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Goa has fantastic beaches and atmospheric culture

Luring millions of travellers from around the world to India’s southwest coast every winter, Goa really is like nowhere in India. The palm-fringed, golden-sand beaches, the roaring Indian Ocean, the thrilling opportunities for adventure are just few of the draws of this pint-sized state that is still deeply hung-over from the rule of the Portuguese colonisers.

The influence is most evident in architecture (including stunning cathedrals) and cuisine. A yoga lover’s haven and a beachcomber’s most vivid dream come true, Goa hides more than it reveals in its precious mangroves, in its fragrant spice farms, under its gushing waterfalls and its lush blanket of striking green.

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The Indian Tourism Board’s slogan ‘Incredible India’ truly describes South India! This area has everything – the finest palace hotel in the world, ruins of a resplendent Imperial city, beautiful, unexplored beaches, and vast temple complexes.

Where else can you ride a landaulet to the finest palace hotel in the world; or wander awestruck through the scattered ruins of a huge and resplendent Imperial city destroyed in a paroxysm of jealous hatred or explore the labyrinthine interiors of vast temple complexes where top-knotted priests practise arcane and ancient rituals?

The greatest palace hotel in the world in Hyderabad – Falaknuma or ‘Mirror of the Sky’ – with its legendary dining table that seats 100 guests – in a city that produced the Koh-i-noor ‘Mountain of Light’ diamond and is also home of the Charminar. Hampi – a World Heritage Site that gives its name to the ruins of one of the greatest Imperial cities of the medieval world.

Great mountains corrugate the rugged edges of the peninsula sheltering a wealth of wildlife and forming some of the greatest elephant and tiger habitats in Asia, perfect for tiger safaris and fringed by idyllic beaches where the traveller can recover in sybaritic luxury whilst on luxury holiday in India.

Here are towns literally crammed with palatial mansions and thriving markets and charming heritage homes. Four hundred years of European presence have left their mark in charming and gracious Pondicherry, with its French boulevards, colonial architecture and gendarmeries!; quaint Danish Tranquebar and, of course, Goa.

Here one has a glimpse of the inhabitants’ languorous, laid-back lifestyle, as well as charming villages set amidst a serene and timeless countryside bounded on the west by the sea and the east by the lush wildlife-rich mountains.

Goa has everything – private, remote and characterful beachside hotels and gorgeous villas, beautiful, unexplored and quiet beaches, fantastic seafood and wildlife that ranges from a wealth of birdlife to dolphins and even elephants in the moist forests of the hills.

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