India is a land of diverse cultures, landscapes and climate. When it comes to celebrations, Indians are finding new ways to party and celebrate life. With the sand beneath your feet and the breeze kissing your face, the beach is a great destination for fun filled experiences.
Sunburn Festival, Goa
Sunburn is an Electronic Dance Music (EDM) festival started in Goa in 2007. It was ranked the 9th best festival in the world by CNN in 2009, and is now considered the largest music festival in Asia. Shailender Singh of Percept and Nikhil Chinapa organised the first Sunburn festival at Candolim beach, Goa. The venue was shifted to Vagator in 2013, which offers the perfect setting, with red cliffs and two fresh water springs close by. Today it is the best EDM festival in India, with high magnitude and energy.
There are stalls at the venue and the markets nearby have a collection of amazing artwork from across the country.
There are plenty of hotels and resorts around the venue. Vagator is in North Goa and it is connected to the main city by a good road network. The nearest airport is Panjim and nearest railway station is Mapusa.
VH1 Supersonic, Goa
After Sunburn shifted its venue to Vagator, Viacom 18 organised the first VH1 Supersonic at Candolim, Goa, in 2013. This is another beach festival featuring Electronic Dance Music and bringing together artists from around the world. There are also chill out zones for party freaks, an onsite library, art installations, a hippy market and several stalls serving different cuisines for foodies.
In 2014 the event took place over four days from the 27th to the 30th of December. Artists that performed this year included Funkagenda, Carl Craig, Roger Sanchez, Gareth Emery, Mark Knight, Delta Heavy and many more including the showstopper Infected Mushroom.
Tickets were available at nominal rates and went up to Rs 10,000 for VIP passes. Since this isn’t the first festival that Candolim has hosted, services here are good. Don’t miss it this year, for it has promised to grow bigger.
Brahmaputra Beach Festival, Guwahati
The Brahmaputra Beach Festival is organised in Guwahati in the month of January. It is an open air festival, held on the ravine beaches of the Brahmaputra River. The festival takes place during the season of Magh Bihu which is the harvest season in Assam. This is a major reason behind the festival’s popularity. It represents the tradition and culture of Assam and promotes indigenous crafts and traditional local sports.
The highlights of this festival are adventure sports like water rafting, ice skating, paragliding, hang gliding, canoeing, wind surfing, etc. The beaches have fairs set up that display traditional craft work, traditional games and events for tourists to participate in.
Guwahati is well connected via road, rail and air with the major cities in India. There is a range of facilities for tourists depending on their preferences and budget.
The Rock Stock Festival, Chennai
The Rock Stock Festival is said to be the biggest rock ‘n’ roll festival of the country. The festival takes place at the Chariot Beach Resort on East Coast Road, Chennai, which makes a beautiful setting for a carnival concert along the shores of Mahabalipuram. In the fast growing entertainment industry of India, the festival has become a trendsetter for rock ‘n’ roll culture in India.
This year, the Rock Stock Fest saw artists like Junkyard Groove, Avial, Girish and the Chronicles, Thermal and a Quarter and Skrat. Apart from musical performances, the festival featured various activities in and around the venue, such as sports, tattoo exhibitions, a flea market, rock shop and food and beverages counters. There were festival memorabilia, wrist bands, funky t-shirts and many more goodies for attendees to grab.
Ticket prices are Rs 500 for students, while general tickets are for Rs 1000 and VIP tickets for Rs 3000. Details of the events are updated on the festival’s Facebook page. The venue is easily accessible by road and rail while the nearest airport is in Chennai. Accommodation facilities are available at the resort as well as in areas around the venue.
Puri Beach Festival, Puri
The beach at Puri is not only the citadel of all religious cultures but also the venue for the Puri Beach Festival. The festival sees innumerable national and international tourists coming together to interact and understand varied forms of art and culture. Great artists from the country participate in this festival in events such as fashion shows, cultural exhibitions and preparation of delicious cuisine. The Puri Beach Festival is unique because it is secular and devoid of any religious colour.
The festival has handcrafted shawls, saris, bamboo baskets, etc, on display. People get to see sports like beach kabaddi, boat racing, karate, kick boxing, Indian wrestling, beach volleyball and others. However, the prime attraction of the festival is the sand art. Artists carve out structures from heap of sand, capturing tourists’ attention throughout the festival. The nearest airport is in Bhuwaneshwar, and Puri station is well connected to other cities.