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Five places in and around Bangalore to visit this New Year’s Eve

Come December and it is the time of the year to say goodbye to the old and welcome the new.   A time to reflect and rejoice.  A time to soak in the festivities and celebrate the time gone by with the hope of brighter things to come.

Pic courtesy: Taj, MG road
Pic courtesy: Taj, MG road

And what better way to usher in New Year 2019, than by taking off on a holiday to a place you love.  Whether it is relaxing by the sea or trekking up the hills or just chilling in the midst of nature, short getaways from Banglaore offer all this and more. Read on to find out more.

Coorg

Just around 250 km from Bangalore, Coorg aka Kodagu is rightly known as “Scotland of India”.  One of the most popular hill stations in India, Coorg is a land of utter scenic beauty replete with lush greenery, coffee plantations and spectacular valleys.  With umpteen homestays and world class resorts, Coorg is an ideal place to rejuvenate and relax in the lap of nature.

Beautiful Coorg
Beautiful Coorg

If you are in a mood for some sightseeing, visit Talakaveri which is the place where the river Cauvery originates or the tranquil Namdroling Monastery.  If you are a fan of experiential travel, take a coffee plantation tour and witness the journey from “bean to cup”.  And if you are a fan of wildlife, visit the Nagarhole national park which is one of India’s best tiger reserves and the Dubare elephant camp that is a must visit for if you are a pachyderm lover.

Namdroling Monastery.
Namdroling Monastery.

Hampi

Also known as the world’s largest open air museum, Hampi is located about 375 km from Bangalore.  A UNESCO world heritage sight, Hampi is a fascinating land of monuments, verdant hills and resplendent ruins.

A view of Hampi
A view of Hampi

Best explored on foot, the little town offers plenty to see and do.  If you are done with exploring the heritage sights and the architectural wonders,  visit the ancient village of Annegundi or trek up Hemakuta hill to watch the breathtaking sunrise and sunset.  If you are a bird lover, indulge in some serious bird watching on the banks of the Tungbhadra which is a truly enjoyable experience.

Vittala temple complex
Vittala temple complex

Chikmagalur

Yet another quaint hillstation, Chikmagalur lies about 250 km from Bangalore.  Nestled in the Western ghats, Chikmagalur is the epitome of tranquility and verdant landscapes.  While in the town you can visit the highest peak of the state, Mullayanagiri which forms for a truly exciting trek.

Mist clad Chikmagalur
Mist clad Chikmagalur

The Baba Bhudan giri hills, Kemmangundi and Kudremukh National Park also form interesting sights apart from the Bhadra wildlife sanctuary.  Do not miss the coffee museum in the town centre, it is a treasure house of trivia on coffee.

View from Mullayanagiri
View from Mullayanagiri

Pondicherry

A perfect blend of the contemporary and classic, Pondicherry which was a French colony till 1954 lies about 300 km from Bangalore.  Whether it is the colonial charm of the White town or the bustling Tamil quarter, Pondicherry offers a plethora of experiences.

Puducherry colonial streetscapes
Puducherry colonial streetscapes

You can simply take a walk along the city’s famous promenade, visit the Aurobindo Ashram or just enjoy exploring the colonial cityscape of this union territory when in Pondy as it is fondly called.  Head over to Auroville, one of the most unique townships in the world for an experience like none other.  Do not forget to gorge on some gourmet French food and artisan chocolate while here.

Pondicherry beach
Pondicherry beach

Bangalore

Well if you do not want to head out and wish to spend NYE 2018 in ‘namma’ city, fret not as there numerous exciting events in the city too.  Take your pick from star hotels, gourmet restaurants, pubs and bistros, all of whom have special events lined up for New Year 2019.

Pic courtesy: JW Marriott
Pic courtesy: JW Marriott

Whether it is special buffets, live DJ performances or stand up comedy shows, the options are unlimited. The city has some of the best events lined up for New Year’s eve 2018!

4 thoughts on “Five places in and around Bangalore to visit this New Year’s Eve

  1. All places are nice to go……. nice write up….. you will be a very good technical writer if you opt for it……… tell me where are you planing to go for year end !!!!!

  2. Great post on the many opportunities to celebrate the New Year in your beautiful country, Rashmi! I would like to write comments more often, but I find it a bit tedious to fill out the form below all the time. Is there something you can do about it?

    1. Thanks Peter! I have tried but am unable to, I find the same form even in your site and I need to enter each time. But since I have “autofill” in my browser it is not so tedious.
      Why don’t you set up one?

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