December is here and if you are probably confused or wondering where to head to? Let me pick one and make it simple, why don’t you try South India? Maybe you have been to the northern states of India, however I would recommend you steer yourself to the South this time. The southern part of India offers a different experience compared to its Northern counterpart. The people, the food, history, the Western Ghats, South India seems to be in a league of its own. Make a visit to South India this December and experience India from a different kaleidoscope, from a different angle you have never tried.
Let me pick you 5 top destinations in South India to enjoy your Indian holiday this December-
Kerala, the God’s own country is a nature’s delight for the travellers around the world. If you are not a first timer to Kerala, you might have probably been to Munnar Hills, the Periyar National Park or the Alleppey backwaters. However more than half of the travel community miss the serene yet mighty hills of Wayanad. With thick jungle, roaring waterfalls, sky- high mountains, ancient caves and pleasant climate, Wayanad promises to entertain its visitors and offer a wonderful time for a vacation to cherish your lifetime.
The historical ruins of Hampi is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This ancient kingdom of the Vijayanagar is an architectural delight. Though in ruins at present, it still holds the charm of the once richest city in the world. Located on the banks of the Tunghabhadra River, it offers some pleasing vistas of the landscape. The ancient temples at Hampi always amaze its spectators with its intricate rock carvings and architecture. The Hampi Bazaar, the majestic Virupaksha Temple and the Vithala Temple are the sights not to be missed.
Do you love spending time at a beach? Wish to take a sunbath? Love parasailing over the sea? Are you in love with sea food? Well! You have got a flight to catch to Pondicherry then. This French capital of India has got in its lot, everything for seaside fans. Stroll through the Promenade Beach, enjoy a soothing body massage, practice meditation at Auroville and get wet indulging yourselves in adventure water sports like parasailing, jetski or a joyful banana boat ride.
Probably the most popular destination, Ooty or the Nilgiris is a perfect getaway especially for those who are in love with the mountains. It is the first choice for the honeymooners in India, thanks to its absolute charming surroundings and the pleasant cool climate. Enjoy boating at the Ooty Lake, climb up the mighty Dodabetta Peak,walk through the colourful Bottanical Gardens or the lush green tea plantations of Kotagiri. Do remember to experience the exciting toy train ride from Mettupalayam to Conoor or vice versa. The ride is simply delightful exposing you to some splendid views of the Nilgiris. Head out to Ooty in Decemeber and experience yourself why Ooty is one of the most happening hill stations in the Indian subcontinent.
Of course! Alleppey cannot be dropped out of this list. A trip to South India is never complete without a houseboat cruise through the gorgeous backwater chain of Alleppey. Described as “Venice of the East”, Alleppey offers a unique blend of backwaters, houseboats, paddy fields and for sure, the exquisite Kerala cuisine. Hop into a houseboat, cruise through the Alleppey countryside, entertain yourselves as you float across narrow canals which offers you certain sights of the local village life in Alleppey and savour the rich local cuisine cooked on board for you. If you have Kerala in your travel plan, make sure you book a houseboat before you head off.
What you waiting for? Plan a tour to South India this December and make it the best ever December you had in your lifetime.