Top Literary Festivals to Attend during Winter Holidays in India


Without a doubt, winter is the best travel season in India. The climatic condition during the season is just perfect for outdoor sightseeing in most parts of the country. But even beyond that, winter is the time when literature-lovers can find several lit fests to keep them engaged and enthralled. Attend a talk season with high-profile authors and speakers, participate in knowledge-enhancing literary workshops, or buy some souvenir booklets to bring back home – these literary carnivals are certainly worth every penny spent on travel tickets and holiday deals.

Kochi International Book Festival

Locally known as ‘Antharashtra Pustakotsav’, the festival in Kochi, a charismatic coastal city in Kerala, is fast garnering the attention of literature-geeks from far and wide. Expect some fantastic literary and art competitions, cultural evenings and book launches during the 18th Kochi International Book festival that will take place from November 29 to December 8, 2014. Keen travellers can check Kerala Tourism’s official website for info about the fest and the entry tickets.

Goa Art and Literary Festival

Goa in winter is a place of unrestrained conviviality. If you’re boarding flights for the India’s beach capital this season, then be sure to attend the 5th Goa Arts and Literary Festival being held between December 4 and 7, 2014. People interested in art and literature will surely be enthralled by various workshops and literary encounters during this 4-day carnival. After a day of interaction with country’s literary geniuses, head on to Goa’s spectacular beaches for some sun and sand experience! Winter is the peak season in Goa as well as the rest of India, so it can be tricky to find last-minute cheap deals, but you can try out your luck and look to secure air tickets for Goa, if you haven’t done so till now.

Jaipur Literary Festival

The Jaipur Literary Festival, now in its 15th year, will be held from January 21st to 25th, 2015. This one of most revered and prestigious lit events in India takes place in the historical Diggi Palace Hotel in the Pink City ‘Jaipur’ and attracts a huge number of literature-lovers from far and wide. This year, the event has a broad array of activities lined up, such as the sessions with many Indian and international writers, literary and art competitions, poet meets and music programmes. Food-lovers boarding flights to attend this event in India are also in for a treat, as Jaipur is widely famed for its culinary delights.