By Sanskrity Sinha
December 25, 2010
Goa has been attracting tourists for long to spend their New Year's
Eve in this famous beach city of India by the Arabian Sea. Live
music, food, beer, fun, frolic, parties, sun, sea and the sand
that's the perfect facet of Goa during Christmas and New Year bash.
However, Goa has had security threats around Christmas and New Year
celebrations in the past.
Concerning the safety of visitors, security has been beefed-up along
beaches including Calangute, Baga, Anjuna and Candolim where hundreds
and thousands of tourists are seen partying every year.
According to media reports, the state police have issued advisories
to hotels, beaches and even beach shacks to install all necessary
security equipments including CCTV camera and metal detector door
frames. All guests checking in to hotels will be photographed for
security reasons and police has ensured their presence everywhere
along the coastal belt, media reported.
Amidst tightened security, as happening events by the beach side will
usher in the New Year in this state on western coast of India, here's
a list of attractions you must look forward to while in Goa on New Year's Eve:
Night parties at Anjuna beach
The Portugal culture in Goa brought night parties to this smallest
Indian state in 1960s and now Anjuna beach rocks with popular night
parties every New Year. Enthused with dance performances, live band
shows, traditional Goan cuisine and drinks throughout the night
Anjuna beach party offers fun at galore. Goa's folk music Mandos and
Dulpods, Konkani songs and special Goan liquor, Feni (prepared from
coconut or cashew apple juice) add to your New Year's bash. In fact,
this local specialty is a must at every party in Goa.
Anjuna is also the most popular spot among hippies for Trance party
marked by Goa trance music. Anjuna beach is located at about 18
kilometers from Panaji, the capital city of Goa.
Sunburn at Candolim beach
Don't be afraid of Sunburn, we are not referring to a "suntan" here
but a popular music festival that's beginning on December 27, this
year at Candolim beach in North Goa. Recognized as one of the top
music festivals in world, Sunburn will have Candolim Beach in Goa
blaring out in music as some of the world's top DJs, including Ferry
Corsten and Brian Transeau take on the console.
Sunburn party is supposed to be one of the biggest parties in Asia
that attracts thousands of music lovers from across the world.
Tickets' prices vary from $50 to $200.
Goa Rave Parties
With tourists hording the Goan beaches that become a host to numerous
musical programs, Rave parties are a craze in Goa on a New Year's
eve. People sing, dance as Goa Trance music is played through the
nights. Such Rave parties are held every night around the holiday
season through Christmas to the New Year. Remember drugs are a strict
no-no here and elsewhere in Goa as "Police can definitely take action
if there are apprehensions that drugs are consumed at the venue,"
Ravi Naik, state home minister said in a statement recently.
Yet another major tourist attraction, cruise parties are increasingly
capturing the fun of New Year celebrations in Goa, with most of the
cruise liners offering partying option on. Food and drinks are on
offer in abundance, while music and dance seem inevitable in a Goan
This year, Goa Tourism Development Corporation (GTDC) is offering
entertainment like DJs, dance, fireworks, games, prizes and party
on-board Santa Monica that will cruise in River Mandovi alongside the
city of Panaji. This 'partying while cruising' in River Mandovi offer
begins from December 31 at 10 P.M. onwards and tickets are priced
approximately between $35 per individual and 65$ per couple.
Goa beach Shacks
Still away from the loud parties, if you want to spend New Year's Eve
in Goa quietly, beach shacks offer cheap and peaceful celebration
with a traditional flavor. Bonfire, beachside barbeque, Goan food,
Goa trance music, of course the Feni and echoing of the waves sounds
perfect for a calm beginning to a New Year.