It’s almost at the end of the year. Soon, you will be inundated with invites and advertisements for expensive New Year parties at various luxury hotels and high-end restaurants. While these have their own charm, this year, you feel like toning it down several notches. You feel the need to slow down and take it easy, and to get away from the crowds and cacophony of loud revelry. Here is a list of 10 homestays across India where you can bring in the New Year with peace, silence and, perhaps, some solitude.
1. Silver Brook Estate, Coorg
Named after a perennial brook flowing through the property, the Silver Brook Estate in Coorg is the dream of a retired hospitality professional and a dancer. Attention to detail is the focus of this coffee estate that also abounds with pepper, cardamom and cinnamon. As if this weren’t enough, the complex is a butterfly sanctuary. The main bungalow has two large bedrooms perfect for families and a large running verandah that ensures that everyone gets their own private sitting space. The hosts have planted over 150 indigenous trees in the complex to ensure that the area’s eco balance is maintained. If you wish to ring in the New Year with endless cups of coffee and the aroma of this beverage all around you, then this is the place to be. Compare and book your suite at a Silver Brook Estate.
2. Devra Homestay, Udaipur
Devra means, ‘where god resides’, and you will truly feel like one when you check in here. The homestay is located amidst the Aravalli mountains in Udaipur and offers views of Lake Pichola and the City Palace. Spread across five acres, this farmstay-cum-homestay houses 5 spacious rooms, offering a different take on the hospitality that Udaipur is famed for. Apart from the care and concern of the hosts, you are treated to village walks, bird watching tours, yoga classes, horse-riding sessions and a well-stocked library. Come here to celebrate a peaceful New Year’s Eve with your special someone. After all, Udaipur is one of the most romantic cities in India. Get the best deals on Devra Homestay, Udaipur.
3. Greenhouse Homestay, Malapuram, Kerala
About 4 hours from Kochi is the green haven of Malapuram. Tucked away in a quiet corner of the town is the aptly titled Greenhouse Homestay. Sometimes, it takes a little long to find it, because it is so hidden. In our books, that’s a plus point for a quiet getaway. It’s surrounded by greenery offering respite from city life. The host family is warm and welcoming, and they even organise guided treks for guests in the nearby hills. The hallmark of this property is the homely feel it exudes. For recreation, rubber and teak plantations as well as the Guruvayur Temple are located close by. Along with a spacious patio, it also has a large terrace, perfect for ringing in the new year with select friends or that special someone. Book Greenhouse Homestay in Malappuram today!
4. Placete Rodrigues, Goa
Want to spend your New Year’s Eve in Goa but don’t want to party? Then Placete Rodrigues is the place you should head to this year. Located in a peaceful lane in Anjuna, it is away from all the hubbub of the party area (and still close to it if you decide to pay a visit!). A well-maintained Portuguese mansion, it is decorated with carved furniture, jardinières, china wall plates and mounted chandeliers that remind you of old-world Goa. The accommodation ranges from private rooms to dorm-style sections. If you want to enjoy a slice of colonial Goa, this is your chance! Book your special room at Placete Rodrigues, Goa.
5. Cherry Village Homestay Resort, Sikkim
Situated 10km from the Upper Pelling area of Sikkim is the cozy Cherry Village Homestay Resort. Though its five rooms offer the comforts of modern amenities, the entire property gives the feeling of a lush farm. Sights like Yuksam, Khechuperi Lake, Khanchendzonga Waterfall, Sewaro Rock Garden, Rimbi Waterfall and Tashiding Monastery are located not too far away. It is managed by a local host family and offers village walks, traditional Chabrung dance and Dhaan Naach performances along with visits to the Yuma Meditation Centre and Limboo Heritage House. This would be the quintessential New Year’s Eve getaway in the mountains, if there ever was one. Read genuine reviews and book your stay at Cherry Village Homestay today!
6. Bamboo Banks Farm & Guest House, Masinagudi National Park
A 40-acre farm located at the foothills of the Nilgiris next to the Avarhalla Stream within the Mudumalai Reserve – did we just describe a nature-lover’s paradise? Started way back in 1974, Bamboo Banks has not only pioneered the concept of a forest guest house in the area, but also earned itself a reputation of being one of the best. Exclusivity is the name of the game here because the estate houses just seven cottages spread in its vast acreage. This ensures that at any point in time, not more than 30 guests can be accommodated here. Indulge your wild side this New Year’s Eve with a bouquet of offerings at this homestay, which include jungle safaris, bird watching, visits to Bandipur and Mudumalai National Parks, nature walks, horse riding, indoor games and campfires. Love nature? Book Bamboo Banks Farm hotel and enjoy the new year in the lap of nature.
7. SaffronStays Calvin & Hobbes, Lavasa
SaffronStays Calvin & Hobbes offers double the fun compared to other homestays. This is because this complex houses not one but two bungalows – Calvin and Hobbes. Just like the comic book characters, these twin villas offer much entertainment and are the perfect getaway for large families or groups. Overlooking the lake city of Lavasa, they offer peace and quiet away – and still, not too far – from the main city centre. Calvin is stocked with indoor and board games, which make staying in with family more fun. You can even play games in the lawn, take a walk in the nearby hills or head to the city centre. New Year’s sees the perfect weather in this part of the country. Book SaffronStays Calvin & Hobbes in Lavasa and enjoy your new year.
8. Ashtamudi Homestay, Alleppey
Ashtamudi Homestay provides a different take on Alleppey. It is for those people who wish to stay on land rather than float on backwaters. The homestay bungalow is done up in traditional Kerala style with a large open courtyard in the centre. The rooms resemble quaint cottages – some cemented and others with traditional bamboo walls. The upper flow is adorned with traditional Indian motifs and is an artist’s paradise. Spend New Year’s Eve in the warm company of its hosts who leave no stone unturned in churning out oodles of Malayalee hospitality. They even arrange houseboat rides for those who wish to experience it. Get deals and discounts on your Ashtamudi Homestay
9. Pahadi House, Rishikesh
Situated in the holy hill town of Rishikesh is the Pahadi Guesthouse, a true home away from home, for several people, for over a decade now. If you want to get away from the hustle and bustle of New Delhi’s New Year party scene, this place is the perfect escape. Its white-washed walls stand in stark contrast to the lusciously green garden that surrounds it. Interspersed in this scenery are charpais and wickerwork chairs that are perfect for an afternoon snooze or a night spent star gazing. This property is a bird lover’s paradise – river lapwigs, white browed wagtails and bee eaters can be spotted perched on trees in the premises. The icing on the cake is the lovely view of the mighty Ganges that can be enjoyed here. And the cherry on that icing is that the river is just a short walk away, so you know in whose company to celebrate the New Year! Check availability and book you stay at Pahadi House , Rishikesh.
10. Thilak Homestay, Hampi
For those wanting to immerse themselves in history and architecture this New Year, there’s no better place than Hampi. And if you’re looking for homestays in Hampi, look no further than Thilak Homestay. Located bang in the centre of the main bazaar, it is located next to all the action of cafes, shops and boutiques as well as the convenience of scooty and cycle hire shops. The temples and ruins of Hampi are not too far either. They offer rooms for a wide range of budgets and whoever stays here, praises one thing the most – the hospitality, friendliness and helpfulness of the host, Kish and his family. Check availability and get instant confirmation by booking Thilak Homestay only at Cleartrip.
Whether its nature, wildlife, mountains, history or a strong cup of coffee calling out to you, this list provides a homestay option for every budget. We all need peace, quiet and a chance to stray off-the-beaten-path occasionally. New Year’s Eve is the best opportunity to do that. Who knows? This unconventional ‘party’ will inspire you to make some special resolutions for the new year!