Not a Winter Person? Head to These Places to Soak in The Sun This December!

Photo of Not a Winter Person? Head to These Places to Soak in The Sun This December! by Namrata Das Adhikary

As winter casts its chilly spell across the country, many of us retreat into hibernation mode, longing for warmer days to come. But for those who crave the warmth of the sun and the touch of the gentle breeze on their skin, fear not! India offers a plethora of destinations that are perfect for soaking in the sun and basking in the glory of the winter months. From sandy beaches to vibrant cities, these places will awaken your senses and provide the ultimate escape from the winter blues.

So pack your bags, leave behind the heavy coats, and let's take a journey to these sunny destinations in India that will make you forget all about winter!

1.) Goa- The Land of Sun, Sea, and Sand

Goa, the ultimate party destination of India, boasts of the most picturesque beaches with its glistening golden sands, sparkling turquoise waters, and the warm winter sun. The palm-fringed beaches offer a perfect setting to soak in the sun and feel the gentle sea breeze caress your skin. Unwind and relax on the sunbeds, take a dip in the ocean, or indulge in some thrilling water sports, Goa has something for everyone. As the day fades into the night, the beach shacks come alive with music, food, and drinks, making it the perfect spot to end your day.

2.) Andaman and Nicobar Islands- Nature's Paradise

For those seeking a tranquil and secluded escape, the Andaman and Nicobar Islands are just the place. The clear blue waters of the Andaman Sea, coral reefs teeming with marine life, and pristine beaches surrounded by lush green forests paint a picture-perfect scenery. The islands are also home to some of the most exotic and endangered species of flora and fauna, making it a nature lover's paradise. Soak in the warm sun rays, listen to the calming sound of the waves, and rejuvenate your mind, body, and soul in this serene island destination.

3.) Rann of Kutch- The White Desert

The rugged and barren landscape of the Rann of Kutch, with its vast stretches of white salt desert, is a treat for sore eyes. The winters in Kutch witness the Great Rann Utsav, a festival that celebrates the rich culture and traditions of Gujarat. The festival includes cultural performances, local cuisine, handicrafts, and adventure activities like hot air balloon rides, making it an unforgettable experience. As the sun sets over the vast expanse of white, the moon and stars light up the sky, creating an otherworldly aura.

4.) Pondicherry- The French Riviera of the East

Pondicherry, a former French colony, still retains its colonial charm in its architecture, cuisine, and way of life. The winter months bring mild temperatures and sunny days, making it the perfect time to explore the quaint town. Stroll along the cobbled streets, admire the pastel-coloured colonial buildings, and sample some delicious French-inspired cuisine. The beaches in Pondicherry also offer a scenic escape from the hustle and bustle of city life.

5.) Lakshadweep- The Emerald Isles

The untouched and unspoiled archipelago of Lakshadweep, with its turquoise lagoons, white sandy beaches, and colourful coral reefs, is a paradise for beach lovers. The islands offer a perfect combination of adventure and relaxation with options like swimming, snorkelling, scuba diving, and kayaking. Explore the islands, interact with the friendly locals, and witness some breath-taking sunsets that will leave you mesmerised.

6.) Coorg- The Scotland of India

Nestled amidst the Western Ghats, Coorg, also known as the Scotland of India, is a popular hill station in Karnataka. The misty hills, lush green forests, and meandering rivers make it a picturesque destination. The temperature drops during winters, making it the ideal time to go for treks, visit coffee plantations, and sip on some freshly brewed coffee. The warm and hospitable locals, along with the scenic beauty, make Coorg a charming winter getaway.

7.) Udaipur- The City of Lakes

Famously known as the Venice of the East, Udaipur is a majestic city in the state of Rajasthan. The winter months bring pleasant weather, making it the best time to explore its palaces, lakes, and rich heritage. Take a boat ride on the serene Lake Pichola and witness the grandeur of the City Palace against the backdrop of the Aravalli hills. To top it off, indulge in some authentic Rajasthani cuisine and immerse yourself in the royal Rajput culture.

8.) Gokarna- A Beach Lover's Paradise

Gokarna, a small temple town in Karnataka, is a hidden gem with beautiful and pristine beaches that are relatively untouched by commercialization. The tranquil and secluded beaches like Om Beach and Paradise Beach offer a serene setting to soak in the sun and listen to the soothing sound of the waves. The town also has some ancient temples and local markets to explore, making it a perfect blend of spirituality and relaxation.

9.) Kanyakumari- Where the Oceans Meet

Located at the southernmost tip of India, Kanyakumari is the place where the Arabian Sea, Bay of Bengal, and Indian Ocean meet. The coastline is dotted with beautiful beaches and the sunset and sunrise views against the backdrop of the majestic Thiruvalluvar Statue are a sight to behold. The winter months bring mild temperatures, making it the perfect time to visit this serene coastal town.

10.) Jaipur- The Pink City

Jaipur, the capital city of Rajasthan, is a vibrant melting pot of culture, heritage, and history. The city is famous for its majestic forts, palaces, and markets bustling with colourful handicrafts. The winter months offer pleasant weather to explore the city's attractions, savour its delicious cuisine, and experience the warm hospitality of its people. A must-visit during winters is the Jaipur Literature Festival, which attracts literature enthusiasts from all over the world for its stimulating discussions and debates.

As your winter getaway comes to an end and you bid adieu to the warm sun and serene landscapes, you will carry back with you memories that will last a lifetime. The colours and flavours of these destinations will linger in your mind, tempting you to return and experience it all over again. But until then, let the memories of the sun-kissed beaches, misty hills, and vibrant streets keep you warm and inspired, as you eagerly await your next adventure in the land of diverse and enchanting experiences.

And don't forget to watch this video, to know about the best places to explore in India in December.

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