The Rough Guide to India is, of necessity, one of the more comprehensive books in the series, covering areas from Goa and Karnataka to Andhra Pradesh and the Andaman Islands. The Rough Guide series, of course, promises to broaden your horizons -- and that is precisely what it does. With this guide (exhaustively and authoritatively compiled by David Abram, Nick Edwards and Mike Ford) the traveller can explore every corner of South India utilising the clearest maps of any available guide. Photography has always been a key element of the Rough Guides series (more so than any of its rivals), and that is particularly the case here -- the images selected here are not numerous, but intelligently chosen (although some may regret the small size -- necessary, no doubt, because of the extent of text).
Despite its uncertain borders, few will argue that South India, the tapering tropical region of the peninsular, offers a marked contrast to the landlocked north. In the pages of this book, you will be taken to the sultry humidity of Chennai, the Coconut Grove of the South and the luminescent rice paddies. Everything that the traveller might possibly need is here (from topography to cuisine), couched in prose that is far more elegant than you will find in any rival guide. --Barry Forshaw