Amazing South

South India is a region consisting of the southern part of India, which encompasses the Indian states of Andhra PradeshKarnatakaKeralaTamil Nadu, and Telangana, as well as the union territories of Lakshadweep and Puducherry, comprising 19.31% of India's area (635,780 km2 or 245,480 sq mi) and 20% of India's population. Covering the southern part of the peninsular Deccan Plateau, South India is bounded by the Bay of Bengal in the east, the Arabian Sea in the west and the Indian Ocean in the south. The geography of the region is diverse with two mountain ranges – the Western and Eastern Ghats – bordering the plateau heartland. The GodavariKrishnaKaveriTungabhadraPeriyar RiverBharathappuzha River, and Vaigai rivers are important non-perennial sources of water.

The majority of the people in South India speak at least one of the four major Dravidian languagesTeluguTamilKannada, and Malayalam. Some states and union territories also recognize a minority language: such as Urdu in Telangana,[2] and French in Puducherry. Tulu is the next most spoken Dravidian language. Tulu speakers are mostly concentrated in Dakshina Kannada (48%) and in some parts of Udupi District (31%) of Karnataka, along with a portion of the Kasaragod District of Kerala. Besides these languages, English is used by both the central and state governments for official communications and is used on all public signboards.

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