New Year's Eve in Goa
New Year's Eve in Goa © Mikhail Esteves
Goa's beachfront trance parties are somewhat legendary in the worldwide party community. Revellers with a lot of stamina groove to psychedelic music under the stars, while famous Bollywood personalities put in cameo dancefloor appearances, as well. The palm trees are festooned with fairy lights and there are plenty of fireworks. Although the entire coastline comes alive to party into the new year, festivities inevitably centre on Anjuna. If you prefer a more intimate setting then seek out one of the smaller beaches, like Palolem, which has somewhat smaller gatherings. Try a glass of port wine or fenny, an alcoholic drink made from guava, coconut or cashew nuts. Goa used to be a backpacker's haven and some complain that as the area has become more developed and popular the new year celebrations have become less special; if you are in Goa at this time of year you will find crowds of revellers of all types and while it may not be as much a hippie hangout as it once was, the atmosphere is still exhilarating and there is no better place to dance, sing and drink in the new year. It is very difficult to find a secluded and quiet place to spend new year's eve on the Goan coast.
Travellers hoping to party the year away in Goa should note that the authorities have been cracking down on the party culture over the last few years, imposing increasingly strict liquor laws. As the state is undergoing something of a transition, tourists are advised to check up on the current situation before travelling.
Date: New Year's Eve annually