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Holiday destinations in India (month-wise)

August 17, 2011 53 Comments by berT

Often in our busy life we think of taking a break and going on a holiday. But when it comes to deciding on where to go, we get confused. India, being a very large country does not have a “best time of the year to visit” for all of its holiday destinations. In this article I will put forth some of the great holiday destinations in India for each month of the year.

January:

This is the coldest month in India and so, the weather will be perfect for a winter holiday in Auli, Uttarakhand. In Auli, one can enjoy skiing along the snowy slopes and enjoy the beautiful Himalayan mountain ranges around. And yeah, don’t forget to get in here by the cable car! But be aware that temperatures can even drop up to 8 degrees below freezing and so one must be prepared to cope up with the cold. Nearest airport is Dehradun (273km) and railhead is Haridwar (299km).

February:

Andaman and Nicobar islands can be a very good holiday destination in India in the month of February. This group of islands is situated to the east of peninsular India. While Nicobar islands are out of bounds for all ordinary tourists, Andaman islands offer an amazing holiday experience with amazing beaches all around. Some beaches in here are uninhabited and tourists do camp in here with the island all for themselves! Non-Indians require special restricted area permit to be on this island which is available on your arrival at the Port Blair airport. Travel to this island can be by ship (3days) or by flight to Port Blair.

March:

India’s north-east are often ignored as a holiday destination by the general Indian population. But they offer an amazing holiday experience. The great places to be in this part of the country are the Kaziranga National Park, Tawang, Cherrapunjee, to name a few. The major airports in this area are Kolkata and Guwahati. Apart from these, there are other smaller airports in Bagdogra, Dibrugarh, etc. The region is also connected by the Indian Railways.

April:

April is a summer month in India and hence it makes sense to holiday in one of the many hill stations in the country. Known as “the queen of the hills” is Darjeeling, situated in the east of India. On a holiday in Darjeeling, one should take the Darjeeling hill train starting from New Jalpaiguri, watch the sunrise from Tiger hills, simply sip a hot, steaming cup of the famous Darjeeling tea in the cool atmosphere of Darjeeling. You may also travel a couple of hours north to Gangtok for white water rafting and other adventures. Nearest airport is Bagdogra (90kms) and the nearest railhead is New Jalpaiguri from where the hill train to Darjeeling starts.

May:

When the summer is at its peak, reach for higher hill stations to beat the heat. That is why Manali in Himachal is a good holiday option in the month of May. When in Manali, take a trip to the Rohtang Pass, shop for dry fruits, shawls and handicrafts, and rest in one of those hotel rooms facing the tall snow capped mountains around. Also check out the beautiful Beas river in Kullu. The nearest railhead to Manali is Ambala Cantt (200km). Easier option will be to take an overnight bus from Delhi (14hrs, 550Kms).

June:

Kashmir is revered as “the paradise on earth” and is situated in the North of India. On a holiday to Kashmir, you should try the shikara (small boat) ride in the Dal lake in Srinagar, check out the fruit market and don’t forget to stay in a houseboat. Apart from Srinagar, one can also visit the popular destinations around in Gulmarg and the picturesque Sonamarg. There is a domestic airport in Srinagar and Jammu. The nearest railhead is Jammu Tawi from where Srinagar is a 6-7hr drive on road.

July:

July is the peak season of monsoon in most part of India. However, up in the North, there exists a beautiful pristine holiday destination in Ladakh. Ladakh is a high altitude desert surrounded by very tall mountains and passes. Because of the difficulty to reach this area, you will find only a few tourists enjoying the beautiful mountains, high altitude lakes and the Buddhist monasteries around. Indians as well as non-Indians require special inner-line permits to visit any place around ladakh. There is a domestic airport in Leh which has regular flights to and from Delhi, Jammu & Srinagar. Ladakh is also reachable by road from Srinagar (434km) and from Manali (474km) each taking around 19-20hrs along mountain roads.

August:

With the monsoon still battering most of India and the weather getting cooler, it’s time for a holiday to the drier regions of the country. And hence, it’s time for a holiday in Rajasthan to bring in the royalty to your holiday calendar. Pamper yourself in one of those exotic palaces (now turned hotels) in Udaipur, Jaipur and Jaisalmer. Take a ride on the camel back and enjoy the typical Rajasthani village lifestyle and cuisine in Choki Dhani. Jaipur has an international airport and there are also domestic airports in Jodhpur, Udaipur, Jaisalmer, Bikaner, Kota. Rajasthan is well connected by the Indian railways.

September:

Now that monsoons are on its retreat, it’s time to enjoy the greenery that it brought. And when you talk of greenery, there cannot be a better place to be in India than Kerala, also called the “God’s own country”. Take a trip to the hills in Munnar, Wagamon, enjoy an elephant safari in the Periyar forest. Stay in a houseboat in the backwaters in Alleppy and enjoy a traditional Ayurvedic massage in Kumarakom. Note that this is also the time of the harvest festival, Onam in Kerala and a holiday is incomplete without having the typical “Sadhya” (vegetarian meal). Note that of late, the monsoons extend and this month may not be ideal if you are planning to visit the beaches in Kerala. A holiday in Kerala will surely be a special one with your loved ones. There are three major airports in Kerala; Cochin, Trivandrum and Calicut. The state is also well connected by railways.

October:

South of Konkan near the west coast of India, there is a beautiful hill station called Coorg. Known for its coffee plantations, Coorg is an excellent place to spend a holiday with your family. There are many things you can do while on a holiday in Coorg. You can check out the many waterfalls around, visit the Tibetan settlement in Kushalnagar, stay in one of those beautiful resorts or homestays, etc. Nearest airport would be Mangalore (136km). Being a hill station, you need to depend on road transport to reach here.

November:

With the weather getting a lot cooler, it is time to spend some time in the beach. And when it comes to beaches, there is no other place as famous in India for beaches as Goa. Check out the numerous beaches around and also the beautiful churches here. For the adventure enthusiast, try one of the many adventure sports in the popular beaches. Enjoy a sumptuous dinner in one of those sea-side restaurants, not to forget the wonderful nightlife here. It must also be noted that Goa can be very crowded during season. So if you are looking forward to a calm holiday, head further south to the Kudle or Om beach in Gokarna(150km). Goa has a well connected airport and is also connected by the Indian railways.

December:

With the temperatures getting down and the rains dying out in India, Lakshadweep can be a very good holiday destination for this month. The place is a cluster of tiny islands and atolls situated to the west of peninsular India. Once in Lakshadweep, you can do the island hopping, explore the beautiful marine life and even learn a course in scuba diving. Whether you are an Indian or not, you need to get a special permit to visit these islands. So the easiest option will be to book as a package tour. You may choose to go either by ship or by flight to Agatti.

Comments are most welcome!! And if you’re asking for a holiday suggestion, don’t forget to mention your current location!!

If you want to plan a trip to South East Asia, check out my post on the same here: Countries to travel in South East Asia


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53 Comments

  1. Saurabh
    3 years ago

    Hi Berty,

    Nice article !!! Hopefully you will add Manipal as one of the holidays destination ;)

    Reply

    • Berty Thomas
      3 years ago

      Hahaa… Hmm… It rains all throughout the year!! :P

      Reply

  2. Sandeep Sinha
    3 years ago

    Dude, Rajasthan can be good in Dec also, Its not as green as Aug/Sept, But Visiting Jaisalmer can be a good idea.

    Reply

    • Berty Thomas
      3 years ago

      Agreed Sandeep!! This list is more like best place to go in a particular month rather than when to go to a particular holiday destination!! :)

      Reply

  3. shwetha
    3 years ago

    Great Berty!!!!!!!

    Will you be my weekend travel consultant???

    Reply

    • Berty Thomas
      3 years ago

      Sure Shwetta!! :P

      Reply

  4. umesh derebail
    3 years ago

    I would ideally advice holidays during off seasons to get the best of discounts and offer. Your list seems ideal for a foreigner or strangers who are yet to begin their itinerary.

    Reply

    • Berty Thomas
      3 years ago

      Yes, even for me, traveling in off season is preferable because of the cost advantage.
      In this post, I have just given the best season to visit these places, not considering the costs… :)

      Reply

  5. Kerala Resorts
    2 years ago

    How is resorts in Kerala? I hear that they are homely and cool.

    Reply

    • Berty Thomas
      2 years ago

      It’s absolutely cool. You can find them in Kumarakom (Backwaters), Munnar (Hill station), etc. Apart from them, there are resorts in Kovalam, Varkala, etc. They come in all ranges too; super luxury and budget. Enjoy!!

      Reply

  6. Lajuana Winstead
    2 years ago

    very good publish, i actually love this website, keep on it

    Reply

    • Berty Thomas
      2 years ago

      Thanks mate!! :)

      Reply

  7. Katherine Wion
    2 years ago

    Keep up the good work!

    Reply

  8. RagS
    2 years ago

    I am planning to go to coorg in coming oct…

    Reply

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    1 year ago

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  10. Rekha
    1 year ago

    Your post was very useful to me. Thank you :)

    Reply

  11. ankit vyas
    1 year ago

    I want to go to lakshdweep in April.is it ok in last week to travel?

    Reply

    • Berty Thomas
      1 year ago

      Hmm… You can travel to Lakshwadeep from October to mid may. It may be a bit hot in April end I guess. Other than that, it should be great! :)
      Enjoy! :)

      Reply

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  13. sparsh
    1 year ago

    aug-their must be better options than rajasthan

    Reply

  14. ram
    11 months ago

    Hey suggest some destination fr june except kashmir as I hv aleeady visited the place..thanxwaiting fr reply…

    Reply

    • Berty Thomas
      11 months ago

      See, the list of places and the months that you should be there are the ideal scenario. It does not necessarily mean that you cannot go to these places on any other months. Personally, I have been to Manali and Ladakh during June and it was great too. So take your pick. Just ensure that if you plan for Ladakh, plan it for anytime after 1st week of June just to be on the safe side so that the snow will clear out of the passes. :)

      Reply

  15. Priyanka
    11 months ago

    Please can u tell me which will be the best season to visit Andaman and Nicobar islands. Can i make a plan to visit it during Aug or Sept.

    Reply

    • Berty Thomas
      11 months ago

      Best season would be Jan-Mar… It would be raining during Aug/Sep. So the beaches won’t be that good…

      Reply

  16. darshini
    7 months ago

    Hey Thomas,
    loved the way your blog pans out !

    this time around, i am looking for a getaway in india in sept.
    typically – ‘A to do nothing holiday’
    which includes – lazying around, walks, trails, cycling, food, reading and writing and great weather.

    Do lemme know what comes to your mind.
    Cheers

    Reply

    • Berty Thomas
      7 months ago

      Hmm… For the kind of activities that you are referring to, maybe Coorg would be great. I have been there before and I guess you will find all that you are asking for… :) Also, if you want these extremely peaceful (away from the maddening crowd kind of) places, try a homestay which is like right inside the jungle or something… :)
      And yes, if you found something really amazing, do share it with us in a post or at least a comment so that it helps others too!! ;)
      Cheers!!

      Reply

  17. Vinod Chawla
    7 months ago

    Hi Berty

    I also love travelling but due to time constraints and timings not matched with husband (don’t confuse with my name as it is Vinod ), we never able to go . Also my child is 2.5 years old so we want to go not too far.
    I am planning for 3-4 days visit to some nice place to remember. It will be around 11-14th October .

    Please advise

    Reply

    • Berty Thomas
      7 months ago

      Hmm… 11-14 October, my wife and myself will be in Goa/Gokarna!! :)

      While it would have helped if I knew which city you were from, let me give you some suggestions. Goa/Gokarna for the beaches, Coorg/Munnar for the hill station. Alleppy, Kerala for the backwaters. Again, the distance depends on where you are from? :)

      Reply

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  19. Ajit
    4 months ago

    I want to travel to four major places of this list in respective quaters of the year.Let me know which ones are best suited for a 7 day trip and a a budget or around 20K.

    Reply

    • Berty Thomas
      4 months ago

      Andamans is suited for a 7day holiday but it may overshoot your budget. I would suggest you to monitor the price of air tickets to Port Blair constantly to get the best deal. (book early!)
      North-east trip can be of 7days and yes, it would suit your budget too!
      Ladakh can be a 7day holiday and it would suit your budget it you avoid the flight. (Remember that its a hell ride by road) Chk here: http://travelograph.com/2009/06/day-14-taking-the-high-road-to-leh-ladakh/
      Goa+Gokarna can be a 7day holiday too and would fit in your budget!
      Hope this helps!

      Reply

  20. ravi raj
    4 months ago

    I am planning for my two- three days romantic tour in first week of Feb with my wife, but i have no idea of it. Please help in planning with lowest possible budget.

    Reply

    • Berty Thomas
      4 months ago

      Hmm… Your location? :)
      Anyways, let me suggest something romantic, this Feb 14 (Valentine’s day), Taj Mahal is open for night viewing! (http://www.up-tourism.com/taj_mahal.htm) And this happens very very rarely!
      And since you are looking for a very short vacation, I wouldn’t suggest you to go to Andamans as it needs more time. But again, the question remains, location? :)

      Reply

      • Ravi Raj
        4 months ago

        Sorry for missing my location there, I am at PATNA

        Reply

  21. jitu
    4 months ago

    what about ooty?
    which month is best for going to ooty.

    Reply

    • Berty Thomas
      4 months ago

      Well, personally, I did not find Ooty quite impressive. But still, its good to go there. Don’t forget to experience the mountain train at Coonoor, botanical garden, etc. Summer months are when Ooty is most crowded as people go there to escape from the sweltering heat in the nearby areas. Ooty is doable almost anytime of the year. And yes, during winter, it gets really cold (based on south indian standards!) :)

      Reply

  22. seema sharma
    3 months ago

    We are planning trip for 15 members in may…our plan is to go to shirdi first and then further 1 or 2 nearby holidayndestinations…..what are the options available to us…??

    Reply

  23. jigna
    2 months ago

    Yr post is although sufficient informative. But still can u suggest some good place worth go in with 2 yr old n 8 yr old baby… in month of June.. thanks

    Reply

    • berT
      2 months ago

      A holiday in June is tricky. Remember that the monsoons arrive in the south and north-east in early June and move to other parts gradually. Since you haven’t mentioned your location, I can’t give you an outright suggestion. But as I said, take the monsoon into account when you plan. :)

      Reply

  24. Soni Chawla
    3 weeks ago

    Hi..I’m from Lucknow and have been planning a holiday with my family for a very long time,but for some reasons we cant figure out where to go,we went to McLeodganj last may.
    So from July to October this year,where can you suggest for us to go? Anywhere except North India.
    Things we are looking forward to do on this holiday..away from the crowd,visit spas (have heard some nice ones down south),good food,scenic beauty,good architecture,relaxation places and any other activities.

    Reply

    • berT
      3 weeks ago

      Hmm.. So between July to October, it rains pretty heavily in the South, but am assuming you are still fine with the rains. There are two places which I feel would fit into the list of “expectations”.
      1. Coorg: It’s away from the crowd, there are good resorts where you will find good Spas, very scenic(being a hill station), for architecture, there is a Tibetan settlement nearby which would interest you. However, keep in mind that it will rain pretty heavily in that area(once you reach here, probably you can enjoy watching the rains from the comforts of your resort!). Also, reaching Coorg will take a long journey by road.
      2. Alleppy/Munnar: Again, these are pretty heavy rainy season in Kerala(Some respite towards September). But these places are really away from the crowd types. There are some really good resorts in the Backwaters near Alleppy(search for ones in Kumarakom). Beaches won’t be good in this season due to the rains. Get an authentic Ayurvedic massage/treatment to soothe your senses!
      Hope that helps! :)

      Reply

  25. rajshri
    3 weeks ago

    Hi Berty

    Thank u for this very useful post.
    Iam planning for a holiday trip in the last week of august with my husband. Can you please suggest an exciting place best suited for that month , other than Rajasthan?

    Thank you

    Reply

    • berT
      3 weeks ago

      Sure. But first, where are you from and what kind of place are you looking for?

      Reply

  26. rajshri
    3 weeks ago

    Iam from bangalore. Iam looking for picturesque places, hill stations, something exotic even…… but i am not keen on beaches and adventure trips.we have covered kerala, ooty and kodaikanal and munnar. so Iam quite clueless as to which place to go in the late august.

    Reply

    • berT
      3 weeks ago

      How about Coorg? It’s a beautiful hill station and in late August, there shouldn’t be much rainfall and it would be all misty and green around. :) Since you have covered most of the other hill stations in the south, I guess you may have to travel North to explore the other ones… :D
      Or maybe check out Wayanad in north Kerala (but honestly, I don’t think there is much to see there apart from a few waterfalls and the fact that it is a hill station… But I did a road trip to Wayanad from Bangalore and the route to Wayanad was simply awesome!! :) )

      Reply

    • Kumar
      1 week ago

      We have planed to go 3 day trip on coming august 15th from chennai! I know it’s monsoon season, But Please advice which place is moderate for weather condition. We are consider to go Coorg or Munnar!
      Thanks for your response…

      Reply

      • berT
        1 week ago

        Hmm. A tough question for sure. Both places will have moderate to heavy rains. But personally, I have loved Coorg more than Munnar. So, I would say, go to Coorg :)
        P.S: It’s just a personal opinion. Can’t really choose one over another!

        Reply

  27. rajshri
    3 weeks ago

    I have also covered coorg aswell :) What would you suggest about going for a himachal pradesh trip or a kashmir- ladak trip in the late august?

    Thank you

    Reply

    • berT
      3 weeks ago

      Ahh, if you are open to traveling to the north, yes, all the three that you mentioned are ideal. Between them, I would suggest first choice as Kashmir, then Ladakh(second preference only because it is a bit adventurous) and then Himachal. Hope that helps! :)

      Reply

  28. rajshri
    3 weeks ago

    oh gr8. Kashmir it is then :) Thank you so much for your suggestion :)

    Reply

    • berT
      3 weeks ago

      Enjoy! And don’t forget to visit Sonamarg in Kashmir! :)

      Reply

  29. rajshri
    3 weeks ago

    sure berty :) thanks again

    Reply

  30. Ashish
    7 days ago

    I Think, Kashmir is like Heavan…June is the best time to visit…..

    Reply

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