A land known for its immense beauty and greenery, Kerala or otherwise famously known as the “God’s Own Country” , has its own definition when it comes to new year celebrations. Apart from the scenic delights, it has some unique way of celebrations that are sure to be a treat for the eyes.
If you were wondering how could you possible enjoy a New Year without good pubs or discs, then you’ve come to the right place for answers. Here are some of the destinations and events where New Year is celebrated with great pomp and show.
The Famous Cochin Carnival
The vibrant city of Cochin showcases one of the state’s largest carnival during the festive month of December. The advent of December is accompanied by the preparations in the entire city of Cochin building up to the final grand events of the 31st.
The fest which commences on the day of Christmas continues for a week and is signed off by the silent prayer to the martyrs of the land. The origin of this grand carnival can be traced back to the Portuguese roots, when Portuguese New Year celebrations where held during the colonial days.
The carnival includes a plethora of event and rides and adventure sports like Beach Bike Race and swimming races. Apart from that, there are Beach Football, Shuttle Badminton, Beach Volleyball and Ball Badminton Tournaments, organized during the course of the festival.
The entry to this carnival is absolutely free for all and the venue for the carnival is at River Road, Fort Kochi.
New Years Bash*100 Years of Indian Cinema
Le Meridien celebrates 100 Years of Indian Cinema on the 2015 New Year eve based on the theme 100 Years of Indian Cinema.
The program includes a show put up by Dj Varsha from Calcutta playing some of her mesmerizing Bollywood and commercial tracks. Other programs include dances by the Thandav dance group presenting their customized dance performances keeping 100 years of cinema as the theme. Also the RAW Comedy winner, comedian Vamshi would be present to tickle the audience’s funny bone.
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.
· Rate: Rs. 5,000 /- per couple
· Contact: 6600000
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
Holiday Inn New Year Celebrations, Kochi
Holiday Inn Cochin awaits to Welcome 2015 in style with various events planned at different venues.
Ramada Resort ,Kochi
The big New Year’s Eve Gala will be held at the Grand Ballroom in a Hawaiian-themed party from 7:30 pm. DJ Sekhar will be grooving you to upbeat music . Adolf & The Band, a five piece live band playing popular western tracks, will also enthral the crowd. Entry price is `12,995 per couple, `7995 for stag accompanying couple and `3495 for kids between 5 to 10 years.
A party will also be held at Sky Grill, Rooftop lounge on the 16th floor. Doors open from 7:30 pm onwards and entry price is `9,995 per couple, `3995 for stag accompanying couple and `2,995 for kids between 5 to 10 years.
The last party for New Year’s Eve is held in Aroma in the lobby floor starting from 7:30 pm onwards. Entry price starts from `7,495 per couple, `3,995 for stag accompanying couple and `1,995 for kids between 5 to 10 years. A recovery brunch is also arranged on January 1 at Mosaic Restaurant from 12:30-15:00 hrs for a minimal price of `1,195+taxes per guest.
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 2015 and an awesome jump start with the New Year Celebrations!