There’s something about the chill in the air every December – it’s exciting, fun filled and electrifying. Voila, the countdown to the New Year has begun! So, where’s the party tonite? Is it going to be the masque ball or a quirky-themed one or is it a bonfire out in the open for the New Year celebrations? These are the questions every party animal in the town is obsessed with. And the occasional socialites are happy they get to spend some quality time in the company of their near and dear ones.
New Year celebration in Bangalore is in fact one of the most happening of the partying scenes in the country! So, what’s up with you folks?! What are your plans to welcome 2016? At iTraveller, we think there’s no better way of doing so than heading to a lovely destination to unwind oneself from the tiring moments of 2015 and begin the New Year on a refreshing note. Here’s the best part for all those of you who are already sulking on not being granted leaves at workplaces for the vacation. Take a chill travel pill to any one of these weekend destinations from Bangalore this New Year.
Distance between Bangalore and Pondicherry – 378.8 km; best way to travel – train / road
Puducherry can be your safest bet and the best place to celebrate New Year, especially if you live in the Silicon Valley of India. You must be tired of jostling your way through bad traffic jams only to reach the overcrowded famous spots in Bangalore at the eleventh hour of the party. Puducherry has all that it takes to party hard at the New Year, minus traffic nuisance – cafes & booze, sea side, music & dance and crazy crowd.
Hip-n-Happening Parties – Countdown 2016 – New Year Bash 2016 at Aroma Garden, Rock the Boat – New Year Bash 2016 at Paradise Beach, Happy Sign in 2016 at MG Road
Distance between Bangalore and Karwar – 522.1 km; best way to travel – train / road
Yet another best spot to celebrate New Year, Karwar in the Uttara Kannada district, is for sea view lovers who like to spend their New Year watching the picturesque sunset in the company of family and friends. Rich biodiversity, leisure boating and interesting sightseeing – it’s your perfect cup of tea if you wanna escape noisy New Year events.
Take your New Year resolutions at Kurumgad, a tortoise-shaped island, 4 km from Karwar.
Distance between Bangalore and Chikmaglur – 242.9 km; best way to travel – train / road
If your idea of celebration is lush green forest that takes you away from the hustle and bustle of city life, check out Chikmaglur. Also called the “coffee land of Karnataka”, the place has best of spice gardens, plantations and winter views (Now you know why we think it’s the best time of the year to be here!)
Trek the mountain circuit of Chikmagalur: Sheethalagiri-Baba Budan Giri-Mullayanagiri
Distance between Bangalore and Ooty – 281.1 km; best way to travel – train / road
If the North, East and West of India boast of their own scenic hill stations, so does the South! Nestled in the blue Nilgiri Hills, Ooty is every Bangalorean’s comfort destination. And if you wanna catch a glimpse of how the chilly hill stations of India look like in winters, Ooty is the place to be, especially in the month of December.
Experience history by the Nilgiri Mountain Railway, built by the British in 1908; enjoy sightseeing at Ooty lake, Botanical Garden, Fernhill Palace, St Stephen’s Church
Distance between Bangalore and Coorg – 267.3 km; best way to travel – road
A district replete with rich natural resources, Coorg is an ideal New Year destination for those who love to revel in the beauty of Western Ghats. So this New Year’s eve get set to explore the vast expanses of coffee plantations and the people and culture of Kodavas… the unique way of sari draping by women and knee-length coats worn by men and much more…
Places to Stay: High-end experience – Old Kent Estates and Spa Resort, The Tamara, Ambatty Greens Resort; Cosy plantation cocoons in your Budget – SanJose Holiday Home, Yedamakky Cottage, Coffee Valley Club homestay
Distance between Bangalore and Hampi – 343.6 km; best way to travel – train / road
How about going on a heritage tour this New Year’s eve? For all those of you who like to taste a slice of history with your food, you must include Hampi in your New Year packages. The Virupaksha Temple, Pushkarani Tank, Vittala Temple monuments and ruins of Bukka’s Aqueduct are some of the heritage monuments that will amaze you for sure.
Must see: Anegondi, Anjeyanadri Hill, Kadalekalu Ganesha, Lake (Near Sanapur), Tungabhadra River