30 Destinations to Look Out For in 2020 | Categories and Winners Of Holidify Explorer Awards

The first edition of Holidify Explorer Awards took off in December 2018 as thousands of people came together and voted for their favourite destinations around the world. Many of the destinations have had millions of page-views across the year on Holidify thereby allowing us nominate only the best of the best.

Through understanding our users and their travel needs, we carefully compiled a full list of categories and nominations and opened the voting to our users allowing them to pick their favourite travel destinations.

After a month long campaign and thousands of voters, here are the top destinations to look out for in 2019. Whether you want to relax, go on an adventure or simply go for a bachelor party, there's certainly a destination for everyone on this list. 

Holidify Explorer Awards 2018 Categories and Winners

Top Luxury Resorts and Hotels In India

Taj Lake Palace, Udaipur
Taj Lake Palace, Udaipur


  • Winner - Taj Lake Palace, Udaipur 
  • 1st Runner Up - Ananda Spa Resort, Rishikesh 
  • 2nd Runner Up - Kumarakom Lake Resort, Kerala 

Best Wildlife Resorts In India

Club Mahindra Wildlife resort
Club Mahindra, Thekkady


  • Winner - Club Mahindra Thekkady 
  • 1st Runner Up - Inn the Wild, Madumalai Tiger Reserve
  • 2nd Runner Up - The Oberoi Vanyavilas, Ranthambore Tiger Reserve, Rajasthan

Spa & Wellness Resorts In India

Khyber himalayan resort, gulmarg
The Khyber Himalayan Resort & Spa, Gulmarg, Kashmir


  • Winner - The Khyber Himalayan Resort & Spa, Gulmarg, Kashmir
  • 1st Runner Up - The Hilton Shillim, Maharashtra
  • 2nd Runner Up - Ananda Spa Resort, Uttarakhand

Top Heritage Hotels in India for Luxury Travellers

Maison Perumal, Pondicherry
Maison Perumal, Pondicherry

 

  • Winner - Maison Perumal, Pondicherry 
  • 1st Runner Up - Umaid Bhawan Palace, Jodhpur, Rajasthan 
  • 2nd Runner Up - Taj Falaknuma Palace, Hyderabad 

Backpackers Hostels In India That Every Traveller Should Know

Horn Ok Please Backpacker Hostel
Horn Okay Please


  • Winner - Horn Okay Please 
  • 1st Runner Up - The Madpackers Hostel 
  • 2nd Runner Up - Backpacker Panda 

Best Romantic Resorts in India

Best Romantic Resorts in India
The Windflower Resort & Spa - Coorg


  • Winner - The Windflower Resort & Spa - Coorg 
  • 1st Runner Up - Marbela Beach Resort - Morjim (Goa) 
  • 2nd Runner Up - Jaisalmer Marriott Resort & Spa

Best Megacities of the World

Mumbai, Maharastra
Mumbai, Maharashtra


  • Winner - Mumbai, Maharashtra - The City of Dreams 
  • 1st Runner Up - Tokyo, Japan - A beautiful melange of old and new 
  • 2nd Runner Up - Shanghai, China - The towering Chinese metropolis 

Best Places In The World To Visit

Colosseum, Rome
Colosseum, Rome


  • Winner - Colosseum, Rome - Mighty and Majestic
  • 1st Runner Up - The Grand Canyon
  • 2nd Runner Up - Bali, Indonesia - An idyllic retreat 

Best Places To Visit in Europe

Croatia, Europe
Croatia, Europe


  • Winner - Croatia - The Colourful Coastal Country 
  • 1st Runner Up - Paris, France - The City of Lights
  • 2ns Runner Up - London, England - The heritage of England

Best Countries To Visit in South-East Asia

Vietnam
Vietnam


  • Winner - Vietnam - The Country of Natural Beauty and Scenic Vistas 
  • 1st Runner Up - Singapore - Singapore : A Recreation of Adventure
  • 2nd Runner Up - Thailand - The Gateway to Southeast Asia

Best Places To Go For A Bachelor Party For Indians

Rio De Janeiro
Rio De Janeiro


  • Winner - Rio De Janeiro - A New World
  • 1st Runner Up - Thailand - The Gateway to Southeast Asia
  • 2nd Runner Up - Goa - Beaches, Sunsets and Crazy Nights

Best Country For A Budget Trip For Indians

Thailand
Thailand


  • Winner - Thailand - The Gateway to Southeast Asia 
  • 1st Runner Up - Sri Lanka - A Land Like No Other
  • 2nd Runner Up - Bhutan - Mountains, Monasteries and Magic

Most Fashionable Places In India

Mumbai
Mumbai, Maharashtra


  • Winner - Mumbai, Maharashtra - The City of Dreams 
  • 1st Runner Up - Goa - Beaches, Sunsets and Crazy Nights
  • 2nd Runner Up - New Delhi, NCR - The City of Cities

Best Airport In India

Kempegowda International Airport, Bangalore
Kempegowda International Airport, Bangalore


  • Winner - Kempegowda International Airport, Bangalore 
  • 1st Runner Up - Indira Gandhi International Airport, New Delhi
  • 2nd Runner Up - Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport, Mumbai

Best Travel Movies/Documentaries

Dil Chahta Hai
Dil Chahta Hai


  • Winner - Dil Chahtha Hai: When in Goa 
  • 1st Runner Up - Raanjhanaa : Varanasi's Ghats and Lanes
  • 2nd Runner Up - Rockstar: From Delhi to Kashmir

Best Offbeat Places In India 

Shivanasamundram Falls, Karnataka
Shivanasamundram Falls, Karnataka


  • Winner - Shivanasamundram Falls, Karnataka - The guardian of waterfalls 
  • 1st Runner Up - Kurnool, Andhra Pradesh - A handpicked history
  • 2nd Runner Up - Ziro, Arunachal Pradesh: Explore the Unexplored

Best Treks in India

Roopkund Lake Trek
Roopkund Lake Trek


  • Winner - Roopkund Lake Trek 
  • 1st Runner Up - Chadar Frozen River Trek
  • 2nd Runner Up - Kheerganga Trek

Cleanest Cities in India

Mysore, Karnataka
Mysore, Karnataka


  • Winner - Mysore, Karnataka - A Glimpse of Southern India 
  • 1st Runner Up - Indore, Madhya Pradesh - The Cleanest City In India
  • 2nd Runner Up - Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh - Preservation At It's Best

Best Road Trips in India

Mumbai to Pune expressway
Mumbai to Pune Expressway


  • Winner - Mumbai to Pune Expressway 
  • 1st Runner Up - Manali to Leh Highway
  • 2nd Runner Up - Visakhapatnam to Araku Valley

Best Family Holiday Destinations in India

Rishikesh
Rishikesh, Uttarakhand


  • Winner - Rishikesh, Uttarakhand - Yoga Capital of the World 
  • 1st Runner Up - Ooty, Tamil Nadu - Queen of the Nilgiris
  • 2nd Runner Up - Darjeeling, West Bengal - Queen of The Himalayas

Best Places For Solo Travel in India

Lahaul-Spiti Valley
Lahaul-Spiti Valley


  • Winner - Lahaul-Spiti Valley - Deserts, Mountains and Valleys
  • 1st Runner Up - Kasol, Himachal Pradesh, The higher you go, the more beautiful it gets
  • 2nd Runner Up - Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh - The Spiritual Capital of India

Safest Destinations for Solo Female Travellers in India

Kovalam, Kerala
Kovalam, Kerala

 

  • Winner - Kovalam, Kerala - Sea, sun, surf, sand and shopping
  • 1st Runner Up - Rishikesh, Uttarakhand
  • 2nd Runner Up - Jaipur, Rajasthan

Best Honeymoon Places In India For A Perfect Romantic Trip

Andaman and Nicobar Islands
Andaman & Nicobar Islands

 

  • Winner - Andaman & Nicobar - Blue seas, virgin islands and colonial past 
  • 1st Runner Up - Goa - Beaches, Sunsets and Crazy Nights
  • 2nd Runner Up - Alleppey, Kerala - Backwaters, Beaches and Lagoons - Venice of the East

Best National Parks in India

Kaziranga national park
Kaziranga National Park, Assam

 

  • Winner - Kaziranga National Park, Assam - Home to the One Horned Rhino 
  • 1st Runner Up - Corbett National Park, Uttarakhand - Home to the majestic Tigers
  • 2nd Runner Up - Gir National Park, Gujarat - Home to the mighty Lions

Best Historical Monuments of India 

Qutub Minar Delhi
Qutub Minar, Delhi

 

  • Winner - Qutub Minar, Delhi
  • 1st Runner Up - Taj Mahal, Agra
  • 2nd Runner Up - India Gate, Delhi

Best Cities For Food in India

Delhi Food
Delhi 

 

  • Winner - Delhi - Dildaar Dilli
  • 1st Runner Up - Mumbai - The city that never sleeps
  • 2nd Runner Up - Varanasi - The city of lights

Best Cities For Nightlife

Gurgoan
Gurgaon, Haryana

 

  • Winner - Gurgaon, Haryana - Millennium City of India 
  • 1st Runner Up - Goa - What happens in Goa, Stays in Goa
  • 2nd Runner Up - Mumbai, Maharashtra - The City That Never Sleeps

Best City To Live in India

Mumbai
Mumbai, Maharashtra

  • Winner - Mumbai, Maharashtra - The City of Dreams 
  • 1st Runner Up - Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh - The City of Nizams
  • 2nd Runner Up - Pune, Maharashtra - Oxford of the East

Best Hill Stations in India

Manali Himachal Pradesh
Manali, Himachal Pradesh

 

  • Winner - Manali, Himachal Pradesh - Lover's Paradise 
  • 1st Runner Up - Ooty, Tamil Nadu - Queen of the Nilgiris
  • 2nd Runner Up - Darjeeling, West Bengal - Queen of The Himalayas

Best Beaches in India

Goa
Goa


  • Winner - Goa - Beaches, Sunsets and Crazy Nights
  • 1st Runner Up - Andaman & Nicobar - Blue seas, virgin islands and colonial past
  • 2nd Runner Up - Varkala, Kerala - The hidden treasure of Kerala

Top Tourist Places In India

Munnar
Munnar, Kerala


  • Winner - Munnar, Kerala - Tea Gardens, Lakes and Pretty little hill-station 
  • 1st Runner Up - Goa - Beaches, Sunsets and Crazy Nights
  • 2nd Runner Up - Agra, Uttar Pradesh - The city of Taj Mahal, the monument of eternal love

With thousands of places to choose from for your next vacation, these places stand out on top of the list. So, where are you heading to next? Let us know in the comments below!

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