January is one of those months when we find ourselves delighted more than ever. We embrace the new year with hope and look forward to new possibilities and experiences. And more importantly, in spite of all these feelings, arises the main question, where to travel this new year to make it worthwhile?
If that's exactly what you thinking? Then fret not! Let us assist you with this specially curated list of best places to visit in South India in January to satisfy all your travel wishes. From lesser-known places to hill-stations and laid back beaches, we have pretty much covered every nook of south India for you. Have a look!
Located in Kerala, Munnar is unquestionably one of the most serene hill stations in South India. You would know you've arrived in Munnar when you sense the smell of tea in the air. It's omnipresent, and you will go back scented like a teabag. The entire area is a collection of small hamlets that are trek friendly peaks, with pools, and cascades and large areas of thick, lush forests managed by the forest department. Also, The flourishing countryside is bound to take your breath away!
A delightful experience in itself, you savour the food even better when all your other senses are treated to the cool sea breeze and the view of the endless ocean. A perfect and an excellent tourist destination in South India, Varkala is known for its fisheries, springs, lighthouses, seashores, lake and much more. Also, Vishnu temple recognised as the Janardhanaswamy Temple is found here which is said to be more than two millennia old.
A small hamlet located on the Western Coast of India, Gokarna is known for its pristine beaches and is excellent for a relaxing and enjoyable holiday. If your idea of a vacation is to sunbathe on the beaches while sipping a cooler or to simply take a break from the cacophony of the city life, then Gokarna is the place to be! A miniature version of Goa, Gokarna is a must-visit this January!
4. Alappuzha (Alleppey)
Alleppey with its breathtaking backwaters and floating houseboats is one of the most impressive places to visit in South India. The backwaters of Kerala are an enthralling sight, especially during twilight. Surf on its pristine waters, or spend a day or two in one of the houseboats. Or maybe just let relax on one of the swings tied to the coconut trees.
Goa is one of the most visited tourist places in South India. Moreover, it is an ideal place to go-to when you want that fine balance of entertainment, adventure and a laid-back environment. With various beaches and an unlimited number of eateries serving the freshest of seafood, could your holiday get any better? Also, Goa is always on a roll with food carnivals, regular gigs at the local bars and the most-awaited, Sunburn music festival.
Lose yourself in the natural beauty of the rolling hills shrouded in the alluring clouds and thick forest of Kodaikanal. Be it the cascades, the pools, the verdant greenery or the beautiful view of the Palani hills. Enjoy the comfortable weather of the area as you trek to Dolphin's Nose or Green Valley View, where you can appreciate the scenic prospects of this true wonderland, or involve yourself in the tranquillity of Berjarim Lake or Kodai Lake.
Coorg is a captivating hill station located about 260 Km away from Bangalore. The picture of the silvery clouds subtly mingling with the greenery of the mountain slopes is worth the view. Ever partaken in waterfall rappelling? If not, now is the time! An impressive challenge to overcome, with the water streaming down with force, in a wet climate, hear your heartbeat in your ears.
Abode to the extensive Periyar National Park, the picturesque village of Thekkady is sure to win your heart with its natural charm and abundance of verdant beauty. Find tigers, as well as other wild beasts, frolic at the country's most comprehensive tiger reserve; indulge in the adventuresome sport of Bamboo rafting; marvel at the fascinating ecology of the Periyar lake and its encircling greenery.
No matter how many times you go to Ooty, it never fails to surprise you. Ooty, an enchanting place in South India, is a complete package that is certain to please your senses. Also, offering an amorous ambience, Ooty is one of the most sought-after honeymoon destinations in South India. There are numerous things to do here as well; you can go boating, take a toy train from Mettupalayam, and watch the daybreak in the Nilgiri hills after trekking to the summit Dodabetta peak.
A pictorial plateau snuggled in the hills of the Western Ghats, Wayanad is one of the most beautiful areas of Kerala. Part of the large Nilgiris Biosphere Reserve, this beautiful town is packed with enchanting cascades, vast spice ranches, historical caves, and fascinating wildlife, making it a must-visit for anyone looking to traverse the unscathed beauty of the bewitched Western Ghats.