Best Destinations for Winter Sun - Winter Holiday Trips

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 m (Read More)ake the most of your holidays.

Here is the list of 26 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 Fort Aguada Cruise 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

197 Goa Attractions

2. Kerala - God's Own Country

Kerala - God's Own Country
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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.

49 Attractions

3. Seychelles - The Honeymoon Paradise

Seychelles - The Honeymoon Paradise
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Known For : Anse Lazio Snorkeling in Seychelles Sunbathing 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

96 Seychelles Attractions

4. Maldives, Maldives - A Tropical Haven

Maldives, Maldives - A Tropical Haven
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Known For : Stay in an Overwater Bungalow Diving in Maldives Snorkelling 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: December to April

103 Maldives Attractions

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

Mauritius, Mauritius - Indian Ocean's Island Paradise.
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Known For : Black River Gorges National Park Seven Coloured Earth of Chamarel Scuba Diving in Mauritius

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)

146 Mauritius Attractions

6. Singapore - The Quintessential Cosmopolitan

Singapore - The Quintessential Cosmopolitan
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Known For : Gardens by the Bay Sentosa Island Universal Studios Singapore

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

270 Singapore Attractions

7. Langkawi, Malaysia - Malaysia's Mini Paradise

Langkawi, Malaysia - Malaysia's Mini Paradise
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Known For : Langkawi Sky Bridge Langkawi Cable Car Underwater World Langkawi

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

41 Langkawi Attractions

8. Krabi, Thailand - Bustling city, quiet locals

Krabi, Thailand - Bustling city, quiet locals
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Known For : Tiger Cave Temple Railay Beach Klong Thom Hot Springs

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

42 Krabi Attractions

9. 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 Nong Nooch Botanical Gardens Big Buddha Temple

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

54 Pattaya Attractions

10. 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 : Nightlife in Phi Phi Island Phi Phi Viewpoint 3 Koh Phi Phi Leh

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

24 Phi Phi Islands Attractions

11. Bali, Indonesia - An idyllic retreat

Bali, Indonesia - An idyllic retreat
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Known For : Tanah Lot Uluwatu Bali Swing

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

300 Bali Attractions

12. Sydney, Australia - The complete Australian experience

Sydney, Australia - The complete Australian experience
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Known For : Sydney Opera House Sydney Harbour Bridge Royal Botanic Gardens

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.

44 Sydney Attractions

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

Dubai, UAE - A Megacity That Never Stops Growing
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Known For : At the Top Burj Khalifa Dubai Fountain 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

123 Dubai Attractions

14. 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

15. 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

16. 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

87 Auckland Attractions

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

Cape Town, South-Africa - Cape Town: Incredible Journey
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Known For : Table Mountain Robben Island Victoria and Alfred Waterfront

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

38 Cape Town Attractions

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

Queenstown, New-Zealand - Adventure Capital of New Zealand
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Known For : Milford Sound Lake Wakatipu 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)

49 Queenstown Attractions

19. Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam - Where Heritage Inspires Progress

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam - Where Heritage Inspires Progress
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Known For : War Remnants Museum Ben Thanh Market Bitexco Financial Tower (Saigon Skydeck)

Popularly known as Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City in southern Vietnam is the largest city and the financial and cultural capital of the country. Ho Chi Minh City is a fast-paced city deeply rooted in its cultural roots whilst quickly having adapted to the demands of urbanisation. Here you will find ornate temples and olden shrines of various faiths standing side by side alongside towering skyscrapers and shopping malls. Tan Son Nhat International Airport, which is the busiest airport in the country services Ho Chi Minh City.

Best Time: November to April

86 Ho Chi Minh Attractions

20. Phu Quoc - The Pearl Island

Phu Quoc - The Pearl Island
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Known For : Vinpearl Safari Hon Thom Cable Car Phu Quoc Prison

Phu Quoc is the biggest island in Vietnam, boasting the most beautiful white sand beaches, surrounded by palm and coconut trees. It's the largest island in Vietnam and is renowned for its stunning white-sand beaches, crystal-clear waters, and lush tropical landscapes. Located just 45 kilometers from the southern tip of Vietnam and just 4 kilometers from Cambodia, it is the perfect spot for a long weekend getaway. Moreover, you don’t need a visa if you fly in from another country directly, regardless of your nationality. However, if you are taking a ferry from Vietnam, you must have a valid Vietnam visa to enter the island.

Best Time: November to March

28 Phu Quoc Attractions

21. Nha Trang, Vietnam - Where the Party Never Stops

Nha Trang, Vietnam - Where the Party Never Stops
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Known For : Nha Trang Beach Ba Ho Waterfalls Scuba Diving in Nha Trang

Home to some of the most beautiful bays in the world, Nha Trang on the coast of Southern Central Vietnam, is a popular beach resort city. While the fine powdery white crescent beach is a shoreline highlight, regular makeovers have produced parks, sculpture gardens, bright promenades, and beachside luxury resorts. Activities such as sailboating, kiteboarding, and scuba diving are popular yearly due to the excellent weather.

Best Time: February to April

41 Nha Trang Attractions

22. Siem Reap, Cambodia - The gateway to ancient mysteries

Siem Reap, Cambodia - The gateway to ancient mysteries
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Known For : Angkor Wat Ta Prohm Temple Bayon Temple

Siem Reap in Cambodia is a paragon of ancient glory and timeless grandeur; proudly being the gateway to one of the most astonishing architectures in world history- Angkor Wat. Although the main reason to stay in Siem Reap is to get yourself ready to explore several ancient temples, the city itself comes with a surprise package of historical and modern blends.

Best Time: November to March

56 Siem Reap Attractions

23. Phuket, Thailand - Where Summer Beach Fashion Truly Comes Alive

Phuket, Thailand - Where Summer Beach Fashion Truly Comes Alive
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Known For : Big Buddha Bangla Road Phuket Old Town

Phuket, the largest island in Thailand, has everything the country offers. It is located in southern Thailand, on the Andaman Sea coastline. Serviced by the Phuket International Airport, the island sees no shortage of travelers at any time of the year. Golden beaches, numerous offshore islands, upbeat markets, a high-octane nightlife, and thrilling watersports characterize Phuket. It is also one of the fastest-accessible beach destinations in Thailand.

Best Time: November to February

124 Phuket Attractions

24. Mirissa - Home away from home!

Mirissa - Home away from home!
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Known For : Coconut Tree Hill Mirissa Beach Secret Beach

Settled on a plateau encircled by lush mountains, Kandy is a large city in central Sri Lanka with biodiverse rainforests and tea plantations. Around 4 hours by road from Colombo, the city is famed for the Temple of the Tooth Relic, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the most sacred Buddhist places in the world. Kandy is bountiful in nature with national parks like Udawattekele Sanctuary, and mystical cloud-laden peaks like Hanthana Mountain Range. Truly, the city is an epicentre of cultural, historical, spiritual and nature tourism.

Best Time: December - March

20 Mirissa Attractions

25. Kandy, Sri-Lanka - Cultural Capital of Sri Lanka

Kandy, Sri-Lanka - Cultural Capital of Sri Lanka
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Known For : Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic Kandy Lake Royal Botanical Gardens, Peradeniya

Settled on a plateau encircled by lush mountains, Kandy is a large city in central Sri Lanka with biodiverse rainforests and tea plantations. Around 4 hours by road from Colombo, the city is famed for the Temple of the Tooth Relic, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the most sacred Buddhist places in the world. Kandy is bountiful in nature with national parks like Udawattekele Sanctuary, and mystical cloud-laden peaks like Hanthana Mountain Range. Truly, the city is an epicentre of cultural, historical, spiritual and nature tourism.

Best Time: December to April

47 Kandy Attractions

26. Galle, Sri-Lanka - Fortified beach city of the Portuguese

Galle, Sri-Lanka - Fortified beach city of the Portuguese
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Known For : Galle Fort Galle Lighthouse Galle Fort Clock Tower

Tucked into the southwest coast of Sri Lanka, Galle is a major city and UNESCO World Heritage Site. Blessed with imposing Dutch-colonial buildings, ancient churches and mosques, blond beaches, mansions and museums, quirky boutiques, and a convivial seaside promenade, Galle attracts locals, foreign travellers, history buffs and nature lovers alike.

Best Time: February

33 Galle 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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