The vibrant carnival time is a great time to visit South India. The mesmerizing beauty of South India increases even more during December because of cool weather, green landscapes and festive vibe all around. Although South India can be visited throughout the year, a different charm is added to its beauty during the winter months. It is a festive season in South India and so you can witness the exclusive beauty during this time.
Places to visit in South India in December
During December, you can enjoy the Theyyam Festivals in Kasaragod. It is a serene coastal town. It is referred to as the Land of Gods. It is the northernmost district and has some of the great natural wonders like the Thonikadavu waterfalls, Bekal beach, Bekal Fort, Madhur temple, Ananthapura Lake Temple and a lot more. It has various heritage structures and various religious festivals are also hosted here like Kanathur Nalvar Bhootha Sthanam and Theyyam.
Kochi is a great place to witness all the colorful festivals. The Cochin Carnival is very alluring. Various competitions and events take place with decoration of historical monuments, fancy dresses, fireworks, dance, music, swimming, beach volleyball, bike races and many more. Panchavadyam is played during this time. A grand parade is also organized with decorated elephants and live bands. You can visit places like the Fort Kochi, Marine Drive, Willingdon Island, Vasco da Gama Square, Cherai Beach and a lot more in Kochi.
Chennai has various beaches and monuments to be visited. The month-long Chennai Music Festival is great fun to attend in December. Hindustani vocal music and classical dance performed by experienced artists can be enjoyed here. Most popular places of attraction in Chennai are the Covelong village, Guindy National Park, Kapaleeshwarar Temple, Arignar Anna Zoological Park, Marina Beach and many more. It is a great place for music enthusiasts and cultural buffs.
The three-day long iconic Festival of Lights is held in Tiruvannamalai. Streets, temples,and homes are lighted with diyas during this time. Sisters do this puja of Lord Shiva for the long life of their brothers. Temples are also decorated with lights during this time. Various places to be visited in Tiruvannamalaiare the Annamalaiyar temple View Point, Virupaksha Cave, Shri Ramana Ashram, Arunachaleswarar temple and many more.
Mahabalipuram is famous for its scenic fishing villages and the serene beaches. It is a very pleasant coastal town in South India. Sunbathing and strolling along the beaches are popular beach activities during this time. It is a great place for beach lovers. There are various places to be visited near Mahabalipuram like the Varaha Cave Temple, India Seashell Museum, Krishna’s Butter Ball, Pancha Rathas, Sea Shore Temple, Arjuna’s Penance and many more.
Coorg is a popular spot to witness a beautiful winter carnival. The cascades, the valleys, the hills, the coffee and spice estates, the quaint hill stations look perfect during the winter months. The fascinating Tamara Carnival is held during this time. The lush greenery and the local food fiestas are also an added advantage over here. At Coorg, you can visit some popular places like the Burude Falls, Namdroling Monastery, Nagarhole National Park, Madikeri Fort, Abbey Falls and many more.
7. Dakshina Kannada
Dakshina Kannadain Karnataka is a great place to be visited in December. It is filled with beaches like the Someshwara, Surathkal, and Ullal. The pleasing climate and the colorful festivals during this time makes the place worth visiting. It is frequented with visitors throughout the year for swimming and surfing. The buffalo race is very popular here which starts from November and lasts till March. You can visit the Kudie Beach, Sultan Battery, Manjunath Temple, Mirjan Fort and other famous places in Dakshina Kannada.
You can try snorkeling and scuba diving in Murudeshwar. It has a huge Shiva idol which attracts a lot of tourists every year. It is located between the Arabian Sea and the Western Ghats. At Murudeshwar, you can visit places like the Bhatkal, Murudeshwar Temple, Netrani Island, ApsaraKonda Falls, Mirjan Fort, Kodachadri, Murudeshwar Beach and lot more. It is located at a distance of 137 kilometres from Mangalore Airport.
9. Borra Caves
Borra Caves is located amidst the Araku Valley. It is a great limestone cave which is worth visiting near Vizag. There are stalactites and stalagmites over here. The weather remains pleasant and appetizing during December. The main places to be visited in Borra Caves are the Ananthagiri Waterfalls, Galikonda View Point, Tribal Museum, Padmapuram Gardens and many more. It is located at a distance of 75 kilometres from Vishakhapatnam Airport.
Nalgonda is a beautiful historic town in Telangana State of South India. Various structures like Bhongir Fort and Devarakonda can be visited here. The Ethipothala waterfalls and the beautiful Nagarjuna Sagar Dam looks even more beautiful during winters. You can also visit famous places like Yadagirigutta, Lakshmi Narasimha Temple, Kulpakji Temple, Kunda Satyanarayana Kala Dhamam Surendrapuri and many more in Nalgonda. It is well connected by road, rail, and air.
Various adventurous sports like rock climbing, trekking,and others are popular in Devarayanadurga. You can simply sit and enjoy the beauty of the place. The pleasing weather conditions during this time is an added attraction. It is located at a distance of 85 kilometres from the Bangalore Airport. If you are a nature lover, you will simply fall in love with this place.
12. Havelock Island
Havelock Island is one of the most beautiful places to be visited in South India. The serene picturesque beaches, blue glazing waters, and sumptuous fish dishes are some of the best attractions in Havelock Island. It is a great place to rejuvenate and relax. You can just take a break from your hectic schedule and visit Havelock Island. There are various places to be seen here. It can easily be reached from the Port Blair Airport and the Chennai Railway Station.
Apart from these, there are others places to visit like Ooty, Alleppey, Srisailam, Anthargange, Kalpetta, Athirapally, Dindigul, and Yanam in December. You can have great fun and adventure in these places and various memories can be created here during the winter months. Plan an amazing vacation to these exotic locations and experience great moments.