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Difference Between North and South India

North vs South India

India is a vast country, and the most populous democracy in the world. The country can be divided into five regions ‘“ Northern, Southern, Eastern, Western and Central. India is a multilingual, multi-ethnic and pluralistic society, where one can come across a big difference between each region.

Vijayalaya Choleswaram, Pudukkottai, Tamil Nadu. South India Built c. 850 C.E.

Here, let us discuss some of the differences between North and South India. Both the regions have geographical, cultural, racial and political differences.

North India lies in the Indo-Gangetic plain. Towards the North is the Himalayas, which separates the country from Central Asia. The Vindhya ranges separates the North from the South. South India is situated in the Peninsular Deccan Plateau. This region has the Arabian Sea in the west, Bay of Bengal in the east and Indian Ocean in the south.

When talking about the racial differences, the North Indians are termed as Aryans, and the South Indians as Dravidians. In physique as well, there are many differences between the people of the South and North. The North Indians are taller, and more strongly built than the South Indians. The South Indians are a bit darker than the North Indians.

A big difference can be seen in their dressing styles. Salwar Kamiz is the widely used dress by North Indian women. On the other hand, women in the South wear saris. While men in the North wear Salwar, the men in South prefer dhotis.

Another difference that can be seen between North and South India is their food. When compared to the North Indian food, the South Indian food is spicier. The South Indians use more tamarind and coconut when compared to North Indians. The North Indians use more milk products when compared to the people of South India.

Ancient shiva's temple, located at himachal pradesh, North India

When talking about the culture, there is vast difference between North and South India. One can come across differences in their music (Northern Hindustani and Southern Carnatic), dance forms and folks.

A guide to South India

A guide to North India

Dosa - A typical South indian Breakfast

Summary:

1. North India lies in the Indo-Gangetic plain. South India is situated in the Peninsular Deccan Plateau.

2. North Indians are termed as Aryans, and the South Indians as Dravidians.

3. The North Indians are taller, and more strongly built than the South Indians. The South Indians are a bit darker than the North Indians.

4. When compared to the North Indian food, the South Indian food is spicier.

5. The South Indians use more tamarind and coconut when compared to North Indians.

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  1. Sorry to interupt!After reading all the comments above,i’m really dissappointed by the attitudes you guys adhere.You guys compare your own kind in means of regions.Being a foreigner I finally understood the main reason a country plunging into a deep ravine of poverty in wealth and attitude.Allow me to just clarify one truth.Pls don’t judge an indian by adding “north,south,etc”infront.Judge urself as an indian regardless of language,region,caste,religion.Thank you!

    • There is unity in diversity. It is mostly to do with the culture. India is very diverse in the geography that the practices are completely different from the immediate next region. So, the diversity is a national treasure, but, you are right, when it comes to representing the world, there would be no difference.

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