Taking a break and relaxing with your friends and family in a pretty place is one of the best ways to kick off the New Year. However, heading to famous tourist spots like Goa or Manali can burn a rather sizeable hole in your pocket. Though these destinations are without doubt great places to visit, the fact is that they can get rather expensive in the colder months. Plus, just because you want to travel does not mean that you should have to pay a bomb for it. All you need to do is get off the trodden path for the more unconventional yet pocket friendly destinations to have your first holiday of the year!
A small tourist town located by the ocean, Gokarna is a rather well known spot among international tourists as well. Fortunately, unlike most popular tourist spots, Gokarna is still on the pocket friendly spectrum and offers a number of beaches as well as temples and beautiful scenery to the visitors, all at pretty low costs.
Mesmerizing waterfalls, views of mountains, and crystal clear skies, Shillong in Meghalaya is a treat for the eyes and the soul. This is a place with a lot of rainfall all year-long, which makes for a green environment that will leave you speechless. A paradise for nature lovers and photographers alike, Shillong also has a number of adventure activities on offer. All in all, it’s perfect for people looking for a cold place on a budget.
Puducherry, earlier known as Pondicherry, is hailed as the French Riviera of the East. Located about 135 km from Chennai, this place is perfect for you if you just want to sit back and enjoy a thoroughly relaxing vacation. Pondi has serene and less crowded beaches and mouthwatering cuisines to offer, at pretty economical prices.
If you are set on visiting a hill station in the New Year, give Kodaikanal some consideration. Located at 7,200 feet above sea level, Kodaikanal is often called the ‘Princess of Hill Stations’. One of the most popular destinations in Tamil Nadu, the place offers adventurous activities like trekking, balloon shooting, boating, etc. as well as an abundance of scenic beauty.
Good food, beaches, pocket friendly – is there a better way to holiday? Tarkarli is a village in Maharashtra that is situated only 60 kilometers away from Goa. Known as the party capital of India, the place has pristine sand beaches. Tarkarli also has a number of home stay options where you can enjoy sumptuous home cooked food.
While these destinations will help keep your budget in check, there are a number of incidences like medical emergencies, lost baggage, etc. that might kick your planned budget to bits. Make sure you protect your interests and your pocket with the right travel insurance before you start packing up for a much deserved budget-friendly sojourn!
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