For most people, Diwali is a time of celebration and fun. Families and friends come together, dress up in their best new clothes, pray to the gods, munch on sweets and delicious food, and have some pyrotechnic fun. But for many other people – and their pets – the loud Diwali celebrations are far from fun. Rather than spending Diwali in the midst of sulfurous smoke, they prefer their celebrations to be of the quiet kind, away from the city’s smoggy streets. With Diwali 2017 falling on October 19, a Thursday, it is very easy to head out of the city for four-five days for the festival and take a break from the chaos. Here, then, are few of the best destinations to head to this Diwali, away from the pollution. ALSO READ: Best Places to Visit near Mumbai on Diwali 2017 Long Weekend Also Read - Is it Diwali, Chhath Already? Migrants Face Heartbreaking Queries from Kids About Sudden Home Visit
Located just a little over 140 km south of Goa’s popular beaches, Gokarna offers the same pristine sands and clear waters, minus the usual crowd. Here, you will find peace and quiet in the secluded crescent-shaped beaches of Gokarna. Spend a few days basking in the sunlight and taking dips in the sea, combined with the few short treks nearby and some delicious seafood. Go canoeing and take boat rides from one beach to another and enjoy the sun and sand, far from the fireworks. Also Read - Delhi Bursts Crackers to Celebrate Coronavirus Like Diwali After Misunderstanding PM's '9 Baje 9 Minute' Requests - Check Tweets
Coonoor, Tamil Nadu
If you feel like heading to the mountains rather than the beach, there is always peaceful and beautiful Coonoor in Tamil Nadu. Spend your Diwali 2017 long weekend nestled in the hill station, surrounded by dense forests and tea plantations, and the Nilgiri blue mountains around you. Take a ride on the Nilgiri train and soak in the fresh air. A few misty mornings here are the perfect antidote to the hustle and bustle of city life. CHECK OUT: Diwali 2017 Celebration in India: Heres How India Gears up For Deepavali, the Festival of Lights Also Read - Diwali Trends on Twitter as Netizens Share Memes After Modi's 'Diya Jalao to Fight Coronavirus' Request
One of the most accessible and affordable international destinations in India, Thailand is a great place to head to this Diwali. You can easily squeeze in a four-day vacation to the country, which also celebrates Diwali though not in the way we do. Thailand ditches the firecrackers and instead celebrates the Festival of Lights with, well, lights. The festival, called Lam Kriyongh, sees lamps made of banana leaves lit and set afloat in rivers.
Mandarmani, West Bengal
Kolkata residents looking to catch a break from the festive season can head 180 km away to Mandarmani. After the massive celebrations of Durga Puja held in late October, it’s a good idea to celebrate Diwali a little more quietly by visiting the small hamlet by the river. Here, you can spend your holidays watching the sunrise and sunset, taking nature walks and seeing nature in its everyday glory.
Down south, Kollam’s backwaters can be a welcome change of pace from the rush of Diwali celebrations. Most of Kerala celebrates Diwali at a low scale, so you won’t have too many distractions anywhere. It will be just you, the houseboat and the backwaters that snake through Kollam’s dense greenery. You also have floating cottages and conventional luxurious resorts to treat yourself this Diwali with some delicious Kerala food and holistic, traditional Ayurvedic spas. NOW READ: Festivals and Events in India in October 2017 That Promise an Unforgettable Experience
Bentota, Sri Lanka
Further down south, our friendly neighborhood country Sri Lanka is also a welcome distraction from the noise of Diwali. The festival, which celebrates the return of Rama after defeating the king of Lanka, Ravana, has its own significance in this country. Here, locals make figures from Misiri, a type of sugar, and also burst firecrackers and light Diyas at their home. Still, it feels special to see Diwali celebrated in a different country.