The year 2017 has a little over four weeks left, which means it is time to start seriously planning your New Year getaways. New Year’s Eve comes every year, but just once, which is why it is worth making it special. Whether 2017 has been good or bad for you, it is time to bid it goodbye and usher in the next new year. So make it memorable and head to these New Year destinations in India. When the clock strikes 12 on the midnight of December 31, 2017, you won’t forget that you were there. ALSO READ: Best Places to Visit in December 2017 in India

Goa

Goa

Goa

Sunny Goa is the ultimate destination for any sort of party, be it Christmas, New Year’s Eve, weddings, or getaways with friends or family. It will be packed, but this is a great time to explore everything on offer, from the big beach parties to the sea food. Goa has dozens of beaches, resorts, guest houses and discos to hang out at, and is a very different experience during New Year’s Eve.

Lakshadweep

lakshadweep coral reef

Lakshadweep

For a more quiet, offbeat beach destination, consider the Lakshadweep islands that lie in the Indian ocean, off India’s southwest coast. Take a ship from Kochi to Lakshadweep and go island hopping, deep sea diving and yacht sailing to usher in the new year. Enjoy local dances like the Parichakali and Kolkali, and the delicious local seafood on offer. With serene beaches, beautiful coral reefs and affordable travel and accommodation, Lakshadweep is a postcard-perfect New Year destination. CHECK OUT: Public Holidays in December 2017 in India: Plan Your Trips with This Holiday Calendar

Shillong

Shillong

Shillong

From the southwest corner of India, we move diagonally to the country’s northeast end, to the bustling city of Shillong, Meghalaya. Spend your New Year’s Eve exploring the natural beauty of Shillong and its mountains and hills. Visit Shillong peak, Ward’s Lake, Mawlynnong and Mawsynram, and Elephant Falls. Get to know the history of the region at the Don Bosco museum or visit the Trail on the David Scott. Get close to the Spread Eagle Falls and Sweet Falls, or just spend a few days by the meadows.

Tarkarli

Tarkarli

Tarkarli

Located by Maharashtra’s famed Konkan coast, the village of Tarkarli is an accessible and less crowded alternative to Goa. You may not find as many parties or EDM dance music playing everywhere, but what you will find is a homely atmosphere and some delicious seafood. Welcome the new year watching the blue-green ocean meet the golden sands and rocks of Tarkarli beach, followed by gazing up at the starlit sky in the night.

Kasol

Kasol

Kasol

For travelers who find their calling in the mountains, Kasol is a great place to unwind and party, far from the hustle and bustle of the cities. Here, you can enjoy late night raves, go trekking and exploring, or just chill by the mountains, watching the Parvati River rush down the valley. Nearby Tosh, the last village of Parvati Valley, may also still be open to visitors. Plus, there is the famed Kheerganga trek and the Manikaran Gurudwara. NOW READ: Festivals and Events in India in December 2017 to End the Year on a High Note

Coorg

Coorg

Coorg

Down south, the hill station of Coorg will be a great place to head to for a tranquil New Year’s getaway in the midst of verdant green hills. Wake up to misty mornings and sip some of the best tea and coffee in the entire country, and explore the untouched natural wealth of the region. Nagarhole national park, Abbey Falls, Namdroling monastery; there are lots of places to see and experience here, not to mention the deliciously unique Kodava cuisine.