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Goa, India

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Introduction

Goa is known for its idyllic beaches, outstanding monuments and great places to stay.

The beautiful landscapes, colonial architecture, lush jungles, ruined forts, centuries-old churches and lavish basilicas are as much a draw as the sandy, palm-fringed beaches and clean waters of the Arabian Sea.

Most visits are centred around the towns of Panaji, Margao, Vasco and Ponda and the various beaches up and down the coast.

Old Goa

Deserted Old Goa retains the grand architecture of the once vast Portuguese capital, which was established in 1510, well before the British gained a foothold in the country, and outlasted the Raj by more than a decade.

With one of the finest collections of Renaissance architecture in the world, enchroached upon by overgrown jungle, Goa Dourada, or golden Goa, was once the largest, richest and most splendid city in Asia.

Elsewhere, elegant colonial-era mansion palacios dot the Goan landscape.

Beaches

In North Goa many top luxury hotels are located around the Aguada Fort peninsula, near the mouth of the Mandovi River, or on Candolim Beach and Sinquerin Beach.

In the prosperous south of Goa, the most popular areas include Majorda Beach, Benaulim Beach, Mobor Beach and Palolem Beach. Much quieter than the north, the region is full of lush coconut thickets, paddy fields and pretty villages.

A temperate climate makes Goa great year-round, though there are heavy monsoon rains from June to September.

Top itineraries in Goa

The Deccan Odyssey – Maharashtra Splendour

12-day tailor-made rail & city-stay holiday from £6,380 pp incl. flights

This eight-day, seven-night trip on-board the Deccan Odyssey takes you to the iconic sites of Maharashtra state.

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Top places to stay in Goa

Taj Exotica, Goa

Traditional resort

Taj Exotica Goa is a luxurious five-star resort that overlooks the azure Arabian sea, and is located within fifty-six acres of lush gardens

Park Hyatt Goa Resort and Spa, Goa

Traditional resort

Park Hyatt Goa Resort and Spa is one of Goa's premier beach resorts, has a fantastic spa, and is located on the pristine Arossim Beach.

The Leela Goa

Contemporary resort

The Leela Goa resembles a combination of Indian summer palaces and Portuguese-style villas, tastefully furnished with fixtures of marble and granite. Sprawled over 75 glorious acres, the resort has the luxury of its own 12-hole golf course. If you prefer to unwind by not doing anything at all, you…

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