Kerala is one of the most notable and breathtaking places to visit during the new years in India. It is abode to some of the most stunning beaches, picturesque backwaters and charming hill towns.
You can relish your new year celebrations in Kerala at a happening seaside party; spend a dreamy new years eve on a houseboat or embrace the new year in a well-known coffee estate. Moreover, the weather in Kerala during this time of the year is refreshing and cool, making it an ideal place for a visit.
Here are the 10 best New Year destinations in Kerala.
The serene backwaters of Kollam is a definite thriller for those who like houseboat rides and would like to cruise along the backwaters. The views along the backwaters are absolutely divine and awe-inspiring. October is a great month to let off some steam and cool down with a trip to Kerala. Pick a couple of the activities mentioned above and enjoy a fabulous winter in God's own country.
If the old world charm and multicultural heritage are what you look forward to, Cochin (Kochi) is the perfect destination for you. From the colonial palaces and bungalows to synagogues, churches and temples, the city is no less than a treasure trove of architecturally brilliant historical buildings.
Spread over the tropical landscapes of Western Ghats, Periyar National Park is a heaven for the wildlife lovers. Amidst mesmerizing greenery and expansive spice plantations and set around the serene Periyar Lake, the park is home to Bengal tigers, Indian elephants, gaur, sambar, lion-tailed macaque and more than 265 species of birds.
The crisscrossed channels of slow-moving waters fringed by the rows of palm trees and you relaxing in a traditionally-looking contemporarily-facilitated houseboat, enjoying the visual treats of paddy fields and invigorating countryside - the experience is unmatchable. Alleppey (Alappuzha) Backwaters regularly feature among the best New Year destinations in Kerala.
Vagamon in Idukki district is a dreamy destination to spend a weekend. Take it a notch higher when you go paragliding; a perfect opportunity for you to fly without wings. Enjoy the mesmerizing greenery of the grasslands, the mystery of the dense pine forests and the sparkling rivulets of water as they go cascading down as waterfalls when you paraglide.
Eco-tourism Village There is nothing more royal than an elephant ride when you are on vacation. You can enjoy this at the Thenmala Eco-tourism village. Thenmala being a small village in the foothills of Western Ghats is the perfect place for an elephant ride. Apart from elephant riding, you can also enjoy camping in the wilderness, trekking and rock climbing,
Wayanad is one of the best trekking spots in Kerala and Chembra Peak being the highest peak is the favourite trekking spot for tourists. A major attraction of the trek is that you can see a lovely heart-shaped lake when you reach the topmost spot.
8. Bekal Beach
Sunset at Bekal Beach is a sight to behold. The grassy park and the stunning stretch of white sands is a great place to spend an evening. If you want a little peace and quiet, avoid the weekends.
Vembanad lake is one of the best tourist destinations because you get to enjoy the scenic backwaters of Alappuzha and nearby areas. There are so many activities to indulge in Kumarakom; houseboat ride, bird watching, visiting Aruvikkuzhi waterfalls and Pathiramanalisland are some of them.
The temple town of Guruvayoor is extremely famous for Sree Guruvayoorappan temple and thousands of devotees throng the temple every year to get a glimpse of Sree Krishna, a popular avatar of Lord Mahavishnu. Vishu is one of the busiest times of the year in the temple and people wait for hours on end to enjoy their first glimpse of the lord, also known as "kani".