Best Destinations for Winter Sun - Winter Holiday Trips

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Are you bored with the long cold winter woes? Tired of the grey and gloomy days? Wondering where to go for sun in December? We have you covered. Escape to these warmer and tranquil destinations and make the most of your holidays.

Here is the list of 20 Best Destinations for Winter Sun - Winter Holiday Trips

1. Goa - Beaches, Sunsets and Crazy Nights

Goa - Beaches, Sunsets and Crazy Nights
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Known For : Calangute Beach Basilica of Bom Jesus Water Sports in Goa

Lying on the west coast, Goa is one of the smallest states in India known for its brilliant beaches, scrumptious food and Portuguese heritage. Panjim, the capital city located in the centre is well-connected with an international airport and roads and trains run from North to South part of Goa. Look out for the amazing New Year parties!

Best Time: October to March

195 Goa Attractions

2. Kerala - God's Own Country

Kerala - God's Own Country

Kerala - home to the languid backwaters, long coastlines, sprawling tea gardens, and colourful dance forms, is also famously known as 'God’s Own Country'. Located on the Malabar coast of Southern India, it is a tiny sliver of paradise that is also one of the best tropical tourist destinations one can look for. Whether you want to bask in the sun and sand of the palm tree-lined Kovalam beach or want to take a hike to Munnar hill station, or even if you're going to walk down the bustling streets of Kochi, Kerala has everything on offer to take your pick from! In winters the temperatures in Kerala are moderate.

3. Sri Lanka - A Land Like No Other

Sri Lanka - A Land Like No Other

Sri Lanka is an island nation located in the Indian Ocean known for its spectacular beaches, thousand-year-old Buddhist temples, an abundance of wildlife, and rich archaeological history. The plethora of water sports, breathtaking sunsets, sprawling tea gardens and of course, mouth-watering Sri Lankan food, are sure to make you fall in love with this gorgeous place. Rich in culture, Sri Lanka is an intriguing blend of well-preserved local traditions amalgamated with rapid urbanization. Drawing its influence from its neighbouring countries of the Indian sub-continent and South-East Asia, Sri Lanka is a must-visit for those looking for the best of everything.

4. Seychelles - The Honeymoon Paradise

Seychelles - The Honeymoon Paradise
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Known For : Mahe, Seychelles La Digue Island Snorkeling in Seychelles

A land of pristine beauty, Seychelles is a luxury destination which lies in the western part of the Indian Ocean. An archipelago of 115 islands, the island nation is known for its exquisite natural beauty, spectacular beaches, and luxury resorts. It is home to the world's oldest ocean islands and largest raised coral atoll. Seychelles is amazing if you're planning a romantic getaway in the months of December and January.

Best Time: April to May, September to October

86 Seychelles Attractions

5. Maldives, Maldives - A Tropical Haven

Maldives, Maldives - A Tropical Haven
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Known For : Male Banana Reef Diving in Maldives

The Maldives, a tropical haven of immaculate beaches located in the Indian Ocean south of Sri Lanka, is an archipelago of 1,192 coral islands grouped into natural atolls, out of which only a few are inhabited. Time stands still in the Maldives as you lie on the white sand beaches, hearing the crystal clear waves crash against the seashore, swim with the manta rays and reef sharks and feast on a wide array of fishes with the locals. The Maldives is ideal for an adventure, honeymoon or leisure holiday.

Best Time: Mid December to April

95 Maldives Attractions

6. Mauritius, Mauritius - Indian Ocean's Island Paradise.

Mauritius, Mauritius - Indian Ocean's Island Paradise.
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Known For : Trou Aux Biches Belle Mare Plage Beach Ile Aux Cerfs

Calling Mauritius an island paradise is an understatement; with white sandy beaches, lush green foliage, turquoise blue waters, lavish resorts, Mauritius is the perfect honeymoon destination. Being a volcanically erupted island, it's completely surrounded by vast and colourful coral reefs making it an ideal place for snorkelling and scuba diving.

Best Time: July to October (winter)

141 Mauritius Attractions

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7. Singapore - The Quintessential Cosmopolitan

Singapore - The Quintessential Cosmopolitan
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Known For : Gardens by the Bay Sentosa Island Marina Bay Sands

Best described as a microcosm of modern Asia, Singapore is a melting pot of culture and history, and an extravaganza of culinary delights. Officially known as the Republic of Singapore, it is both a city and a country located in Southeast Asia. One of Asia's most visited destinations, Singapore is best described as an amalgam of a fast-paced life and an off-the-back-street inheritance.

Best Time: January to November

259 Singapore Attractions

8. Penang, Malaysia - The Island of Modernity and Old World Charm

Penang, Malaysia - The Island of Modernity and Old World Charm
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Known For : Kek Lok Si Temple Khoo Kongsi Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion

Penang is located in Malaysia, and consists of two main parts. One is Penang Island, which also includes the city's capital George Town. The other is Seberang Perai. Penang has been dubbed The Pearl of The Orient as well as The Silicon Valley of The East. It is commercially progressive and is an industrialised state with a thriving economy.

Best Time: November to January ; February to April

32 Penang Attractions

9. Langkawi, Malaysia - Malaysia's Mini Paradise

Langkawi, Malaysia - Malaysia's Mini Paradise
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Known For : Dataran Lang Langkawi Sky Bridge Langkawi Cable Car

Langkawi is often referred to as the Jewel of Kedah, as a result of its lush natural and tropical beauty. It is a group of islands located in the clear Andaman Sea and is also a duty-free zone!

Best Time: January to March

17 Langkawi Attractions

10. Krabi, Thailand - Bustling city, quiet locals

Krabi, Thailand - Bustling city, quiet locals
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Known For : Railay Beach Tiger Cave Temple Phi Phi Islands

One of the oldest provinces in Thailand, Krabi is home to the traditional yet the modern, the touristy and the local flavour. Sample what you like and see what the other side of the coin has to offer too in this Thai province.

Best Time: November to April

24 Krabi Attractions

11. Pattaya, Thailand - The unrelenting combination of calm and crazy!

Pattaya, Thailand - The unrelenting combination of calm and crazy!
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Known For : Walking Street The Sanctuary of Truth Jomtien Beach

Pattaya is a beautiful beach resort nestled along the eastern coast of the Gulf of Thailand renowned for its gorgeous beaches, water parks, unspoiled nature's beauty, religious temples and long walks on the street. Tourists should look out for an amazing nightlife at the island offering a never forgetting experience.

Best Time: November to June

38 Pattaya Attractions

12. Phi Phi Islands, Thailand - Island Paradise for the Beach Lover

Phi Phi Islands, Thailand - Island Paradise for the Beach Lover
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Known For : Phi Phi Viewpoint Koh Phi Phi Leh Bamboo Island

Phi Phi consists of a group of six islands. Only 40 km away from Phuket, Phi Phi Don and Phi Phi Leh are the two most famous islands of the six. With their pristine waters and vibrant parties, these islands are a wonderful way to spend a few days in Thailand.

Best Time: Throughout the year

5 Phi Phi Islands Attractions

13. Bali, Indonesia - An idyllic retreat

Bali, Indonesia - An idyllic retreat
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Known For : Ulu Watu Mount Batur Scuba Diving

Bali, Indonesia’s most famous island, is located to the west of Java in the Lesser Sunda Islands. It is world-renowned for its scenic rice terraces, fragrant cuisine, stunning beaches and a galore of culture and tradition. With its elaborate temples, endless coastline, some of the world's best coral reefs, waterfalls and retreats, Bali combines leisure and adventure, spiritual awakening and hard-partying all into one island that people from all over the world come to lose themselves in.

Best Time: April, May, June and September

274 Bali Attractions

14. Sydney, Australia - The complete Australian experience

Sydney, Australia - The complete Australian experience
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Known For : Sydney Opera House Darling Harbour Bondi Beach

Sydney is a lovely Australian city, with a hot summer sun and loads of places to make the most of it. Beautiful gardens, iconic monuments, famous localities and the best beaches to get a tan on, a short trip to Sydney will have your travel bug well satisfied.

Best Time: December to February.

18 Sydney Attractions

15. Dubai, UAE - A Megacity That Never Stops Growing

Dubai, UAE - A Megacity That Never Stops Growing
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Known For : Burj Khalifa Palm Jumeirah The Dubai Mall

A city of many faces, Dubai is one of the most popular tourist destinations around the globe. Home to the tallest tower in the world, the Burj Khalifa, this global city is mainly known for its lavish architecture, incredible skylines and a plethora of tourist attractions that break records to be the tallest, longest and biggest. Dubai is also known for its adventure opportunities when it comes to Desert Safari, Sky-diving, Reef and wreck diving, kite surfing, wakeboarding, etc.

Best Time: November to April

102 Dubai Attractions

16. Great Barrier Reef, Australia - Nature's Biggest Marvel

Great Barrier Reef, Australia - Nature's Biggest Marvel
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Known For : Green Island Heart Reef Hayman Island

The Great Barrier Reef doesn't really need much of an introduction. It is the single largest composition of living organisms in the world, and without a shadow of a doubt, nature's most revelled masterpiece.

Best Time: June to November (Spring)

6 Barrier Reef Attractions

17. Uluru Kata Tjuta National Park, Australia - Gem in the Desert

Uluru Kata Tjuta National Park, Australia - Gem in the Desert
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Known For : Cultural Centre Camel Tours Walks

Located in the dry Central Australian desert, you would not imagine Uluru to be such a bustling centre for tourism. Yet, it is. And this breathtaking marvel of nature is definitely one worth a visit!

Best Time: April to September (Autumn to Winter)

5 Uluru Attractions

18. Auckland, New-Zealand - The Kiwi city of volcanoes

Auckland, New-Zealand - The Kiwi city of volcanoes
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Known For : Sky Tower Cornwall Park Rangitoto Island

Auckland is one of New Zealand's oldest and most historic cities, and also its largest and most populous. It also serves as one of the most important tourist hubs of the country. Situated by 2 large harbours, this vibrant city combines natural beauty and city flamboyance, drawing in visitors for leisure and business alike all year round.

Best Time: Summer months from December to February

75 Auckland Attractions

19. Cape Town, South-Africa - Cape Town: Incredible Journey

Cape Town, South-Africa - Cape Town: Incredible Journey
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Known For : Table Mountain Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens Clifton and Camps Bay Beaches

This little town in the Southern Island is not for the faint hearted! With a plethora of activities for the thrill seeker, coupled with some marvellous and picturesque attractions make Queenstown quite a memorable visit.

Best Time: October to April

12 Cape Town Attractions

20. Queenstown, New-Zealand - Adventure Capital of New Zealand

Queenstown, New-Zealand - Adventure Capital of New Zealand
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Known For : Lake Wakatipu The Remarkables Coronet Peak

This little town in the Southern Island is not for the faint hearted! With a plethora of activities for the thrill seeker, coupled with some marvellous and picturesque attractions make Queenstown quite a memorable visit.

Best Time: December to February (summers) or June to July (winters)

43 Queenstown Attractions

So what are you waiting for? Book your tickets already! Which one is your favourite destination among these? Tell us in the comments below.

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