New Year 2019 Celebrations in Kochi
Kerala is one of the most happening New Year party destinations in India with parties hosted in all the major resorts, hotels and beaches. Tourists from across the country and the globe can be seen in Kerala if you are here during New Year 2019 Celebrations. With the addition of Kochi Muziris Biennale, this year is expected to draw a huge number of travellers to Kochi, the commercial capital of the state. January 1, 2019 , the New Years Day is a Tuesday and it is going to be a long weekend that will kickoff 2019. If you are planning for your X’mas and New Year 2019 Celebrations in Kerala, here are some of the best places to visit and party.
While a houseboat cruise or a party in a nightclub is an appealing way to celebrate new year that is unique to Kerala, you will be in for an surprise and authentic treat if you attend Cochin carnival or the burning of the gigantic Pappanji or Santa in Fort Kochi beach. Among the beaches, Varkala, Kovalam or Fort Kochi will be among the best places to spend the New Years Eve in Kerala. However if you ask us to pick one place it would be Fort Kochi, because of the carnival celebrations on the day of New Year 2019 which falls on a Tuesday, January 1, 2019.
In Kochi, burning of Pappanji or a giant statue of Santa in Fort Kochi that marks the beginning of the new year. Burning of Pappanji, is a 500 year old tradition to mark the end of Christmas and beginning of New Year festivities which was started when Portuguese established its first base in India at Kochi as part of Portuguese New Year celebrations. This is celebrated in Fort Kochi beach every year and nearly a hundred thousand people gather to participate in the the celebrations in the beach.
New Year in Fort Kochi – Burning of Gigantic Papanji
Cochin Carnival is hosted towards the last week of December every year and it runs with the New year celebrations and ends with a massive procession on New Year’s Day through Fort Kochi. The highlight of the carnival is the massive procession on the New Year’s Day.
Scenes from Cochin Carnival as a part of New Year Celebrations in Kerala
New Year 2019 in Kochi will also marked by the 3rd edition of Kochi-Muziris Biennale which will be a major factor in attracting domestic and international tourists. Art lovers from around the country and abroad are expected to visit Fort Kochi for the third Kochi-Muziris Biennale this year.
If you are not in Cochin, don’t worry. Most hotels in Kerala will be organising grand New Year parties with live band and DJs. In Calicut, The Gateway by Taj and Raviz will be hosting New Year Parties. in Trivandrum, Hilton Garden Inn and Vivanta by Taj are celebrating New Year with parties. If you are already booked with a hotel, check the rates to see whether the Grand New Year Ball rates are included with the room rates.
New year is the peak tourist season in most of the state and most of the hotels and resorts in Kerala will be sold out in advance . It will be wise to book your New Year and Xmas Packages in Kerala in advance to ensure that you celebrate this New Year without any hassles.
New Year Parties in Kochi
1. Le Meridien Kochi, Kerala
Le Meridien will be hosting one of the most extravagant parties this year in Kochi for the New Year with a head turning line up of major bands and DJs. A posh setting with blue carpets and plush sofas, Longitude 76 lives up to the Le Meridien standards with copious alcohol varieties and a menu that handcrafts dish as per your liking. They also have a pool facing Longitude extension which is highly recommended during the evening hours. Longitude 76 has a certain opulence to it which makes it a favourable choice to dine and wine with your peers and family.
2. Crowne Plaza, Kochi, Kerala
Sky Grill in Crowne Plaza is a rooftop bar and offers panoramic views of the backwaters with the Kochin Oil Refinery standing tall on the horizon. This may not be your ideal choice for dinner as their menu is skewed towards finger food that goes well with alcoholic beverages. They have both indoor and outdoor seating, so you can choose your pick based on your affinity for mosquito bites. That apart, there’s no place better in Kochi savour the experience of dining under the stars in a sophisticated elevation.
3. Kochi Marriott, Kerala
Kochi Marriot opened last year’s New Year celebration with one of the best DJ in the city, DJ Shekhar and this year, they are expected to host a bigger event.
4. Casino Hotel, Kochi, Kerala
Casino hotel always come up with one of the best New Year parties you would ever experience. The parties are hosted at the pool side also includes exclusive seafood dinner. This new new year 2019, we expect nothing less of a blast.
5. Grand Hyatt, Kochi, Kerala
A new comer in the list of party hosting venues in Kochi, Grand Hyatt Kochi is a luxurious property which boasts an area of 26 acres.
6. Holiday Inn, Kochi, Kerala
Holiday Inn is known to host parties every weekend in Kochi at Stadia Bar & their poolside area. Located at the heart of the city, Vytilla, this 5 star property is a popular choice among the young party goers in Kochi.
7. Radisson Blu, Kochi, Kerala
Radisson Blu is a chic, sophisticated and happening lounge bar. The interiors are aesthetic and the ambience is just right for a night of partying. The music played here is a hit with the locals as well as the tourists and there is also a great variety of food and drinks served here.
8. Ramada Cochin, Kerala
Ramada Resort is a 5 star Deluxe luxury retreat set within 8 sprawling acres, beside the picturesque lakes of Kumbalam, in the outskirts of Kochi. Nestled in a picture-perfect locale, Ramada will be hosting a grand New Year Party in Kochi with a great line up of bands and DJs.
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