Goa is a state on India’s West coast. Goa state has a unique mix of Indian and Portuguese cultures and architecture that attracts an estimated 3 million visitors each year. Definitely, 2018 New Year’s Eve is the best time for partying in Goa, with NYE fireworks and celebrations all along the coast of India’s good-time state.
NYE Fireworks, Events, Parties
One of the less obvious destinations for a New Year party, Goa nevertheless has everything you would hope for with balmy weather, lively yet comparatively restrained parties, lovely beachfront setting, and of course a genuinely friendly welcome. In terms of prices it is also one of the more reasonable destinations, certainly when compared with more traditional and iconic NYE destinations such as Singapore or Bangkok.
There are a an amazing amount of excellent hotels in Goa that celebrate the New Year, along with plenty of bars, nightclubs and restaurants that host New Years Eve parties as well. Some of the best events have been held at Camelot Water World, Submerge New Years Eve presented at Red Square and Bardez’s Molly Malone’s thrilling IRFD New Years Eve Bash which will probably be taking place again this year. There will also be several special NYE dining options available, thanks to the many great restaurants, including Agonda’s Blue Planet Cafe, Chef Soumyen’s Kitchen in Calangute and Cavatina in the lively Salcette District.
If you want somewhere quieter and perhaps a little more personal for a new year celebration then Goa has an enormous amount of beaches where you’re sure to be able to find a secluded spot to yourself, Many of the locals will light bonfires on the quieter beaches for the evening and get together with their friends and family for a low-key party and BBQ, but with so much beach space to choose from you should always be able to find a peaceful spot all to yourself. Places to check include Dona Paula Beach, Agonda Beach, Calangute Beach, Miramar Beach, Palolem Beach, Bogmalo Beach, Beach Baga and Chapora Beach.
Update: Grand Hyatt Goa will host the second edition of Garden of Dreams on December 31. The event is an exquisite theatrical music show with NYE gala dinner and unlimited premium select beverages. Early booking will enjoy 20% discount of the party as well hotel stays.
Get to Goa
Goa can be reached by airplane via Dabolim airport in Vasco da Gama, by train, and by the many buses connecting the state with cities in India (primarily Mumbai, Mangalore and Bangalore). If you are travelling from Mumbai or Pune, car travel will provide you a journey through breathtaking scenery of the Konkan area.
Accommodations for NYE
Popular hotels in North Goa are Grand Hyatt Goa, Country Inn & Suites by Carlson – Goa Candolim, Resort Rio, Golden Tulip Goa Hotel, Citrus Goa Hotel and in South Goa are Majorda Beach Resort, Mayfair Hideaway Spa Resort, The LaLiT Golf & Spa Resort Goa, etc. If you are planning to spend next coming New Years Eve in India, do remember to book your room well in advance.