land or air from the Nepal or Bhutan border respectively do not require a passport for entering into India. However, they are required to possess, authorized identity proof. Further, if they are entering India from a place other than their own country then possession of their national passport is a must. Visit

Recently, the Govt of India has introduced Tourist Visa-on-Arrival which will be valid for entry and stay in India within the period of its validity subject to conditions specified. The Immigration officer may grant single entry Tourist Visa-on-Arrival up to 30 days to nationals of Finland, Japan, Luxembourg, New Zealand, Singapore, Cambodia, Vietnam, Philippines, Laos, Myanmar, and Indonesia.The Tourist Visa on arrival with a maximum validity of 30 days with single entry facility will be provided by the Immigration officer at Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Kochi, Trivandrum and Goa Airports and NOT in any other Immigration Check Posts (ICPs).