6 Cities You Can Visit To Escape The Biting Cold During The Winter Months

Winter is an unsaid season for going out with family or friends for a vacation. Unlike most places across the globe, there are many locations in India which are not submerged under a blanket of snow, during the winters. Some are known for their religious significance, while others have unmatched natural beauty.

Here is a list of cities you can visit during the winter without fretting about the biting cold and donning multiple layers of clothes to keep warm:

1) Alleppey/Allaphuza

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Why this location: Known as the Venice of the East, Alleppey is popular for its postcard-perfect natural settings, palm-fringed backwaters and its tranquillity.

Things to see: While you are here, you can visit the pristine Alleppey beach, which boasts of a 150-year-old pier. You can experience a houseboat cruise and explore the serenity and the greenery that this cosy town has to offer. Krishnapuram Palace is yet another tourist spot, best known for mural paintings and the traditional architecture.

Best time to visit: October to February

2) Hampi

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Why this location: Rusty colours, architectural marvels, temples and the rich culture are what makes this city of ruins a sought-after winter holiday destination.

Things to see: If you plan to visit Hampi, you will predominantly visit several picturesque temples- Virupaksha Temple, Vithala Temple and the Yantrodharaka Hanuman Temple amongst others. The Lotus Palace or Lotus Mahal is yet another spot you should be visiting owing to its beautiful structure and historical importance. You can also visit the Hampi Bazaar, Queen’s Bath, Monolith Bull, Matanga Hill, and Hippie island.

Best time to visit: October to March

3) Madurai

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Why this location: Popularly known as the ‘Lotus City’ owing to the shape in which it was planned and built, Madurai enjoys rich culture, heritage and unmatched architectural structures.

Things to see: Apart from trying out the street food and going shopping to the bazaars, you can visit the Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple, the Samanar Hills, Alagar Koil, and Vaigai Dam amongst other spots.

Best time to visit: October to March

4) Gokarna

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Why this location: With golden sandy beaches and lush palm trees, this Hindu pilgrimage town in Karnataka is the best possible destination for an ultimate relaxing vacation.

Things to see: The USP of this destination is undoubtedly its beaches; which includes Om Beach, Paradise Beach, Kudle Beach, Gokarna Beach, and Half Moon Beach. It is also a delight for water sports lovers. Additionally, you can soak in the natural beauty by visiting the Yana Caves. You could also drop by the Mahabaleshwara Temple.

Best time to visit: October to March

5) Kabini

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Why this location: Packed with abundant flora and fauna, Kabini is one of the best wildlife sanctuaries in Karnataka- an ideal holiday destination for nature lovers and those who want to spend a few days in solitude and peace, away from the urban hustle-bustle.

Things to see: The Jungle Safari and Elephant Safari are a must if you are in Kabini. You can go for long walks and enjoy the scenic natural settings or go for boating in the Kabini river.

Best time to visit: Throughout the year

6) Pondicherry/Puducherry

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Why this location: Commonly referred to as Pondy, this former French colony boasts of French architecture mixed with Indian tradition and culture. Dotted with quaint colonial structures, the city is like a dreamy escape.

Things to see: If you happen to visit this exquisite city, you cannot miss these spots- Paradise Beach, Aurobindo Ashram, Auroville and Arikamedu. Also, don’t forget to spend some time in a French cafe or to take a stroll across the city and experience the culture and flavours on a first-hand basis.

Best time to visit: October to March