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


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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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