Think Goa and you’d probably picture dreadlocked hippies, huge sweeps of white sand, and green, jungle-coated backwaters. And you wouldn’t be far wrong – although these days this place is more about luxe hotels than backpacker bars.
Down in south Goa*, the names on everyone’s lips are Arossim Beach and Cavelossim. The pace is turned down a few notches here, with days revolving around the palm-edged sandy beaches. Most of the hotels are lined up along the shores, so you’re never more than seconds from the sand.
Beyond the beach
Of course, Goa’s got more going for it than beaches alone. Peel yourself away from the shore and you’ll find paddy fields, whitewashed churches and in-your-face markets. For a taste of history, check out Old Goa. This place was the capital during the 16th century, when the Portuguese were in town. It’s star attraction is the Se Cathedral of St Catherine – the biggest church in Asia.