There is an umpteen number of places to visit in India. Notably, during the winter holidays. The chilly weather, hot coffee, tasty food, lush green plantations, panoramic landscapes, and fun activities; a thought alone can make us feel elated. So, experiencing it will be blissful! Many are anxiously waiting for the holidays to begin, so they can relax and unwind at some of the best winter destinations. Luckily, you don't have to travel to other countries because you can find them right here in India, especially in South India. Many attractions in South India add to the delight of tourists.
If you are looking for the best tourist destination to visit in winter, read this article. Here are some of the most sought after tourist destinations in South India that can be enjoyed during the winter holidays and also know more on how these Indian destinations have contributed to tourism sector on this World Tourism Day.
Coorg is one of the famous tourist destinations in Karnataka. Coffee, tea gardens, tranquil meadows, overflowing lakes, rivers, and gorgeous waterfalls attract a whole lot of visitors. There are plenty of buses available from Bangalore to Coorg. And a variety of resorts and cottages to stay in Coorg.
Alleppey or Alappuzha also proclaimed as the Venice of the East, is a prime tourist attraction in Kerala in winter. It is a marvel located amid green landscapes. If you ever visit the city of Venice, you would see the resemblance.
Kodaikanal is a splendid hill station in Tamil Nadu. Summers and winters are the best time to visit the place. While trekking is a bit challenging, however, the mist and fog welcome you with a pleasant atmosphere amidst the chill weather.
4. Kabini Wildlife Sanctuary
Kabini Wildlife Sanctuary is a rare wildlife sanctuary in Karnataka that offers a unique experience to visitors. If you are looking to take a break from the hustle and bustle of city life and want to explore an offbeat tourist destination this winter, choose Kabini.
The rainforest Agumbe is the first of its kind in Karnataka and one of the best places to visit in South India. The evergreen forest, which is home to a wide variety of biomass, is a paradise for nature travelers. Winter is the right time to visit several waterfalls, especially around Agumbe.
Wildlife in and around the beautiful Western Ghats and the lush green forests of Wayanad is renowned for its diverse flora and fauna. This hill station is about 16 Km from Sultan Bathery, in Kerala.
Bheemeshwari is truly a beautiful place to be in winter. Bheemeshwari is a scenic spot located around 100 Km from Bangalore, in Mandya.
8. Kumara Parvat
Kumara Parvat Trekking in Pushpagiri is a soul-filling experience during winter. Many thrill-seekers and nature lovers from across India go trekking along the mountains. During winter, the lush greenery and cloud-filled cliffs of Kumara Mountain are breathtaking and makes an ideal place to relax and unwind.
9. Talakona Falls
This is one of the most visited waterfalls in Andhra Pradesh. It is located in the Sri Venkateswara National Park in Chittoor district of Andhra Pradesh. Talakona Falls is the highest waterfall in Andhra Pradesh, at a height of 270 feet.
10. Nagarjuna Sagar
The Nagarjuna Sagar Reservoir, built across the Krishna River, is a popular tourist destination located in the Nalgonda district of Telangana. Watching the water fill in the reservoir during winter is a great experience.
This beautiful hill station attracts tourists from around the world. It is the second-largest hill station in the Nilgiris district of Coonoor.
12. Bogata Falls
his spectacular waterfall is located in the Koivaripuram village of Khammam district in Telangana. It is the second-largest waterfall in Telangana.
13. Horsley Hills
Horsley Hills is situated in Madanapalli taluk of Chittoor district of Andhra Pradesh. The highlands are lined with untouched beauty of nature.
Mararikulam is a village lining the coastal region in the Alleppey district of Kerala. It is a picturesque coastal village. During winter, the seaside town is steeped in its unique beauty.
Those who have not heard the name of Ooty hill station are probably living under a rock. Officially known as Udhakamandalam, Ooty is one of the most famous hill stations of South India. The Queen of hill stations, this beautiful visual retreat is situated in the state of Tamil Nadu. Frosty climate, serene environment, high hills, and herbaceous trees make it a perfect family retreat.
16. Etipothala Waterfall
An acting border between Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, Etipothala, is a splendid waterfall located in the town of Marchela in Guntur district. The waterfall is said to be derived from two Telugu words - Etiya and Potha meaning uplifting and charming, respectively. The cascades from a height of 70 feet and is a sight to behold.
Kanyakumari is a spiritual tourist destination in Tamil Nadu. Winter season has its specialties, and there are many waterfalls and tourist attractions in and around Kanyakumari.
Kumarakom in Kerala looks like a wonderland during winter. When you are in Kumarakom, you can see vast stretch of backwaters decked with palm trees and lush green meadows. It is located about 16 km from Kottayam, the central city of Kerala.
Munnar is a hill station in the Kannan Devan Hills in Devikulam taluk of Idukki district.The root meaning of the word Munnar is three rivers. Munnar is also famous as a honeymoon destination.
20. Jog falls
This magnificent and sprawling waterfall is one of the most visited tourist destinations in Karnataka. Sharavathi river, during its peak, feels electrifying. Mesmerizing sight of water hitting the rocks free falling from four thousand feet will leave you bewitched.
Chikmagalur is another beautiful hill station in Karnataka. During the winter season, the hills and forests of the highlands are arrayed with the untouched beauty of nature. Chikmagalur boasts mesmerizing attractions.
22. Araku Valley
Araku Valley is a beautiful hill station in the Vizag (Visakhapatnam) district of Andhra Pradesh. The hill station looks alluring and charming during winter. Spread across the mountain ranges of the Eastern Ghats, Araku Valley is a must-visit tourist destination.
Kottralam is famously called the South Indian Spa. Situated in the Western Ghats in the Tirunelveli district of Tamil Nadu, this picturesque spot is known for its scenic waterfall.
Athirapally is located in Mukundapuram taluk of Thrissur district. The cascades in Athirapally allures many tourist from across the country - also, a favorite spot for movie makers.