8 Winter Holiday Destinations in South India You Must Not Miss

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Winter Season is at the doorstep and it’s the time for family vacations and adventurous holidays with friends as the festival season is about to take the exit route. India, in winters, turns phenomenal with the snow-capped mountains in the North, the lush green hills and cool breezes flowing in the South. Let’s talk about how nature unfolds itself in South India during winter season. Well, to say the least and talk straight – It is MAGICAL. Planning a holiday in South India during winters is the wisest decision a traveler could ever take. If you are one wise traveler planning to take a trip to Southern India, we would like to share our best picks of winter holiday destinations in South India. Stay Glued to know all.

Pondicherry

Pondicherry is one of the most favorite places of backpackers and that’s for a reason. The former French colony in the city still attracts travelers for its breathtaking landscapes, laid back environment and vibrant culture. You can explore the area strolling down the lanes or go on a lazy walk at Promenade Beach or simply ride on a bicycle to have an exciting round of the former French colony. What’s special in winters? The weather is awesome and spending a winter evening by the beach is the best thing to experience.

Coorg

Coorg is one of the best places in South India you must visit this winter season. Your vacation to the Siouthern land of India will remain incomplete without spending a night atop hills in the chilling weather at the hill station. It is called “Scotland of India” for its fantastic chilly and drizzling weather, especially in the month of December. The adorable hill station is abundant with waterfalls, tea and coffee plantations and mountains. Take a stroll around the lush green mountains and enjoy a relaxing holiday midst nature. A hot cup of coffee in the lush green landscapes around with cool breeze makes it a perfect getaway in the South.

Thekkady

Kerala, the country of Gods, looks stunning during winters and Thekkady is one of those several spellbinding places in the state. Located at a distance of 145 kilometers from Cochin International Airport, Thekkady is best known for the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary, Periyar Lake and the misty weather during winters, this place is sure to give you a spectacular view of the picturesque landscapes. It’s just the initial winter months, if not economy you can still book business class flights to have an unforgettable winter vacation.

Chennai

Chennai celebrates the annual Chennai Music Festival in December. We don’t think you need to hear more to book your tickets to the city! Not at least, if your heart beats for music. Get embraced by six weeks of Hindustani vocal and instrumental music, Carnatic music and rhythmic classical dance in the Chennai Music Festival. It is not just music that drives travelers from around the world but many other tourist attractions in the city. The cooler temperature makes it a pleasant time to visit the second longest beach in the world, Marina Beach, seek blessings at the Kapeleshwar Temple and explore the Government Museum of Chennai.  Book your last minute flights to Chennai as soon as possible and leave for a perfect winter holiday.

Araku Valley

Replete with serenity and lush greenery, Araku Valley is one of the unexplored hill stations in South India that you need to explore. If you are someone seeking a temporary separation from the chaotic city life, going on a holiday to Araku is the best choice. Nestled at a height of 1300 meters above sea level, it offers some majestic views of nature to the tourists from across the world. Along with its vast coffee plantations, there are magnificent waterfalls such as Duduma Falls, Tadimada Falls, Araku Falls and Katiki Falls. It will be a vacation of your lifetime this winter.

Rushikonda Beach

Also famous as “Jewel of the East Coast”, the Rushikonda Beach is the next popular beach destinations in India as it invites tourists from all around the world to experience the virgin Greenland and pristine waters. Book your tickets to Vishakhapatnam this winter and enjoy the beach holiday that you always wished for. Moreover, it could be an ideal winter holiday destination for you if you are into adventurous water sports like Jet Skiing, motor boating, surfing and many others.

Mahabalipuram

One of the places to visit in December in India includes Mahabalipuram – the serene beaches, fascinating fishing villages and famous temples in the pleasant weather says it all about the place. The coastal town looks picturesque in winters and is ideal for beach strolls sunbathing. For all the beach lovers out there, Mahabalipuram is your paradise. Visit the Pancha Rathas, Sea Shore Temple, Descent of the Ganges, Arjuna’s Penance, India Seashell Museum, Krishna’s Butter Ball and Varaha Cave Temple when in Mahabalipuram.

Murudeshwar

Popular because of the huge idol of Shiva, Murudeshwar is the gateway of Netrani Islands in Karnataka. Settled between the giant Western Ghats spanning on one side and the blue waters of Arabian Sea on the other, Murudeshwar is one of the best Southern tourist destinations you must not forgetting adding up to your list. Take a walk on the Murudeshwar Beach, relish the enthralling scuba diving in the Netrani Islands and enjoy snorkeling to get your adrenaline rushing. Some other major tourist attractions in Murudeshwar include Mirjan Fort, Aspara Konda Falls, Murudeshwar Temple, Bhatkal and Kodachadri.

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