The time to say goodbye to 2016 is fast approaching and we bid farewell to the year that was filled with glimpses of happiness and sorrows in each of our lives. Make your holiday plans to usher in 2017 with new enthusiasm and enjoyment. Kerala is one of the most popular and preferred holiday destinations. New year in Kerala will give you a memorable and delightful experience of warm beaches and Kerala backwaters.
Best ways of new year celebrations in Kerala:
Kerala is the most happening destinations to spend your new year’s eve with your family and friends. You can have a great time not only mingling with the locals but also meeting travelers from different parts of the globe. Kerala backwaters, scenic mountains, flora and fauna, landscape, tea plantations, the stunning beaches give you plenty of options.
Formerly called Cochin, the city gives you some enthralling time. The most popular event in the new year party in Kochi is the Cochin carnival. People start preparing for the festivities much in advance. The carnival celebrations begin in the last week of December with Christmas.
Spend the entire day at Fort Kochi which is one of the highly suggested places to start the new year. You will be enchanted with the several thrills there like the
Fireworks with sparkling lights to mark the end of an eventful year and bring in the new year with rays of hope for peace and happiness.
Burning of Pappanji is an ancient tradition to mark the end of the Christmas and new year celebrations. This was started more than 500 years ago by the Portuguese when they first set up their base in India.
Games and competitions like tug-of-war, bicycling race, swimming, floor drawing (kalam vara) rangoli are held.
The participants dress up in fancy costumes, painting themselves in vibrant colors imitating the ancient deities,
Elephants are decorated and paraded accompanied by drums and music.
The city is filled up with makeshift shopping centres where you can shop for souvenirs, local traditional clothing, garments artificial jewelry etc.
You can plan your Kerala new year in other cities too. In case you want a serene and calm new year, have an exciting houseboat trip across the backwaters of Alleppey, “the Venice of the East” as it is popularly called. While at Alleppey you can also visit the Marari beach, Arthunkal Church and much more similar places. Enjoy bird watching or indulge in fishing yourself.
The hill station is among the popular tourist destinations for the new year in Kerala. Munnar has everything that you desire. The topography of Munnar is formed with the Western Ghats, which plays home to a variety of wildlife. You can find several rare flora and fauna. If you are a bird watcher or a nature lover looking for serenity, Munnar is the right place for you.
The city of Lords “Thiruvanthapuram” is the capital city of Kerala. The city is a blend of both traditional existence and contemporary lifestyle. There are several star hotels in the city where you could spend the evening over dinner. Usher in the new year, taking a package that includes dinner on the new year eve, dance and music and complimentary breakfast on the 1st morning.
The new year party in Kerala is not restricted to the above cities only. There are many more destinations that you could visit and have a memorable time at. But you have to plan your holiday in Kerala well in advance to avoid last moment disappointments.