New Year Escapes from Bangalore

21 December  |  Adventure & Travel

Have you made your New Year plans yet?  Is it going to another last-moment, overpriced party? Maybe this time, you want to avoid the hangover and travel somewhere with your friends and loved ones instead. Usher in the New Year at one of these charming destinations and enjoy the distinctive experiences that they offer.


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A vignette of Pondicherry’s colonial past can be felt in detail as one wanders around the neat villas of the French Quarter. The union territory tucked on the Eastern coast is one of the most visited seaside destinations in India, but its attractions are more than just sun and surf. Culturally, Pondicherry and the nearby settlement of Auroville offer visitors a glimpse into the bohemian side of this region. Foodies would love Pondi, where you get the best of Chettinad and local seafood, and you can also munch on baguettes and pizzas. Places to visit in Pondicherry would include the Promenade and its many attractions, Auroville beach and the gothic Basilica of the Sacred Heart.


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There is no dearth of natural getaways close to Bangalore and Kabini ranks right up there. Research your options of Kabini resorts and find yourself a beautiful stage for the festivities, amidst the pristine riverine landscape of this wild region. Activities you can enjoy here include kayaking and trekking. Kabini is also known as a great place for wildlife sightings; the leopards here have been captured by many top photographers. Can there be a better excuse for a safari?


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A scenic xx-km drive away from Bangalore, Masinagudi is located in the heart of one of Southern India’s most diverse wilderness areas. A few days here would rejuvenate even the weariest of souls. There are many Masinagudi resorts you can choose from. Some of the highlights here include the Kalhatti waterfalls. Spend your holiday with some gentle pachyderms at the Theppakadu Elephant Camp. You can also venture into the Mudumalai National Park on a safari trip.


Nestled in misty mountains, Wayanad is a wild place. The Asiatic elephant roams the jungles here in large herds and waterfalls gush across the landscape. An escapade here in New Years’ will provide you with a contrasting experience, where strobe lights are replaced by the verdant scenery, and the soundtrack would be the chirping of tropical birds. Chembra peak and Mudumalai National Park are some of the places to visit in Wayanad.


If you want some nippy mountain air to wake you up on the first day of January, then the green meadows and sprawling coffee estates of Chikmagalur are the perfect getaways. There are many places to visit in Chikmagalur. Have some good old-fashioned outdoor fun with a trek to Kudremukh peak. Baba Budan Giri is another popular trek-worthy destination. The Hebbe Falls is a popular attraction.

If your schedule cannot accommodate a Masinagudi homestay experience or a trip to Chikmagalur, there are many resorts near Bangalore where you can enjoy the biggest party of the year. You can stay in Nandi Hills for a luxurious eco-friendly getaway and enjoy some excursions into the nearby countryside. Make your plans, and relish the anticipation of a new year in a new destination.

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