Goa is an ideal destination for ending the year with a blast. Goan beaches translate to the night zones and frolicking centres during the New Year. The peak tourist season in Goa starts from November and reaches its crescendo at the New Year with all hotels and resorts overbooked.
The celebration of New Year dates back to ancient Babylonian histories ranging back to around 400 years. The Catholic Church initially condemned the festivities but today Cathedrals and Chapels of Goa are seen adorned in the colours of New Year. Decorated with the poinsettias, ambience of churches at New Year is one of its kinds, illuminating the vibrant aroma of candles. Parties in Goa begin early and last throughout the night taking into account the belief that the first day of year spent in frolic will bring happiness and luck all throughout the year.
The beaches at Goa are always in a party mood but the New Year adds special touch to this frolicking state. However, for people willing to experience Goa beyond its beaches, plenty of opportunities are provided. The tourists can celebrate the New Year beside a bonfire with food, drinks, light music and dance at the wildlife resort in Goa. The marketplaces are all adorned in buntings, tinsels, Christmas decorations and cheerful locals.
One can also drive to border of Calangute and Candolim to begin the New Year's Eve at a Pine shack with bonfire and beachside barbeque. The perfect ambience gets even more enlivened with Goa's very own trance music and small notes on the guitar. You may also experience the party cruise on Mandovi River with music, dance and lip smacking cuisine. The Mandovi River has exclusive trips of 2-3 hours for New Year's night and the Goan cruises offer private cabins to couples for a perfect romantic evening.
At the beach or the resort, New Year at Goa is incomplete without the famous Fenny. The locally brewed fennies at Goa are another tourist attraction and are available in plenty during the New Year celebrations. Different types of available fenny are guava, cashew nut, coconut etc.
How to Reach
Dabolim Airport is used as both, military and civilian airport. It has flights
to major international destinations such as Dubai, Qatar, Kuwait, Sharjah,
Germany, Britain, Russia and Netherlands.
railways connect Goa to most of the Indian metro cities like Chennai,
Bangalore, Mumbai, Delhi and Kolkata.
Bus services in the
state are largely owned by private undertakings. Most of the buses from Goa go
to Pune and Mumbai. However there has been a steady increase in trains and
buses from New Delhi, Mangalore and Bangalore.