Top 5 places to visit in South India during Christmas holidays

Are you searching for the Christmas holiday destinations in South India? A lot of holiday spots, pilgrim centers, resorts and tourist attractions are located in South Indian places like Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Pondicherry, etc. Here is the list of top 5 places in South India you must visit during Christmas vacation.

December month has arrived and it is time to ring the Christmas bells and most importantly it is the best season to plan for a vacation trip. Are you confused where to enjoy your Christmas vacation? Do you wish to explore Christmas in different cities? Every year a lot of Indian and Foreign visitors visit tourist attractions in India. But only a few places can be visited in the winter season. Here is the list of top 5 places in South India you must visit during the Christmas holidays. Make your trip a memorable one, by spending your valuable time in the holiday destinations that celebrate Christmas and New Year in a glorious way.

1. Kerala

Kerala is one of the best places in South India to visit during the month of December. It is located on the shoreline of the Arabian Sea and has a lot of tourist destinations. God's own country looks splendid, especially during the winter season. The state is known for Christmas celebrations, where you can see houses and churches decorated with colorful lights, stars and Xmas trees. To enjoy the flavors of Christmas in Kerala, you can plan a trip to cities like Trivandrum, Kochi, Munnar, Kollam, Wayanad and Kovalam. Each city in Kerala celebrates Christmas in a unique way.

Image Source: Munnar Hills-Kerala,

Kerala is known for its amazing weather, tradition and culture. If you wish to celebrate Christmas vacation with nature, then you can visit the hill station in Munnar, backwaters in Alleppey, beach in Kovalam and enjoy the sceneries and natural surroundings in Wayanad. A lot of famous churches are located in Kerala and you can visit the churches and attend the holy mass and musical carols. In Kerala, you can also visit carnivals, pubs and discotheques. If you are a food lover, then you can enjoy eating the exotic and traditional food of Kerala and special Christmas cakes. To make your Christmas vacation a remarkable one, pay a visit to the south Indian state of Kerala.

2. Pondicherry

Pondicherry or Puducherry is one of the authentic places in South India to visit during Christmas vacation. It is a union territory located on the coast of Tamil Nadu. Pondicherry was a French Colonial settlement in India and hence till today, you can experience French culture, art and tradition in Pondicherry. Christmas and New Year are the famous festivals celebrated in Pondicherry. A lot of popular churches like the Church of Our Lady of Lourdes, Church of Our Lady of Good Health, the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception, Church of the Assumption, Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Church of Our Lady of Angels are located in Pondicherry. In the town, you can see the French style of architecture in the buildings. A lot of restaurants in Pondicherry offer French Cuisine, delicious Christmas cakes and desserts. You can admire the natural beauty of the town and enjoy your vacation by visiting places like Seaside Promenade, Auroville Beach, Serenity Beach and Paradise Beach. Other popular places located in Pondicherry are Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Botanical Garden, the Bharathi Park and Chunnambar Boat House.

Image Source: French Colony-Pondicherry,

Pondicherry is a party town and if you are a party lover, then without any doubt you can pack your bags and land in Pondicherry to enjoy your Christmas vacation. During Christmas and New Year seasons, the popular hotels, restaurants and beach resorts in Pondicherry organizes night parties, cocktail parties, wine parties and other lavish parties with unlimited food, snacks, DJ, grand firecracker display and spectacular live performances by various artists. Pondicherry is undoubtedly one of the best spots in India to celebrate Christmas and New Year Eve. Treat yourself, by visiting Pondicherry during your winter holidays.

3. Bangalore

Bangalore is one of the best Christmas vacation spots, which gives a rich festival experience. The buildings in the city stand as examples for European Architecture. The city has a lot of churches and every year the entire city celebrates Christmas and New Year with zeal. Some of the popular churches in Bangalore are St Patrick's Church, St.Mary's Basilica, Holy Trinity Church, St. Francis Xavier's Cathedral and Infant Jesus Church. Bangalore is famous for culinary and hence you can taste a variety of cuisine, desserts and delicious eateries. Check-in to the Brigade road to witness the craze for Christmas and New Year in Bangalore. For festival shopping, the city has many shopping centers, bazaars, malls and market. Bangalore is the best spot for shopping and dining.

Image Source: St.Patrick's Church-Bangalore,

If you are a night owl and wish to experience the nightlife, then you can preferably choose Bangalore as your destination. You can enjoy you December nights in trekking spots like Anthargange, Mari Betta, Kunti Betta, Skandagiri and Makalidurga. Several restaurants and resorts in Bangalore offer a delicious buffet on the occasion of Christmas and New Year. Clubs, pubs and discotheques in the city organize lavish parties, special events and fun activities on the festival eve. To gain vivid experience, explore Bangalore during your Christmas holidays.

4. Chennai

Chennai, the capital city of Tamil Nadu is also one of the best picks for Christmas Vacation. The metropolitan city is located on the shoreline of Bay of Bengal and it has a lot of pilgrim centers, beach, museum, entertainment places, memorials and other tourist spots. The Tamil month of Margazhi, which is considered as the divine month for Hindus falls in December and hence you can also witness the Tamil culture and tradition of Hinduism during this season. In the early morning, special poojas will be performed in temples. If you are music or a dance lover, then you can enjoy Carnatic music, Hindustani vocal music and Classical dance performances of various artists by attending Chennai Music Festival which is organized in the month of December. You can also visit the most popular churches like Santhome Basilica, Annai Velankani Church, St. Thomas Mount National Shrine, St. Mary's Church, Armenian Church and CSI Wesley Church. During the Christmas season, the churches will be beautifully decorated with ornamental lightings, Christmas trees, stars and colorful hangings. For festival shopping, the city has a lot of boutiques, malls and shopping centers.

Image Source: Christmas Decoration in Express Avenue Mall- Chennai,

Apart from holy mass and musical carols in Churches and special poojas in temples, Chennai city also has an option for party lovers. Chennai is not only a city with a lot of pilgrim centers but also a city with floors to party. Every year, the city celebrates Christmas and New Year in a grander way. Some hotels, restaurants and beach resorts in East Coast Road(ECR) organizes lavish parties, buffet feasts, DJ, firecrackers show and special cultural events as a part of Christmas and New Year celebrations. You can enjoy Tamil Nadu cuisine all over the city and gain the best dining experience. On the eve of Christmas and New Year, the clubs, pubs and malls in Chennai organize exciting activities and fun events. Marina beach and Besant Nagar beach are the best beach destinations in Chennai which host startling Christmas and New Year parties. To feel spirituality and to enjoy the culture and beauty of Tamil Nadu, stop by Chennai for your December vacation.

5. Andaman and Nicobar Islands

December is one of the best times to visit the Andaman Islands. Usually, huge travelers visit Andaman during this season and a lot of ferry and cruise service increases in this period. Andaman and Nicobar Islands is an Indian Union Territory which has a lot of tourist spots. If you are an adventure lover, then you can select Andaman as your vacation spot. You can go for scuba diving, sea walking, snorkeling and boat riding to Ross Island, Baratang Island, Jolly Bouy Island and North Bay Island. Andaman experiences a tropical climate, so the weather will not be cold.

Image Source: Neil Island,

During your visit to Andaman, you can plan a trip to explore Port Blair, Havelock Island and Neil Island. Mingling with nature, reduces the stress and relaxes the mind. You can also go for a walk by the beach at night especially during Christmas and New Year eve as many people will be in the festival mood and will be enjoying the festivals with the public. In Andaman, the adventure lovers and travelers can also engage in other activities such as Watersports, trekking and bird watching. You can party hard and celebrate Christmas and New Year in resorts, beaches and yachts. To live with nature, fly to Andaman for your Christmas vacation.

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Author: Umesh14 Dec 2018 Member Level: Platinum   Points : 2

A well written exhaustive article giving some of the top places in Southern India to visit during Christmas time.

Southern India is full of dream destinations for a tourist and hobby traveler and during Christmas and New Year many visitors visit them to enjoy these places in festive moods. Those who have already visited some of these places can go for more options in this part of the country. Some of them are Kodaikanal, Yercaud, Madurai, Kanyakumari, Mysuru, Rameshwaram, Ooty, Matheran, Mahabaleshwar, Shirdi, Panchgani, and Coorg.

These places have their own attraction and some of them are religious places also.

Author: DR.N.V. Srinivasa Rao20 Dec 2018 Member Level: Platinum   Points : 5

A well-written article and the places selected are excellent and need to be visited at least once in our lifetime. There is another place in South India which looks like mini Kerala. The atmosphere here is very good and we will definitely enjoy the place during Christmas and new year time in this area. This place is known as Konaseema. It is a part of East Godavari District of Andhra Pradesh. This place is in between the two divisions of river Godavari known as Gowtami and Vashista. A nice place to enjoy with children. There are many beautiful places and pilgrim centres. There are many churches where the Christmas will be celebrated in a grand way. Well laid roads and water canals on one side of the road and green fields on the other side. Banana trees, coconut gardens, paddy fields and cane sugar fields are a feast to our eyes. The Rajahmundry city is having all the facilities and cabs are available at reasonable prices. Even a very good number of buses are available to travel all over the area from Rajahmundry. You will enjoy the Yanam beach, Kakinada Beach and many other places.

There are many pilgrim places like Ryali, Antarvedi, Vadapalli and Ainavilli. Kadiyam is a beautiful place with very good nurseries and you will find many good plantations here. The nurseries are well maintained here and many film shootings will be taking place here. I advise all to plan a trip to this place and enjoy the vacation and the tour will be within the reach of a middle-class family also.

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