Kerala backwaters


December 2015

Best ways to celebrate 2016 New Year’s Eve in Kerala



Kerala is all prepped up for celebrating the 2016 New Year’s Eve in style. Whether it be a calm, serene New Year’s eve or a crazy New Year party; beaches backwaters, clubs; Kerala has it all.

We are here to serve you on a platter top 10 things that can make your New Year’s eve, the most exciting one.

New Year Count Down at Le Meridien : Celebrate this New Year in Kerala with great music and excitement at Le Meridien, Ernakulam. Great good and drinks perks that come along with the crackling energy and fun they provide.583384-retro-2016-new-years-eve-party


Celebrate New Year at the Recca ClubRECCA-Feature

New Year with New Menu at Cafe Papaya


Varkala, Kovalam or Fort Kochi will be among the best places  to spend the New Years Eve 2016 in Kerala. However if you ask us to pick one place we would surely pick Fort Kochi, simply because of the carnival celebrations on the day of new year 2016 which falls on a Friday, January 1.

In Kochi, burning of Pappanji or a giant statue of Santa that marks the start of a new year.Burning of Pappanji, is a 500 year old tradition to mark the end of Xmas and New Year festivities which was started when Portuguese established its first base in India at Kochi as part of Portuguese New Year celebrations.This is usually celebrated in Fort Kochi beach and nearly a hundred thousand people attend the celebrations in the beach every year.

Cochin Carnival is hosted every year in the last week of December and it runs with the New year and ends with a massive procession on New Year’s Day through Fort Kochi. The highlight of the carnival is the massive procession on the New Year’s Day. Led by an embellished elephant and accompanied by drums and music, the carnival is a moment to behold and stays with you….well….until the next year! There is also staging of different South and North Indian folk dances during the festivity.


Preparations begin months in advance for hosting the carnival games, fairs and partying. Dressed up in fancy costumes, everyone including the children are seen bursting with enthusiasm and unbridled energy. The available space on the streets host impromptu competitions and multifaceted celebrations. Kalam Vara (floor drawing), tug-of-war, bicycle race, swimming in the sea, beach volleyball are some of the programs that take place during the Carnival.


Visiting Munnar is like going back in time. The rolling green hills that surround the town are sites of tea plantation, and their slopes have been cut, sculpted, and contoured to give them a distinguishable ornamental look. The peaks of these hills remain engulfed in an ethereal mist, and a walk through the many roads cut into slopes will provide you with a sense of peace and oneness with yourself. The Western Ghats, the ranges of which form the topography of Munnar, are home to not only a wide variety of wildlife like the Nilgiri Tahr and the Sambar, but also the Neelakurinji, that flowers every 12 years. So whether you’re a nature lover, bird watcher, or are simply looking for a peaceful getaway, Munnar is your place. And with its cool climate, New Year’s Eve will be complete.

Crowne Plaza(XI/641A, Kundanoor Junction, NH-47 Bypass, Maradu, Ernakulam , Cochin)


Kochi-Muziris Biennale Art lovers from around the country and abroad visit Fort Kochi for Kochi-Muziris Biennale. The Vasco Da Gama square and the streets are dotted with makeshift shops selling Kerala souvenirs , artificial jewellery and traditional garments in New Year and if you are planning to go for New year Parties in Kochi in 2016, you need to book much in advance.

Kerala Houseboats: Whether you are in search for a peaceful and soulful new year or a fun filled new year, houseboats would never cease to amaze you. You and your friends can book a house boat and start your count down in the middle of the scintillating Kerala backwaters.

Vivanta by Taj, Trivandrum

Vivanta by Taj is offering a night to remember through their three variety of DJ night. DJ Night at Twist will cost you Rs 3,000, DJ and dance at ball room where u also can have a buffet spread will cost you Rs9,000 while DJ Night by the poolside will be available at Rs2500. That’s not all, Vivanta by Taj is also offering special gala dinner on December 31st at a rate of Rs 2950 and a brunch and dinner for Rs1950/ person on January 1 at the Fifth Element. There will also be special menu at Chinapolis on December 31. Contact: 6612345

Hilton Garden Inn,Trivandrum

Hilton Garden Inn has planned a great ‘UV Mayhem’, an Ultra Violet (UV) party and dinner at ball room and Garden Grille on New Year’s Eve. The guests, preferably dressed in white, can get glow painting done on their faces. Apart from the main event, there will be Party props, photo booth, elaborate buffet, kid’s zone and a two-piece band at Garden Grille, and a DJ in the ballroom.

Uday Samudra, Kovalam

On New Year’s Eve, Uday Samudra Beach resort at Kovalam is hosting a gala event featuring Indian traditional dances, magic trapeze acts, rope dance, an elaborate buffet with 36 counters, and fireworks.

  • Time: 7:00PM onwards
  • Rate: Rs 6,000 per couple
  • Contact: 2485767


The above are just a glimpse of the few destinations for celebrating this New Year with a bang. When it comes to enjoying life, God’s own Country is like a bottomless pit. Wish you a fantastic 2016 and an awesome jump start with the New Year Celebrations!

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Things to do on your trip to Kerala

  1. Cruise the Backwaters on a Houseboat


At trip to Kerala wouldn’t be complete without a trip along the Kerala backwaters on a houseboat. The lush green palm-fringed landscape, diverse wildlife, and houses and villages that line the backwaters make a journey along these waterways seem like a journey through another world. It’s one of the most tranquil things you can do. The Kerala backwaters are a memorable backdrop for a romantic Kerala getaway as well.

  1.  Experience Traditional Village Life

Kerala-Village-LifeKerala’s famous backwaters are dotted with small villages where it feels like time has stood still. Visiting them is a very different way of experiencing the backwaters and the life that exists along them. You can even have a meal with a local family there and hear their stories.

  1.  Get an Ayurvedic Treatmentimage1

Ayurveda is the medical side of yoga. It’s India’s traditional natural healing system, which has been practiced for over 5,000 years. Most places that offer Ayurvedic treatment are located in Kerala, due to the climate and abundant supply of medicinal plants and herbs there. Whether it’s a simple massage that you’re after, or a treatment for a medical problem, Kerala is the place to get it.The rainy, monsoon season is the best time to receive Ayurvedic treatment in Kerala. The cool, moist, and dust free atmosphere helps the body’s pores to open up, making it most receptive to herbal oils and therapy.

4.Festivals in Kerala

One of the highlights of visiting Kerala is experiencing the state’s unique festivals. The most popular ones occur during the following months:

  • July to September: Snake boat races. The biggest race, called the Nehru Cup, is always held on the second Saturday of August every year.  The Splash monsoon carnival and Aanayottu elephant feeding ritual also take place during July.
  • August/September: Onam festival. The biggest festival of the year in Kerala, celebrations last for around two weeks. Join in the celebrations at these 5 Kerala Onam festival attractions (with dates).
  • October to May: Theyyam.  The small town of Kannur, in northern Kerala, is known for its mysterious masked spirit-possession theyyam rituals. Kerala Tourism has a comprehensive calendar of theyyam events.
  • February to April/May: Elephant festivals. The festivals feature large processions of bejeweled elephants, drummers and other musicians, colorful floats carrying gods and goddesses, and fireworks. The most well known elephant festival, the Thrissur Pooram, takes place in late April or early May each year.
  1.  Get a Cooking Lesson or Take a Food Tourrsz_cooking_lesson_-_kerala (1)

Kerala is renowned for its cuisine, featuring delicious seafood and coconut flavors. If you’re not content to simply feast on it and would also like to learn how to cook Kerala style, you’ll be pleased to know that there’s a wide range of options available. They range from proper residential culinary holidays to casual cooking lessons.

  1.  Catch a Kathakali PerformanceKerala-Kathakali-Centre

Kathakali is a very unusual and ancient form of dance-drama that’s traditional to Kerala. You won’t get to see performers dressed up like this every day, that’s for sure! The look, with its red bloodshot eyes, borders on grotesque. The movements of the dance are subtle, yet they tell a meaningful mythological story. Performers are required to undergo intense training, including hours of eye exercises, when learning the art of Kathakali.

  1.  Catch a Theyyam PerformancePuliyooru_Kaali_-_Thamburatti_Theyyam

The small town of Kannur, in northern Kerala, is known for its secluded beaches, mysterious masked spirit-possession theyyam rituals, and hand loom weaving. The theyyam season runs from October until May and Kerala Tourism has a comprehensive calendar of theyyam events.

  1.  Watch Kerala’s Ancient Martial Arts

IMG_2791Kalaripayattu is an ancient martial arts from practiced in Kerala. It features strikes, kicks, grappling, preset forms, weaponry and healing methods.  One place to see it is being performed at the Kadathanadan Kalari Center in Thekkaday.  Travspire also offers a group tour from Kochi.

  1.  Watch a Snake Boat Race 139-Boat-Race

For a few months every year during the monsoon season, Kerala comes alive with colorful snake boat races. Typical snake boats are 100 to 120 feet long, and hold around 100 rowers. Each of the villages in the region has its own snake boat, which they take great pride in. Every year the villagers get together and race the boats along the lakes and rivers. (Nehru Trophy)

  1.  Taste Tea


Tea production is big business in Kerala. The state has two of the top 5 places to visit tea plantations in India — Munnar and Wayanad. You can stay in atmospheric accommodations on a tea plantation, see how tea is processed, and of course sample it. If you’re feeling energetic, the hills surrounding both these places have great trekking opportunities as well.

  1.  Try Some Toddy6

Toddy,Kerala’s indigenous alcoholic drink, is made from the sap of palm trees.  The sap is collected by a tapper, who climbs the tree and drains it into a container.  It’s sweet when extracted but on fermentation will turn sour and give a kick.  Toddy (also called kallu) is served in small thatched shops, usually with wooden benches, all over Kerala. Tasty Kerala cuisine is dished up with the toddy. However, these toddy shops are traditionally the domain of men.

Kerala does not have very harsh weather conditions. That is all the more reason for visitors to come here during any time of the year. Summers and winters are pleasant with very slight variations in temperature. Thus, Kerala can be visited anytime of the year.

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Tourism Seasons In Kerala


where serenity meets excitement


Kerala is a land of evergreen tourism, with various things to do and places to visit all around the year. It is a land bountiful in natural and cultural beauty. Its allure is stretched across its scintillating backwaters, vast serene beaches, colorful wildlife sanctuaries, picturesque hill stations, indigenous ayurvedic treatments and so on.  

Kerala entertains visitors throughout the year owing to its pleasing weather conditions and multiple events and festivities filling its calendar over an entire year.

On a general note, Kerala has mainly three tourist seasons. The Peak Season which usually ranges from September to March, the Off Season in Kerala which is from April to May and Monsoon Seasons from June to August. Each of these season offer a variety of experience for travellers travelling for varied reasons. Each season holds its own attraction and experience.

The Off Season (March – May)

The off season which falls in the Summer season in Kerala begins in the month of March and continues till May. This season sees some occasional rainfall as well as some amount of hot and humid weather. Yet the cool winds from the Arabian Sea manages to tone down to climate in a large way. This season proves the best time for visiting the beaches of Alleppey and Thiruvananthapuram as well as enjoying the hills of Wayanad.

The Monsoon Season (June – August)

The heavy showers of the Kerala Monsoon season start pouring in ,in the month of June and continues till the end of August. The rains literally do a makeover of the land making it glisten and shine all over amongst the waving greens. Earlier, the monsoon season was not considered a very important tourism season,but in the recent times, its alluring and enthralling nature has been captivating everyone around the world. This season also marks the perfect time to let yourself experience the benefits of the Ayurvedic treatments. ( 5 reasons to go to Kerala during the monsoon by Abigail Hole (Lonely Planet Author) July 13 2013 )

The Peak Season (September – March)

The peak season kicks off with the advent of the Winter season in the month of September and ends before the summer in the month of March. The weather during this season is cool and ideal for spending the perfect holiday. It is a great time to explore the breathtaking beauty of the state. It is the right time to visit viewpoints at hill stations, take a stroll on the beaches or lay back and enjoy at the backwaters of Kerala.

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