Beach at The Leela, Goa

Goa

One of the smallest states in India, Goa was a Portuguese colony until 1961, and to this day retains its distinctive laid back Portuguese character.  Situated on the Western Ghats on the Konkan Coast, this is the most famous beach resort in India for both domestic and international tourists alike.

Synonymous with the pleasure-seeking hippie culture, Goa has always offered a gentle Indian beach experience, hence its popularity as the end destination for many an Indian adventure. As the local motto says,”Sossegade”: “Take it easy.”

There is a typical character to the Goan landscape, thick with coconut palms, terracotta earth and the ubiquitous Portuguese white washed Baroque churches that punctuate the tropical scene. Approximately two-dozen beaches span the Goan coastline, where large expanses thronging with life give way to intimate coves and sleepy fishing villages

Goan life, whilst laid back, is full of colour and not just for the hippy but for the hip as well. Historically famous for its many markets such as the vibrant Anjuna flea market and the full on Saturday night Bazaar, Goa now has a new generation of artists and designers offering a very chic boutique shopping experience as well.

Goa is fast becoming known for its restaurant scene and plenty of well heeled Mumbai types flock for the weekends to experience the Miami like feel of the beach restaurants, nightclubs and luxury hotels.

Head South to the larger beach resorts and yoga retreats that are situated between the sleepy fishing villages and choose from an array of luxury hotels such as The Leela, with its private Club wing, or the Alila Hotel with its pretty Bali-esque style. One of the oldest and well renowned hotels is The Taj Fort Aguada & Taj Holiday Village which offers one of the most unique hotel locations right on the edge of the beach, built on the ramparts of an old 16th Century Portuguese fort and offering accommodation in pretty cottages and hillside villas. Head north to the mansions turned boutique hotels such as Siolim House, Ahilya by the Sea and the grand Aashyana Lakhanpal. Here you will also find the slick and stylish W Hotel, bringing the party back to Goa.

Itineraries in Goa

Culinary Tour with Chris & Carolyn Caldicott & Taj Hotels Palaces & Resorts. 18th – 28th November 2018

Mumbai, Goa, Hyderabad,

Diamonds & Dynasties Of Southern India

Hyderabad, Gulbarga, Bijapur, Badami, Hampi, Goa, Mumbai

The Golden Chariot – Southern India

8 Days / 7 Nights

Hotels in Goa

Ahilya By The Sea, Goa

Alila Diwa, Goa

Casa Britona, Goa

Goa beach. Fishing boat at sun rise

Casa Da Graca, Goa

Champakali, Goa

Elsewhere Beach Houses and Tents, Goa

elsewhere beach cove

Siolim House, Goa

Inside Siolim House

Swaswara, Goa

Swaswara Gardens