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Five Places in and Around Bangalore to Visit This New Year’s Eve

By Rashmi Gopal Rao

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.

Five Places Around Bangalore Visit This Year’sPic 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Five places in and around Bangalore to visit this New Year’s Eve
Pic courtesy: JW Marriott

Whether it is special buffets, live DJ performances or stand up comedy shows, the options are unlimited. Click here and get a preview of all the action!


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