February is a pretty chill month. That’s when the winter season is at its peak, making you tempted to scoot to your nearest chai tapri and have a warm cup. And if you want to make the most of the winter air, why not plan a holiday? Here are some of the best places to travel to in February.
With hill stations shrouded in fog and serene backwaters, secluded hamlets, and cultural treasure troves, Kerala is simply breathtaking. The best part about God’s Own Country is that its biggest treasure, the backwaters, can be easily enjoyed while maintaining a safe distance from other tourists. And when it comes to backwaters, there’s no better place than Alleppey.
Alleppey, or Alappuzha, is home to some of the most gorgeous backwaters you could see. Fringed by thickets of green, small fishing villages, and rustic toddy shops, Alleppey is calm and peaceful, yet buzzing with life. No wonder Lord Curzon called it the Venice of the East.
Alleppey has a vast network of waterways and canals snaking their way across the land, reaching out to the north, east, and south. Go fishing and kayaking down the calm waters or simply take in the clean air and the wildlife around you. Vembanad Lake, Kerala’s largest lake, reaches all the way towards the north to Kochi. Normally, you could head to the Alappuzha beach and walk down the 137-year-old pier.
Kerala also has a few other places to travel to in February. At an altitude over 1,700 meters above sea level, Munnar and its tea plantations are nestled in the Western Ghats. Its seclusion can make for quite the romantic, private getaway, making it the perfect escape for Valentine’s Day. Also, the nearby town of Kumarakom, with its serene waterways and a forest that comes alive with the calls of migratory birds, won’t fail to entice you. For beach lovers, Kovalam Beach is calling!
Despite its peaceful isolation from the crowds, Alleppey is fairly well connected. If you’re traveling to Alleppey by road, you can take National Highway 66. It is also well connected to other major cities in Kerala and its neighboring states. Traveling to Alleppey by air means taking a flight to the Cochin International Airport, around 75 kilometers away. Make sure you are well versed and up-to-date with the coronavirus regulations of airports and states before booking your flight.
Alternatively, you can also take a train to Alleppey from major cities like Delhi and Mumbai. The Alleppey railway station is located within the city itself, around 4 kilometers from the city center. With this much convenience and pleasant weather, Alleppey is indeed one of the best places to travel to in February.
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Located on the banks of the Ganga, Rishikesh is sure to take your breath away, and it’s not just because of the high altitude. Several temples are dotted around the city, and the famous evening aarti on the banks of the Ganga fills the air with the chants of mantras and the peal of bells. If you’re more a follower of the religion of nature, then Rishikesh will answer all your prayers with its clear air, blue skies, rolling mountains, and lush green forests. High up in the mountains and away from the stress of monotonous life, you’ll be able to kiss your deadlines goodbye.
But don’t think that walking around the trees and temples is all there is to do in Rishikesh. Visit the Ram Jhoola and Laxman Jhoola, both famous tourist destinations. A little less frequented is the Beatles’ Ashram. There are also loads of adventure sports to do here, from bungee jumping to white water rafting. However, due to the virus, there’s a chance that these may not be available. Even so, we recommend staying away from the crowds (if there are any) and go off exploring the lush bounty of nature. The weather in Rishikesh will be lovely in February, so make sure it goes on your list of places to travel to in February.
If you’re flying into Rishikesh, the nearest airport is the Jolly Grant Airport aka the Dehradun Airport, about 24 kilometers from the city. Rishikesh has its own railway station, however, trains from most major cities arrive at Haridwar station around 25 kilometers away. Thankfully, you can easily take a train, cab, or bus from Haridwar to Rishikesh. NH-7 (the old NH-58) connects Rishikesh to other major cities by road.
Karnataka is not a destination that immediately comes to mind when you think of ‘popular’ tourist spots in India. But with hidden gems like Gokarna, it certainly is a great option to tick “off-beat travel” off your bucket list. Gokarna still remains relatively hidden and unfrequented, though this has been changing in recent years as more and more domestic tourists head there. Home to some fantastic beaches, Gokarna benefits from its relative seclusion since it isn’t ever crawling with tourists the way Goa is. Plus, with just a few more kilometers to cover than a Mumbai – Goa road trip, you can easily drive your way down there.
When in Gokarna, make sure you visit some of its beaches like Paradise Beach, Om Beach, and Half Moon Beach. Adventure sports junkies can also catch some water sports along the shores, like kite surfing, kayaking, and even surfing.
Getting to Gokarna is not as effortless as getting to other major destinations, but it isn’t exactly difficult either. For one, the airport nearest to Gokarna is the Dabolim Airport in Goa, 157 kilometers away. Alternatively, you can also take a flight to Mangalore International Airport in Mangalore (233 km away), and take a train to Gokarna from there. In terms of trains, Gokarna does have its own station but not all trains stop here. It shares the best connectivity with Goa and the trains from there. The nearest station in most cases will be Ankola, 20 kilometers away.
You can also travel to Gokarna by road, but no major highway runs right through the city so make sure you get off the main road on time. It is also well connected to the major cities located nearby like Madgaon, Mangalore, and Bangalore.
With lakes enough to mirror the sky and beautiful palaces to mirror the stars, Udaipur is your best bet if you seek a romantic getaway. Udaipur has an incomparable royal vibe, reaching back to 1559 when it was set up by Maharana Udai Singh II as the new capital of the Mewar Kingdom. Its reputation as the city of lakes is due to the number of lakes that rest within the city. With great weather and the promise of relaxation, it certainly makes it on our list of places to travel to in February.
Of course, you can always visit Lake Pichola and the City Palace. But if you find that you are accompanied by a lot more tourists, we advise caution. Instead of walking among the crowd, keep your distance. Book a room in one of the gorgeous hotels that overlook the lakes to wake up to views like no other with your loved one by your side.
Flying into Udaipur means landing right into the city at the Maharana Pratap Airport, around 22 kilometers from the city center. You can also take a bus, cab, or drive yourself to Udaipur from any of the major cities around like Mumbai or Delhi. Udaipur is equally well connected by rail, and there are even luxury trains for you to ride into the city with style.
These are some of the best places to visit to in February. Each destination mentioned in our list has the ambience and feel that compliments the chill February air. So book your tickets, get your warm apparels ready, and enjoy yourselves.
Where Should I Go In February In India?
Apart from the places mentioned above, here are some other great places to visit in February in India:
Andaman And Nicobar Islands: Equal parts tropical paradise and dark history, this archipelago is sure to captivate everyone. Make sure you enjoy the amazing watersports here and visit the Cellular Jail.
Goa: Everyone knows Goa to be the party place in India, but it’s more than just that and visiting in February would mean you can enjoy its pleasant weather and soak in the sun too!
Gangtok: If it’s a wintry destination that you’re seeking in February, consider a trip to Gangtok.
How Do I Plan A Trip To Udaipur?
Here’s a three-day itinerary for your Udaipur sightseeing trip:
Day 1: Start your trip by visiting the Udaipur City Palace, and then exploring the ghats surrounding Lake Pichola. Visit the Jagmandir Island Palace, and if you’re willing to splurge, spend the night at Taj Lake Palace!
Day 2: Set out to visit the magnificent Kumbhalgarh Fort, which is about 80 km away from Udaipur. Once you’ve returned, go shopping for local handicrafts at Hathipole Market.
Day 3: Visit Shilpgram, which is about 8 km away from Udaipur, to get a glimpse into the rural life of western India. You’ll get to buy a lot of handicrafts too! Make sure you don’t miss out on a trip to Sajjangarh Monsoon Palace too.
How Far Is Gokarna From Goa?
Goa is 134 km from Gokarna by road.
How Far Is Rishikesh From Mussoorie?
Rishikesh is 74 km from Mussoorie by road.
How Far Is Alleppey From Kochi?
Alleppey is 53 km from Kochi by road.