Alappuzha: Its almost new year. The house boats at Punnamada Kayal in Alappuzha is all set to welcome the revellers.

Even though there is no beach festival this year, it doesn’t lessen the enthusiasm. The houseboats are equipped with a variety of programmes to celebrate the new year. Musical nights are planned. Special packages are available this season.

Not the usual DJs, but mini DJs will be arranged in houseboats taking into account safety of the occupants. Without loud noises and eye flashing lights, a subtle DJ can be enjoyed here dancing to the beats.

In previous years, houseboats were arranged at specific centers for new year celebrations, but this plan has been dropped this year considering safety issues.

The celebrations will begin from December 31.

Apart from the package, a fixed amount will be collected from the people for musical programmes.

The number of foreign tourists is less compared to last year. Mostly it is north Indians and locals who arrive in Alappuzha to celebrate new year.