1. Kavaledurga Fort, Karnataka Nestled amidst a dense forest, the Kavaledurga Fort situated near Thirthahalli in the Shivamogga district of Karnataka is a blend of history and beauty. It sits at a height of 1,541 metres and is built using granite blocks.

2. Kudakkallu Parambu, Kerala Located in the small village of Chermanangad in Thrissur, Kudakkallu Parambu is a prehistoric megalith burial place. It has 69 megalithic monuments and is currently part of the Archeological Survey of India’s list of centrally-protected structures and monuments.

3. Arikamedu, Puducherry One of the oldest archaeological sites in South India, Arikamedu was once a thriving port town but now remains in ruins barring a few brick walls. It also has the remnants of the French Jesuit Mission House, which was built in the 18th century.

4. Bidar Fort, Karnataka Another archaeological gem located in Karnataka, Bidar Fort is believed to have been built around the 14th century by Ahmad Shah Wali Bahman of the Bahmanid Dynasty. It has a quadrangular layout and is considered a fine specimen of Persian architecture.

5. Nagunur Fort, Telangana Situated in the Karimnagar district of Telangana, Naganur Fort stands tall as a testimony to the powerful Kakatiya Dynasty. The fort has several temples such as the Vaishnava, Shiva, Main Trikuta, and the Ramalingala Gudi.

6. Edakkal Caves, Kerala Located in the Wayanad district of Kerala, the Edakkal Caves are considered one of the earliest human settlements ever discovered. The cave structure has several pictorial drawings and engravings that hint at ancient human settlements in the region.

7. Medak Fort, Telangana Nestled atop a hill, the Medak Fort is believed to have been built in the 12th century by Maharaja Pratap Rudra to protect the city from invaders. To reach the top of the fort, one has to climb a stretch of more than 500 steps from the ground.

8. Keezhadi, Tamil Nadu Located in the Sivaganga district of Tamil Nadu, Keezhadi is a Sangam-age settlement excavated by the Archaeological Survey of India. The excavation has led to the discovery of various structures and thousands of artefacts like terracotta structures, pots, bowls etc.

9. Tharangambadi Fort, Tamil Nadu Also known as the Danish Fort, the iconic fort was built by Ove Gjedde in Danish architecture and style in 1620. The Danes sold the land, including the fort, to the British East India Company after 220 years of rule in 1845.

10. Temples of Halebeedu, Karnataka Formerly known as Dwarasamudra, Halebeedu is known for temples and sculptures designed in the Hoysala style of architecture. Built using soapstone, there are exquisite sculptures and paintings inside the temple.