What's abuzz in Kochi for New Year's Eve?

As New Year’s Eve approaches, we start looking for the right place to celebrate. Well, here are a few options to consider…..

Fort Kochi, has been the center of celebrations in Kochi every Christmas and New year. It is during the Portuguese rule in the 16th Century, the Carnival was started. That has continued over the ages. The celebrations start two weeks prior to New Year’s Day and finally conclude with the burning of an enormous effigy of Santa Claus, called ‘Pappanji.’ This signifies the burning away of the previous year with all its evil, even as people welcome the New Year with hope in their hearts. It is definitely the place to be on New Year’s night. This year, on 31st December there will be the traditional Karakamayilattam and Pandimelam. At midnight, there will be fireworks and the burning of Pappanji at Pappa Corner on the Fort Kochi beach.  New year’s afternoon will also have a Cochin Carnival rally from the Veli ground, and the day will end with a DJ Night by DJ Savio and party at Fort Kochi Nights.

Apart from the Carnival, many of the top hotels in town have events to celebrate New Year. Take a look at what they have to offer, as you chose the place you want to be in on January 1st, 2018. Don’t forget to call up and reserve your seats in advance!

One can Rock the Blu at Radisson Blu, as they bid adieu to 2017 and welcome 2018 with a Brazilian theme. They offer us an evening of fine drinks, music, and entertainment featuring DJ Luane – one of the top DJs in the world – from Brazil. Radisson also offers you great music by Suchith Suresan, Vishnu Vijay, and his wife Madhuvanti. Aerial acrobatics, Crystal dance and Face painting are just some of the highlights of the night.

Foodie’s would want to consider spending the night at Keys. With Keys, the focus will be on live cooking. Live karaoke songs and the soft candlelight will provide the perfect ambiance to their gala dinner buffet while chefs showcase their talents. Enjoy the various cuisines from Kerala as well as international. Don’t forget to stay till their Special Bumper prize for the guests dining, even as the countdown bids farewell to the past and welcomes the New Year.

Brings out the mystique world beneath the ocean is Crowne Plaza. With an interesting view of the backwaters in Kochi and elegant rooms with panoramic views, Crowne Plaza welcomes its guests to celebrate the New Year with them. You can expect electrifying music by Marine Drive performing live, pulsating rhythms by DJ Ryan, a fabulous dance performance by Daksha Dance Studio, lucky draws, surprise gifts and more in an evening curated by the talented Ms. Anju Rajeev. Make sure you are present when the gates open at 7 pm at Azure Marina.

Fragrant Nature will have more of a rich cultural program with Singari Melam, Mohiniyattam, Bharatanatyam, Kuchipudi and Fusion dances to provide us with a touch of tradition as we welcome the New Year. This will be followed by a poolside dinner and Live DJ until midnight.

At Renai, the theme will be ‘Rejoice 2018’ even as they treat their guests to an interactive luxury endless dinner buffet and entertainment by the 8 Beats band and DJ. There will be surprise gifts and much more to look forward to. Don’t forget to book your seat at the program early.

Jammin’ in Jamaica is the theme that Holiday Inn chose this year. They will have DJ Shamil featuring Don Thomas, Brown Circle live band and Emcee Natasha rock the stage for you on New Year’s night. Book early to enjoy their gala dinner, entertainment and much more.

Yuvarani Residency will have games, fusion dances, DJ and MC and more to entertain its guests as they welcome the New Year. Dine, dance and win exciting prizes with them as they celebrate the onset of 2018.

Bring in 2018 with style and nostalgia at the Taj on Willingdon Island. At Bay View Lawns, they will have a Hawaiian twist. Here, you can experience their Grand Malabar New Year’s Eve Gala dinner under the stars, with an extensive spread of cuisines from around the world, cultural show and surprise prizes. At Rice Boat, you can bid a subtle and elegant adieu to 2017 with tailor-made and gourmet table d’hote seafood menus. The Pavilion is a place for those who would prefer a quiet welcome to the New Year, with a finely crafted oriental menu to suit your palate even as you watch festivities on the Lawns. For those with kids, don’t miss out on the Disney theme that will follow the next day afternoon at Pepper and Dolphins point where walking toons and special decor are sure to excite your kids during the Kids Buffet.

Olive Downtown will have a gala dinner with special New Year’s Eve buffet and gifts assured for all guests. There will be celebrity MC, dancers, games and live percussion to lighten up a beautiful evening.

Enjoy a star-studded beginning to 2018 at Marriott. DJ Craig will be performing here and the theme will be Miami to Ibiza. You can expect a lineup of exciting fun activities for kids, great entertainment and live cooking by a chef of your choice here. There will be a grand dinner with a live band by the poolside at Kochi Kitchen. For those who enjoy the taste of traditional Malayali food, there will be an exotic Kerala buffet at Casava. They will also have a live-counter buffet at the poolside.

Are you a big fan of Indian and International street food? Well, at Le Meridien they will have a live station featuring street food that you can enjoy while Radio Band plays on at Latest Recipe and Veranda. Fireworks, fun games and activities for kids and lucky draws with attractive prizes are just some of the highlights that await you on New Year’s night at Le Meridien.

Ramada Resorts will have a Neon Nite featuring Bollywood Dance group NDS, Emcee Riya, International artist Elvira, DJ Vineeth and Astra 13 band to entertain you. Enjoy the Last Frontier Brunch Buffet at Fennel, the gala dinner at the Poolside and lawn and the DJ Night which will be at Club 1100. Call up in advance and reserve your seats to join them as they welcome the New Year.

As you herald the New Year with joy and happiness, we wish you a great and prosperous year ahead!

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