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With New Year around the corner, everyone is scrambling to find the
ultimate location to welcome the new year.

We at Great Escapes bring to you the top five hotspots from South
India to celebrate the New Year based on the number of requests
received by our travelers.

Top 5 Destinations to visit this New Year – 2009
1. Masinagudi, Tamil Nadu – This quiet little town is on the top spot
for its mind blowing location with a view of the Nilgiri hills from
its many resorts spread across the foot hills of Ooty. Travelers also
have the option of taking a short ride to this famous hill station
from Masinagudi or try the jungle hike to spot some wildlife.

Masinagudi - Nilgiri Hills

Masinagudi - Nilgiri Hills

2. Coorg, Karnataka – This popular district has been the hotspot for
many travelers who keep coming back for its natural beauty. From river
rafting to elephant bathing, this small district has more to offer
than many popular destination across the country thanks to the river
Cauvery which originates from here.

Tibetian Monastry

Coorg - Byalkuppe:Tibetian Monastry

3. Wayanad, Kerala – Located adjoining the Bandipur forest range and
about 250kms from Bangalore, this everygreen mountain range is an
ideal getaway from the hustle n bustle of daily life. Stay at one of
the many resorts amidst thick palm and coffee plantations and enjoy
the fresh cool breeze right thru the day.

Wayanad mountain range

Wayanad mountain range

4. Baga Beach, Goa – Undoubtedly the best place to party anytime of
the year, but with the clamp down by police on beach parties, this
location has slipped down to the 4th spot. Goa still manages to
attract crowd from across the globe with some of the best DJ’s playing
at the popular hotspots across North Goa. For a quiet celebrations,
head toward the south and stayover at one of the many homestays or
boutique resorts.

Goa - Baga Beach

Goa - Baga Beach

5. Chikmagalur, Karnataka – Chikmagalur is a fantastic weekend getaway
from Bangalore – far from the madding crowd and a perfect refuge from
the hustle bustle of the city. A couple of old friends and I wanted to
experience a ‘good drive’ and spend the night at a place with ‘no
mobile range’, a little bit of monsoon showers and nature.

Chikmagalur forest

Chikmagalur forest

Team GreatEscapes wishes you all a very Happy New Year 2009

Dance, Drink, Party hard but use a driver to get back home

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This topic came up after the recent death of british teenager Scarlett Keeling on the beaches of Goa. This was soon followed by couple of other unsolved murders / deaths of other travelers. I’m still not sure if this was a conspiracy by other states to dilute the image of Goa as a foreigner’s paradise.

However the fact remains that no place is safe for a lady traveler.. Here are a few tips which could help you out.

Plan in advance
1. Make prior booking for travel and accommodation
2. Ask your contact and those who have visited earlier about the location u’ve chosen and also look for hotel reviews on reliable websites like Holidayiq.com etc
3. Carry list of emergency numbers including the ones that you know in that city
4. Try and use public transport or pre-paid cabs especially after dark as they are safer

Travel Smart
1. Always make sure your family and friends know where you are traveling to and call them often to update on your location etc.
2. Try and carry a map of the city you are travelin to and get a bearing of your location and the places that you plan to cover
3. Try and blend into the crowd with regular clothes else people tend to take you for a ride… be it cabs or shops
4. If you travel alone, then find a travel partner before hand or make friends with other travelers at the location

How to avoid being drugged – If you like partying then u should read the following
1. Hold your drink at all times – do not leave it unattended
2. Keep an eye on the person who makes your drink
3. Know your limit and stick to it, you won’t be of great use to yourself if ur’ drunk
4. Hold important nos like cab service, police in that area and have a mobile in working order or carry change for a public booth
5. Stay aware of what you are drinking and if you feel unwell call your family doc or rush to the nearest hospital

Hope these tips are of help while your traveling or out partyin in your own hometown

some online links of Scarlett’s death
http://news.indiainfo.com/2008/03/13/0803130923_newsalert_british.html
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/asia/article3529865.ece
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/Scarlett_was_drugged_raped_Goa_Police/articleshow/2860844.cms

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