South Indian culture refers to the culture of Tamilnadu, Kerala, Karnataka, Telangana and Andhra Pradesh and also include union territories Lakshadweep and Pondicherry which has a unique culture and tradition. In the southern parts of India they follow many ancient traditions till now, and that shows their uniqueness. South India is rich in natural resources. South India is mostly famous for historic places, food, sculptures, clothing , culture and tradition. There are many historic places in south India , there are quite few famous historic temples are in Tamilnadu and Kerala. In early days people depend upon agriculture so still we can see a lot of farm land in rural areas.
South Indian people are well cultured and spiritual towards their religion. Most of the south Indian people follow Hinduism and Christianity is mostly followed in kerala and we can also see a larger Muslim community in south India. Every religion has its own unique rituals and traditions. They celebrate many traditional festivals like Pongal, Onam and many more. Mostly they celebrate the beauty of their homeland. During those festival days people makes their traditional food and get dressed in a traditional way. The traditional wear for women is saree and for men it is dhoti. Still we can see people following this traditional wearing in some rural parts of south India.
Every state in south India have a own traditional dishes, among which Tamilnadu is famous for Idli, Dosa, Pongal, Sambar. Kerala is famous for Appam, Puttu ,Upamav and Erissery. Bisibele bath, Raggi mudda, Masala Dosa and Udipi are some of the well known dishes in Karnataka. Telangana is known for Hyderabad biryani and Akura pappu, Pulasa Pulusu and Gonguro mutton are famous in Andhra Pradesh.
Rice is the main food in south India and coconut plays a vital role in all the south Indian dishes, without coconut there is no dishes in south India. People in south India follow a traditional way of eating and serving the food. While having their food, south Indian people used to sit in a floor and food will be served in greenish banana leave with variety of dishes. Now it is very rare to see this tradition but still if there is any festival or marriage function this banana leave will take place.
South Indian languages consist of five Dravidian languages such as Tamil, Malayalam, Kannada, Telugu and Tulu, but Tulu is very rarely spoken language among south Indian people. Among these languages, Tamil which is the oldest language is the root for all the Dravidian languages. These Dravidian languages cannot be easily connected to any other languages.
Traditional dances of South India: Koodiyattam, Bharatanatyam, Oyilattam, Karakattam, Kuchipudi, Kathakali, Thirayattam, Theyyam, Bhuta Kola, Ottamthullal, Oppana, Kerala Natanam, Mohiniaattam and Yakshagana. All these dances are traditionally regional and they include music in their language. Carnatic music is famous in south India , and musical instruments like mridangam, gottuvadyam,veena, and jalatarangam are famous in the south India.