It’s no news that Bengaluru lights up during New Years’ with the numerous parties the city hosts. But, if you are the quiet-loving kind, we have some plans for you to spend New Years’ around Bengaluru, away from the scurry of the city. By Shubhanjana Das
1. Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu:
A 9-hour drive from Bengaluru will take you to the coffee plantations of Kodaikanal. The unreal greenery of the Green Valley, the calm that envelops the Kodai Lake, Silver Cascade Falls, Dolphins’ Valley and Silent Valley demand a minimum of 4 days to truly experience why Kodaikanal is one of South India’s gems. Coffee lovers, make sure to visit the local cafes to taste organic, home-grown coffee and, while you’re at it, why not bring some along!
2. Auroville, Tamil Nadu:
Auroville boasts of being the only place which hosts Swedish style Christmas parties, an endless supply of authentic oven-baked Italian pizzas, and parties that don’t look anything like those in the clubs. Here, open mics, story-telling sessions, and exhibitions make for New Year-parties. So, here’s a heads up for going to Auroville during New Year – you may want to make plans from before for many people flock to this place to spend their New Years’.
3. Gokarna, Karnataka:
Gokarna’s twin facets are as deceiving as they are exciting. This Hindu pilgrimage site is also a mad party place and a haven for the water-babies. Kudle beach, Paradise Beach, Om beach and Gokarna beach are among the top attractions. Besides, we know you wouldn’t mind a good brew, so, you may as well head to one of the shacks to enjoy a drink by the beach.
4. Coorg, Karnataka:
The rolling tea and coffee plantations in Coorg are reason enough to drive straight to this winter retreat. Stay in one of Coorg’s many luxurious resorts and sip on the locally grown tea or coffee, whatever floats your boat. But, you can be sure that it’ll be unlike anything you have tasted before. As for places to visit, there are endless attractions which are a treat to the senses, including Abbey Falls, Namdroling monastery, Nagarhole National Park, and etc. Birdwatchers, try your luck here for you may just spot a unique birdie among those who migrate to South India during winter.
5. Varkala, Kerala:
Varkala is a town in Kerala on the Arabian Sea coast with shores lined by red cliffs. Yes, that’s right. This place is mysteriously unexplored but has the potential to beat any other beach destination in the country. Papanasam beach, one of the beaches here in Varkala, is even said to have holy waters! Climb the Anjengo fort, visit Vishnu and Janardhanaswamy temples, or simply lay back at Varkala beach – your itinerary should reflect how you want to end this year and start the next. P.S. you can get some finger-lickin’ good Swedish food here.
6. Wayanad, Kerala:
At a distance of just 283 km from Bangalore lies the home of Asiatic elephants, tigers, leopards, and egrets amidst the forested regions of Wayanad. Trek up Chembra peak, Meenmutty waterfalls, or explore the Edakkal caves – Wayanad is studded with bewitching natural beauty sites.