Best Christmas and New Year Holidays in India and Sri Lanka
As we leave summer behind and start the descent into the bleak British winter, we find it’s always a good idea to book a holiday as something to look forward to. Our luxury holidays and cultural tours to the Indian Subcontinent offer something for all types of traveller; from family-friendly wildlife holidays and adventure trips for solo travellers to luxurious honeymoons and wellness immersions. Below you’ll find our top recommendations for the perfect tailor-made holidays to immerse yourself in - whether you’re looking for sunshine, culture, wildlife or adventure this Christmas.
A December to January visit to Sri Lanka is, quite simply, the dream, especially when arriving from the UK. The Hill Country tea plantations are at their driest and the West Coast is at its best, with clear, azure-blue waters ideal for swimming, surfing, snorkelling and blue whale spotting. We’ve shared our favourite itineraries for a full range of trips to the country below.
Family-Friendly & Wildlife Holidays in Sri Lanka
For a small country, Sri Lanka is densely packed with historical, cultural and scenic attractions, making it the perfect destination for family holidays. Appealing to those travelling as a family or with younger children, a wildlife holiday will take you through the dense jungles of Yala or Kumana National Park, home to shy leopards, wild Sri Lankan elephants and aquatic birds.
Cultural Holidays in Sri Lanka
For those after a cultural break, our Sri Lanka tours can seamlessly combine colonial history, the legacy of the Sri Lankan architect Geoffrey Bawa and the ancient cities of Polonnaruwa, Dambulla and Anuradhapura. The latter is part of Sri Lanka’s Cultural Triangle – the old capital of Kandy and the hill station of Nuwara Eliya.
Beach & Active Holidays in Sri Lanka
Sri Lankan beaches are a slice of heaven, offering something for every kind of traveller, whether you’re an advanced surfer after to find the best waves, a wellness enthusiast in search of yoga retreats or simply a hammock lover looking to relax and enjoy the country’s bohemian beach bars and incredible seafood.
With temperatures at a very comfortable 25°C, December and January are pleasant months to visit the Royal Palaces of Rajasthan, especially for those looking to escape the heat that comes in the following months For adventure seekers and snow enthusiasts, it’s the start of the ski season in Gulmarg, Kashmir, which offers an unforgettable and unique skiing experience!
For those after a dose of sunshine, the tropical palm-fringed beaches of Goa and Kerala offer long stretches of white sand and truly balmy waters. Combine the coast with cultural visits to Chennai, Mahabalipuram and Pondicherry for the ultimate South Indian adventure.
Family & Wildlife Holidays in India
A kaleidoscope of colour and noise, India is a lively and invigorating place for exciting luxury family holidays. From exploring the temple-scattered sites of Tamil Nadu to searching for leopards, tigers and sloth bears on safari, we can guarantee that your children will never get bored!
Romantic Holidays in India
Rajasthan is the ideal region for a romantic honeymoon; home to fairytale palaces, candlelit dinners under the stars of the Thar Desert and private boat trips on the serene Lake Pichola. Combine the city with a trip to the coast or the far-flung Andaman Islands for the perfect luxury honeymoon.
Wellness Holidays in India
India is renowned for its spirituality, wisdom and ancient wellbeing health traditions; it is the home of Ayurveda, making it the ideal place for wellness holidays. From the foothills of the Himalayas to the beaches of Goa and Kerala, you can find luxurious retreats that offer yoga and meditation where you can practice balancing mind, body and soul and leave your holiday feeling rested and restored.
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