Suggested itineraries in January

January can be a dreary month to endure in the UK but this is most certainly not the case if you head eastwards. Head to South India: the tropical beaches of Goa and Kerala have calm seas ideal for swimming and the sun shines often without a cloud in the sky. The nearby Andaman and Nicobar Islands offer an island retreat and cooling sea breezes that keep the temperature down at night. The coconut-studded west coast of Sri Lanka is at its best now with clear, azure-blue waters ideal for swimming, surfing and blue whale spotting. Now is also the time to hit the beaches of Phuket for its most picture-perfect weather.